This September marked another successful Science and Engineering Career Fair hosted by Career Services at the University of Calgary.
On Sept. 22, the upper track of the Jack Simpson Gymnasium in the Kinesiology building was packed with people. Students came in with stacks of resumes and left with knowledge and confidence to carry them into the job market — as well as a colourful array of treats such as candy and Sumo wrestler-shaped stress balls courtesy of Hitachi ID.
Recruiters and students among attendees at fair
The vast majority of these individuals were loyal attendees of the Career Fair who come every year. Recruiters also packed the halls, and close to 100 employers attended the event. Many of them remarked that the Science and Engineering Career Fair provided them with excellent exposure and advertising.
Amidst the hammer-shaped pens and bowls of lollipops, there were important pamphlets and information guides for future graduates. Students were able to leave with valuable information on what kinds of jobs existed in the market and how they could apply to them. Some students even left the fair with an action plan that they intended to start that very same day.
Global security and areospace company recruits for computer science students
While some employers noted that the economic situation was the reason why they were not hiring for current openings, one company was an exception. A representative of Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company recruiting computer science students, claimed that approximately 80 per cent of the interns they hired were from the University of Calgary. They were among several recruiters who acknowledged the unique talent and potential in the student population.
After many business cards were exchanged and hands were shaken, students and employers left with optimism and anticipation for the next Science and Engineering Career Fair.
A full list of employers who attended, along with other information about the career fair, can be found in the Science and Engineering Career Fair online magazine. For information on future career fairs, please visit the Career Services website.