Recruiters from more than 350 companies are heading to Michigan Technological University’s job fair this week – picking up an in-person event that fills local restaurants and hotels as well as vacancies at their companies.
The job fair runs from 2-7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21 at Michigan Tech’s Student Development Complex. Hundreds of follow-up interviews will take place on campus the next day and virtually afterwards. The event is a major factor in Tech’s 93% average placement rate within six months of graduation. There are no statistics on how many meals and memories will be shared, but it’s safe to say that accommodation and food establishments are rolling out the welcome mat for new and returning visitors.
By early September, hotels and most other accommodations within two hours of the university were nearly full, said Cody Kangas, executive director of corporate and foundation relations and acting director of Michigan Tech Career Services.
Career Services works year-round to help students land co-ops, internships, and full-time jobs, offering programs for Huskies and businesses. Students receive individual training in essential skills. Tech’s bi-annual career fair, held in the fall and spring, is where those hands-on interviews, resume-writing sessions, and industry outreach culminate in one of the biggest events ever. of this type in the country.
It’s been two years since students walked MacInnes Drive to the Student Development Complex, decked out in their best business attire, to shake hands with their future.
“The demand is unprecedented. Employers want to be here – they are ready to come back,” Kangas said.
Michigan Tech President Rick Koubek said the response reflects Michigan Tech’s excellence in building partnerships and preparing students for the job market.
“A Michigan Tech degree is highly valued in the marketplace, as evidenced by the large number of employers attending the university’s career fair this year,” he said. “It’s this level of corporate commitment that helps differentiate the Michigan Tech student experience. It’s one of the many reasons we’re excited to welcome employers back to campus this week.
Tech events have a regional impact
The most recent study of Michigan Tech’s impact on the state and region’s economy was in 2016. It didn’t consider visitor spending, but a new dashboard online visitor data developed by the Keweenaw Convention and Visitors Bureau (KCVB) does. Brad Barnett, executive director of the KCVB, said it would be interesting to compare the numbers from the period of the in-person job fair to the past two years. Statistics are only available for the past three years and are updated approximately every three months. Meanwhile, he said, the qualitative data is clearly positive.
“We are excited to have the Tech Career Fair return as it attracts visitors from across the country looking to recruit our talented MTU students!”
“Many recruiters are tech alumni, so Career Fair gives them a chance to return to Houghton to frequent their favorite local restaurants and reminisce about the days spent on campus,” Barnett said. “I know downtown businesses are happy to see the return of in-person recruiting, along with other college events.”
MTU Huskies prepare to be hired
For recruiters, it’s a welcome trip to campus. For many students, this is a new opportunity to meet employers in person. Most current Huskies have only experienced the virtual version of Career Fair, a pandemic necessity for the past two years. “For the vast majority of students attending the job fair this week, it’s the first time they’ve been able to participate in person,” Kangas said. “Virtual trade shows have filled a critical need during a very stressful time, but it’s no exaggeration to be able to meet potential employers in person. It enables connections and conversations that are sometimes not possible online. »
Katie Peterson, a senior environmental engineering student, experimented with both event formats. Face to face wins hands down. “I went to the Fall Career Fair when I was a freshman,” she said. “A lot of people encouraged to go there, just to see what it was all about. I spoke to DTE; the recruiter was really nice. I was invited to a breakfast the next day to learn more about the company.
“It’s going to be really exciting to have that experience in person again.”
Making a first impression via video was more difficult, Peterson said. “Having a physical presence makes a lot of difference.”
Peterson is one of Tech’s career coaches, working with other students to help them land co-ops, internships, and full-time jobs. In the days leading up to the job fair, she and other coaches help students polish their resumes and interview skills. “A little guidance goes a long way,” she said. “I’m glad we’re here to help you.”
Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and enrolls more than 7,000 students from 55 countries around the world. Consistently ranked among the top universities in the nation for return on investment, Michigan’s flagship technological university offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate programs in science and technology, engineering, computer science, forestry, business and economics, health, humanities, mathematics, social sciences and the arts. The rural campus is located a few miles from Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, providing year-round opportunities for outdoor adventure.
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