Corporate partners maximize Career Fair experience


“I just came to the realization [Monday] that coming to those events ahead of time, I was able to get early access to students who are leaders of their organizations, who have shown they excel either in prior internships, co-ops, campus organizations or academically,” said Dave Sextro, vice president of Engineering, Process Simulation for Emerson. Photos by Brandan Haskell.

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The Mizzou Engineering Fall Career Fair is a massive event where thousands of students meet with hundreds of companies eager for their services to fill internships, co-ops and full-time jobs. But it’s also so much more.

The Career Fair is one day, but the related events stretch across the entire week. The Fall 2018 Career Fair saw a suite of events planned by the MU Engineering Leadership, Engagement and Career Development Academy intended to maximize face-to-face time between employers and students and give both sides a chance to establish relationships and get to know each other a little better.

A young man in a gray polo talks to a student in a backpack.

Tradebot was one of several companies that participated in a full slate of events designed to give companies maximum exposure to potential future employees.

“I think what Mizzou does really well is building out opportunities throughout the week that anyone could find a match for, whether it be doing information sessions, doing on-campus interviews or even doing the reverse career fair, there’s something out there for all companies to connect with students whether you want to do some of it or all of it,” said Becky Parson, lead college recruiting manager for AT&T.

Resources offered for participating companies included the following:

  • Reverse Career Fair — a one-night event where employers went around to tables hosted by student organizations and individual students to explain their companies and related opportunities in greater detail
  • Information sessions — staggered across several days, these open-house sessions allowed employers to give detailed presentations about the jobs they had to offer and an overview of their companies to interested students, who also had the opportunity to ask questions and interact with recruiters
  • Resume reviews — representatives from employers as well as Dean Elizabeth Loboa had the chance to interact with students who were seeking help on how to best prepare a standout resume
  • On-campus interviews — recruiters who wanted to schedule certain students for interviews had the opportunity to conduct job interviews the day after the Career Fair right on campus

“They [the Academy] help me so much in scheduling multiple events, giving me advice on when to hold events, and they also do a great job of getting the word out for us,” PayneCrest Head of People and Culture and Mizzou alumna Jordan Hankins said.

Emerson also was among the companies to take full advantage of the suite of Academy offerings. Dave Sextro is vice president of Engineering, Process Simulation for Emerson, and he was impressed with Mizzou Engineering’s full package.

“I just came to the realization [Monday] that coming to those events ahead of time, I was able to get early access to students who are leaders of their organizations, who have shown they excel either in prior internships, co-ops, campus organizations or academically,” he explained.

But the greatest thing Mizzou Engineering has to offer are its students. Tradebot also was among the most active companies at the Career Fair, and its Chief Financial Officer and Director of Human Resources Jennifer Tomlinson explained why.

“We believe the Engineering talent at Mizzou is outstanding!” she said. “The students are equipped with the skills they need to thrive in a professional environment, along with a strong Midwest work ethic. We hope we can offer rewarding career development opportunities that will attract the best and brightest students to stay in the Midwest!”

Claire Stockman couldn’t agree more. The recent Mizzou Civil and Environmental Engineering alumna has been on both sides of the table at the Career Fair, and the company she works for, Argus Consulting, keeps coming back to hire more Mizzou Made engineers.

“We know that Mizzou has a great academic engineering program, but on the consulting side it’s really important to us that we have people that can go talk to our clients and can work well, and we always find that with Mizzou students,” she said.



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