Technical Career Fair Connects Students with Record Number of Companies

By: Desiré Bennett

As part of UC's Fall Career Week, CEAS showcased a record number of employers for its Technical Career fair. This year’s event was presented by The Engineering and Applied Science Tribunal.  

Career Fair 2013

The Engineering and Applied Science Career Fair hosted 170 employers looking to connect with CEAS students from across all disciplines searching for co-op work, internships and full-time employment.

Companies were on hand recruiting the best and brightest engineering and engineering technology students during the College of Engineering and Applied Science’s annual career fair held on Sept. 26 on the basketball court of the Campus Recreation Center.

2013 Career Fair Coordinator Andrew Griggs says the fair is a great chance for students to get their foot in the door at area and national companies. “Today we have a lot of engineers and technical business students. Half of these students are looking for co-op positions or internships and the other half are looking for fulltime jobs for after graduation,” he said. “And this fall career fair is the best opportunity for students to get these jobs.”

Dow Chemical Company Regulatory Affairs Lead Jana Zigrye says that many of her employees were recruited during past fairs. “We have a lot of employees who have graduated from the University of Cincinnati. We’ve been coming to UC for years so it’s a longstanding relationship that we’ve had here,” she said. “We’re looking for engineers across all disciplines from chemical and mechanical to environmental.”

2013 Career Fair

Christopher Smith, a master’s student in environmental science, says the opportunities at the career fair are invaluable. “These career fairs bring a lot of company introductions and interpersonal relationships that you normally wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else,” he said.  “The ability to meet with these people and have a conversation with them is priceless.  You can’t do that over the internet when applying for a job.”

Cardinal Solutions Recruiting Manager Dolf Muccillo says he’s looking to hire as many as 70 computer science and technology students. “There’s incredible demand for IT jobs and there are definitely not enough people to fill them. We’re trying to encourage them,” he said.

Fourth year Biomedical engineering student Jessica Gearhart believes that the career fair offers a unique opportunity for students. “Many times when you’re applying for a job online, but you’re not a specific major, they won’t let you apply,” she said. “But here you might have the opportunity to talk your way into something and you get a lot of diverse opportunities you wouldn’t necessarily get online.”

The Technical Career Fair is presented by the Engineering & Applied Science Tribunal.