Participants’ Feedback Positive; Many Students Land Positions
For the first time in its 13-year history, the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology held its first college-specific job fair. The three-pronged event was conceptualized and coordinated by members of the various EIT student organizations.
About 100 EIT students attended the first event, a jobs skills panel discussion held Monday, Feb. 6, in the EIT Auditorium. Six valued EIT corporate partners participated in the one-hour session, which covered resume and interview skills, how to transition into the workforce and other career-focused advice.
- Allison Nicholas of Acxiom
- Clarice Rogers of Cameron
- Jonathan Semans of CDI Construction
- Kari Anderson of Dillard’s IT department
- Laura Nick of Garver
- Bill Russell of Molex
On the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 15, company representatives gathered in the EIT Building lobby for informal discussions with EIT students at a “meet and greet” mixer. That broke the ice for the event’s premier attraction – a five-hour job fair the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 16, in the EIT Building’s fourth-floor corridor, attended by more than 150 EIT students. Companies represented included:
- Cranford Construction
- Dillard’s IT
- LM Wind Power
- Southwest Power Pool
Feedback from the industry representatives was uniformly positive.
“This was certainly one of the best experiences I have had at UALR,” said Renee McMillen, recruiter for Southwest Power Pool. “What I mean by that is this targeted job fair allowed SPP to spend quality time talking to engineering and IT students, which as you know is where we have the most need.”
Christie Ballard, recruiter for Acxiom, concurred, noting, “It was a wonderful event. I was so impressed with the quality of the students.”
Subsequent to the job fair, several of the companies held interview sessions for EIT students and many of their internship and full-time positions were filled.