On March 9th the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CSTEM) will host a virtual career fair. Exhibitors will promote positions in their organizations and be able to interview and hire attendees. The career fair will run from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Students from the Department of Construction Management and Civil and Construction Engineering (CNMG) are strongly encouraged to attend as there is an 800 hour work requirement for graduation from the program. At the time of this writing, there are 25 organizations attending with the goal of networking with, interviewing and hiring students.
Virtual and Viable
The career fair will be hosted on the Premier Virtual platform. Exhibitors will be able to create a booth to attract candidates. They will also have the ability to look at the resumes of attendees to see if a candidate fits their needs. Booth operations will be decided by the organizations. However, the platform will make everything approachable for exhibitors and attendees alike. “Virtual career fairs provide a unique opportunity for students to learn about companies and their major without the worry of being judged by the company representative,” says Vernard Henley, Assistant Dean of CSTEM. “Students will access links and videos about the type of projects that a company does without having to ask the question of the representative.” Of course, if a student or company decides they want to speak with someone, “chats and teleconferencing can be used for more in depth questions,” says Henley.
Career fairs offer remarkable settings for collaboration and networking for candidates with employers, but also allow an opportunity for networking with like-minded individuals and services. “I know I made so many valuable contacts and engaged in various projects as an outcome of these events,” says Gozde Gursoy, an instructor for the CNMG department reflecting on her time at the University of Central Arkansas. “I believe this will happen for all of the faculty, staff and students attending the career fair… What we… imagine involves student centered teaching, professional field support, and exposure to and participation in the construction industry. I think this is a great step and would be beneficial as the students begin their professional journey.”
A registration fee will be invoiced to exhibitors and the cost to attend will be dependent upon the size of the organization. The CSTEM Virtual Career Fair is a free event for students to attend. More information is available on the CSTEM Career Services page. Make your plans to attend today. To quote Gursoy, “We are all BUILDING something good together!”