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College hosts record-setting Career Fair

An ICL representative discusses the company with a student at the career fair.

Israel Chemicals Ltd. was one of a record 175 companies that participated in MU Engineering’s fall Career Fair in September at Mizzou Arena. Photos by Hannah Sturtecky.

On Sept. 15, the College of Engineering’s Career Fair was held in the Mizzou Arena. After being hosted on the concourse of the Hearnes Center for several years, the event had outgrown the space, and engineering became the first college on campus to utilize Mizzou Arena for a Career Fair.

Students wait in a long line to discuss career prospects with Microsoft.

nearly 2,000 engineering students with résumés in hand circulated and chatted with potential employers — a 10 percent increase over the previous record number of participants in an MU Engineering Career Fair.

Dedicated efforts on the part of Matt Arri, engineering’s director of career and professional development, drew a record number of recruiters to the fair this fall. Fully 175 companies participated, a 17 percent increase over the previous record. And nearly 2,000 engineering students with résumés in hand circulated and chatted with potential employers — a 10 percent increase over the next highest number of participants.

Additionally, 10 company information sessions were sponsored over the course of two days and potential employers conducted interviews in 71 locations around campus.

Each year, members of one of engineering’s student organizations volunteer their services to work the Fair in exchange for a stipend from Career Services. This year, engineering’s Student Council added $5,000 to their coffers by providing the labor force for the event.