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Something for everyone at MU Fall 2017 Career Fair

McMillan poses in the middle of a hallway crowded with well-dressed students.

Sidney McMillan came in search of an internship, and said she was looking to find a company that provided her with a challenge while being a great cultural fit. The junior Chemical Engineering major found some promising early returns on her trip to the Career Fair. Photos by Amy Parris.

Mizzou Engineering students all came to the Fall 2017 Career Fair looking to leverage the experience to their benefit. But not everyone was looking for the same exact result.

Some came looking for a home to start their career. Others for just the right internship to boost both their education and future job prospects. And still others came simply for the experience, using the Career Fair as a chance to brush up on their networking and interview skills.

Regardless of what group each student fell into, they more often than not found exactly what they were looking for. The Career Fair proper took place on Sept. 19 at Mizzou Arena, where 159 companies set up shop in search of their next tremendous employee or valuable intern. In the days surrounding the event, the College hosted a multitude of events, including a Reverse Career Fair, employer information sessions, resume review sessions and more, giving students the opportunity for a well-rounded, valuable experience.

A student in glasses in a suit speaks with a man in a lime green shirt.

A total of 1,639 students met with 159 companies at the Fall 2017 Career Fair.

The Career Fair is one of the centerpieces of the new Engineering Leadership, Engagement and Career Development Academy, an initiative developed to respond to one of the College’s emphasis area in its new strategic plan – Educating Engineering Leaders. The Academy includes not only expanded career services program, such as the Career Fair, but now encompasses robust efforts in leadership education, industry engagement and professional skill development.

Students in the College may work toward a Dean’s Certificate in Leadership and Engagement that is presented to them upon graduation. This unique credential demonstrates to future employers that MU College of Engineering graduates are purposeful and intentional in enhancing their ability to build teams, manage projects, communicate, work among a diverse workforce, make excellent decisions and serve as leaders for their organizations.

Bilal Hameed came to the fair looking for possible career opportunities, and the senior Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering major said that the event was a great start to his search, and he’s hopeful to find something promising in the Kansas City area, where his family resides. Hameed is set to graduate with his bachelor’s degree in May of next year.

“Definitely being able to talk to people face to face instead of sending a resume and having them go off that is much better,” Hameed said.

Sidney McMillan, meanwhile, came in search of an internship, and said she was looking to find a company that provided her with a challenge while being a great cultural fit. The junior Chemical Engineering major found some promising early returns on her trip to the Career Fair.

“I just got an interview with Hormel tomorrow, so there are promising possibilities for internships,” she explained.

While there were plenty of job seekers both in terms of careers and internships, some students came to the Career Fair simply for the chance to get experience talking one-on-one with potential employers. Jasmine Tan, a sophomore Computer Science major, said she made the trip both last year and this year in order to increase her comfort level so that she’s better prepared when she searches for future internships and careers.

“I’m just trying to get experience talking to recruiters and companies. It’s so much easier than the first time I came last year, and I’m just building that confidence,” she said.

Bioengineering sophomore Loren Versheldon said she was making her first visit to the twice-annual event, and her goals were much the same as Tan’s. She said she received valuable feedback from employers in terms of what they look for in candidates in terms of both experience and coursework.

“I guess just getting a feel for it. This is my first time here. I’m getting a feel for what they look for so I can better improve myself for next year,” Versheldon said.

Careers, internships or brushing up on skills for the future — no matter which they sought, MU Engineering students found these opportunities in abundance at the Fall 2017 Career Fair.