A record number of students and employers attended the events
University of Georgia Career Center Welcomed Record Numbers of Students and Employers at its annual Fall Career and Internship Fair and the Fall Engineering and Computer Science Career and Internship Fair, September 28-29.
During these two days, 526 employers and more than 3,900 students passed through the doors of the Classic Center in downtown Athens where the events were taking place. The day after the fairs closed, more than 60 employers organized individual interviews with 388 students.
“The increase in corporate attendance this year indicates that the appetite for recruiting UGA students has never been greater,” said Scott Williams, executive director of the UGA Career Center. “We’ve seen uncertainties and turmoil in labor markets, and it’s really exciting to help other employers actively engage our well-prepared student pool.”
A host of companies from a wide range of fields attended the events. Among those recruiting at job fairs were The Home Depot, Google, Deloitte, AT&T, Delta Air Lines, FedEx, General Electric, Peace Corps, Siemens, BMW, Lockheed Martin and Oracle. They were looking to fill full-time and part-time positions, as well as internships in a variety of industries.
Successful events like these are one of the ways UGA has earned a reputation for securing a prosperous future for its graduates. Over the past 10 years, more than 90% of each year’s graduates have found employment, entered graduate school, or completed postgraduate internships within six months of graduation. The fields these graduates have entered — as evidenced by the companies at job fairs — run the gamut, but engineering and computer science are attracting growing interest among UGA graduates and students. Growth in these areas is expected to continue with the establishment of the UGA School of Computing and the recent completion of the renovation of the Driftmier Engineering Center by the UGA College of Engineering.
“We were also thrilled with the impressive number of UGA alumni who were back on campus to represent their employer at trade shows,” Williams said. “They proudly wore their ‘alumni’ ribbon on their name badge and were able to connect more directly with students who might share a major or extracurricular activity with the recruiter.”
To prepare students for fairs, the Career Center organizes CV review days. This year’s four-day event attracted 738 students for one-on-one meetings with a Career Center staff member or volunteer employer representative.
“We knew that such student interest in our resume review days was a harbinger of successful job fairs,” Williams said. “But seeing record numbers of students walk into the hall, realize all the opportunities available to them, and make personal connections that will enhance their future has been hugely rewarding for our team.”