Engineering Fair gives opportunities

Alex Iannone | Banner | Chris Kanaan, junior mechanical engineering major, talks to potential employers during the Engineering Fair in the Dennis and Carol Troesh Engineering Building.

California Baptist University engineering students of all areas gathered Oct. 23 to meet with prospective employers at the annual Engineering Fair.

Fifty companies lined the Dennis and Carol Troesh Engineering Building’s main hall with booths supplying information and representatives to speak with students.

The Career Center hosted the Engineering Fair, encouraging students to dress professionally and bring resumes to hand to potential employers.

Katie Mast, junior mechanical engineering major, said she has attended the Engineering Fair the past two years, and as a result, received internships both times.

“It’s a cool opportunity to meet employers for over the summer and just talk about internships and careers after college,” Mast said.

Caleb Spranger, junior mechanical engineering major, said he would encourage other engineering students to attend future fairs. Spranger said he decided to attend for two reasons.

“For one, I have to complete an internship by my senior year.; and second, there are many possibilities with all the different companies that are here,” Spranger said. “It also seems better to meet employers in-person than just applying online. That’s what makes this event nice.”

McKenna Sessions, junior public relations major and student assistant for the Career Center, said this event has been beneficial for engineering students looking for internships and jobs.

“We get all kinds of students coming in so excited,” Sessions said. “There are even people who came to these (fairs) as sophomores when they really couldn’t get internships quite yet, but they came back during their senior year and because of the connections they made from their sophomore year they actually were able to get a job.”

Sessions also explained the expansive list of employers at career fairs.

“We have all kinds of businesses and companies here. It’s a great opportunity for students to come and talk to employers to make connections and possibly get job interviews for internships or even future careers,” Sessions said.

In addition to the Engineering Fair, the Career Center hosts a variety of additional career fairs.

Students have shown that investing in these opportunities to make connections within their desired career fields may better their chances of getting internships and jobs in the future.

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