Campus spring career fairs draw record crowds

More than 200 recruiters and 2,100 students attend KENNESAW, Ga. (March 27, 2015) —…

Georgia (Mar 27, 2015)More than 200 recruiters and 2,100 students attend

KENNESAW, Ga. (March 27, 2015) — Record numbers of students and employers turned out for the spring career fairs at both Kennesaw State campuses this week.

“We had a record 102 recruiters this time,” said Jill F. Forest, associate director of Career Services at the Marietta campus.

“They were here from the Georgia DOT and General Motors to Kia Motors and Georgia Power; employers were primarily looking for students in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) areas.”

Student attendance records also were smashed at the Kennesaw campus career fair.

Lori Trahan, associate director of Career Services at the Kennesaw campus, said 1,158 students and 118 employers participated.

“Employer interest in attending this fair demonstrates that KSU students are in high demand,” said Trahan.

From Autotrader and MailChimp to Porsche and WellStar, recruiters were kept busy as students gave their best “elevator speeches” to try to land follow-up interviews.

Student and alumni participation on the Marietta campus also set a record at 973, with about 40 attending from the Kennesaw campus to look for full-time jobs, co-ops and paid internships.

Big national recruiters also included Macy’s and AT&T looking for computer science, systems and IT students. In addition, the Georgia Tech Research Institute sent recruiters to campus to hire co-op students.

“We always get a lot of interest in our electrical, mechanical and industrial engineering students,” Forest said, “but we’re seeing an uptick in interest for our mechatronics engineering students who deal with robotics, for example.”

T.J. Gibbons, a project manager with Mangan Inc., said he was impressed with the students he met.

“The quality of the candidates was outstanding, specifically the mechatronics students,” Gibbons said. “That curriculum is actually a direct mirror to what we do as a professional controls system engineering and automation company.”

Gibbons said the fair produced “amazing results” for his firm.

Robert S. Godlewski

KSU Career Services Center


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