Career fair geared towards STEM majors

Kylie Coats


Students mingled with potential employers at last years STEM expo at WSU. (Lichelle Jenkins / The Signpost)
Students mingled with potential employers at last years STEM expo at WSU. (Lichelle Jenkins / The Signpost)

The STEM Career Fair is an opportunity for students to meet with potential employers and will be held in the Shepherd Union Ballrooms, on Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Career Fair, known better as STEM, is designed for students to meet with different companies and organizations to better learn about what it takes to work with those businesses.

The STEM Career Fair will also be incorporating professional sales into the event this year. This creates even more opportunities for students in other majors to see what they can do to fulfill any internship desires or required credits they may have.

“All STEM and professional sales students are encouraged to come,” Karen Doutre, coordinator and employer relations specialist at career services, said.

The event is open to students in any year from freshman to senior.

“Please dress nicely to make a great first impression,” Doutre said. “And come prepared with several copies of your resume.”

Several companies will be attending this year’s STEM Career Fair. A few of these organizations are H&R Block, Hill Air Force Base Engineering, Intermountain Healthcare, Futura Industries and Comcast.

“I think career fairs are great,” Jeff Cutler, a senior in electronic media, said. “I appreciate the fairs when they have a lot of companies with a variety of opportunities.”

The staff at the Career Services Center believe career success starts now, with preparation.

“STEM certainly has a great ability to pay well,” Drew Tyler, adviser for students majoring in electronic media, said.

The College of Engineering, Applied Science and Technology, now known as EAST, teamed up with the Career Center three years ago after realizing that there was a high demand for graduates in science, technology, engineering and math.

EAST and the career center teamed up yet again to give students the best career preparation and opportunities in the ever-changing STEM fields.

In addition to benefiting students at WSU, the career fair will also provide a benefit to employers in the area. The career fair will resemble a miniature interview where the students have the chance to put their best foot forward. Employers will get to observe and interact with a sea of potential candidates, who may end up working for their respective companies in the future.

The STEM career fair has been strategically placed early in the school year so students seeking internship opportunities for the spring and summer semesters can learn about a few of the options that are available, since these opportunities need to be taken advantage of sooner than later.

Students seeking more information about the upcoming fair, and how to best prepare for the event, can visit the website.