Spring Career Connection brings 200 employers, 1,500 students to Union South
UW-Madison Engineering Career Services brought together job-seeking engineering and science students with a host of employers from across industry and government on February 3 and 4, 2014, for the Spring Career Connection event.
This semester, the event moved from the Engineering Centers Building to Union South. While its focus is still squarely on engineering careers, one reason for the move was to encourage students from other majors to come.
“It makes it a little more accessible to other science students,” says ECS Associate Director Kathy Prem.
Prem said the event drew about 1,500 students, representing all the different majors in the College of Engineering and seeking internships, co-ops, and full-time jobs. Among the roughly 200 organizations recruiting at the event were veteran Career Connection recruiters and a few newcomers. Extreme Engineering Solutions, Oracle, and General Electric have been supporting and attending the event for years. But some companies were making their first appearance, including Accela, Tormach, and Airwatch.
Brian Borkovec, a human resources generalist at Extreme, noted the Middleton-based company’s long-established tradition of hiring UW-Madison students and graduates.
“The quality of the education they’re getting is really important for us, “ Borkovec says. “They can think and get along well with others.”
Robin Huey, a talent acquisition partner with Accela, said the government-software company decided to come to UW-Madison specifically to look for computer engineering and computer science students. Because the company focuses on making efficient software solutions for the public sector, Huey was pleased with students’ openness to working with government, and with their understanding of open-data applications.
"There's a good mix of all majors who've been enquiring about us, but what I'm enjoying is the personality of the students and their willingness to learn,” Huey said.