Get hired: Businesses come to University of Idaho to provide students with chance to get jobs
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Fair and the Career Fair are an opportunity for students to meet with employers and to apply in person.
STEM will focus on students seeking a job or internship and the Career Fair will be for students who are looking for opportunities in corporations or graduate degree programs.
“When students connect with employers for internships and fulltime positions, the hiring rates are higher if they are meeting in person than if they apply online,” said Suzi Billington, director for academic success and access programs at the Career Center. “It gives the employer a chance to see the quality of the job candidate.”
“Going to the job fair, students have a better chance of getting into those second and third round interviews,” she said. “This is the only chance to meet with employers in person until the spring, especially for STEM fields, because they tend to hire in the fall and only come back in spring to fill the positions that are open.”
Manager for Employer Relations and Communications Jessica Berwick said the unique thing about the job fairs is that they provide a face to face opportunity that is missed when applying online.
“Part of the collegiate experience is taking different opportunities and getting job experience that will help you in the future, for your job and networking,” Berwick said.
Employers at the fairs include Boeing, Darigold, Itron, Oregon State University College of Business, Efinancial.com, Seattle Police Department, Peace Corps and the U.S. Navy.
“The job and internship fairs aren’t just for junior, seniors and people who are graduating,” Billington said. “They are for all students to learn how to network effectively and to learn more about the different job opportunities that are out there.”
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