Employers seek ‘best’ at Tech’s Career Fair

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Max Sexauer, a third-year computer network and system administration student at Michigan Technological University, talks with Paige Millburg, quality assurance and localization director for Epic, at Tech’s Fall Career Fair Wednesday.

HOUGHTON — The Student Development Complex was filled Wednesday with thousands of Michigan Technological University students meeting with potential employers.

Three-hundred-and-forty companies had registered for the fair, putting it in line to be the third-largest on record, according to Steve Patchin, Tech’s director of Career Services.

Samantha Spohn, a third-year Tech student, used Tech’s Career Fair app to hone in on the companies hiring for her major, computer network and system administration.

“I got a full list of companies, which I was all able to talk to, and printed off resumes,” she said. “I definitely came in with a plan.”

In her fifth Career Fair, Spohn said she has become more confident and that has worked for her: Eight of the 10 companies signed Spohn up for interviews.

“I think it’s exceptionally valuable,” she said. “I know a lot of people who have this opportunity to come to Career Fair and then they don’t, and they’re stuck years after trying to find a job. I just keep on saying, ‘All you had to do was come to Career Fair, and then one person has your resume and can give it to anyone else.'”

While engineering dominated the event, companies sought a diverse field of interests. According to Tech’s Career Services department, more than 30 companies were seeking business administration majors, more than 60 are looking for students in computer science, and at least 25 companies were looking for students in mathematics.

Infinity Machine and Engineering was looking for jobs including electrical and mechanical engineers, programmers and service technicians. Located in the alcove of the gym, the traffic was slower, but it had still gotten some good candidates, said Kathleen Carson, Infinity’s Accounting and Human Resources manager.

Carson said she looks at the students’ grades and experience, as well as their personality and how they relate with other people.

This is the third year Infinity has come to the fair. It has hired a number of Michigan Tech students and graduates.

“Michigan Tech has a great reputation,” she said. “Those students who apply, you see them and you grab them, because you know they’re the best.”