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2014 Fall Career Fair sees record number of attendees

Tech’s 2014 Fall Career Fair was held in the Young Ballroom on Oct. 29 and saw a record number of both exhibitors and students participate and attend the event. This year also marked the first year an employer hosted the event.

Each year the Fall Career Fair gives students the opportunity to meet with, and learn more about, a variety of businesses, nonprofit organizations and recruiters from across the state.

Students are also given the opportunity to learn more about graduate programs and opportunities for continuing their education at Tech’s Graduate College booth.

This year’s record-breaking event hosted 58 exhibitors and was attended by 302 Tech students. The host for Tech’s first employer-sponsored career fair was KFSM-TV. The CBS-affiliate has been a staple in many homes across the Arkansas River Valley and Northwest Arkansas areas since 1953.

“KFSM was a great partner in helping us promote the event across the state to employers we may not have been able to contact in the past,” Melanie Diffey, career counselor from Norman Career Services, said. “We are hoping to continue to grow with sponsorship and partnership opportunities with a variety of organizations in the future.”

Since the career fair, Career Services has had overwhelmingly positive feedback about Tech students’ preparedness, appearance and ability to talk about themselves.

“Our hope is to continue to teach future graduates how to carry on this tradition of professional excellence,” Diffey said.

This positive feedback is already resulting in students receiving phone calls, emails and having interviews with potential employers.

“More than 40 students have participated in on-campus interviews with employers from the fair since the event,” Diffey said. “And I’m sure there are more that have begun employment talks on their own as well.”

The opportunities, education and support Career Services provides is continuing to grow and is leading to increased career opportunities for future graduates at Tech. This year’s success definitely has Career Services thinking ahead to 2015.

“The career fair was about as large as it can get and still fit in the Young Ballroom, so we are looking into possibilities for expanding into another facility that might give us more space for an even bigger fair next year,” Diffey said.

For more information about Career Services and all the services and events offered throughout the semester visit www.atu.edu/career.