The Career Center will hold a variety of events for students and alumni this fall, including career fairs that are expected to attract a record number of employers.
NASA will visit the campus, Friday, Oct. 11, for a day-long showcase about their agency and positions for students. It is the only day-long program that NASA is holding this academic year on the West Coast, Career Center Director Tom Munnerlyn says. The showcase, which will take place at the CBA Building 162, will feature retired astronaut John “Danny” Olivas, a panel discussion, a networking luncheon, and workshops of preparing for graduate school, engineering, and NASA opportunities for students. The event is part of NASA’s One Stop Shopping Initiative and is co-sponsored by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute. Students can register through BroncoConnection.
NASA is among a record number of employers that will attend Cal Poly Pomona’s fall career fairs, surpassing last year’s total of 176. That may be a sign of an improving job market.
“Our career fair last spring was the largest career fair within the CSU system,” says Lauren Corona, Career Center events coordinator. “So I would say that the economy is probably getting better – you can tell by our career fairs.”
The Fall Career Fair will be held Thursday, Oct. 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the University Quad. The Engineering and Hi-Tech Career Fair will be held on Friday, Oct. 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the University Quad. The fairs are open only to students and alumni.
The events already have 172 employers registered to attend, including Fluor, DirecTV, Chevron Corporation, Boeing, Raytheon, Pepsi and many more.
Corona says the Career Center works hard to make sure that there are companies from many different industries and job opportunities for every major. In addition, as a university with strong STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs, Cal Poly Pomona is especially qualified to hold an Engineering and Hi-Tech Career Fair.
“Employers know that our programs are ranked high nationally and they know about our learn-by-doing philosophy,” Corona says.
Recruiters have given positive feedback from previous fairs, saying that Cal Poly Pomona students were prepared and professional.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for our students to talk to a real variety of employers that are right in their front yard,” Munnerlyn says “The employers coming are looking to talk to students about opportunities for internships and full-time jobs.”
Participants are encouraged to dress professionally, bring plenty of resumes and be prepared for on-the-spot interviews.
For more information about these and other events or to view an up-to-date list of attending employers, visit the Career Center website or call (909) 869-2342.
(Editor’s Note: an earlier version of this story mentioned that the National Security Agency was scheduled to visit campus. The agency has canceled its appearance.)
(Photo: A student speaks with a Chevron recruiter at the 2011 Engineering and Hi-Tech Career Fair.)