Organizers of a University of Calgary Engineering
Career Fair in September hope to generate greater student
and recruiter interest than past fairs have. Chris Popoff,
career fair director with the U of C Engineering Students'
Society, said he's busy rounding up recruiters in an effort
to create a fair that's convenient for students and meets
"It's our understanding that recruiters for engineering
positions are not happy with the lack of student turnout at
similar events at the U of C during the school year,"
said Mr. Popoff. "This in turn hurts our faculty because
there is an assumption that the students are not interested
in the positions that are being offered.
"Not only do U of C engineering students miss out on
invaluable summer experience, but recruiters start going to
competing schools for their employment base. These companies
then begin to miss out on the wealth of talent that we have
at our school."
The fair will feature soft skill workshops from Monday to
Wednesday, Sept. 22 to 24, followed by the fair itself in
the Engineering Lounge on Thursday, Sept. 25. The workshops
will cover resume writing, networking, interview tips and
other information to help students find jobs.
Also planned is a clubs day, on the 25th and in conjunction
with the fair. Its purpose is to give more exposure to engineering
related campus clubs such as Women in Science and Engineering,
and Engineers Without Borders. The intent is to provide students
with some options for becoming involved in engineering beyond
The Engineering Students' Society wants to establish U of
C engineering as a primary source of part-time summer and
full-time graduate employment. It also wants to showcase U
of C engineering before Calgary's corporate recruiters.
ESS is holding the fair and the clubs day in the engineering
building, which means recruiters will have direct access to
students. "This should virtually eliminate the lack of
student response experienced in years past," said Mr.
Event information packages will be made available well before
the fair. The booklets will list companies and sponsors, and
show where to find specific booths. A reception after the
fair will introduce recruiters to some of the unique aspects
of the U of C engineering program.
Career Fair Director
Phone: (403) 267-0755
Fax: (403) 267-0701