The lofty pedigree of interested enterprises include companies such as Google, Hewlett-Packard, 3M, General Motors and other industry leaders. They have conducted 1,659 on-campus interviews within the last two years, employing motivated and self-driven students.
“Employers want self-initiated people who can be a part of a team or step up to lead,” said Director of Career Services Julia Sherlock. “Those are the skills that not everyone has, but everyone has an opportunity to develop if they self-initiate and decide to be involved. That’s what employers are looking for.”
Employers recruit through a variety of means. Career Services is the driving force to getting recruiters on campus, but companies contact various departments at CMU on their own with employment opportunities, as well.
Two of the departments receiving the most attention are the College of Science and Technology and the College of Business Administration. The school of Engineering and Technology, especially, maintains a close relationship to companies interested in students.
“We pay close attention to our relations with companies,” said Director of the School of Engineering and Technology Mohamad Qatu. “They are almost always regional, usually in Michigan. We try to go to companies through personal and professional relations.”
One of these relationships was formed through a senior project by engineering students, where students build a prototype that is presented to engineering companies such as Mobark, Dow and Commonwealth. This provides real-life experience and the opportunity for the students to get their skills exposure in the industry.
Alpha Kappa Psi holds an annual career fair to attract companies to CMU students. This year, they brought in around 100 companies
“A lot of them have been coming here since 2001, so it’s a long-lasting relationship that we have with the companies,” said Jasmin Aguillon, corporate relations chair for Alpha Kappa Psi. “Alpha Kappa Psi does event planning, but we work closely with Career Services. Career Services reaches out to companies that haven’t been here before.”
Aguillon said she expected nearly 1,000 students to attend the event.
Companies contact Career Services in several ways. More than 4,000 job postings are listed on the Career Services website, opportunities that are found through faculty referrals, talent searching and companies that simply reach out to CMU.
“We act as a talent agent,” Sherlock said. “Companies operate 24/7, 365 days a year, and so do we.”