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The University of Wisconsin-Stout Career Services office is registering employers for its 35th annual Career Conference to be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 8-9.
The conference is a “kick-start to the recruitment season,” said Amy Lane, director of Career Services. Typically in the fall, 400 to 500 company representatives spend two to three days at the university to meet and interview students for the Cooperative Education/internship program as well as possible full-time employment for graduates.
“It’s about 50-50 between recruiting for co-op positions and graduate employment,” Lane said. Companies are looking for students who are high performers “to develop their talent pipeline,” she said.
The conference is student-run, Lane explained, with 125 to 150 students volunteering. It is a longstanding successful event with 1,700 to 2,000 students attending each year.
This year, the conference will be held in Johnson Fieldhouse to accommodate more people. It previously was held in the Memorial Student Center.
Student leaders may receive unexpected benefits from the experience. In helping company representatives, the students often display leadership qualities that employers watch for. “Student leaders have told me that they think they were offered a co-op because they helped a representative at the Career Conference,” Lane said.
The Career Services Office invites companies to send representatives. Many companies come back year after year, and many representatives also are alumni. Alumni are supplied with a blue button to identify themselves. Career Services hopes to host more than 130 employer booths each day.
The conference emphasizes relationship building and networking and freshmen through seniors are encouraged to attend, Lane said. Many students land interviews the second day of the conference. Each day different majors are featured.
The university offers 44 undergraduate degree programs and 23 graduate programs.
A spring conference will be held Feb. 25-26, 2014, and a virtual conference in March. “This allows employers who are a long distance from UW-Stout the opportunity to connect with our students,” Lane said.
Employers interested in registering for the fall or spring conferences can refer to Career Services or contact Lane by phone at 715-232-1601 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.