Employer interest strong for first-ever Spring Career Conference

February 10, 2014

UW-Stout will hold its first-ever Spring Career Conference from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 25-26, in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center.

The university has had a fall career conference for 35 years.

The spring event is proving popular with employers. More than 90 companies will have booths on the first day and about 120 on the second day. Turnout for the second day will fill the Great Hall and necessitate using Jarvis Hall for some booths.

A Harley-Davidson recruiter talks with students at a recent UW-Stout career conference."The large number of employers attending our spring conference and conducting on-campus interviews demonstrates an increase in recruitment from years past," said Amy Lane, director of Career Services. "There are new companies as well as returning companies who recognize that we have excellent students and graduates who are ready to contribute to the goals of their organization.

"The career focus and applied learning at UW-Stout are key in preparing our students for their professional careers in the world of work," Lane added.

About 2,500 students are expected to attend during the two days.

Career Services also will debut two new features at the event. The Career Conference Boot Camp will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center. Professionals will review students' resumes and give them tips on preparing for the conference, crafting an introduction, interviewing and dressing.

Also, a conference smart phone app will be available to help students view the most current list of employers on hand, search employers based on major and positions open, find employers at the event and view preconference events.

A virtual, or online, career conference also will be hosted by Career Services on Thursday, March 6.

For more information, go to the Career Services website.