The conference is a "kick-start to the recruitment season," said Amy Lane, director of Career Services.
Recruiters will spend two to three days at Johnson Fieldhouse and other venues on campus to meet and interview students and alumni for the Cooperative Education 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. 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 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.
A spring conference will be held Feb. 25-26 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.
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