Lorraine Middlebrook, left, a recruiter for Phoenix, Arizona-based mining company Freeport-McMoRan, discusses internships and job prospects with Angela Nataly Vanegras, who is studying mining and mineral engineering at New Mexico Tech. Courtesy/NMT
Tyler Lemoine, left, a junior electrical engineering student at New Mexico Tech, and Tim Bonzon, a senior chemistry student, pose in their interview gear before attending the Fall Graduate and Career Fair 2022 on September 20 at the Fidel Student Center. Courtesy/NMT
SOCORRO — Recruiters from 78 different companies, organizations and academic institutions flocked to New Mexico Tech to meet hundreds of students at the university’s annual job fair.
The Fall 2022 Career and Graduate Fair, held September 20 at the Fidel Student Center, attracted hundreds of students interested in internships, summer jobs, career opportunities, scholarships and graduate options.
In the weeks leading up to the show, the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement also held information sessions and workshops on resume writing, interview skills, elevator speeches, how to dress and look good. printing, and other topics to help students prepare to meet recruiters. . Many employers at the fair offered information sessions and interview opportunities for students. Many other companies plan to hold on-campus information sessions in the coming days to answer student questions and accept resumes.
Michael Voegerl, director of the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement, said the job fair provides students with a valuable opportunity to interact personally with recruiters and people who can make hiring decisions. Many alumni, he said, return to campus for the job fair to represent their companies and help recruit tech students.
“Students can speak with someone who has been in their shoes,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for students to expand their network and make connections. They learn to talk to recruiters. It’s a good experience.
Companies from across the New Mexico State and Southwest region – including Sandia National Labs and Los Alamos National Labs, Texas Instruments, Vulcan Materials, engineering and consulting firms, government agencies and state and federal and graduate schools – held tables to speak directly to students interested in finding internships, finding post-graduation jobs, and learning about scholarships and graduate school opportunities.
Mining and Mining Engineering graduate student Angela Nataly Vanegras walked straight to the Freeport-McMoRan table to speak to recruiter Lorraine Middlebrook.
“I really want to work in Freeport,” she said of the Phoenix, Arizona-based mining company.
Kaisa Drew, a second-year computer science student, said attending the job fair was a valuable experience for her. She asked about summer internships with New Mexico and out-of-state companies that have offices in the Albuquerque area.
“I learned a lot of things that I had never heard of,” she says.
The Center for Student Leadership and Engagement also sponsors a free Career Closet and encourages students to stop by the second floor of the Fidel Center to check out interview-appropriate suits, dresses, and other attire. Another job fair will be held in the spring.