Autumn 2018 Career Corner
Second annual tech fair grows
Marc Studer photo, UW Bothell
Earlier in autumn quarter, UW Bothell hosted its second annual Tech & Engineering Fair. STEM students had the opportunity to connect with nearly 35 employers, growing 30% in employer attendance from 2017. With nearly 600 students in attendance employers attended from virtually all industries, representing software services, computer software, aerospace and defense, financial technology, cybersecurity, analytics, machinery, electronics, utilities, hospital and health care, e-commerce, military, telecommunications, and many more. The second iteration of the Tech & Engineering Fair emerged several years ago out of a growing interest from students and employers alike. The School of STEM is now the largest school on campus, serving nearly 25% of the student body.
The fair is open to UW Bothell and Cascadia College students as well as alumni and community members. Prepared by Career Services, many students arrived well-dressed, resumes in hand, with a pitch ready to make to employers. The ARC was full of activity and abuzz from the conversations students and employers were engaged in.
A variety of employers in attendance have made this one of several engagement points with the UW Bothell. These employers are also hiring students for capstones or internships, being featured at events by student organizations, and hosting groups of students for tech and engineering treks to their offices.
Employers or alumni at companies interested in hiring UW Bothell tech and engineering students are encouraged to get in touch to find ways mutually beneficial engagement can take place.
Most students and the general public will search for employment by applying to jobs online. Day after day, searching and feeling like you are making progress--5 jobs one day, 10 the next, 7 the day after that, and so on. The sad reality is that the yield rate on interviews from submitting applications online is only 1%. That means for every 100 applications you submit, you will receive on average one phone interview. It’s time to do things differently if this sounds like you.
If you think networking is the way to go, forget networking and build a community instead. Get on LinkedIn--you won’t regret it. LinkedIn will open up many doors that you didn’t know were possible. This isn’t just an online resume/portfolio, or the Facebook of the professional realm. It’s truly a place where community can be built. Beyond creating a profile of your education and work experiences, you can stay in touch with current and former colleagues and classmates. On LinkedIn you can get introduced to other professionals through people already in your network, join relevant groups to learn from others and share your expertise, post content directly to your network, discover the latest news and insights in your industry, and get found by employers who are looking for people like you. At the end of the day, building community will win out over the spray and pray method of submitting application after application online.