Engineering/Architecture career fair draws students, alumni

career fair participantsOn the afternoon of November 5, close to 200 students flocked to Crawford Hall to explore career options in the fields of architecture and engineering. The fair, organized by the Career Development Center (CDC), was open to all, but was geared particularly towards students majoring in architecture and civil, mechanical and electrical engineering. Many who attended will be graduating and entering the workforce next year, and were looking specifically to network. Others came just to see what's out there.

career fair participantsKathy McGuckin, CDC Associate Director, described some of the advantages of attending a career fair. "It's helpful for our students to see the diverse options open to them in their chosen fields," she said. In addition, McGuckin remarked that career fairs provide a unique opportunity for students to talk with real professionals about real world projects without having to leave campus. "A student could get some of the same information off of these firms' web sites, but this is the next best thing to actually being there," said McGuckin.

Twenty-one individuals representing elevencareer fair participants firms and businesses from all over the Northeast spent the afternoon in the Milano Ballroom, talking with students and dispensing information on their companies.

Among the presenters at the fair were 15 Norwich University alumni. With so many Wick graduates attending, the fair resembled a Norwich alumni reunion. Mark Bolding '95 of Dufresne-Henry, and Keith Barrett '80 of Pizzagalli Corp.both live right in Northfield. Others traveled quite far to attend. Wherever they came from, all seemed to feel the trip was well worth the effort.

"Our alums love being back on campus, and the students feel comfortable talking with them, because they have this experience in common," said McGuckin.

Upcoming career fairs:

  • Business, Liberal Arts, "General Fair" - February 5, 2004
  • Criminal Justice Fair - April 8, 2004

If you or your firm would like to be represented at either of the above, contact Kathleen McGuckin, Associate Director, Career Development Center, 802-485-2125 or email careers@norwich.edu.

dweggler@norwich.edu, November 2003

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