Career fair offers many opportunities for Engineering students

Career fair offers many opportunities for Engineering students

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Students dressed in their business best to impress prospective employers for opportunities that arose at the annual Career Fair on Oct. 4 in the Career Services Center.

The majority of the companies ranged anywhere from Valero to Halliburton, focusing mostly on engineering majors looking for internships or jobs.

“I’m trying to get my foot in the door with a good company, and there’s a lot of them here,” said Abhi Karki, a senior Chemical Engineering major.

Halliburton Murillo, a native of Colombia, informed attendants that most of the people employed by Halliburton actually come from career fairs like this one.

Murillo also told students that his company is currently mining the South Texas/Mexico area for personnel in the upcoming year.

Even though there is a large amount of competition for engineering internships and jobs in the state of Texas, AMK students are usually quickly acknowledged—like Laura Eidson, an alumni who got her start as an intern after attending a career fair.

“About half of our interns for the year, come from TAMUK, and of that half, fifty percent end up actually working for our company. [Valero]”

Despite the statistics, it can still be hard for students to stand out above their peers without the proper tools.

“You have to be more than just your resume, you have to sell yourself,” Eidson said. “Be personable, have something strong to say about yourself that makes you stand out as an individual.”

Although the fair is usually crowded with a plethora of senior students eager to get an internship before graduation, it’s an event for anybody interested.

Jennifer Slayton, a senior Chem. Eng. Major who has already had an internship with the Lyondellbasell company the previous year gave hope to students looking for a future.

“It’s never too early to start looking for a job or internship, the sooner you get your foot in the door, the better,” Slayton said. “Don’t be afraid to take that first step.”

By: Matthew Castaneda