Tech career fair brings employers to students

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Forty-eight companies brought information and jobs to New Mexico Tech Thursday. Representatives from engineering giants, such as Chevron and Honda, took applications and explained their needs to students ready to graduate and freshmen as well. Microsoft was also represented.

Elva K. Österreich/El Defensor Chieftain: Carol Hogsett, representing Los Alamos National Laboratories, discusses career possibilities with New Mexico Tech May 2013 graduate Tim Rushenberg at Thursday’s career fair on campus.

“We encourage the freshmen to come and look,” said Lillian Armijo, Tech director of student services. “For the older ones there have been workshops all week.”

Students graduating in the spring had been learning to polish up their resumes in resume review workshops and hone their interview skills in preparation for this day when they talk to potential employers and pass out their information hoping for a bite.

“Chevron told me our students are very well prepared,” Armijo said.

She said most of the companies are actively hiring for full time employees. Many of them start with internships which later become jobs.

Carol Hogsett, with Los Alamos National Labs, said the lab employs over 1,000 students, hiring from 200 to 400 new engineering students every year.

But the jobs are competitive, Armijo said. The representatives go to job fairs all across the southwestern United States looking for potential employees.

“The students were really excited about the companies that are here,” she said.

At final count, Armijo said 737 students went through the fair, which ended at 2 p.m. Thursday.

“This tops last year’s fair by 250 students,” she said.