Ashley Spurgeon

Fall 2020 Career Day goes virtual to connect Mines students, recruiters

More than 8,000 interviews and conversations took place between students and employers over the event's first two days
Employer view of interview on Brazen

Chemical engineering student Cami Schroder interviews with a representative of Puget Sound Energy during Fall Career Day on September 17.

Colorado School of Mines’ semiannual Career Day event looked a bit different this fall.

Instead of filling Lockridge Arena with company booths and students eager to meet potential employers in person, the event took place entirely online and was spread out over two days on September 15 and 16 — with a third day scheduled for October 14 — to ensure Mines students could conduct their job search as safely as possible.

Despite the new format and some technical glitches on the first day, Career Day remained a successful event for both job candidates and recruiters. A total of 1,831 current Mines students and recent graduates logged in to the new Brazen virtual platform on September 15, and 1,387 joined on September 16 to learn more about job and internship opportunities. On the recruiter side, 719 representatives from 175 organizations were on hand to chat one-on-one via text or video with students about their company and available positions in addition to interviewing potential hires. More than 8,000 interviews and conversations took place between students and employers over the two days.

While all science, technology and engineering fields were represented at the event, the most popular employers included:

  • AMD
  • Ball Aerospace
  • BP
  • Chevron 
  • Credera
  • Milwaukee Tool
  • Northrop Grumman 
  • Proctor and Gamble 
  • Seagate Technology 
  • Wolf Robotics
  • BPx Energy

“Fall 2020 Career Day was one for the books,” said Wendy Winter-Searcy, director of the Mines Career Center. “As the first time Mines has hosted a completely virtual career fair, it didn’t go exactly as planned. However, we are so impressed with the resilience and professionalism of the Mines students who persevered and made the most of the connections they were able to make with potential employers. Overall, the employers were very pleased and intend to move forward with their interviewing and hiring plans.”

The Mines Career Center is already hard at work to accommodate employers who had technical difficulties on September 15, as well as companies who had long lines and weren’t able to meet with all of the students waiting at their virtual booths. Those employers will have the option of returning for the final Fall Career Day event on October 14 or hosting a separate virtual information session to connect with more students, which the Career Center said many companies have eagerly expressed interest in doing. The Career Center will also host other recruiting events this fall, including employer panels, engagement events, employer interviews and more.

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Ashley Spurgeon

Ashley Spurgeon

Editor, Mines Magazine
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Colorado School of Mines is a public research university focused on science and engineering, where students and faculty together address the great challenges society faces today - particularly those related to the Earth, energy and the environment.