Construction science fall career fairs break attendance records

Companies looking to hire construction science students at Texas A&M turned out in record numbers at fall 2013 career fairs hosted by the Department of Construction Science.

There were 140 companies looking for new employees and interns at the two career fairs, breaking the previous record of 125 companies at the fall 2008 fairs, said Joe Horlen, head of the department.

“The positive trends reflect the continued economic improvement of the industry,” said Horlen. “Our students are being offered an ever-greater diversity in the types of companies attending the fair, including the industry’s residential, specialty, oil, gas and energy sectors.”

Corporate attendance at this fall’s fairs, the largest department-hosted career fairs at Texas A&M, represented a 31% increase from the spring 2013 fairs.

The first of the two fairs the department hosts each semester is for companies that are members of the Construction Industry Advisory Council, which advises department administrators and faculty on contemporary construction issues and influences the department's strategic direction and course content.

A social mixer hosted by the department the evening before the session I fair gives students a chance to meet company representatives in a relaxed environment, said Horlen. Corporate and student participation in the Fall 2013 mixer also marked an all-time high.

The spring 2014 session I fair is scheduled February 6 and 7 at the Brazos County Expo Center. The session II fair is scheduled Feb. 18 in building A of the Langford Architecture Center.

posted November 7, 2013