Sept. 14 marked the start of this semester’s graduate school and
career fairs, which were held in the upper ballroom of the Lory
The fairs are designed to give students an idea of what they
want to do after they finish their degree at CSU.
Over 150 companies and 81 graduate school programs have
presentation tables over the course of the event.
Before students attend the fair they should go online and
research companies and programs they’re interested in, so they’ll
be able to strike up a good conversation with future employers and
colleges at the fair, said Ann Malen, director of the Career
“It’s good to talk to employers and see what it’s actually like
to work at their company and what the corporate climate is there,”
The event typically draws between 3,500 and 7,000 students over
the course of the three days, and most students feel attending is
worth their while.
“It’s so convenient. It’s right on campus, so there really is no
reason not to go,” said Crystal Thomas, a senior health and
exercise science major.
“It allows students to explore a broad range of employment
types. It’s a great way to meet employers and to start making those
kinds of contacts,” she said.
Along with schools from around the nation, CSU also had a
variety of graduate tables at the event including the liberal arts,
engineering and agricultural sciences colleges.
Mike Simmons, former CSU student and speech communications
lecturer, headed up the CSU liberal arts graduate program table at
“It’s important that we’re a part of everything and that we
represent ourselves as a force in the university,” Simmons
The liberal arts graduate program is the largest graduate
program at CSU.
Some of the major companies that attended the event include
Microsoft, Mervyn’s, Target and Xcel Energy.
Malen emphasizes the importance of making contacts at a fair
such as this.
“When you make initial contacts and meet the recruiter, it is
something that over time can lead to a job shadow, an internship
and then possibly a job,” Malen said.
Today is the last day of the career fair. It will go from 9:30
a.m. to 3 p.m. in the LSC Main Ballroom.