After a virtual career fair during the 2020 pandemic year, the Department of Construction Management hosted its biannual fall career fair in person on Tuesday, Sept 28. Held in the ballrooms of the Lory Student Center, the fall fair was attended by 120 companies, with a waitlist of 40 additional companies. Industry advisory board members were happy to take advantage of their early registration opportunity, as competition for tables was intense, and all spaces were sold out within the hour of registration opening.
These companies were recruiting from among the 400 plus students who came to learn about internship and career opportunities offered by the different attendees. Since the day following the fair to mid-October, 51 companies have participated in-on campus interviews for an approximate total of 600 interview spots.
Industry members commented, “We love the students here! They are always very professional and well-prepared,” and, “I think the fair is an incredible resource for students, alumni, and industry. It’s awesome! The department puts so much effort into it. It is an extremely well-run event, and we look forward to coming every semester.”
Students are equally enthusiastic: “Great variety of employers – perfect amount of time, excitement from recruiters, friendly people – very organized.” Another student said, “Companies are always eager to hire and we come well-prepared. I’ve had 3 interviews already, and have a few more scheduled. I am confident that I will receive offers.”
The recruitment services provided though the Phelps Placement Office in the CM program contributes to the CM major having one of the highest placement rates and starting salaries across campus. Last spring 92% of graduating seniors had plans secured before graduation, 48% of those with their internship employer.
The continued strength in the construction market coupled with CSU’s track record for graduating strong, work-ready employees will ensure that the twice yearly events will continue to be critical recruiting events for construction firms throughout Colorado and beyond.