OSUIT’s Combined Career Fair benefits companies as much as students
OSU Institute of Technology’s Combined Career Fair offers not only students a chance to find internship and job opportunities, but gives company representatives a chance to find their next generation of employees.
This fall’s Combined Career Fair is on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Covelle Hall and is for students in the schools of Construction Technologies, Energy Technologies, Engineering Technologies, Information Technologies and Visual Communications.
Representatives from more than 25 companies in those industries will be on hand to meet and talk with students looking for internship or employment opportunities.
ONEOK has been a long-time attendee of OSUIT’s career fairs, and recruiter Carly Beller said the events are just as beneficial to companies as they are to students.
“The career fair benefits ONEOK by allowing us to speak with many students in a variety of programs in a short amount of time. We use the career fairs as a way to network with students regardless of where they are in their studies, as well as to evaluate potential fit for an internship or full-time opportunity,” Beller said.
Joe Bartlett is an instructor in the Pipeline Integrity Technology program and said even if students don’t find an internship or job, attending the Combined Career Fair is worth their time and effort.
“It’s huge for networking. The students better understand what the industry needs and at the same time, industry sees what the schools and their students can offer them,” Bartlett said. “It’s a great chance for students to find where they might want to go work or where they don’t want to go.”
And many companies return to the career fairs year after year because they have found success with OSUIT students.
“ONEOK has always been impressed with the skill level and enthusiasm of students at OSUIT,” Beller said. “We have several OSUIT alums who attend the career fairs and other events on campus to stay connected with students and faculty.”
Phillips 66 and its subsidiary DCP Midstream have a long-standing partnership with OSUIT and several of its programs.
“OSUIT is preparing students for technical careers in both our midstream and refining business units,” said Stephen Potts, midstream human resources manager at Phillips 66. “The career fair presents an opportunity for both Phillips 66 and OSUIT students to discuss potential career paths and opportunities that match the student’s field of study and interest. We truly appreciate our partnership with OSUIT.”