Getting Down to Business: Student-Run Career Fair is a Record-Breaking Success
DECaF Chairman Jeffrey Mounzer, a sophomore in electrical engineering, worked with a team of 100 student volunteers to organize, market and execute the most successful DECaF in the event’s eight-year history.
“The Jacobs School of Engineering is skyrocketing through the national rankings, and that makes DECaF an easy sell,” says Mounzer who credits DECaF’s success to his team of committed volunteers and the support of the Jacobs School Corporate Affiliates Program members. “This year, electrical and computer engineering seemed to be the hottest fields, and we saw a new influx of bioengineering companies. Across all disciplines, employers are eager to hire our students.”
Ricardo Rodriquez was one of the students who stopped by the ViaSat booth. Rodriquez will graduate this spring, and says he received great leads: “DECaF makes it easy to talk to several companies at once. I’ve seen several companies who seemed very interested in me.”
Large and small companies had students lined up to visit their booths throughout the four-hour job fair. The room buzzed as job hopefuls gave their pitch in speed interviews while recruiters took notes as fast as they could write. By the end of the day, the corporate sponsors had gathered stacks of resumes with the “yes” pile sometimes more than two inches thick.
“The UCSD students we met were stellar,” says Arete Associates’ Nancy Balbuena. “They did their research on our company, their presentation skills were excellent, and they seemed more career-oriented than many of the students we see at other campuses.”
“We saw a great pool of candidates,” says Invitrogen recruiter Stanford Tuupo. “Our hardest decision will be narrowing these down to the list we want to call back for interviews.” And what was Tuupo’s easiest decision? “There is no question, we will be back again next year with at least one more recruiter.”
First-time DECaF participant Bob Atkwell says Texas Instruments will also be a repeat customer. “We only take resumes from candidates who show potential, and I’d say we have about 100 resumes,” says Atkwell, who was looking to hire three to five mechanical, electrical and computer engineers after the fair. “The atmosphere here is superb, the organizers have been incredible, and we will absolutely come back again next year.”
The Disciplines of Engineering Career Fair is held annually on the last Friday of February during National Engineers Week. The event is coordinated by the Triton Engineering Student Council and the engineering student organizations of the Jacobs School of Engineering, and all proceeds support student organization activities. These engineering societies represent the spectrum of disciplines at the Jacobs School, and they work together to market DECaF to all of the Jacobs School's 5,300 undergraduate and graduate engineering students.
DeCAF chairman Jeffrey Mounzer on the event's success. Length: 1:23 Mounzer on the quality of students who attended. Length: 0:47 DeCAF organizer Mounzer on what attracted so many recruiters. Length: 1:06 CSE alum and Veoh recruiter Wendy Tung on the quality of the students she interviewed. Length: 0:34 ViaSat recruiter Nik Devereaux says DeCAF is one of the best-organized events he's attended on any campus. Length: 3:48
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