Career Conference sets another employer attendance record

One of the hardest things I have to do each semester is trying to navigate my way around the two career conferences that our Career Services office puts on. Each year it gets a little more crowded as more employers sign up to recruit our students, either for co-ops or full-time positions.

For the Fall Career Conference that ended Wednesday, a record 420 companies filled the Multipurpose Room of the Sports and Fitness Center.

It’s also hard for me to get around because I keep running into alumni sent back by their employers to recruit students to follow in their footsteps. Some of these alumni, I hate to admit, were in classes I taught while a faculty member. Others I interact with either through the Alumni Association, our program advisory committees or elsewhere.

All of them, however, spend time telling me how much they enjoyed their time at UW-Stout and how well-prepared they were when they left for that important first job. It’s great to hear these wonderful stories.

Furthermore, some recruiters I met are UW-Stout students. They have a job waiting for them upon graduation because of a successful co-op experience and are recruiting while finishing their degree.

My only regret, frankly, is that we don’t have even more students for these employers to interview. I hope that our new recruiting efforts will help address that concern.

Fall Career Conference

Glad to see Foxconn recruiting at the conference 

I also was very pleased to see representatives of Foxconn Technology attend the career conference for the first time. Foxconn has announced plans to hire up to 13,000 people over the next five years in southeastern Wisconsin to staff and support a planned $10 billion flat-screen manufacturing facility in Mount Pleasant. Foxconn also plans to open an innovation center in Eau Claire.

I know some people question the wisdom of the incentives the state has offered Foxconn, but I believe our institution has a lot to offer Foxconn. The company’s attendance at the career conference was a great step in our efforts to build a meaningful relationship.

Fall Career Conference

Congratulations to Career Services for another successful conference 

I would like to congratulate Director Bryan Barts and his Career Services staff for continuing to grow the career conferences and for making them such a success. Many, many employers said it simply is the best one they attend.

Read more about the career conference here and see photos on the UW-Stout Facebook page and a video.

Former Gov. Thompson still a fan of UW-Stout 

Last Friday I had the opportunity to catch up with an old friend of UW-Stout: former Gov. Tommy Thompson. Gov. Thompson visited UW-Stout often when he was in office and came to appreciate the special place that we hold in the UW System.

Now Gov. Thompson has taken over as chair of the UW System Business Council, and we had a chance to talk after the council’s meeting in Madison. I can assure you he still remains a big fan of UW-Stout and even expressed a desire to take time out of his busy schedule to visit campus again. We are working on the details of that visit now.

Read more about Gov. Thompson and the Business Council here.