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Grainger College of Engineering holds annual career fair, boosts student motivation

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Jack Larson
ISE PHD student Sanyukta Deshpande talks with a representative from ExxonMobil at the career fair on the second floor of the Illini Union on Wednesday.

The Grainger College of Engineering held its Fall 2023 Engineering Career Fair on Wednesday and Thursday. The Illini Union hosted the event from noon to 5 p.m. Unlike last year, there was no online version of this fair. 

Crowe Global, Union Pacific Railroad, Northern Trust and many more companies attended this year’s fair. 

Employers at Union Pacific said, “We have been coming off and on for over 10 years.”

Union Pacific mentioned how they find great success from certain majors at Illinois, mainly from the computer science and engineering departments. 

Depending on background and experience, Union Pacific mentioned how they prefer to take people in between their sophomore and junior year. They did note, however, that “there are rare occasions when we’ll take someone between their freshman and sophomore year.” 

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According to the college’s website, the career fair is one of the main events and attracts around 7,000 people in the fall and 3,000 people in the spring. 

Sierra Roby with Northern Trust, a global financial services firm based out of Chicago, said, “I think we may have spoken to around 80 to 100 people today, and we are looking to hire for around 30 roles.” 

Roby highlighted that there were other universities Northern Trust was hiring from as well. 

Aalia Angirish, sophomore in Engineering, said that the event was tiring with how many students from other colleges than Grainger attended. 

“I came in with no expectations because I was not sure how it would go, but surprisingly handed out more resumes than I thought I would and formed connections with a lot of recruiters.” 

 

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