The Ninth Career Networking Day is in the Books
More than 300 students jammed Harvey Hall in the Murphy Center with hopes of landing jobs, internships and even establishing relationships with future employees. The College of Engineering and Technology’s (CET) Career Networking Day served as the conduit for many futures where 156 representatives from 57 companies, including those from as far west as Texas, shook hands, read resumes and dispensed advice to the future (and eager) workforce.
Connie Hunt, human resources manager for Tarboro’s Keihin Carolina System Technology, has been coming to ECU for 15 years to find qualified employees. She spoke highly of the type of candidates she encounters when she recruits on campus.
“(They are) very professional…they always express an interest in our company,” said Hunt. “We’ve hired several engineers from here (CET) through internship programs.”
Eddie Okeiga from Holly Springs, North Carolina is a CET underclassman in industrial engineering. His motto is the early bird gets the worm, and he was at the event looking for internship opportunities.
“There’s never such thing as ‘too early’ to get (an) internship,” said Okeiga. “You should always be striving to get your foot in the door as early as possible.”
Zachary Kizer is from Winston Salem, North Carolina and will graduate in May with a degree in industrial distribution and logistics. He had one goal in mind while attending the event and that goal was to find a job. He said he met 10 companies that could turn into something promising down the road.
“Hopefully, they’ll pan out to be true leads,” said Kizer.
This year marked the ninth year in a row for the CET Career Networking Day event. It also marked a first. The College of Business participated in this year’s event.
According to Associate Dean Dr. Leslie Pagliari, COB’s presentation made sense. Quite a number of companies expressed an interest in hiring students with technical or business backgrounds.
“We were so happy to welcome the College of Business to this year’s Career Networking Day,” said Pagliari. “The two colleges have obvious and wonderful synergies, and this joint event is one of many that are to come.”