New and diverse companies set to make an appearance at EOC

This Thursday, the annual spring Employment Opportunities Conference (EOC) will take place in the University Center. Unlike the more specialized career fairs in the fall, the EOC, hosted by the Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) is a campus-wide event targeted at students across all colleges and disciplines. In fact, the CPDC has announced that for 2011, it will be conducting the EOC in the fall as well as the spring. The next fall EOC will take place on Sept. 19, 2011.

This year’s EOC has been expanded to include 167 companies, a 12 percent increase over last year’s 149 companies. The increase is largely due to the CPDC’s change in strategy regarding employer recruitment. According to Farouk Dey, the director of the CPDC, the new employer development strategy features a specialized “employer development team,” whose role is to target new industries and sectors that do not traditionally recruit at Carnegie Mellon. Wesley Thorne, the director of employer relations at the CPDC, stated that the team has “made a concerted effort to reach out to employers in industries that have been under-represented at the EOC — namely arts-related employers and those targeting liberal arts students.” Although this was their primary goal, Thorne highlighted that the team “also reached out to employers in virtually every employment sector to ensure that we have a good representation of employers who are seeking students and alumni from all of our colleges.”

Dey further stressed that this year’s EOC features “more variety, more employers, and more opportunities.” Although the list of employers is still dominated by technical and financial companies, Dey emphasized that students outside of these majors should still pursue these opportunities. “Students should think beyond their major,” he said. “Their major gives them specialized skills, but their entire experience at Carnegie Mellon qualifies them for a variety of industries and sectors.”

The EOC will take place this Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. in Wiegand Gym and Rangos Hall. Students interested in attending the EOC should register at www.cmu.edu/career.