AMES, Iowa — There is plenty of interest in recruiting at Iowa State University’s Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Day despite the downturn in the agriculture sector, said the organizer of the annual job fair.
“Visiting with several of my peers at other land grant universities, most fairs are down in attendance this year driven by economic conditions, mergers and such,” said Mike Gaul, director of Career Services at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “Regardless, the entry-level opportunities for students in Agriculture and Life Sciences remain very strong and the large turnout of employers reinforces our students are held in high regards.”
The Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Day will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Lied Recreation Athletic Facility at 518 Beach Rd. on the Iowa State campus. The job fair is free and open to the public.
Gaul said the number of organizations scheduled to participate is close to the 262 recruiting last year. A list of organizations recruiting at the event is at: http://www.career.cals.iastate.edu/cals-career-day/current
Many recruiters will arrive the evening before for a record number of departmental recruitment events and more will stay an extra day to conduct on-campus interviews. Gaul said the day after is typically the busiest interview day of the year with more than 860 interviews taking place last year.