Archives—February 2013

Meet the New Spring Break

Several feet of snow blanket the ground, a chill wind blows through the rattled trees, and the occasional blizzard whips through the streets. That’s right folks, it’s still winter in Houghton. However, like clouds, the one that seems to eternally stifle the Houghton area has a silver liningSpring Break is less than two weeks away! Although the weather clearly didn’t get the memo, Michigan Tech students certainly have. We’ve long awaited this break over the couple of months—sometimes it feels like years—since Winter Break, and students have an air of silent anticipation about them.

Students enjoying some warmer weatherIn addition to the typical Spring Break trips to places like Cancun and Miami for a relaxing week, Michigan Tech’s Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) plans a number of trips that emphasize adventure and getting outdoors. These trips are called Alternative Spring Break, and they are a great way for students to get out and explore places that they’ve never been before. They truly are a once in a lifetime experience!

This year’s trips have been planned and are ready for students to register. There are trips that suit any adventurer’s interests, whether students are looking for a trip into the wild west for a break filled with winter fun with skiing, snowshoeing, and snowboarding in Utah, a journey to the south for a week of climbing, paddling, hiking, and a wild animal safari in Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas, or a paddling excursion on both the Buffalo National River and the Mulberry River in Arkansas. All of these trips take place from March 916, over the official Spring Break period. Student skiing on a past trip

The trips are led by OAP student staff who have extensive training, including Wilderness First Responder Certification and previous trip leader experience. These students have spent countless hours researching and planning these trips to ensure that they are a fun, safe, and even educational experience for their peers. Again, these trips offer a great way for students to trade in the cold and snowy Houghton weather for a trip to a unique and exciting destination at a reasonable cost.

A Blizzard of Jobs for Engineering Week

Students and recruiters talking at the Career Fair

Although Week 6 of the semester started off just as every other week, it turned out to be even more eventful than anticipated for students at Michigan Tech. Not only was it Career Fair time, but it was also the biggest blizzard that the area has seen in quite some time. Due to all of the snow and frigid temperatures, Michigan Tech was forced to close down for an almost unheard of two consecutive days. Despite the very inclement weather, students and recruiters braved the elements to make this the largest Spring Career Fair in the history of Michigan Tech! With 229 companies represented and over 2,000 student interviews scheduled, this Career Fair shows why Michigan Tech has  a 96% job placement rate for graduating students.

Tuesday’s blizzard added well over a foot of snow to the ground, placing total snowfall for this year at 192 inches according to the Keweenaw Snow Thermometer. Though the storm made quite a mess and shut down many of the area’s schools and businesses, it gave students an unexpected and welcomed break. Whether students used the free time to study, rest, or get out and enjoy the fresh powder on the trails or the ski hill, it was a great way to recharge a bit before spring break.

In addition to job-seeking at Career Fair and staying warm in the blizzard, students are celebrating National Engineers Week. The week is dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the positive contributions that engineers make to our society. It is also a week for outreach to get people interested in the awesome world of engineering. Being a technological university, Michigan Tech has held a ton of great events throughout the week, with more still to come! Whether it be information sessions from engineering companies like Cummins, Inc and Black & Veatch or demonstrations on how to clean up waste water, there’s something representing every discipline of engineering from biomedical to environmental and mechanical. However, the week kicked off with a bang on Saturday, February 16, as Michigan Tech hosted a Winter Baja Competition. More than 50 off-road vehicles from 22 different universities raced around a 1-mile snow course. To find out more about the events taking place throughout this week, check out the schedule from the College of Engineering.

Working For the Future: Spring Career Fair

To start off, I would like to apologize for not posting last week. I had a bit of a slip up in the midst of the amazing Winter Carnival, but I assure you it will not happen again. With that, please enjoy this week’s article!

With the fun and festivities of Winter Carnival 2013 in the rearview mirror, students at Michigan Tech are getting back to the old grind this week. In fact, another major campus event has already stolen the buzz from Winter Carnival. You may be wondering, what could possibly compete with thirty foot snow statues and a beard competition? The answer is the Spring Career Fair, and it’s only one week away! On Tuesday, February 19 from noon to 6 p.m., the Student Development Complex will be teeming with representatives from over 200 companies. All of these recruiters are here specifically to hire the talented students of Michigan Tech, which means great opportunities for students in all majors to find a co-op, internship, or full-time job with a great company. Check out the list of registered companies to learn more!

An event this big takes a lot of planning, and Michigan Tech Career Services has been working hard to connect with as many companies as possible and prepare students for the big day. Over the past couple of weeks, Career Services has held résumé blitzes where students can have their résumés critiqued by the pros. This week, they are offering mock interviews for students to practice answering those tough questions and get feedback about how to improve. They also provide professional development events throughout the year, such as a dining etiquette dinner, information sessions about networking, and other career focused sessions.

I hope your student is thinking about attending the Career Fair. “Companies don’t hire first-year students” is a myth that many students hear, but it is far from the truth. Many companies like to recruit students who are early in their college careers. Even if students aren’t looking for a position at the moment, it’s a good idea to just check out the fair so that they know what to expect when they are actually looking to get hired. Students can find more information about the fair and how to prepare by looking over the students section of the Career Services site. There is also a section for parents, where you can learn about some of the other things that Career Services does to help students land that dream job.