The career fair and emerging pop stars by Melis A. '08
Thinking about life after MIT at the Career Fair...and then watching a fellow blogger transform into a teeny bopper
The MIT Career Fair was last Thursday, when three hundred companies set-up booths in our athletic facility to try to recruit MIT students. While the fair was specifically tailored to graduating seniors looking for full-time jobs, underclassmen also attended to try to secure summer internships as well. It was quite a spectacle, as 3500 MIT students and alumni, armed with power suits, gold Brass Rats, and stellar resumes, made their way through the maze of prospective employers. Some were looking for a career; others had their sights on the free goodies (ranging from t-shirts to USB drives to hot-pepper sauce.)
My favorite Career Fair activity has always been the dinner banquet, organized by the Society for Women Engineers (SWE). From 6 – 8 pm, some MIT undergrads had the opportunity to network with company representatives over a wonderful buffet dinner. It was a very intimate setting and an extraordinary opportunity to really get to know about a company. I was seated at a table with three other upperclassmen and five employees of Ethicon Endo-surgery, a medical devices company. We learned all about the structure of the company, previous intern’s projects, life in Cincinnati, the product design process, what life after MIT is like, and more!
Oh, and I must mention this… On Friday night, I had the pleasure of attending Zeta Beta Tau’s semi-annual dessert soiree. Not only did I get to consume dozens of scrumptious chocolate-covered bits of heaven, but I also had the privilege of watching Bryan’s stunning karaoke rendition of *NSYNC’s classic, “Bye Bye Bye.” Yes, the same Bryan that does tissue engineering research in the lab of a certified genius also serenades unsuspecting audience members.