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Senior CEAS Student Explores Career Possibilities

October 11, 2016
Cody Sackett discusses job opportunities at a UW job fair Sept. 28.
Cody Sackett discusses job opportunities at a UW job fair Sept. 28.

It’s the time in Cody Sackett’s life where he’s beginning to think about what he’ll do after college.

Along with several hundred other College of Engineering and Applied Science students, he attended the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Job Fair on Sept. 28.

The University of Wyoming student looked the part of an eager jobseeker. His ensemble included a sport jacket, slacks, dress shoes and a tie. He brought a portfolio with several dozen copies of his resume.

Sackett has substantial class work to lean on as he enters the job market. He’s a fifth-year senior in chemical engineering, and should graduate with both engineering and a finance degree in spring 2017. Originally from Newcastle, Wyo., he spent the first four years at UW studying engineering and later added the business concentration.

He originally wanted to be a doctor as a young man in Newcastle. Sackett shadowed a physician as a senior in high school, and found out his mentor had a chemical engineering background. After four rigorous years of engineering classes, Sackett isn’t sure about adding multiple years of medical school and residency.

“I’m still interested in pursuing medicine, but at this point, we’ll see where this chemical engineering degree leads,” he says.

He stood in one line for nearly 10 minutes to talk to one recruiter, only to find out the one open position had been filled. He dropped off a resume, the first of many.

“On to the next one,” he says with a smile.

Down the line of tables in the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center, he exchanged pleasantries with representatives. He posed questions like “Where are you located? Are you hiring full time or just looking for interns? What does the company do?” He knew a lot of the answers, having done research on practically all the companies at the fair.

At the end of his time at the fair, he stopped by the booth of a small energy company based out of Canada. He wanted to follow up on an email exchange he had about a potential position. Wouldn’t you know it, the company had an open position in Newcastle.

“What are the odds of that?” he asks.

If he had a choice among his job out of college, Sackett would prefer one in which he could rotate among different engineering posts, such as systems engineering, production engineering and process engineering.

He asks about chemical engineering positions at Trihydro, a firm with its headquarters in Laramie. There weren’t too many openings and none that fit his skill set. But he dropped off a resume. How could it hurt?

“Maybe it’s not the dream position, but I won’t be picky at this point. I’ll explore all my potential opportunities,” he says.

In one of his last stops of the day, he speaks with a contracting company. This is where his finance degree could come in handy, from a management perspective. He also has some unique perspective, thanks to his Wyoming upbringing.

“Growing up on a ranch and being a part of a family who built their own home, I know more about construction than the average person,” he says.

He was in luck. He earned two formal interviews for positions thanks to his efforts.

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