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High Employer Demand for UW Students Prompts Job Fair Changes

September 16, 2014
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John Greff of Riverton, a chemical and petroleum engineering major, receives information from the Bisco Drilling Tools booth at a 2013 job and internship fair at the University of Wyoming. Due to increased employer interest, UW will have two job fairs, divided by career fields, Oct. 6-7. (Stephanie Feldick Photo)

Increased employer interest has led the Center for Advising and Career Services (CACS) at the University of Wyoming to plan two fall job and internship fairs instead of one. The fairs, which will be divided by career fields, allow the employers to interact with students from all colleges and majors.

The Business, Government, Non-Profit and Agriculture Fair will be Monday, Oct. 6, and the Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Fair will be Tuesday, Oct. 7. Both fairs will be from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Ballroom.

Interested employers may sign up for the fair at

“The spring 2014 fair had well over 100 employers, and we reached our capacity for space,” says CACS Director Jo Chytka. “We want to make sure that every employer has access to our students, and the split additionally makes the fairs easier to navigate for job seekers.”

Employers will be seeking students and recent alumni for full-time, part-time and internship positions. The university also allows employers to schedule UW facilities to conduct interviews and hold information sessions. UW faculty and staff members will be on hand to interact with employers.

The growing employer demand reflects a promising career outlook for UW graduates, Chytka says. Both job/grad school placement rates and average starting salaries have been steadily increasing in recent years, based on a CACS survey of UW recent graduates. For last year’s graduating classes, 66 percent had job offers in their field or graduate school plans within three months of graduation. The average reported starting salary for UW graduates was $45,819.

“Employers have been increasingly impressed by not just the high quality facilities and instruction at UW, but also the work ethic and values of our students,” Chytka says.

The fair is sponsored by CACS and WYO Gold, the Student Alumni Association. For more information, contact CACS at (307) 766 2398 or email

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