I received an interview with Boston Scientific on the spot at the Career Fair, and during that interview, I had plenty of experience to reflect on. That is purely an effect of the hard work UNT College of Engineering puts into their students. The curriculum of the Materials Science Department along with the available equipment for student’s to use has also been a major component of my resume and technical skills.
The most influential moment for me was sitting at the Awards Banquet table and watching such inspirational women and men receive awards for the amazing things they've done to pay it forward and help women succeed in the STEM field! It's just amazing that those people were once like me, a simple student, struggling to make their way. I feel inspired to be like them one day! The theme of this conference was Reach Out to Reach Up, and those are words to live by.
-At the career fair I learned about so many opportunities for a materials engineer in the work place. Even compared to the last National Conference there was a significant increase in material science positions. That made me so excited, and I spoke with many recruiters and applied for so many positions.
-Networking with other colligates and professionals was the best part of the conference. Just the fact that a professional well into her career could attend the same conference as a colligate trying to get into her career is relatable. It shrinks the distance I feel between a professional and a colligate. Plus I got so many career tips and advice from the professionals and tips from colligates about running a successful SWE section.
-UNT has been amazing preparing me for this conference. The school sponsored my conference ticket and travel through the USPDF and professors would give me tips on a successful conference.
This conference was amazing and I am thankful for all those that helped make this amazing especially UNT.
I had an amazing experience at the SWE national conference this year. The first thing I went to was the region C meeting which was really coolbecause I got to learn more about SWE on a regional and national level. The next day was the career fair which was so big I had to use a map to navigate my way through it. I got the opportunity to network with tons of employers and even had 3 interviews for intern/ co-op positions! I feel that I owe part of my success to UNT SWE, college of engineering and career relations for preparing me professionally from revising my resuume to awarding me a grant to travel to Nashville. Lastly, amongst all of the networking, I also formed bonds with other collegiate members which will hopefully flourish into lifelong sisterhood.
What was the most influential moment of the WE15 Conference?
The most influential moment of the WE15 Conference for me was the session: Portraying Courage and Confidence (Even when you are Neither). It was enlightening to learn about how courage and confidence are perceived by others. We also went over how to appear confident and some tricks and tips to help calm the body's reaction to stressful situations.
What successes did you have at the available Career Fair?
I had many successes throughout the WE15 Career Fair. My most notable one is the interview I had with Alcoa. The material scientist I was speaking to at Alcoa's booth had an interest in my senior design project and invited me to interview with the company. I believe the interview went well and I am looking forward to having more interaction with Alcoa. I also spent time talking to the grad school representatives from many schools. Some schools have peaked my interest and have been added to my list of possible grad schools to attend.
What successes did you gain through networking with other collegiates and professionals?
Through networking with the professionals of our region, I have begun aiding in the making of our region's mascot.
How did UNT help prepare you for this conference? (including sponsorship, career prep workshops, etc)
Jodie Foster of the Career Center has helped me a great deal with the preparation of my resume.