U of M CSE Fall Career Fair is a Zoo

An estimated 600 recruiting representatives from 186 different employers turned out at the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering fall career fair yesterday, packing an entire floor at Mariucci Arena.   A U of M spokesperson says that the fair accommodates 3,000 students and consistently fills up — both in terms of employers and job seeking students.

An analysis of hiring companies reveals that roughly 55% are Minnesota-based and while the likes of Microsoft, Google, and Amazon were out in force — not a single local startup was present.  The next biannual event will be held at a TBD date in the spring.


  • Bill

    As a student I was disappointed by the lack of startups. Smallest I could find had 40 employees.

  • http://petekane.ee/ Pete Kane

    Bill, thanks for this insight. The startup community and the UMN have had a difficult time coming together. I would be happy to meet and introduce you to startups you are interested in. I run a co-working space exclusively for high-potential Minnesota startups: http://www.svl.mn

    • http://twitter.com/casey__allen Casey Allen

      How about a CSE job fair at the loft, startups only ?

      • http://petekane.ee/ Pete Kane

        I’m all about it :) There’s a bunch of startups in town preparing to hire in 2015.

        • http://tech.mn Jeff Pesek

          Make it happen!

  • http://www.mnheadhunter.com/ Paul DeBettignies

    Yes there are a number of reasons why a startup should have attended, PR being the first… and I can think of a number of reasons why a startup sat this out: 1) most startups connect with professors and career services folks directly and already have a pool of candidates 2) most are worrying about hiring now and the next year and need more experienced folks. They’re not thinking about creating a talent pool for 2 years from now. 3) most startups do not have the staff to handle conversations and resumes from that many people 4) LinkedIn