April 14, 2024

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At upcoming UND jobs event, information is more important than recruitment – Grand Forks Herald

GRAND FORKS — Getting employers and students together at an event usually means there’s a lot of recruiting in the air.

This one is more centered on information sharing.

Several organizations are putting together an inaugural event called “Explore Your Future: Grand Forks Region Company Highlights” at UND later this month. The Chamber of Commerce, Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation, Job Service of North Dakota, UND Pancratz Career Development Center and UND Career Services are hosting the event.

More than 200 UND students and 20 to 40 employers will gather from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on April 16 in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Organizers say it will be an opportunity for UND students to interact with employers through the completion of career-focused bingo cards. Employers will share information about their companies’ daily operations, culture and what it feels like to be an employee at the organizations.

“This is not a job recruiting event, but rather a chance to educate students about the great companies in the region,” organizers said.

Becca Cruger, director of workforce development for the Grand Forks Region EDC, said she’s excited about the day.

Cruger said the event is similar to the Northern Valley Career Expo.

“Unlike the career fair, it’s hands-on, where students will get to experience parts of the job,” she said. “It’s less about pushing types of open opportunities and more about exposure to local opportunities.

“Similar to the Northern Career Valley Expo, employers are invited to bring along an interactive activity for students to do. … Students will also be given a card with different questions they can ask employers about what their day is like and then they can win prizes for completing that card.”

UND places an emphasis on experiential learning.

“And, of course, what our office at the EDC and the Chamber are both interested in is how to connect UND students to the local employers, so they know about all the opportunities that exist in Grand Forks,” Cruger said.

Students will receive free registration and lunch in addition to the chance of winning prizes and swag.

Chelsea Mellenthin, director of career engagement at UND, said the Chamber had a similar event called Career Conversations. The difference between that and the upcoming version is everybody will be in one place.

“We partnered with the Chamber to bring it to campus,” Mellenthin said.

“We really framed this for students being able to build relationships and network with employers to learn about their companies,” she said. “We envision it more like a mini-job shadowing, where they can get to know employers a little bit more, learn about their company.

“It’s just an opportunity (for employers) to get in front of students to share more about what it’s like to work for them and build that awareness that there are a lot of options within our local community.”

Kevin Fee is a freelance reporter for the Herald.