More than 50 college students from 13 California and Oregon Universities, volunteers from two California sections, and representatives from 11 sponsors, including Vanir Construction Management gathered in September for the Construction Institute’s Student Days Conference in Sacramento. Student Days provides students and industry professionals numerous opportunities to get to know each other while introducing students to the real-world opportunities open to them in their futures as practicing engineers.
Aaron Schwartz, of Vanir Construction Management, was a volunteer to help give the attendees a dose of inspiration as well as recommendations and lessons from his own career to help guide the students in their career path beyond graduation. Erika Valle and Steve Whitehead, also with Vanir, participated in a job fair during the last day of the event. Part of the job fair included a “speed networking” session where groups of students were given a few minutes with each company representative to ask career and professional questions.
Aaron, Erika, and Steve met with some amazing students throughout the day as it continued into the job fair where they were able to discuss students’ career passions, how their education and internship experience would fit with in Vanir, as well as give resume, career path and search advice. We continue to stay in touch with the students and hopefully will hire some of them to join the Vanir team in the future.