School of Mines hosts second virtual academic career fair

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The School of Mines hosted its second career fair of the academic school year on Tuesday, and just like the previous one, it was virtual.

But now, with the vaccine rollout underway, employers are optimistic about a return to normal and filling open positions. 126 employers participated — 28 for the first time — making this the largest spring career fair in the school’s history.

The School of Mines is planning to host in-person career fairs for the next academic year, but added that there is a silver lining to hosting virtually.

“The majority of our employers and students do prefer the in person fair over the virtual fair. However, there was a silver lining to having virtual fairs this past year. Because employers didn’t have to travel and take time off work to recruit our students we were able to attract a lot of new businesses to our fairs that we normally wouldn’t have brought in to an in person event,” said Matt Hanley, Director of SDSM&T’s Career & Professional Development Center.

While the plan is to return to in-person career fairs next academic year, there is a chance they could go to a hybrid format to take advantage of the benefits of holding the fairs virtually.

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