Madison Area Computer Sciences Job Fair connects students with local tech scene

Student talks to employer at job fair

Madison’s information-technology sector is growing rapidly.  Just last year, Forbes ranked the area fifth on its list of cities with the fastest-growing tech industries and called Madison one of the places “winning the battle for information jobs.”

That explosive growth is good news for both University of Wisconsin-Madison students seeking jobs and for companies aiming to hire skilled IT workers.  As part of its goal to connect students and industry, UW’s Department of Computer Sciences will host its annual job fair on Thurs., Oct. 1.  The event takes place from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in Union South, 1308 W. Dayton Street.

The Madison Area Computer Sciences Job Fair reflects both the desirability of UW graduates for employers, and the burgeoning job market for local IT workers.  This year’s event is the tenth of its kind.  

“The reason this job fair was founded was to build on the incredible IT presence that’s been growing over the last decade in Madison and the surrounding area,” says computer sciences professor Barton Miller.

Nearly forty companies will participate in this year’s event, ranging from local software giant Epic to California-headquartered Google, which opened a Madison office in 2008.  “This will be the biggest fair so far, and there is an excitement and intensity of hiring this year.  Companies signed up to participate earlier than ever before,” says Miller.

Participating companies must have an IT presence in the Madison area or be members of the computer sciences department’s Industrial Affiliates Program, which promotes ties between the university and private industry.

In addition to UW-Madison students and alumni, students from Edgewood College and Beloit College are invited to attend.

The fair not only helps students launch their careers, but also helps companies with technical openings in the Madison area connect with each other.  “Throughout the afternoon, it’s not just students talking to recruiters, but interviewers talking to interviewers from other companies.  It builds a sense of community in the Madison-area IT world,” notes Miller.

Some participating companies, like Epic and EatStreet, have been founded or co-founded by alumni of the Department of Computer Sciences, attesting to the department’s impact on Madison’s economy.

For more information about the Madison Area Computer Sciences Job Fair, contact Professor Miller at bart@cs.wisc.edu.