OPP Set for 2016 Professional Practice Days

January 29, 2016  


Professional Practice Days Interviews

Students and employers conduct interviews during the 2015 Professional Practice Interview Days. Employers requested 1,469 interviews with 369 Purdue students.
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue University Office of Professional Practice (OPP) will host its annual Professional Practice Career Fair and Interview Days on February 16-18, 2016. This annual event serves as the optimal time for prospective Cooperative Education students to secure an opportunity with an industry partner, as the Office of Professional Practice works to tirelessly to facilitate contact between students and employers during this time period. While the focus is certainly on Cooperative Education, the Professional Practice Career Fair will also facilitate many internship and full-time employment opportunities.  

Cooperative Education, colloquially known as “Co-Op,” is a work-integrated plan of study where students alternate terms of on-campus, academic study with terms of work with an industry partner. The Co-Op program is based on the opportunity to conduct all work sessions with the same industry partner, gaining up to 18 months of paid work experience, while earning an average monthly salary of $3,300. By requiring successive work sessions with the same employer, Co-Op allows students to gain progressive levels of responsibility, leading to an enhanced understanding of the student’s chosen profession. While historically associated with engineering disciplines, students from 45 majors located in eight academic colleges are eligible to participate in Co-Op. Currently, the Office of Professional Practice serves nearly 800 students across the 3- and 5-Session Co-Op programs, having seen a 132% increase in 3-Session participation in the last five years.

The only event of its kind at Purdue, the Professional Practice Career Fair and Interview Days serves both students and employers. Eligible students apply to the program, submit a resume, and then rank employers within their specific discipline. Employers then have an opportunity to their own hiring criteria while also indicating their preference to pre-select students via resume perusal, recruit students for interviews through the Professional Practice Career Fair, request that the Office of Professional Practice create an interview schedule based on a student-ranking algorithm, or conduct open interview signups. This results in two days of interviews in a speed-dating format, where students and employers receive interview schedules meeting their criteria. Interviews are staged in the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms and are conducted in 30-minute increments. The 2015 event yielded 1,469 requests for interviews with 369 applicants.

Eckhard A. Groll, Director of the Office of Professional Practice and the Reilly Professor of Mechanical Engineering, said, “This three-day event, collectively known as Professional Practice Days, is a fantastic opportunity for students to engage with potential employers who are keenly interested in helping students develop their career skills and provide work experience directly related to the student’s academic program. Our office not only brings together students and employers in a convenient setting, but we team with our partners in the Center for Career Opportunities to offer students expert advice on resume preparation and interview skills to get ready for the events.”

The Office of Professional Practice (OPP) facilitates the experiential education and professional practice of Purdue University students within the academic environment of the institution and its global partners, participates in academic research within the field of professional practice, and assists academic units with enhanced employer engagement. Committed to fostering holistic student experience, the OPP offers formal programs in 5-session co-op, 3-session co-op, internship, and research formats. OPP also facilitates the Global Engineering Alliance for Research and Education (GEARE), Purdue’s flagship global engineering program. Purdue designs Professional Practice programs to combine practical on-the-job experiences with the classroom training of a four-year college curriculum

Career Fair

A prospective Cooperative Education student interacts with a recruiter during the 2016 Professional Practice Career Fair.
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Writer: Chad Barker, 765-494-0367, cebarker@purdue.edu 

Source: Eckhard Groll, 765-494-7430, groll@purdue.edu  

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Employers Attending Professional Practice Career Fair and Interview Days

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