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Director of Engineering Career Center Featured in Houston Chronicle: Job-Landing Advice for College Students

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Audrey Grayson

Vita Como, director of the UH Cullen College of Engineering's career center, has devoted much of her career to passing on words of wisdom to soon-to-be college graduates on how they can land their dream jobs straight out of school. Moreover, Vita has proven herself to be somewhat of a legend in terms of connecting college students with prospective employers at the Cullen College. Each year, Vita ensures that hundreds of companies visit the campus and a huge variety of industries are actively recruiting at the UH Cullen College of Engineering career fairs, meet-and-greets, and other on campus events.

Vita has been so successfull at this, in fact, that she is often sought out be local media to share her advice with the rest of the world. Today, Vita is featured in the Houston Chronicle offering a bit of wisdom on how to choose a college based on what kinds of companies and industries are actively recruiting on their campus.

In the article, Vita notes that although UH's location in the "Energy Capital of the World" attracts a huge number of energy companies on campus to recruit engineering students, the Cullen College of Engineering's career center works very hard to ensure that a wide variety of industries are represented at career fairs and other recruiting events in order to give students the best chance of finding a job in the field of their choice.

According to the article: "Oil and gas is the 800-pound gorilla in Houston, and plenty of parents ask which companies recruit on campus. Como is ready with the familiar names - Exxon Mobil, Shell and BP - but she also noted that the university hosts a number of lesser known energy service providers, manufacturers and related companies...There are medical device makers, law firms, small consulting firms and financial firms that want engineers for huge data-mining jobs, she said."

To read the full article on the HoustonChronicle.com, please click here.

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