Eighty-two students attended the 2009 Transportation Career Expo to learn about transportation-related careers and job-hunting tips and network with potential employers.
Moderator Shannon Tyree (at podium) with panelists Cathy Anderson, Ann Johnson, Matt Gjersvik, and Jack Broz
The early-evening event, held February 5 on the east bank campus in Minneapolis, featured a new, shorter format with a single general-session panel discussion. After opening remarks from CTS assistant director Gina Baas, the panel was moderated by Shannon Tyree of the City of St. Paul, who also chairs the CTS Education and Outreach Council. Panelists were Cathy Anderson from CH Robinson, Ann Johnson from Professional Engineering Services and the U of M Department of Civil Enginering, Matt Gjersvik from Mn/DOT, and Jack Broz from HR Green.
The speakers discussed their backgrounds in transportation and offered tips and advice to the attendees. Panelists emphasized the unexpected, and encouraged students to be open and willing to try anything, especially in the current economic environment. “Things move fast and you have to be open to change,” Johnson said.
“There’s so much out there, and we just don’t think about all of the opportunities.” Tyree agreed and encouraged students to think long term. “Where you start is not where you finish,” she said.
Also new this year, each of the 20 exhibitors introduced themselves to the full group and said a few words about their organizations.
Many students brought their résumés and received suggestions from volunteers Amber Nord of WTS, Michael Corbett of HDR Engineering, Inc., Darren Kaltved of the U of M Institute of Technology Career Center, and Joe Barbeau and Christina Miller of CTS.
A closing reception offered networking and employment-seeking opportunities with the exhibitors. Representatives from both public and private sector transportation companies were on hand to offer information and answer questions.
The annual event is sponsored by the CTS Education and Outreach Council, the Women's Transportation Seminar, the Minnesota Local Road Research Board, Minnesota LTAP, the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Institute, and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).