Career Services and Raytheon Join Forces to Throw All-Day Hiring EventsBy Grace Tevaseu, Correspondent
The major defense contracting company Raytheon graced our Embry-Riddle Prescott campus with their presence on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Raytheon is the number one hirer of Prescott ERAU alum. To continue this tradition, Raytheon, with the help of Career Services, hosted a day of educational and hiring opportunities for the ERAU students.
The day opened in the DLC with a Welcome Address, followed closely by an Intern and Young Alumni Panel Discussion. Much nervous and excited energy could be felt throughout the auditorium as students fed their brains with Raytheon information and their stomachs with free pizza. As the discussions were closing up, students slowly moved out to the Student Union courtyard where the Raytheon Human Resources Hub Booth was socializing.
Next up on the roster of activities were the breakout sessions, highlighting the different departments of the company and their respective opportunities. The lineup spread the vast extent of Raytheon with Systems Design & Performance, Systems Test, Whole Life Systems, Cyber Security, Manufacturing & Test Engineering, IT, Mechanical Subsystems Directorate, Industrial Security, Software Engineering Center, Supply Chain Management, Finance, Simulation Science, and Program Management Excellence. Simultaneously, Raytheon held a mini Career fair in the Lower Hangar so students could come and go at the differing times that worked best for them.
To round out the Raytheon Day, a Tailgate was held at the Men’s Basketball game versus Oregon Tech. Raytheon provided the swag, and Career Services provided the endless buckets of wings, plugging Buffalo Wild Wings. Attendance was at a high for this event, as the day continued and classes ended, students started to show up. While supporting the ERAU sports department, Raytheon also encouraged participation in the game’s entertainment. Raytheon set up a raffle throughout the whole day, finally awarding the prize of a GoPro HERO7 camera at halftime. Much to the enjoyment of the students, a half-court shot competition was set up for 2 Vizio Smart TVs, a competition for each gender. Unfortunately, on the girls’ side, no one was able to make the long shot within the time limit so one of the TVs became a second raffle prize. The sadness of not making the shot, but maintaining optimism, can be expressed by ATM student Jaliah Butler, “Sucks that we lost, but I really only came for the food so it was fine”. As the students were having fun potentially winning prizes, the Raytheon company seemed to be enjoying themselves throwing swag into the crowd and unprecedently launching rolled t-shirts out of a t-shirt gun. Despite taking a t-shirt gun hit, AE Aero student Brady O’Hayer gushed, “I love my new t-shirt. . . they [Raytheon] did a great job of taking care of the people who went.” Although the Men’s Basketball team took a loss that day, Raytheon and the rest of the student body took a win.