Empowerment, Engagement and Immersion were buzzing in this year’s Career Fair at UMSoA where (100+) students, alumni, career fair partners and hiring firms collaborated in another successful event with unprecedented attendance and partner participation.Students had a chance to engage with industry professionals, gain insights on best career-building practices and access first-hand intelligence on real-world policies and practices in architecture, preparing them to transition from the academic to the professional world. An UMSoA alumni (representing the firm of Looney Ricks Kiss) and participant on the “Getting Hired” panel noted, “it was a great idea to have students talk to a variety of people in a small setting and get some insight on the hiring process!” The Career Season’s multi-pronged strategy heralds the initiative to closely unite UMSoA faculty and hiring firms in new and innovative ways, to bridge the gap between academia and real-world, ultimately benefitting UMSoA students and their future. More than 30 hiring firms in the urban planning, design and architectural field from around the nation, met with UMSoA students exchanging valuable perspectives, insights for career-building success and seeking to employ UMSoA students. Follow-up communication and interviews are still being conducted. Given the level of success, we expect to see great employment results for SoA students and alumni.