The School of Business hosted its 2014 Spring Career Fair last week, featuring the largest number of visiting recruiters to date.
Despite being held on a make-up day due to the season’s ever-changing weather, the event drew nearly 90 businesses looking to hire VCU students and alumni.
This semester’s career fair was held in Snead Hall and the Qimonda Atriums. The wing of the Engineering School was used by the fair for the first time in order to accommodate all recruiting business’s exhibits.
With a 23 percent increase in companies attending from previous fairs, students had an opportunity to solicit information about jobs, internships and other opportunities with businesses looking for budding young professionals.
According to the School of Business Career Services, nearly 700 students attended the career fair.
“There was great participation by employers and students,” said VCU School of Business Career Services Director Mike Eisenman. “The employers were extremely complimentary of not just the volume of participation, but also the quality.”
Eisenman says at least one student was hired immediately after speaking and turning in a resume with one business. Twelve companies had already scheduled interviews with VCU students prior to the career fair as well, according to Eisenman.
“There are a lot of qualified individuals,” said Elizabeth Cane, a Regional Property Manager with Dodson Property Management. “We’ve gotten a lot of excellent questions. Everyone seems serious about this job fair and students are taking advantage of a great thing here.”
Joe Dodd, VCU Class of ’12, attended the fair as a recruiter with Geico. Dodd currently works for Geico as a Management Development Associate in Auto Sales and said he was happy to help recruit from his alma mater.
“I attended all of the career fairs while I was at VCU and I made a lot of good connections,” Dodd said. “If you see a name you recognize or something you’re interested in, my advice is to go up and just introduce yourself.”
Abhishek Sabbe, a sophomore double majoring in Information Systems and Computer Science, said he attended the fair in order to find an internship for this upcoming summer.
“The Career Fair has been amazing because it has given me an opportunity to learn more about different companies I had never heard of,” Sabbe said. “It’s let me put my name out there and provides real job opportunities.”
New to this semester’s career fair were more businesses in developing fields such as Supply Chain and Analytics. Eisenman says professors like Wayne Slough were instrumental in attracting companies to recruit at the fair.
Eisenman says the Career Fair is mutually beneficial for both students and businesses, creating opportunities for both parties to be successful.
“Employment is good right now.It’s a good time to be looking for a job if a student is taking advantage of the resources available,” Eisenman said. “They need talent. That’s the reason they come and we have that talent here.”
For information on upcoming Career Fairs and career building workshops offered by the School of Business Career Services, click here.
Article by Chris Suarez, student journalist
The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business will host a stop on the “Share the Knowledge Tour,” a bike tour presented by SAP and the Interaction Design Foundation (IDF) to spread knowledge about free educational resources to improve technology design and help create a more sustainable world, on Monday, June 10, at 2 p.m.
In mid-May in Orlando, IDF’s biker, Max Peer, began a four-year around the world bike and canoe journey. Max will visit universities across North America to share his story with professors, students, and local communities. Mile by mile, city by city, university by university Max is sharing IDF’s message about accessibility and improving the design process to be more human-centered, simple and sustainable. View this video preview and check out the bike tour website and info on the green technology powering his tour.
At 2 p.m. welcome Max as he rides up to the Cary Street side of Snead Hall. Snap photos and enjoy the chance to check out Max’s bike-canoe, networking, and free IDF registration. The event will then move inside Snead Hall to hear Max’s story and a few words from SAP executive and VCU alumnus John Purcell.
VCU is a member of SAP University Alliances (UA), which helps students gain a leading edge in connecting concepts with practice. UA provides links between students, customers, partners, and SAP experts. Students learn best practices and prepare for working in companies that use SAP software.
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The VCU School of Business Department of Information Systems and the Executive Master of Science program are pleased to welcome Mr. John N. Hudson, Director of CEA Global Education Argentina as our visiting International Scholar.
Please join us on Friday, March 6 for a discussion on Doing Business in Latin America: Cultural Challenges
Schedule: 7:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast , 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Presentation
Where: Snead Hall, VCU School of Business, 1st floor atrium and auditorium
Parking will be available in the JL parking lot, the flat lot across Madison street (small side street) from Snead Hall. The entrance is on Madison St. (coming from Cary) or Jefferson St. (from Main). Register for this event at https://crm.orionondemand.com/crm/forms/N7SB0oN7k03m0x67023I.