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
Embracing the TEDx mantra of spreading ideas, the VCU School of Business is introducing TedTalks Time-Out!
Every Wednesday this semester, the School of Business will be screening TedTalks, the world renowned conference seminar series that covers a breadth of topics from all types of industries presented by speakers at the top of their fields and disciplines.
The idea of screening TEDTalks began in the Office of Student and Alumni Engagement. Claire Calise, a VCU graduate student and Ram to Ram Coordinator says the office learned about TEDx from conversations with local business leaders and in-office chit-chat.
“We thought it’d be a great idea to give students a peaceful place they can come in the middle of the day and hear something they’ve never heard before, think about something they never considered and learn something for fun.” Calise said.
TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, began in the 80’s as an annual conference in Monterey, Ca. that looked to merge the three fields and showcase innovation among the disciplines.
Calise said the School of Business is aware many professors at VCU use TEDTalks in their respective classes for lectures, citing its value as a tool to teach and entertain students.
“They make you question what you know,” Calise said.
Although the program is just beginning, students who are even remotely familiar with TEDx are coming to learn more.
“I think TEDTalk videos are really inspiring,” said Britney, a Marketing major who was in attendance at last week’s screening. “They make me want to go out and do something after watching them.”
The popularity of TEDx has permeated throughout all of Richmond in the last year. In 2009, TEDx was founded, leasing the TED name for local events, so anyone, anywhere could apply to organize their own TEDx presentation.
Last year, TEDxRVA held its first conference and featured a large number of presentations, including researchers from VCU, a performance by modern pop-pianist ELEW and Zoe Romano and a local Richmonder who became the first woman to run across the country without a support vehicle in 2011.
TEDxVCU is currently being planned by a student-led team under the direction of junior, Elliot Roth.
“What’s really sad at VCU sometimes is student voices aren’t heard, they get lost in our huge university,” Roth said. “This event is our opportunity to have a student voice and have ideas expressed.”
Roth said the diverse culture of VCU would be more than fitting for a TEDx event, giving students an opportunity to showcase the different ideas and cultures that exists right on-campus.
TEDxVCU held its first open meeting last week and is currently looking for a location and talent. The organization has open-mic nights planned in the near future to scout potential speakers and spread even more awareness of the program.
Roth and Calise said TEDTalks Time-Out! bring more attention to local TED events, and in turn educate students more about Richmond.
“I love this city and I think VCU students should be proud that they’re here,” Calise said. “Sometimes students don’t seem to get off campus much, and it’s unfortunate. We should learn more about the city we live in.”
While both TEDxRVA and TEDTalks Time-Out are being rolled out almost simultaneously, the associations had no previous contact. Roth admits it’s a happy coincidence, being mutually beneficial.
The TEDTalks Time-Out! screenings will take place in Snead Hall, room B1114 every Wednesday this semester at 3pm.
Each month will have a different focus; January on Leadership, February on Collaboration and Non-Profits, March on Sustainability and April will feature presentations from last year’s TEDxRVA. Students, faculty and staff from all all over VCU are invited to attend the weekly TEDTalks Time-out event.
If you have an questions or comments for TEDTalks Time-Out! please contact Calire Calise at firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 828-2035.
If you’re interested in participating with TEDxVCU, please contact Elliot Roth at email@example.com or (703) 232-6241.
For the complete TEDTalks Time-out! schedule, visit go.vcu.edu/timeout
-Article by Chris Suarez, Student Journalist
Sponsored by the Department of Marketing, the VCU Sales Managers Forum is a consortium of senior sales executives of Central Virginia firms.
The April session’s culminating event was the presentation of $500 scholarships awards to two outstanding students. John Marin, a senior marketing major and president of AMA at VCU, received one of the awards. John is a past sales intern at Trane Corporation and upon graduation will begin his career in the Accelerated Development Program for Ingersoll Rand. The second recipient was Kha Tran, a May 2012 graduate who was recently hired as a sales rep with Hershey.
These awards are made possible by scholarships funded by the VCU Sales Managers Forum Patron Sponsors: Altria Group Distribution Company, DuPont, McKesson, MeadWestvaco and Verizon Communications.
Dennis Elwell, Divisional Vice President, Verizon Global Wholesale-Americas Group, and Dr. Slough, Assistant Professor of Marketing, presented the latest session of “Winning New Business: One-Day Seminar for Salespeople” in October.
To learn more about the seminar, please visit the VCU Sales Managers Forum website