Recruiters from 143 national and international companies gathered in Wehner in September to recruit future employees and interns during the fall Business Career Fair. Representatives from companies in every industry from oil and gas to financial services to retail took the opportunity to meet Mays students serious about their fields.

Many students, including senior finance major Stacey Stewart, use the Business Student Council’s biannual Career Fair as a springboard to interviews. Stewart came to fairs in semesters past looking for internships, but this is her first time as a full-time hire.

“I am looking at energy trading with a company like BP or possibly an investment-banking firm position,” Stewart said. “I hope to make contacts with and know a little bit about representatives so that I am more comfortable when I speak with them again.”

JCPenney representative Trina Kilpatrick said that in the three days she attended the career fair, she had met students who were more focused in their questions concerning her company and the jobs available than students have been in previous years.

“I have seen a lot of students who actually know what positions I have available,” Kilpatrick said. “Historically we’ve been able to get a lot of great college entry-level graduates from this school. These students are by far the most professional and polished students that I see in recruiting period.”

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