Seventy top businesses, thousands of eager Mays students, and an endless stack of resumes. That was the scene on February 5 and 6 for the annual Business Student Council spring Career Fair at Mays Business School at Texas A&M University.
The Business Student Council hosts career fairs on the first floor of the Wehner Building during both the spring and fall semesters.
An estimated 2,500 students participated, donning their best business suits to meet representatives from top corporations. Through the event, the Business Student Council hoped to provide a resource for job-seeking students to establish contacts and learn more about their career options.
An event of this magnitude doesn’t happen with out significant preparation. Brock Beard, Business Student Council vice president in charge of Career Fair put together a team of twelve BSC members to plan every detail of the student-run event. Preparations began six months prior to the fair, and the plans were finally put into action in mid-January.
“A lot of people think that an outside party plans the fair and then BSC stamps its name on it, but that cannot be further from the truth. The fall and spring BSC business career fairs are among the largest student-led career fairs in the nation,” said Beard.
Valerie Berlin, a senior accounting major, added several new contacts to her networking list by attending the fair, making the prospect of finding a job a bit less stressful. She said that the recruiters enable students to see real world applications of things learned in class.
“This is the one time that companies come to us, and they have a lot of respect for Texas A&M. It’s exciting,” said Berlin.
On the business end, the Career Fair serves as a major recruiting tool, bringing in large numbers of prospective employees for face time with company reps.
“When we visit Texas A&M, the students are always prepared, and despite the fact that they may be nervous, they come across as very professional. This is truly one of the best colleges for recruiting,” said Carol Busbey of Canon Business Solutions.
And what is the impact of recruiting events on these companies? Business representatives say that they usually gain several new hires from Career Fair.
“It allows us to find the best future employees,” said Francisco Alonzo, recruiter for CITGO.