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Business students looking to start their career path should look no further than the Spring 2011 Business Career Fair on Feb. 15 hosted by Rockwell Career Center. Nearly 100 companies will fill the Houston Room in the University Center, looking for students to fill job and internship positions.
The bi-annual career fair has become a “can’t miss” event for both employers and students. The biggest companies in Houston, from CenterPoint Energy and ExxonMobil to Amegy Bank, will be in attendance to recruit students and offer networking opportunities.
“I tell students even at the freshman and sophomore level when they’re not even thinking about a career to come out, because networking begins now,” said Oliver Blanco, career counselor at Rockwell Career Center. “Don’t wait until your senior year to go out and find a job.”
And as much as students are out looking for opportunities, recruiters are also looking for students to join their respective companies.
“At our firm, we have hired lots of employees and interns as a result of the Fall and Spring Career Fairs,” said David Houchins, special care planner and unit sales manager at MassMutual Financial Group. “I’ve hired eight people from Bauer in the past four years. Some of the best people on my team are from Bauer.”
Houchins also stays connected to the college and its students by volunteering at the Rockwell event preceding Career Fair, the Résumé Roundup (held in the past as Résumé ER) held this semester on Feb. 10-11. Many recruiters like Houchins volunteer their time and energy to help UH students gain an edge on the competition and make themselves more marketable to employers.
UH Bauer students say they benefit from having regular interaction with recruiters through Rockwell events, giving them the opportunity to prepare for the job market.
“As a student it is very beneficial to have recruiters come out here,” marketing senior Jozette Bionat said. “Over the years I’ve accumulated many different certifications and job experiences so it is helpful to be able to know what I should have as a priority and how to format my résumé to make myself more marketable.”
And even if students are not looking for career opportunities at the moment, at the very least, events like the Résumé Roundup and the Career Fair offers students a chance to simply chat with business professionals and to learn more about careers they might be interested in.
“I give lots of feedback to students who come to our booth, even if the student isn’t a candidate for us; it gives them a chance to practice a handshake or practice introducing themselves,” Houchins said. “And a little practice goes a long way.”
The Spring 2011 Business Career Fair will be held on Feb. 15 from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the University Center in the Houston Room. The event targets business students, and professional dress is required.
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By Ryan Tang