HOUSTON, TX, Sept. 12, 2007 – Students from the C. T. Bauer College of Business got some face time with representatives from more than 150 companies on Wednesday, Sept. 12, during the Fall 2007 Business Career Fair.
The event was held. in the University of Houston Hilton Hotel and was organized by the Rockwell Career Center at Bauer College. The roster of recruiters attending the fair has tripled in size over the last five years from about 50 to 157.
Accounting and finance senior Ericka Gonzalez was one of the 2,000 students that attended the event. She hoped to rub elbows with company representatives that can help her land an internship or job after graduation.
“I like the Bauer Career Fair because you don’t have to compete with so many other students from different majors,” Gonzalez said. “The companies know who they’re looking for and want business majors.”
Although the fair was open to any member of the public, as long as he or she wore business attire, business sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students were especially encouraged to attend, said Jamie Belinne, assistant dean and executive director of the Rockwell Career Center.
“Anyone can benefit from going to the Career Fair,” Belinne said. “The companies are really looking at juniors and seniors, but we’re telling sophomores to attend as well so they can start considering internships for the future.”
Students were advised to follow a few tips to make the most of the fair, she said, adding that attendees were told to focus on a few of the employers in advance and research those companies to prepare questions.
“We always recommend that students review the list of companies prior to the Career Fair to maximize their time there,” Belinne said. “There’s no way you can go from table to table and see everyone, so they need to decide before who they want to talk to.”
Counselors at the Career Center also recommended that students bring several copies of their resumes in a portfolio, ask for business cards from recruiters and follow up with companies after the event for more information.
It isn’t likely that students were offered a job or internship on the spot at the fair, but it is an opportunity to network and make important contacts to secure an interview, Belinne said.
Prior to the main event, the Career Center hosted a “Reverse Career Fair” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the UH Hilton. The reverse fair is unique to Bauer and highlights student organizations and centers of excellence, allowing recruiters to stop at those tables for more information.
For a complete list of companies that attended the Career Fair, students can visit the Career Center’s Web site,www.bauer.uh.edu/Career
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About the Bauer College of Business
The C.T. Bauer College of Business has been in operation for more than 60 years at the University of Houston main campus. Through its five academic departments, the college offers a full-range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business. The Bauer College is fully accredited by the AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In August 2000, Houston business leader and philanthropist Charles T. (Ted) Bauer endowed the College of Business with a $40 million gift. In recognition of his generosity, the college was renamed the C.T. Bauer College of Business.