Recruiters Impressed by Bauer Talent Pool

Published on February 15, 2008
Rockwell Career Center's Spring Career Fair drew large crowds and hundreds of recruiters.

Rockwell Career Center’s Spring Career Fair drew large crowds and hundreds of recruiters.

UH C. T. Bauer College of Business students in business attire crowded the spring Career Fair recently, ready to show off their talents and skills to representatives from companies big and small.

How’d they do?

Courtney Rosenzweig of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP was impressed with the level of enthusiasm students shared.

“They’re so eager! They’re highly motivated to get the job done and really hit the ground running,” she said. The financial services giant is now hiring nearly as many graduates from UH (17 percent) as Texas A&M University, Rosenzweig said.

Angela Holland, a senior human resources recruiter with Suez Energy NA, said the company is particularly interested in Bauer’s Energy Risk management program. Houston-based Suez is actively searching for people with solid business skills who have an interest and grasp of international issues and could potentially work overseas.

“With Houston being the energy capital, most of Bauer’s graduates are well-read and focused on energy issues,” she said.

Joyce Kabayadondo, who earned an MS in Accounting from Bauer in’07, worked the career fair with Holland. Kabayadondo obtained a year-long internship with Suez, and recently was hired as a portfolio management agent with Suez.

Kabayadondo went to school evenings while working days to earn her advanced degree and she noted that numerous Bauer students are attractive to potential employers because “they’ve already experienced the work/life balance issues.”

Willie J. Howard, a financial advisor with Edward Jones, said the students who came by “spoke with enthusiasm and always have a number of good questions that shows they’ve done their research.”

Kenny Poirrier, district manager for American General Financial Services, said 9 or 10 of the employees in his Houston office are Bauer graduates, many with Finance or Accounting degrees, and he would like to find additional manager trainees from among Bauer’s ranks

Kim Rausch, a senior consultant with Ryan, the largest transaction tax group in the U.S. and Canada, was on the lookout for innovators, “people who like to dig a little deeper, peel back the layers.”<

Ryan is offering new flexibility to employees with a “work whenever, wherever “policy, and Bauer’s self-motivated students seem to be good candidates for a format Rausch said will “weed out the clock-watchers.”

By Julie Bonnin

About the University of Houston

The University of Houston, Texas’ premier metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research university in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and service with more than 35,000 students.

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.

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