Rockwell Career Center Events Show Commitment to Bauer Student Success
As if finding a job after graduation weren’t stressful enough, today’s graduate must face the pressure of entering a job market that boasts the worst national unemployment rate in 50 years.
For nearly two decades, the Rockwell Career Center (RCC) at the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business has helped students face stiff competition with confidence. And now – when students need it most – the RCC continues to do what it does best, beginning with a series of events during the first few weeks of class.
Donna Grady, RCC director of career counseling, says regardless of the job climate it’s never too early in the school year start preparing for what happens after graduation.
“Whether we realize it or not,” she says, “this is the beginning of recruiting season for many companies, and juniors and seniors particularly should take advantage of the opportunities the Rockwell Career Center has to offer.”
Among those is Résumé ER, which kicks off the first of many events designed to network students within the local business community and prepare them for career success. Résumé ER is unique in that it is one of few events where students have the chance to interact one-on-one with RCC staff and prospective employers.
On the day of the event, the AIM Center Lobby at Melcher Hall resembles what could be mistaken for a health clinic during flu season – only much friendlier. The staff of the RCC and representatives from their partner companies, some of which include this year’s lead sponsor El Paso and co-sponsor State Farm, carry out the theme. Wearing knee length lab coats, they wait at mock exam tables where they consult with their “patients.”
The event not only helps students diagnose areas for improvement on their résumés, it offers guidance in all areas of the job search – from how to dress for an interview, how to approach businesses and how to sell oneself to a potential employer. Junior accounting major Natalia Lara has attended Résumé ER twice now and says both experiences have been beneficial.
“Each time I review my résumé with the Rockwell Career Center, I receive new insight that helps put me ahead,” she said. “As a student, your activities and achievements may change each semester. Résumé ER helps you identify your biggest selling points and then coaches you on how to sell them.”
Résumé ER falls a week before the Fall Business Career Fair, where students take what they have learned and put it to use in a real-life setting. The career fair, which is held in both the fall and spring semesters, is by far the RCC’s biggest recruiting event. Each semester, more than 100 companies fill the ballrooms of the UH Hilton in search of students and alumni to fill full- and part-time positions
Lawrence Benson (’08) remembers attending the Career Fair as a student just a year ago. This fall, as an IT business analyst at Chevron, he came back to the place that launched his career to recruit for his company. Compared to other schools, he says, Bauer’s career resources are unmatched.
“Several of my fellow management information systems graduates found their jobs at the career fair or through other Rockwell events. There’s no doubt that events like this work,” Benson said. “I’ve spoken with several MIS graduates from other schools who are still having trouble finding jobs. I’m very lucky.”
Feedback like this elicits enthusiasm among students who are concerned about where they may stand after graduation in the current job market.
Grady says that Bauer students should not get discouraged. “It may not look like there are jobs out there if you read the news, but there are. You just have to look for them much harder than years before.”
By Lori Reichardt