Students graduating in the current economic climate can’t be blamed for their concern about job prospects, and when C. T. Bauer College of Business graduate Jeff Slaughter (‘08) began interviewing with a variety of companies earlier this year he was no different.
“As a graduating senior, I looked at the month of December as both a triumph and a tribulation; a triumph because it is the culmination of all of my hard work and efforts put forth here at Bauer and a tribulation primarily because I would be entering a workforce during times of uncertainty,” Slaughter said.
Happily, Slaughter’s concerns were unfounded, and he attributes that in large part to the quality of education he received through the UH-Global Energy Management Institute at Bauer.
“Whether they (companies he interviewed with) were integrated, pipelines, energy risk management, or oil field services, all took keen notice of the knowledge I have acquired through the GEMI program and the Energy Association,” said Slaughter, who graduated while president of EA, a student group.
“My education and extracurricular activities at Bauer enabled me to stand far and above graduates or soon to be graduates of well respected universities such as Rice University, the University of Texas, Texas A&M, Penn State and a variety of others. This was very apparent when speaking with senior executives and presidents of different organizations, while in group sessions with other candidates, and during the interview process.”
The very happy ending to this story: Slaughter’s concerns about job availability for highly qualified candidates turned out to be unfounded. As of Dec. 22, he will be working as a senior specialist with Merrill Lynch Commodities.
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.