May 20, 2010
UCLA Anderson Brings Employers and Students Together for Career Fair
Program included a recruiters' day and a career fair
By Justin Tang
LOS ANGELES -- In response to a job market that continues its rough ride through the national and state-wide recession, UCLA Anderson's Parker Career Management Center (Parker CMC) hosted its second annual MBA Career Fair on April 30. The event was split into two parts: a recruiters' day and a career fair.
The recruiters' day -- hosted in Anderson's state-of-the-art Jim Easton Global Connection Classroom -- was an information session designed to educate employers on how to best reach out to Anderson students. Employers learned about on-campus recruiting events and how to participate in Anderson's Applied Management Research projects. Perhaps the most informative portion of the morning consisted of a student panel featuring Chris Benway ('10), Jack Brethauer ('11), Avani Parakh ('10), Whey Han Tan ('11) and Maggie Watson ('11) who advised employers on how to reach out to students. The students also spoke about their job search process and spent time answering employer questions.
"The personal aspect is critical to recruiting; it makes me believe the employers are really interested in getting to know me," Brethauer said to the 50 company representatives in the room. When asked what they look for in an internship, Watson responded, "I looked for a very structured program where I would be assigned a project that I could finish."
"The student panel was very helpful, it taught us how to get in better contact with Anderson students," Joseph Saltarelli ('08), of IBM Global Business said. "It also gave us insight into how other companies are connecting to students."
After a catered lunch with student club leaders, the company representatives - from such high-profile entities as The Capital Group, Taco Bell, One West Banks, Gallup and DirectTV, along with government agency representatives from the CIA and FBI - met individually with students, who themselves were seeking potential summer internships and possible future employers.
Xochityl Morales of Harbor Freight Tools said she looked for students with experience and maturity. "I want a person who can translate their classroom knowledge into the real world."
Asked about her overall impression of the day-long event she said, "The overall presentation of the school was phenomenal. I learned how to better reach out to students and create an internship program that fits the students' needs."
About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management, established in 1935, is regarded among the leading business schools in the world. UCLA Anderson faculty members are renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Each year, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,800 students enrolled in MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Executive MBA, UCLA-NUS Global Executive MBA, Master of Financial Engineering, and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs. Combining highly selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 36,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders.
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