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Last month the Office of Corporate and Community Relations teamed up with the Suitts Graduate and Alumni Career Center and the Taylor Family Undergraduate Career Center to host the Daniels Corporate Partners Career Expo. This event was an exclusive membership benefit for Daniels Corporate Partners to thank them for their financial support. Twenty-one companies attended and posted 71 jobs and internship openings for the expo.

International MBA student Dena New started preparing for the Career Expo even before she knew about it. New started in the IMBA program in Fall Quarter 2012 and quickly took advantage of the career services provided by the Suitts Center. In the eyes of career advisors, New epitomizes the Career Next™ preparation process. It’s easy to see why when listening to Suitts Center Assistant Director Lucy Chused sing her praises.

“We love when students engage with us from the very beginning of their time at Daniels,” Chused said. “Once we get a student in the door, we can establish a relationship and start preparing them for their career search using Career Next.”

Career Next, a best-practice program offered by the Suitts Center, enables graduate students and alumni to move successfully through all phases of a job search or career transition: self-assessment and market research, networking and lead generation, job search and interviewing, and transition and ongoing skill building.

New is the kind of student who always searches for new information. Like many of our students, she brings a different background to her cohort. After earning her undergraduate degree in food operations management with minors in Spanish and developmental economics, New worked in Spain for two years teaching English. She then returned to the U.S. and performed litigation research among other projects for a water treatment company in the oil and gas industry. Then she traveled to Peru for a marketing internship so she could continue to build her Spanish-speaking skills. This internship helped her understand that she wanted to earn an IMBA so she could build her business expertise.

“I’m looking at sustainability, supply-chain management or finance,” New said. “I’m hoping to talk to Molson Coors and Noodles & Co. at the Expo.”

Another criterion that made the Career Expo different was an advanced registration process that allowed the career centers to send résumé books to employers prior to the event and two weeks following. New registered in advance, and because she had already worked on her résumé with Chused, she was ready to submit it. In Fall Quarter 2012, New attended the Suitts event “How to Prepare for a Career Fair,” so she was more prepared than ever.

“I didn’t understand the importance of research and preparation when I was an undergraduate student,” New said. “The Career Next process helped me develop an elevator pitch, polish my résumé and find out information about potential employers so I could walk in with confidence.”

Peter Gibson, an undergraduate finance major, also attended the event. “I had great conversations with Level 3, Newmont Mining and Ernst & Young,” said Gibson. “I attended a Meet & Greet with Ernst & Young early in the quarter so I already had a chance to get to know the company. The Career Expo allowed me to have deeper conversations.”

Both New and Gibson reported that they enjoyed the Career Expo and hope Daniels presents it again next year. “The recruiters were very friendly and natural to talk to,” said Gibson.

“I went in with an open mind and, as a result, I got to meet more recruiters than I had expected,” said New. “I ended up talking with a company about a supply-chain internship opportunity this summer.”

After the Career Expo, both students made sure to follow up with their new contacts by sending thank-you emails and requesting a connection on LinkedIn. The event achieved the primary goal of connecting companies with top talent. “As a Company in the growth phase we are looking for ways to be in front of great talent,” said Gregg Hodges, COO of Envysion. “Our expectations of the 2013 Daniels Corporate Partner Career Expo were far exceeded! We have enjoyed a long-standing partnership with our friends at the Daniels College of Business and being able to meet a plethora of future business leaders in their setting was invaluable.”

Thanks to the partnership between our partners, the Office of Corporate and Community Relations, the Suitts and Taylor Centers, the Daniels Corporate Partner Career Expo was a great success.

“The Career Expo successfully brought together Daniels students and our Partners for a targeted recruiting event,”  said Kellie Lemmel, corporate and community relations manager. “We are beyond thankful for those who attended and look forward to further strengthening our partnerships moving forward.”

Corporate Partners
in Attendance

  • Arrow Electronics*
  • CenturyLink
  • Charles Schwab
  • Enterprise
  • Envysion
  • Ernst & Young
  • FirstBank
  • Great-West Financial
  • Land Title Guarantee
  • Level3*
  • Lockton Financial Advisors
  • Molson Coors
  • Newmont Mining
  • Noodles & Co.
  • Northwestern Mutual – Cunningham Financial Group
  • Square Two Financial
  • Target
  • TeleTech
  • US Bank

*indicates a prospective Corporate Partner