As job market conditions become more competitive, the BBA Career Management Center has taken a proactive approach in assisting our BBA students. We are preparing for the future by cultivating new relationships and reaching out to our existing networks. In order to better prepare students for the job search process, we have also introduced two new career preparation tracks, as outlined below. Additionally, we have surveyed both the junior and senior classes to determine who is still seeking employment at this time. From this data, as new listings come in, we are able to match the student preferences with company's hiring criteria and to make referrals on the student's behalf.
For students pursuing finance and consulting jobs, both of these areas may potentially decrease their hiring numbers in the fall recruiting season. In addition to working closely with our recruiting contacts, we are bringing industry professionals to campus to provide insight and advice on job searching in the current job market conditions.
For students pursuing general management and marketing jobs, many companies will continue to hire on an as-needed basis, versus using a structured on-campus recruiting process. Therefore, personal networking will be a critical skill that students need to develop. Our office will introduce workshops this fall to address networking within these areas.
For juniors, we are currently engaged in a very large push to achieve 100% internship placement for those students seeking opportunities this summer. We have sought the help of faculty, executive and evening students, and alumni in obtaining additional internship opportunities.
With respect to seniors, we have seen strong employment numbers thus far, consistent with the placement rates of the last few years. Many of our students graduating in May 2008 have secured jobs from their internship experiences in the summer of 2007. As of today, more than half of the graduating class has provided their employment information, and of those, over 70% secured employment in their chosen field. Of course, we are continuing to work with those who are still seeking in order to secure successful placements.
Andrew Rabitoy will join the BBA Program Office as the new Director of the BBA Career Management Center in early May.
Andy has been working in career services at UC San Diego for the last six years. He has significant expertise in building recruiting contacts, managing employer relations, developing educational programming and counseling students. Prior to joining UCSD, he worked as a technical recruiting manager and as a manager for a software company. He holds a BA in Organizational Psychology and a Masters in Career Counseling. Andy brings the knowledge and insight we need to expand the reach and scope of the BBA CMC. More importantly, he exhibits the dedication to students, engagement in his profession and commitment to quality that are the hallmarks of our BBA Program.
Benita Harris joined the BBA CMC in October of 2007 as the Program Coordinator.
During winter break, over eighty juniors went on the annual five day "Career Trek" to visit top finance, media and advertising firms in New York City. Company representatives and alumni from 18 firms discussed job functions, company culture and potential employment in their industry. The contacts the students come away with are tremendously important as they begin their summer internship job search. We visited the following firms: ACQUIS CONSULTING, BEAR STEARNS, BLOOMBERG, BMO CAPITAL MARKETS, C.I.T GROUP, CITI, CREDIT SUISSE, ERNST & YOUNG, GOLDMAN SACHS, GREY WORLDWIDE, HOULIHAN LOKEY, JP MORGAN, LEHMAN BROTHERS, MACY'S EAST, MERRILL LYNCH, NBA, OGILVY and TIME INC. The BBA CMC office hosted an event at the Tonic Lounge in Times Square, where Goizueta alumni living in NYC networked with the BBA students.
We have introduced a new "Corporate Liaison Team" this semester. Our first team, comprised of ten BBA students, has volunteered to host recruiters while they are on campus to ensure that the interview process runs smoothly and that the companies have a positive experience.
In conjunction with the International Programs office, the BBA CMC is able to provide four international internships for BBA students in the summer of 2008 in Linz, Austria.
This summer, we will place five students in Service Leadership internships. This initiative enables student interns to make a meaningful contribution to an Atlanta non-profit service organization while addressing a real business issue. Selected students receive a financial stipend for this work from the Goizueta Business School.
The Goizueta Career Preparation series rolled out this year with two tracks, one in Consulting and one in Financial Markets. Each track includes eight sessions over the course of two semesters. Students learn about the industry, develop track-specific resumes, get direct-from-the-company input on interviewing and securing internships, and gain the skills and information needed to turn a summer opportunity into a permanent job offer. A third track, designed for marketing students, will roll out in the fall.
Kim Molee, CMC Associate Director. Please contact Kim at Kim_Molee@bus.emory.edu if you would like to host a reception in NYC for a future NY Trek or if you have any questions about the CMC.