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San Diego State University's College of Business Career Fair Experiences Record Numbers

Students and Recruiters interact at the Career Fair

A record number of companies and students attended San Diego State University's College of Business Administration Career Fair and Luncheon at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center on March 12, 2013.

The fair was a record sellout with 42 companies who set up booths in the Alumni Center to meet with business students. "The College of Business Career Fair began gaining momentum when we witnessed an increase of employers from 23 to 41 from 2011 to 2012, respectively. The collaboration with Career Services played a significant role in this success" said event organizer, Linda Guzzo, from the College of Business. "This year we had to turn away companies due to space constraints. Next year we look forward to being in the new Aztec Student Union where we can accommodate more companies." According to Guzzo, this year's career fair had the best student turnout in its seven-year history with nearly 600 preregistered students which exceeded last spring's record of 421.

Highly motivated and qualified candidates. A great selection of talent. We will be hiring from this pool.
Mike Cully, Car2Go

When recruiters were asked what they like most about the College of Business Career Fair, Dan McGinley from 3M said, "Students were anxious to get possible new careers started" and Mike Cully, from Car2Go responded, "Highly motivated and qualified candidates. A great selection of talent. We will be hiring from this pool."

The event also proved valuable to business students seeking full-time and internship positions. Andrew Won, an undergraduate student said, "The 2013 Spring College of Business Career Fair has been the best organized career fair I have attended at San Diego State. The specific focus on business majors paired with the intimate setting of the fair in the Alumni Center really provided a great atmosphere for business students to connect with recruiters and discover valuable job opportunities. The luncheon also allowed select students to eat and network with recruiters from a specific company of their preference, allowing them to go more in-depth with their career search and stand out from the competition."

Kelly Lindley, a graduate business student who is seeking a summer internship, believes that attending the career fair has proven to be an essential part of her job hunt. "In today's digital world, students tend to underestimate the value of the face-to-face interaction that I found at the fair. In talking with peers, this interaction has given me a leg up on finding an internship over other students who didn't attend." In the week since the fair, Lindley has received several calls from recruiters including HD Supply, DHL Express and North Star Resources Group.

The College of Business will host the 2014 Career Fair and Luncheon on Thursday, March 20th at the Aztec Student Union.

Students and Recruiters interact at the Career Fair

Students and Recruiters interact at the Career Fair