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Business Horizons offers opportunities for students seeking jobs


A student meets a recruiter at a Business Horizons career fair. A student chats with a recruiter at a Business Horizons career fair.

BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 17, 2012 – Nearly 150 employers and 500 company representatives have signed up to attend the Business Horizons career fair of the Pamplin College of Business on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Squires Student Center’s Commonwealth and Old Dominion ballrooms.

This is the 30th year of Business Horizons — organized by Pamplin undergraduates for all Pamplin students, more than 2,000 of whom attended it last year. Students and employers get to meet and interact informally in one central location, says Stuart Mease, Pamplin’s director of undergraduate career advancement and employer relations. Mease produces an e-newsletter, Pamplin Career Connect, and has published a step-by-step guide to the job search, "The Perfect Job Seeker."

“A job seeker will have no better opportunity to meet face-to-face with hundreds of company representatives,” he says. “To reproduce the environment of a job fair will take many months to orchestrate. That’s why the job fair is still the best job search tool for seekers. And Business Horizons is the Super Bowl of recruiting on campus!”

The Pamplin College also hosts a series of  "Company Days in the Atrium" in the fall and spring semesters to give students and employers additional occasions to connect. Encouraging students to take advantage of the meeting opportunities, Mease says, “as you come to and from class, stop by these employer tables. It’s informal. You don’t need to wear a suit, just come and talk.”

Nielsen, Accenture, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers are among the employers at Company Days this fall. Please check the Pamplin calendar for other career-related events and visit the undergraduate website for career information.

Six Pamplin majors are routinely among the 10 majors most sought after by recruiters visiting campus, according to the university’s Career Services office. A 2010 Wall Street Journal employer survey ranked Virginia Tech as the 13th best place for college recruiting.

Virginia Tech’s nationally ranked Pamplin College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. Pamplin emphasizes technology and analysis that improve business, entrepreneurship that leads to innovation and innovative companies, international opportunities for learning and research, and an inclusive, collaborative community. It is named in honor of two alumni: the late Robert B. Pamplin, retired chairman of Georgia-Pacific, and businessman, author, and philanthropist Robert B. Pamplin Jr.

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