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“Just in Time” career event for business graduate students is big success.

Sometimes smaller is better.

The second “Just in Time” MBA/MS hiring event, which took place in Orlando in February 2011, was not small in terms of how many companies and government agencies were there to recruit. In fact, recruiters from 27 organizations came to the event to learn more about candidates from the three sponsoring schools: Florida International University (FIU), University of Central Florida (UCF) and University of Florida (UF). And it wasn’t small in terms of how many FIU students took the bus ride up to UCF: a total of 55 from the Chapman Graduate School.

A group of the students from the Chapman Graduate School were among 212 graduate students who attended the “Just in Time” MBA/MS hiring event in Orlando, co-organized by FIU.

Instead, what made the event smaller—and better—was its narrower focus. The recruiters were all there to talk to students who are getting master’s degrees in business. Hence, the business graduate students were not competing for recruiters’ time with candidates from undergraduate programs or from disciplines other than business. Plus, the recruiters were well aware of the strengths of the three participating universities. Therefore, the 212 students from the three schools could focus on selling themselves, not on first having to sell their program or college.

American Airlines was one of the participants, which included 27 companies and government agencies.

“Also, at some of the bigger career events, we are competing against candidates from Ivy League colleges and that’s where many recruiters concentrate their attention,” said Rafael E. Ramon, a student in the International MBA, who spoke to four companies about specific positions, explored several internship opportunities and is now following up.

Plans take shape for 2012.

“We got good feedback from the students and the recruiters and have already set a date of February 17, 2012 for the next event, which will take place at UCF again,” said Barry Shiflett, director, Career Management Services (CMS), who attended along with Elsie Florido (MSHRM ’09), associate director, CMS, who coordinated with UCF and UF; and John Nykolaiszyn, CMS associate director. Elise Rodriguez, CMS assistant director, accompanied the students on the bus.

Organizations represented at the 2011 “Just in Time” MBA/MS hiring event
   
Allstate Benefits Masco Contractor Services
American Airlines NextEra Energy lnc.
Availity Plasma-Therm LLC.
Burger King Corporation Procter & Gamble
Butensky & Cohen Financial Security, Inc. Prudential Financial
Central Intelligence Agency Regions Bank
Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Darden Ryder Systems, Inc.
Disney Worldwide Services Inc. Target Corporation
Florida Virtual School Tech Data Corporation
FritoLay Research & Development Walmart
Gartner Web.com
GEICO Direct Wyndham Vacation Ownership
Kraft Foods  
   
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