Learn from the Students!

Moderator Question: What has been one of your most successful events working with either career services or employers?

Answer GA State: Other than the career fairs, their most successful collaborative event between the career center, employers, and student groups is the business etiquette dinner. Employers sponsor the event and get recognized amongst the students. It is always a sellout. It’s a neat and nice way for the student to learn professional etiquette yet at the same time provide your company with some brand recognition

Answer GA Tech: At Tech every fall they invite employers nationwide and all students to the career fair. It allows for companies to show their interest in tech students and for the students to see what’s available to them.

Moderator Question: Who puts the group of employers together for the career fair?

Answer GA Tech: 11 students at Tech put on the annual career fair. The students share responsibilities with each other and work all summer with an advisor to put together the career fair for the fall.

Carolyn Couch – Wake Forest: Who selects/elects the students to serve on the committee?

Answer GA Tech: It’s a group effort between the current 11 members and the advisor to find students for the following year particularly focusing on maintaining a diversity of majors/disciplines within the group.

Moderator Question: How do you recruit and/or motivate students to help with these events so all of the responsibility of planning doesn’t fall onto a few individuals?

Answer Emory: For the entrepreneurship club they develop a large core board of around 15 people to plan events including speaker or networking events. They reach out to freshman and sophomores and try to get as many people as possible involved. This not only ensures that the responsibility for planning is shared but it increases the buzz around campus for the event by getting more people involved from the beginning.

Tony Kyles - Maxim Health Care: How do you get underclassmen involved in organizations that are major specific when many freshman and sophomore are either undecided about their major or change their majors later in their college career?

Answer Emory: Starting with freshman in their first week the schools and departments have activities fairs that try to get students involved if they are undecided about their major. They try to get guest speakers for their club meetings that would not only interest current business majors but have a more mass appeal like someone in the recording industry, a doctor that runs his own practice, or someone from the fashion industry. In this way as opposed to trying to get business majors to join the club they can get many different people to join the club who then might decide to be business majors as a result.

Moderator Question: We all know that every year the senior leadership is going to graduate. What do you do to ensure succession of leadership and maintain quality?

Answer UGA: With the honor society what they do is involve all of the board members elected. They participate in the decision making process. In order to have some overlap in the leadership. Also they maintain a folder of resources which has information about procedures and ideas that have come up throughout the year. They also have a transition dinner with all of the new leaders each year. On top of that they have an academic chapter advisor that doesn’t change from year to year which adds to the stability of the organization during transitional periods.

Answer Emory: To add to that, they really try to encourage involvement early on as freshmen and sophomores in their college career. This ensures that they have the experience that is necessary to run the organization when they become seniors.

Answer GA State: Because most organizations do have turnover of leadership every year the best way for employers to get involved with a student group is to have an ongoing relationship with the group’s advisor.