Undergraduate Career Expo
Spring 2014 Undergraduate Career Expo
Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Location: UT RecSports Center, 2nd Floor
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Hosted by: BBA Career Services and the Undergraduate Career Committee (UCC).
UT ID Card Required for Entry. The Undergraduate Career Expo is for current McCombs School of Business students seeking internships and full-time positions. The career expo is open to current McCombs School of Business students in the BBA, MBA, MPA, MSF, MSIROM and MSTC programs from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. It is open to all UT Austin students from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
What to wear
You are required to wear business professional attire.
- Matching suit required (dark blue, dark grey, or black)
- Professional footwear
- No bright or neon hair color
- No visible facial piercings
- All men must wear ties
Please see the Business Attire Guide for more information on business professional attire. Students not wearing business professional attire will not be permitted into the expo.
About the Undergraduate Career Expo
The Undergraduate Career Expo (held each fall and spring) is open to current McCombs School of Business students in the BBA, MBA, MPA, MSF, MSIROM and MSTC programs from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. It is open to all UT Austin students from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The expo is the largest McCombs School of Business career fair, and it is hosted by the Undergraduate Career Committee and BBA Career Services.
You may be actively looking for employment, or just researching opportunities. The Undergraduate Career Expo is a venue for BBA graduating seniors, MBA, MPA, MSBA, MSF and MSTC students to get face-to-face contact with employers and to learn about full-time opportunities; for sophomores and juniors to learn about networking, possible internships, and industry trends that affect their area of study; for freshmen to learn how to converse with employers, learn about potential career paths, and to become comfortable in a professional environment.
Many employers may also seek the opportunity to connect with you about special leadership programs or conferences.
Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Undergraduate Career Expo
- Find out what companies are looking for internship and full-time candidates
- Get company/industry insight from recruiters (obtain information that you can't find online)
- Meet recruiters and potential interviewers face to face
- Begin building your professional network
- Get that internship or full-time position
How to Prepare for the Undergraduate Career Expo
Before the Expo
- Develop a Strong Resume
Highlight your skills and accomplishments. Your resume (see BBA resume template) should be error-free, up-to-date, concise, and graphically pleasing. Print your resume on a laser printer. It looks more professional, and it won't smudge. Don’t forget to make several copies, since most employers will want a copy of your resume. For help with resumes, BBA Career Advisors and Peer Career Advisors are available to help with resume reviews in the BBA Career Services Office during walk-in advising (CBA 2.116). Prior to Career Expo, BBA Career Services hosts resume workshops and events to help Texas BBA students prepare.
- Attend the Career Expo Prep Workshop
Wondering how you should prepare and what to do once there? Come to the Career Expo Prep Workshop on Thursday, January 23 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in CBA Legacy Events Room (CBA 3.202). You will get the full details on what to do before, during, and after the expo as well as tips to be successful at the event.
- Study the Companies Attending the Career Expo and the Undergraduate Career Expo Brochure (Coming January)
Identify and research prospective employers. Nothing impresses an employer less than a student asking, “So what do you guys do?” Instead, be one of the few students who knows something about each of the companies. The more informed you are the more likely you will be positively remembered. Develop a list of company specific questions to ask recruiters with those companies in which you are interested.
- Develop a 30-Second Commercial
“Tell me a little about yourself.” You’re likely to get that invitation from many of the employers at the expo. Spend a little time beforehand figuring out your response. Think of your reply as a 30-second commercial for yourself.
- Wear Business Professional Attire
Matching suit required (dark blue, dark grey, or black), professional footwear, no bright or neon hair color, no visible facial piercings and all men must wear ties. Please see the Business Attire Guide for more information on business professional attire. Students not wearing business professional attire will not be permitted into the expo.
When You Arrive at the Expo
- Get your name badge
At the check-in table, you'll receive a name badge with your major. Name badges should always be worn on your right side.
- Check in your backpack
If you have a backpack, there will be a small area at the expo for students to store their backpacks. Do not bring valuables with you to the expo. Please limit the number of items that you bring with you as space is limited.
- Get a map/booth Listing
A map/booth floor plan and Undergraduate Career Expo brochure will be provided.
During the Expo
- Introduce Yourself and Shake Hands
In many ways, the career expo is a test of your social skills. Employers are almost always friendly and outgoing, and they’ll expect the same of you. Present a smile, a strong handshake, and a positive attitude. First impressions are important. Approach an employer, smile, and offer your hand when you introduce yourself. Four keys to making a good impression include:
- A short introduction using a natural, but forceful voice (especially if you are typically a quiet person; but please, no shouting)
- Strong eye contact
- Firm handshake (not limp, damp, or bone-crushing)
- Gentle smile
- Ask Intelligent Questions
Never underestimate the power of asking insightful questions, especially ones that show that you have done some research.
- Focus on What You Can Offer
You’ll be a refreshing change to most company representatives if you tell them what you can do for them and their organizations instead of asking what they can do for you.
- Obtain Contact Information
Ask the company representatives for their business card so that you can follow up after the expo. If they do not have a business card, ask for their contact information.
- Jot Down Notes
After you talk to multiple companies, you may find it difficult to remember which ones really interested you and which ones you should follow up on. If you wait too long, the conversations will start running together in your head, and you’ll forget what you said to whom. The back of a business card is usually a convenient place to jot down information after you have talked to someone.
- Don't be Afraid to Meet a New Company/Recruiter
If a recruiter is standing by himself or herself, take a chance and go start a conversation. Many students have obtained internships from companies they did not recognize at expo, and you never know what great opportunities may await you.
- Carry the Company Brochures/Freebies in a Bag
Many companies give out small bags during expo, take one for your brochures/giveaways. You will look silly trying to carry around a pile of brochures and freebies.
After the Expo
- Follow Up with Recruiters
Email recruiters you had really good conversations with to thank them for coming to expo and to further express your interest in their company. A small thank-you goes a long way. However, please do not email every recruiter you talked to: they hate spam as much as you do.
- Follow Up on Promises
If, for example, a company representative expressed interest in looking at your website, make sure to email the URL like you said you would.
Student Tips for Career Expo
Module 1: How to prepare for a career fair
Module 2: Advice for underclassmen
Module 3: How to approach a recruiter at Career Expo
Module 4: Questions to as at a Career Expo
Module 5: How to follow up
Preparing for Career Expo is more than pressing your suit and practicing your 30-second introduction. Many students forget an essential piece--researching your target companies. It’s unlikely that you'll know about every company at the event, here are some helpful tools that will help you successfully navigate the Undergraduate Career Expo. Don't forget your UT ID card and professional business attire!
Volunteer at the Undergraduate Career Expo
Sign-Up to Volunteer
Volunteer sign-up will open January 2014. Please email Rachel Rucker with questions.
Volunteers will be responsible for at least one of the below listed tasks. Volunteers will sign up for their preferred tasks at the mandatory training sessions.
- Answer student and/or recruiter questions
- Assist recruiters for their convenience
- Direct students to specific booths
- Provide recruiters with water and/or food
- Help recruiters find parking
- Provide recruiters with directions to the expo
- Answer questions about campus garage parking
- Help check-in students
- Help check-in expo volunteers
- Set-up or clean up registration materials and tables
- Help recruiters unload items from their vehicles
- Take items/boxes to company booths
- Greet recruiters as they arrive
- Must be committed, enthusiastic, and approachable
- Register online to sign up for up to two one-hour shifts
- Attend one mandatory training session: January 27, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., GSB 2.120
- Assist recruiters in assigned section with snacks or drinks
- Clean and pick up trash around assigned section before shift is over
- Assist recruiters with questions and directions
- Manage the door, sign-in and volunteer tables
- Willing to help students with name tags
What's in it for Me?
- Extra credit for BA 101 classes
- Network with the top companies
- Get exposure behind the scenes of a career fair
- Free t-shirt
Become an Undergraduate Career Committee (UCC) Member
Kevin Jiang, Business Honors; Anson Chuah, Management Information Systems; Sagar Patel, Business Honors & Finance; Andrew Huang, Management Information Systems; Ayushi Agarwala, Business Honors & Plan II Honors; Jessica Nittolo, Management Information Systems; Sara Saastamoinen, Management & Plan II Honors. Not pictured: Smital Parikh, Accounting and Jenny Che, Finance.
The Undergraduate Career Committee (UCC) is a student-run organization that plans and executes the Fall and Spring Undergraduate Career Expos as part of BBA Career Services. Contact Rachel Rucker with any questions or to express interest.
Roles of UCC Members:
- Student Logistics Manager
- Employer Logistics Manager
- Human Resources Manager
- Project Manager
- Publicity Manager
General UCC Responsibilities:
- You must be prompt in communication (phone and email) during both winter and summer breaks. You must also have excellent oral and written communication skills.
- You are required to help with Expo prep on the Friday before the Undergraduate Career Expo.
- You are required to help out for the entire Career Expo on the day of the event.
- We are looking for members who have the time to dedicate to the organization and manage that time effectively.
Student Logistics Manager:
- Design and prepare student brochure
- Coordinate backpack room logistics
- Oversee student check-in process
Employer Logistics Manager:
- Coordinate employer shipping, parking, registration, and decorating services
- Create employer booth layout
- Oversee Undergraduate Career Committee (UCC)
- Manage UCC meetings
- Design and order publicity materials (t-shirts, flyers, and brochures)
- Coordinate promotion/marketing to McCombs students
Human Resources Manager:
- Recruit and train 200+ volunteers
- Coordinate recruiting and training of new UCC members
UCC Project Manager 2013-2014
Sara Saastamoinen is a fourth year student at The McCombs School of Business majoring in Management on the Consulting and Change Track and pursuing a minor in International Business. Sara is also a Plan II Honors major in the College of Liberal Arts with an additional concentration in Art History.
Sara joined the Undergraduate Career Committee as a freshman in the spring of 2011. During her time with the team, she has acted as the Logistics Manager and Publicity Manager. Currently, Sara services as the Project Manager for the sixth and seventh Career Expos.
With two years left in her studies, Sara is currently recruiting for Management Consulting and Human Resources positions. Her two greatest goals are to be fluent in five languages by 30 years of age and to love her work.
Sara was born and raised in Kiiminki, Finland before moving to Coppell, Texas near Dallas at the age of six. A strong love for traveling and experiencing different cultures, baking and cooking from scratch, and watching film noir movies best summarizes her favorite hobbies.
UCC Human Resources Manager and the upcoming Project Manager for 2014-2015
Sagar Patel is a third year student at The McCombs School of Business double majoring in Business Honors and Finance, with minors in Spanish and computer science.
Sagar joined the Undergraduate Career Committee in Spring 2012, his second semester at The University of Texas at Austin. He has acted as the Logistics Manager and as the Human Resources Manager during his time with UCC.
Sagar is currently not limiting his options in his career search. He instead is looking for something with an international scope that would allow him to travel. He hopes have a career that can incorporate his love for education, business, and law.
Sagar was born in Carrolton, Texas. He had the experience of living in Saudi Arabia for a few years before moving to Plano, Texas. His passions include traveling, food, sports, and volunteer work.