Expand Your Career Opportunities at National Career Fairs

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2014 NSHMBA Conference in Philadelphia, PA
Every year, national associations host MBA career expositions, bringing together MBA students with hundreds of top employers from across the country to explore potential internship and post-MBA career opportunities.

For more than a decade, TCU has participated in these career fairs, just one of the many ways the school provides our students with access to global companies such as Google, General Mills, Proctor & Gamble and Dell.

TCU students attend the career fairs prepped and ready to compete head to head with some of the top MBA talent in the country. LaTanya Johns, director of the Graduate Career Center, and her team work closely with students in the weeks prior to the expositions to develop individual networking strategies and secure interviews. Even at the career fairs themselves, Johns and her team are there to help. At least one career coach joins the students for each event, taking advantage of the opportunity to network with companies on the students' behalves, as well as provide on-the-spot networking and interview advice.  

In addition to preparing students to compete at the national career fairs, the Graduate Career Center offers students travel grants to cover a portion of the cost of attending. On average, the Career Center provides stipends of approximately $700 per student.

“Our students have given up their jobs to attend school full time,” says Johns. “Investing in them in this way allows them not only to attend, but to get much more out of the conferences when they don’t have to bear the financial burden alone. Money shouldn't be the barrier keeping a student from landing a great career opportunity.”

Johns recently traveled to a career conference in Atlanta, where TCU students were able to meet with representatives from more than 200 companies. On the second day of the conference, any student who made a connection with recruiters were invited for a first-round interview.

Not only do these experiences help students in their job searches; students are also able to see just how far their MBA can take them in their future career, Johns explains.

This year's career expositions and conferences, open to all TCU MBA students of every gender and ethnicity, include:

National Black MBA Association Career Conference in Atlanta, Georgia

Sampling of companies in attendance:

  • 3M
  • A.T. Kearney
  • Bayer HealthCare
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Chevron Corporation
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • General Electric
  • The Hershey Company
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • USAA

National Society of Hispanic MBAs Career Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sampling of companies in attendance:

  • Best Buy (corporate)
  • CVS Caremark
  • Diageo
  • General Mills
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Merck
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Wells Fargo

Asian MBA Conference in New York, New York

Sampling of companies in attendance:

  • Bloomberg Institute
  • BP
  • Capital One
  • Haier
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • McDonald’s Corporation

 National Association of Women MBAs in Arlington, Virginia

Sampling of companies in attendance:

  • Amazon
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Freddie Mac
  • Microsoft
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Tesoro
  • USPS

Many TCU MBA students have found new careers through career expositions. "I love to be able to take [students] and promote them,” says Johns. “I love the success stories that come out of these conferences. My staff and I look forward to traveling with our students to the career fairs and helping promote them to the hundreds of employers in attendance.”

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