The College of Business is hosting Biz-Connect today, Thursday, March 9, in Garrett Hall. Biz-Connect is an event to connect Southeastern students with local businesses or branches of companies.
Marketing professor April Kemp said networking events like Biz-Connect are great ways to open the door to opportunities for internships, part-time jobs and even post graduation positions for business majors. They allow for a face-to-face medium to interact with professionals, community leaders and alumni.
From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., students will be able to browse booths set up right in Garrett Hall. The event was set up this way to ensure an easy and equal opportunity for all business majors to be able to participate. Kemp said, “This set up allows students to participate in between classes and feel more comfortable interacting with potential employers.”
Following the browse, there will be a time for optional interviews from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. This is a unique factor that not all regular career fairs can offer.
Supply Chain Management major Morgan Hall said, “Even though I’m only a sophomore, I’m glad I have even just a few hours of exposure to an event like this. I think Biz-Connect will give me the chance to work on soft skills and gain confidence for when I’m in similar situations in the future.”
Biz-Connect is not just beneficial for students, but the businesses that participate as well. Kemp said that recurring participants come back because they are consistently impressed with the caliber of students at Southeastern and what they have to offer. Some of the businesses to look for include Chick-fil-A, Entergy and Verizon.
Junior marketing major Alec Jones said, “The benefit of Biz-Connect that I’m most interested in is the convenience it gives me and other business students. It cuts a tremendous amount of time out of the interviewing process that could normally take weeks. This allows me to seek out multiple employers that peak my interest in a one day span.”