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Networking is key to finding a job, students say

   

Students meet potential employers at Business Horizons career fair. The placement success of the Pamplin College of Buiness contributed to a Wall Street Journal survey that ranked Virginia Tech the 13th best campus for college recruiting in the nation.

Six Pamplin College of Business graduates who landed jobs in 2011 and 2012 all say the university’s resources, such as the annual Business Horizons career fair, were key to their job-search efforts.

Rebecca Johns, who earned her undergraduate degree in 2011 and her master’s degree in 2012 in accounting and information systems, was hired by the Reznick Group in August 2011 as an audit associate. “I took advantage of the many resources that Pamplin and Virginia Tech provided as I searched for a summer internship, which led to a full-time job offer,” Johns said.

Christopher McKeever, who graduated in 2012 with a degree in management, was hired by IBM in October 2011 as a public sector consultant. “Preparation and research both before and after is key,” McKeever said of his job-search efforts. “Business Horizons is the best way to get a job.”

Allante Nelson, who graduated in 2012 with a degree in business information technology, was hired by Deloitte Consulting in November 2011 as a business technology analyst. “I tried to make the most of every opportunity given to me,” Nelson said. “I already had an offer from the company in which I had an internship, but I decided to be involved with Business Horizons and while at the event reached out to as many companies as I could. In the end, I had multiple offers and got to choose where to start my career.”

Daniel Raikin, who graduated in 2012 with a degree in finance, was hired by GE Energy in December 2011 as a trainee in a two-year financial management program. “Stuart Mease [Pamplin’s director of undergraduate career advancement and employer relations] was a tremendous help coaching me through the job search process. He gave me the confidence to effectively market myself, follow up, network with employers, and remain persistent and organized until I got my desired offer,” Raikin said.

Milad Soufastai, who graduated in 2012 with a degree in business information technology, was hired by Deloitte Consulting in October 2011 as a business technology analyst. “The job search is all about networking. Even if the person isn't involved in your field, you never know who they are friends with,” Soufastai said.

Kristina Westernik, who graduated in 2012 with a degree in management, was hired by PricewaterhouseCoopers in November 2011 as an advisory associate. “To crack the code of the job search, leverage your network and Virginia Tech’s Career Services to unlock potential employment opportunities,” Westernik said.

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