College of Business majors will get an opportunity to test the career waters at two college-wide events.

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More than 1,000 students are expected to attend the business school career fair Jan. 25.

More than 100 employers will be attending the college’s Business, Non-Profit & Government Career Fair on Wednesday, Jan. 25, followed by the first ever college-wide reception where students and faculty from all business disciplines can network with recruiters later in the day.

“Previously, departments held individual receptions as part of the spring career fair, but now that our college is exclusively focused on business disciplines, bringing everyone together in a one-stop networking environment will be more efficient for the recruiters, students and faculty,” said Leah Hughes, career coordinator, for the college’s Office of Student Enrichment.

The career fair will be from noon-4 p.m., Wednesday, in the concourse areas of Littlejohn Coliseum. It will be followed by the networking reception in the Madren Center’s Grand Ballroom from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The first 30 minutes of the reception will be for faculty and recruiters. Doors will open for students at 6 p.m. Students are asked to register for the reception on Eventbrite.

Hughes urged business students to treat the career fair and reception as separate events, rather than just attending one.

“The career fair is a venue where a student can make initial introductions to the employers in a more formal setting. But the reception is a great follow-up opportunity for students to meet company recruiters in more of a social setting. Reception-type interactions are valued by recruiters, who are able to get a sense for a prospective employee’s social skills.”

Companies will be recruiting for full-time, part-time and internship positions at the career fair and upwards of 80 company representatives will be attending the reception, which will include refreshments and appetizers.

Hughes anticipates more than 700 students will attend the fair, which is open to all majors. Reception attendance is limited to sophomore, junior and senior business majors only.

“Unlike previous years when accounting firms only recruited on campus in the fall, some of the big firms will be at our spring event looking for sophomore- and junior-level students for their leadership conferences,” said Hughes. “The fair and reception will be two great opportunities for business students to network and potentially get their foot in the door of a future employer.”

Questions about the reception and fair should be directed to Hughes at leahh@clemson.edu.

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