Hough Graduate School event to match students, alumni with local employers
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Graduate Business Career Services office at the Hough Graduate School of Business at the University of Florida will host the first-ever â€śStay in the Swampâ€ť Career Fair from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Hough Hall, Room 150.
The event, co-sponsored by Florida Works and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, is designed for current and former students of the Hough Graduate School who wish to work and remain in the Gainesville area.
â€śMore and more of our students want to live in Gainesville after graduation, and, at GBCS, weâ€™re always eager to help our students and alumni find great careers,â€ť GBCS Director Craig Petrus said. â€śCompanies in Gainesville, especially the residents at Innovation Hub, are looking to hire talented business graduates. Partnering with Florida Works, the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce and these innovative Gainesville companies just makes sense.â€ť
The format for Thursdayâ€™s event differs from most career fairs. For the first hour, Gainesville-area companies, including Grooveshark, RTI Biologics Inc. and Totuit, will deliver three-minute â€śelevator pitchesâ€ť to students. Because some of these innovative companies are still growing, Petrus said the pitches will help familiarize students with the companiesâ€™ missions. From 7 to 9 p.m., students and alumni will be able to network with company representatives about full-time positions and internships. Selected candidates will return Friday to Hough Hall for formal interviews at the companiesâ€™ requests.
â€śThere is such a push to keep talent in Florida,â€ť Petrus said. â€śThat message has come from Florida Gov. Rick Scott and from University of Florida President Bernie Machen. Everyone associated with GBCS and the Hough Graduate School of Business is eager to help our talented students and alumni receive jobs and internships in the state of Florida.â€ť
There is no cost to attend the event. Attire is business casual and students are encouraged to bring plenty of copies of their rĂ©sumĂ©s.
Other companies scheduled to attend are: Alachua County government, Altavian, Eatable, Enterprise, EthosU, GRU, Infinite Energy, Info Tech, LifeSouth, and Wal-Mart Stores.
For more information about the â€śStay in the Swampâ€ť Career Fair, contact GBCSfirstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about the event, go to https://news.warrington.ufl.edu/2013/03/hough-graduate-school-to-host-stay-in-the-swamp-career-fair/.