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Business Placement Center hosts spring events

March 24, 2011, Whitney Schaefer

${image-alt} Matt Purdy, Associate Director of the Business Placement Center, has helped students prepare for the Career Fair and assist them in finding an externship this semester.

The Business Placement Center’s (BPC) day-to-day activities include helping students with resumes and critiquing cover letters. Each spring, however, the BPC kicks into high gear, helping students prepare for the spring Career Fair and gain valuable professional experience through the Extern program.

Before the Career Fair held on February 23 from 1 to 5 PM in the Student Center ballrooms, the BPC helped students prepare by holding a seminar entitled “Building Career Fair Success.” With four presentations given throughout the day, students could attend the session(s) that worked best with their schedule. Matt Purdy, Associate Director of the BPC, spoke to over 50 students about what employers look for in prospective interns and employees at the Career Fair; how to get more interviews; and what to do before, during, and after the fair.

The BPC also helped students prepare for the Career Fair by hosting Mock Interview Week on February 14 through 18, when local companies were brought in to help students prepare for future interviews. These companies included: Alliance Investment Planning Group, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, CTS, Family Video, Northwestern Mutual, Old National Bank, Saluki Athletics, and The Buckle. It gave students the chance to practice interviewing so they would be more prepared for the real thing.

Together with the SIU Alumni Association, the BPC recently placed 53 business students in externships with companies for the week-long program during spring break. During their externships, students had the opportunity to gain experience within their area of interest. It was also an excellent chance for many to network and “get their foot in the door” for future internships and jobs.

“The Extern program is a great way for students to amplify their educational experience by spending time in the real world,” says Purdy. “The College of Business is extremely fortunate to have so many students who are willing to give up their Spring Break to take advantage of this opportunity. This years’ class was top-notch and a pleasure to work with for the past five months.”

The Extern program began with interviews held in November. The placement process then went on for the next months up until spring break.