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Students Visit Corporations in St. Louis

April 21, 2017, Chelsea Kujawa

${image-alt} Students who participated in the Spring 2017 Career Exploration Day.

College of Business students got their chance to visit various corporations in St. Louis on March 31st as part of the Business Placement Center’s Career Exploration Day. The career trip provided over 90 students an opportunity to network with employers and executives as they discovered potential career options in the business industry.

Jasmine Robinson, the Student Programming and Communication graduate assistant for the Business Placement Center, attended the career trip with other college personnel.

“These trips are designed to provide students with valuable career advice from professionals in the field,” Robinson said. “Company visits are a great opportunity to make connections with alumni and help students understand what it takes to be competitive in the job market.”

“Career Exploration Day is an event where we take business students to a specific city and connect them with different companies for professional development and career advice,” Robinson added. “In the past, we did one company visit a month, which was great, but we brainstormed on ideas of how to make it more valuable to students and have a greater impact.”

This year, the list of companies that students visited included Edward Jones, the St. Louis Blues, Caleres, Express Scripts and Wells Fargo. The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis also was included on the list of destinations.

The busses were assigned to visit two locations each. One bus visited Wells Fargo and Edward Jones, another took students to Caleres and the Federal Reserve, and the third traveled to the St. Louis Blues and Express Scripts locations.

The trip also included lunch, where students were able to eat with the dean of the college, as well as employees, CEOs and CFOs of the companies they visited.

Jasmine Berry, a senior studying accounting, participated in the Career Exploration Day, and was on the bus that visited Wells Fargo and Edward Jones.

“I learned a lot about advisory,” Berry said. “Basically, I got a good understanding of what it means to be a financial adviser and how they manage their clients, and also how everyone plays a role in helping the financial advisor do his or her job. For example: If the advisor has a client inquiring about stock or bond prices, then the advisor would call into the home office to seek assistance and answers for that question.”

The career trip would not have been possible without the support of our alumni and for that we are thankful. A Chicago Career Exploration Day is being planned for the spring. Please check back for more information if you are interested in participating in this event.

The Business Placement Center offers many opportunities throughout the year. To stay aware of upcoming events, follow us on social media and check the events section on the College of Business website.