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Spring Career Fair Draws Leading Corporations to Campus
Marshal MBA Students Participate in Whirlwind of Interviews with High Profile Companies
March 23, 2012 • by News at Marshall

A buzz of excitement — sometimes nerves — could be felt during the 8th annual Marshall Spring career fair at Town & Gown at USC’s University Park Campus on March 21. Current MBA students and alumni came to meet representatives from 40 companies with both full-time and internship opportunities. Companies in attendance included Warner Bros., Disney ABC Television Group, Merrill Lynch, State Farm Insurance and Mercer with positions ranging from product marketing to investment banking.

"I'm kind of nervous," said Wan Yu, IBEAR MBA ’12, as she did some final prep work in the lobby before entering the fair. Her fellow suited-up classmates milled in and out of the event, stepping out on occasion to do additional research on companies or to review material recruiters had passed out.

To help quell such anxieties, Marshall’s Fred V. Keenan MBA Career Services office, organizers of the fair, offered three prep sessions leading up to this year’s event. Shirlene Chi, IBEAR MBA '12, took advantage of one such session, and incorporated tips she learned in her prep work.

"This morning I spent my drive to school practicing my elevator speech and nailing down the three things I wanted employers to remember about me, that’s what they stressed in the meeting last night. And then I spent the morning preparing three different resumes for different companies, researched the companies, came up with questions and just worked on icebreakers to start the conversations," said Chi, who has a background in advertising strategy and wants to transition into consulting or brand management.

For recruiters, the career fair is a chance to meet a high concentration of Marshall MBA students who have the particular skill sets they are seeking. Mina Park, senior manager of recruiting for Disney Store North America, who have attended the fair since 2009, cited the entrepreneurial training many Marshall students have as a major advantage.

"Marshall students really get an opportunity to be entrepreneurs. There’s a little bit more flexibility in their curriculum, which translates well into our business because a majority of our business is driven by innovation and entrepreneurship," said Park, who has hired several Marshall grads. "Our headquarters in Pasadena includes a team of more than 300 who are responsible for developing marketing strategies, designing product, determining inventory allocation and provide overall support for our North America chain of Stores," Mina shares. "Your students are well-rounded in their abilities and flexible to change, so many of our roles are an excellent fit for Marshall students who come into our organization."

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