Posted 11.9.06

As a first year full-time MBA student, I had the opportunity, along with fellow colleagues, to attend both the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) and National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) conferences.

As an overview, the National Black MBA Association’s Annual Conference was held in Atlanta, GA this year, September 26 – October 1, 2006. The venue of choice was the famed Georgia World Congress Center, home of the 1996 Summer Olympics. The scope of businesses represented and the shear number of participants definitely exceeded my expectations. According to the NBMBAA website, close to 15,000 students, business professionals, and recruiters attended, and 350 major corporations and colleges were represented. In addition to the career fair, the conference boasted career workshops, resume clinics, employer networking events, a case competition, annual scholarship presentation, business school forum, life and career coaching, GMAT test prep, and a host of social events.

Approximately 20 Case students and staff attended the conference and numerous alumni were also present representing their various employers. Fellow first years agreed that the conference was slightly overwhelming, but definitely a prime opportunity to network with employers who don’t currently recruit at Weatherhead. This is the first national career fair of every school year, so it’s definitely worth attending if you want to get an early start on the job search. Mark your calendars for next year’s conference which will be held even earlier in the year, the week of September 11-16, 2007 in Orlando, FL.

In comparison, the NSHMBA conference, held in Cincinnati, OH October 26-28, 2006, was much smaller in scale with an attendance of just over 7,000. Many of the major employers were represented and the more intimate nature of the conference allowed students to enjoy more face time with employers. Weatherhead had a larger presence with over 40 students attending. In addition, Career Development staff was on hand to lend support, discuss Weatherhead, and cultivate additional employers to recruit on campus. The conference was definitely a success as approximately 20 students reported landing interviews -- and several have already received job offers. Like the NBMBAA Conference, the NSHMBA Conference will be held earlier next year, October 4-6, 2007 in Houston, TX.

If you would like more preparation on attending a major career fair, please stop in the Career Development Center in PBL 160 and make an appointment with a Career Development Manager today.

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