Employer sign-ups for Business Horizons career fair surpass 2009, job outlook better for graduates

Pamplin’s Business Horizons provides a good opportunity for employers and students to meet and chat in an informal setting

Pamplin’s Business Horizons provides a good opportunity for employers and students to meet and chat in an informal setting.

BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 15, 2010 – More than 125 employers have signed up to attend the 28th annual Business Horizons career fair of the Pamplin College of Business on Thursday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Squires Student Center’s Commonwealth and Old Dominion ballrooms.

A limited number of employer booths are still available, says Stuart Mease, Pamplin’s career services director for undergraduate programs. “Employer signups are up from last year’s fair, which drew 106 employers,” Mease says. “Signs of an economic recovery are present. Despite what most media outlets report, there are many jobs for college graduates — if they have acquired skill sets in demand or are willing to take a job that is not their dream job.”

Five of the college’s majors are routinely among the 10 majors most sought after by recruiters visiting campus, according to the university’s Career Services office.

Business Horizons, organized by Pamplin undergraduates, gives students and employers a good opportunity to meet and interact with each other in one central location, Mease says. “A job seeker will have no better opportunity to meet face-to-face with hundreds of company representatives. To reproduce the environment of a job fair will take many months to orchestrate. That’s why the job fair is still the best job search tool for seekers.”

The Business Horizons team can be reached via e-mail or online.

Virginia Tech’s nationally ranked Pamplin College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. Pamplin emphasizes technology and analysis that improve business, entrepreneurship that leads to innovation and innovative companies, international opportunities for learning and research, and an inclusive, collaborative community. It is named in honor of two alumni: the late Robert B. Pamplin, retired chairman of Georgia-Pacific, and businessman, author, and philanthropist Robert B. Pamplin Jr.