Career expo offers networking for students

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Students had the opportunity to build networking skills and meet potential employers at Thursday’s Career and Intern Expo.

The expo, which was open to all students and hosted by the Center for Career and Professional Development, offered advantages to those who attended.

Photo of a Texas Ranger representative and a student at the career and intern expo. Photo by Leslie Fields

“For first-year students, it’s a great opportunity to get that experience with networking skills and to be able to have those conversations about potential internship opportunities,” said Mike Caldwell, the executive director at the Center for Career and Professional Development.

Caldwell said it’s a good experience for juniors and seniors to start talking about full-time jobs.

While some companies are invited to the expo, others came because they specifically look at TCU students. In total, there were over 120 employers on campus this year.

“We’ve recruited at TCU for the past couple of years, and we have found that we get really great candidates here,” said Brittany Ebanks, a supervisor of the food and protein team from the ISN Software Corporation. “The students here are always well prepared for the job, and they are also self-starters interested in learning more.”

Alexis Pereira of BNSF Railway having a conversation with student Thomas Hunter. Photo by Leslie Fields

Many of the employers present at the expo were TCU alumni and returned to their alma mater to recruit current Horned Frogs.

Caldwell said it’s a “big win” when TCU alumni encourage their companies to recruit at TCU.

For example, TCU alumnae Karen Borowski and Bridget Touhey stepped back onto campus to recruit students for Hershey.

“I found my job at the TCU career fair and I wanted to bring our company back so we could find more Horned Frogs,” said Borowski, a retail sales representative from Hershey.

Borowksi has confidence in fellow Horned Frogs in their job search because she remembers how her time as a student in the Neeley School of Business prepared her for a full-time job.

“I know the kind of people my classmates were, and I know those kinds of people are still here at TCU,” Borowski said. “Everyone at my company and everyone at TCU is rooting for each other to succeed.”