Career Expo’s focus on business too strong, survey respondents say

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    After assessing student and alumni surveys about Career Services’ most recent Career Expo, staff members say they will try to host companies relating to a wider variety of student majors in the future.Many students commented on their surveys that there was too much of a focus on jobs relating to the School of Business.

    “A strong business focus is common at most career events,” said Abby Hicks, assistant director of Career Services. Hicks said Career Services is trying to recruit more employers targeted at health and liberal arts majors to sign up for the next expo.

    One student asked specifically for companies related to economics and history, and another student asked for representation from health and human sciences companies, according to the surveys.

    Of the 109 students and alumni surveyed, 82 were business majors, including five e-business majors, eight entrepreneurial management majors, 23 finance majors, 13 management majors and 17 marketing majors and 16 accounting majors, according to an evaluation results document.

    “Next semester, we will try to have more majors represented at the Expo,” Hicks said.

    Conducting the survey was Career Services Director Ann Reynolds’ idea.

    “I felt we needed to receive student input on events to better serve our student population,” Reynolds said.

    In the survey, students were also asked to rate the advertisement, location, event date and time, registration process, organization and employers.

    “We will also start advertising earlier next semester,” Hicks said.