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Retail Day 2011: On The Hunt

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

 

Retail students with the Director of the Retail Management Program, Dr. Mary Ann Odegaard.

Retail students with the Director of the Retail Management Program, Dr. Mary Ann Odegaard.

College students often attend career fairs in hopes of finding potential jobs. It’s usually the same thing: rows of tables full of drowsy recruiters. The Retail Management Program at the University of Washington has been making the typical career fair more exciting for the past 13 years. They call it Retail Day.

Retail Day took place on April 13th. The theme of this year’s event was “On the Hunt,” referring to students hunting for jobs. The decor reflected the theme by incorporating safari touches all through the halls. There were vines hanging from the balconies as the students wore forest green t-shirts with safari hats.

The program provides students a networking opportunity in a more laid back atmosphere. Marie Kapelke, president of the Retail Management Program Student Association, says, “Normal career fairs can be tense and nerve wracking for both recruiters as well as students, but Retail Day allows students and recruiters to feel comfortable being themselves.”

For Retail Day, the awkwardness is removed by small touches making the atmosphere more student friendly. One of the crowd pleasers is the fashion show. Kapelke says it is her favorite part. “You get to see your friends model the latest fashion trends across various clothing and jewelry retailers.”

Anna Fowler was the mastermind behind the show.  She sought out sponsors to donate clothes to dress the models. This year the fashion show featured clothing from retailers such as Mercer and Buffalo Exchange. Fowler also contacted people to do the models’ hair and makeup to give the show a more authentic touch.

The seating area across from Orin’s Place made the perfect venue for the fashion show. The Deloitte Commons served as a food and refreshment center while the retailers lined their tables through the length of the second floor. As the day went on students approached each table and spoke to the retailers. They were able to learn more about the companies and what types of opportunities are available to them.

 Not only does this event provide students with a networking opportunity, but students learn to lead and work with each other as they prepare for the day. Margy Zook, chair of this year’s Retail Day says, “I am able to share [this] leadership experience with potential employers in interview situations and exemplify my position in the success of the event.”

This was the first year Retail Day found its home in Paccar. The students no longer had the spacious comforts of the old Balmer Commons.  Creativity was the result. Mallory Lindberg, an Employment Specialist from Nordstrom, says, “There were quite a few students that were not part of the retail program who were wandering through [the recruiters’ tables]…”

This new layout allowed for a larger flow of traffic to experience Retail Day. Balmer Commons was a secluded room that students had to make a conscious decision to enter. In Paccar, the event came to them in the halls so a larger population was exposed to it.

At the end of the event, the club held the annual raffle where retailers donated many prizes. One student bought just five raffle tickets (at $1 a piece) and won a snow board and a $500 gift certificate for new tires.

Zook says the event benefits the Foster School of Business as a whole. “By having Retail Day, Foster can showcase the RMP certificate in association with any of the business school majors. It also emphasizes that there are so many different majors and choices a student has through Foster.”

 

 –Rachel Zakhary, Senior, Retail Management Program

Foster Fall Welcome 2009

Friday, October 23rd, 2009
Officers from MUSH table at the Fall Welcome

Officers from MUSH table at the Fall Welcome

This year’s Foster Fall Welcome was the largest yet with 22 groups tabling and a many students making their way through Balmer Commons during the event. Student organizations and program offices set up displays to help new and returning Foster students understand all of the opportunities that are available, and snacks and drinks were provided.

This annual resource fair is a tradition in the first few weeks of the Fall quarter, and allows students to connect with Foster clubs, departments and programs in order to enhance the undergraduate experience. 

If you missed the Fall Welcome and are interested in checking out the student clubs, you can find them on the Foster School of Business website!

2009 Business Career Fair

Friday, October 23rd, 2009
UMCA officers coordinate the annual Business Career Fair

UMCA officers coordinate the annual Business Career Fair

Undergraduate Management Consulting Association (UMCA) hosts the annual Business Career Fair every fall quarter in the beginning of the school year. Even though UMCA focuses on careers in management consulting and investment banking, the Business Career Fair features companies hiring for all types of careers. This fair has always been advertised campus-wide and is a great opportunity to interact with recruiters. Hence, this event has always been highly anticipated by both students and employers. Both parties have consistently found success each year where students receive internship and job offers as well as employers hire talented students to add value to their companies.

 In the current state of the economy, we were presented with a few problems in planning for the Business Career Fair 2009. As companies continue to cut their budget, recruiting continues to decline. Therefore, the main concern was: With more students seeking jobs than ever, how do we increase employer attendance to offer more networking opportunities for students?

Students meet recruiters at the annual Business Career Fair

Current student Holly Rubert talks with alum Susan Kramer (BA '07) during the Business Career Fair.

 This year, a committee of eight worked meticulously on developing ways to increase employer attendance and cut costs without degrading the students’ or employers’ experience at the fair. On October 13th, after over 3 months, 1100 emails, and 450 hours of planning later, it all came together in 4 hours as students interacted with over 80 employers, developing relationships, and finding the right fit for themselves and the company. Employers were impressed with the quality and quantity of the students. Many recruiters complimented our UMCA Resume Book, which was given to all employers, featuring the profile and resumes of all UMCA members. In regards to the quantity of students, a recruiter quoted, “I haven’t spoke with this many students in four years.” As for me, it was an extreme pleasure to be working with an enthusiastic committee of UMCA members and officers; although, none would have been possible without the help from the Foster School of Business, UW Career Center, SAO office, and HUB services.

 If you are interested in being involved with the Business Career Fair 2010, come to our UMCA meetings on Wednesdays 7PM in Balmer 214.

 We wish all students the best of luck during recruiting season!

 

Rocky Tang (Junior, Finance)
Career Fair Coordinator
Undergraduate Management Consulting Association