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Record-High 75 Organizations at the Pitt Business Career Development Conference

Thursday, October 27, 2016

More than 1,000 Pitt Business students connected with recruiters from a record-high 75 recruiting organizations at the 2016 Pitt Business Career Development Conference. The day provided an integrated approach to career development with Industry Panel Sessions, networking opportunities, and a career fair with organizations from Pittsburgh and nationwide. 

The morning panel sessions, hosted by recruiters and Pitt Business alumni, provided students with opportunities learn about a company’s hiring process and how to stand out in competitive job market. Students could also ask questions about entering a specific industry or company. 

“It was wonderful to see so many talented students and such a deep roster of recruiting organizations represented,” says Arjang A. Assad, Henry E. Haller Jr. Dean of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration. “At Pitt, we have a world-class undergraduate business school that is truly second to none in its mission of taking students on a journey from the classroom, to the city, to the world.” 

The conference also served as an opportunity to introduce students and industry partners to the enhanced Pitt Business Career Development Office and new programs it launched this fall. 

With a renewed concentration on student development, the Career Development Office offers personalized support that equips students with the knowledge and skills they will need to be successful after graduation. The office engages students in experiences that provide meaningful professional growth. 

New programs launching this fall include the Professional Academies Program, Industry Professional Networks Program, and Alumni-Student Mentoring Initiative. 

  • The Professional Academies are taught by industry partners and equip students with functional skills in a specific area. 
  • The Industry Professional Networks are facilitated by Pitt Business Executives in Residence and allow student to take a deep dive into crucial industries. 
  • The Alumni-Student Mentoring Initiative offers a platform through which students can seek out career advice from a database of hundreds of alumni volunteers. 

“For our new mentoring initiative, we have already received over 200 responses from alumni located across the United States. These alumni are working in various industries and are excited to connect with Pitt Business students and provide them with career advice as they begin their careers,” says Audrey J. Murrell, Associate Dean of Pitt Business. 

Career Conference Keynote Speaker James T. Balouris, executive vice president and market manager for PNC Bank’s Southwest Pennsylvania market, encouraged the students to speak with organizations that mirror their personal values. He advised students that hard work, humility, and tenacity are skills that will set them apart from the competition. 

“Find something you love to do and that you’re passionate about, because that passion will come out in what you do,” he says.

Balouris is an influential leader at PNC and has received numerous honors, including the PNC Regional Community Bank Circle of Excellence Award, the Top Sector and Top Regional Awards, and the Chairman’s Circle Awards.