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Over 1,000 Students Attend Pitt Business Career Conference

The 2014 Pitt Business Career Development Conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center was one of Pittsburgh’s largest recruiting events of the year, attended by over 1,000 students and nearly 50 companies.

For over eight hours, students were on the hunt for jobs and internships, chatting with recruiters, passing out résumés, and collecting business cards. Positions were available for all business disciplines. Some students left that day with offers in hand.

The morning began with a series of panel discussions broken down by industry (e.g. accounting, supply chain management, human resources, etc.). The recruiters gave an overview of their field, before taking questions from students in a Q&A format.

The afternoon recruiter fair was held in a grand hall. Attending companies included a who’s who of Pittsburgh employers and firms with a global presence. There were the “big four” accounting firms such as EY and PwC; the global retailers including Macy’s and Target; the global food companies including H.J. Heinz and The Hershey Company; the global manufacturers including Siemens and Eaton; the large U.S. banks including PNC and BNY Mellon; and government agencies including the U.S. Office of the Comptroller and the City of Pittsburgh.

The students seeking employment ranged from freshmen with only one month of college under their belts to seniors aiming to line up job offers before graduation. Also present were MBA and MS in Accounting students from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.

Earlier in the day, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto delivered the keynote address at lunch, speaking of how the city was poised for its “fourth identity.” Pittsburgh, he said, has evolved from being a remote French military outpost, to a mighty industrial giant, to a city recovering from the collapse of its industry, to its current stage, a place whose future looks bright, even if its identity isn’t fully formed.

“You know what’s so great about it? We don’t even know what it is. It’s a blank slate. But here’s what’s good for you. There’s going to be opportunity,” Peduto said.  

Peduto pointed to a recent report by Forbes magazine that rated Pittsburgh as the No. 3 Opportunity City in the United States. The rating is based on places where it is “easier to make your mark.”

After his remarks, Petudo joined a small group of Pitt Business students and Associate Dean Audrey J. Murrell for lunch.

“I’m delighted that Mayor Peduto was part of this year’s Career Conference,” Murrell said. “Having strong relationships with Pittsburgh’s organizations is a huge competitive advantage for our school. For example, it lets us offer our students embedded learning experiences where they can complete consulting projects for Pittsburgh companies. This is how we’re able to achieve the second part of our broader mission, which is to take students from the classroom, to the city, to the world.”

The list of participating companies at the Pitt Business Career Conference:

  • ADP
  • ALDI
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Armstrong World Industries
  • Association of Talent Development Pittsburgh
  • Barre LLC
  • Becker Professional Education
  • BNY Mellon
  • City of Pittsburgh
  • CohnReznick
  • Dollar Bank
  • Deloitte
  • DICK’s Sporting Goods
  • Eaton
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • EY (Ernst & Young)
  • FedEx
  • Fi360
  • The Hershey Company
  • H.J. Heinz
  • Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
  • KFMR Katz Ferraro McMrtry
  • KPMG
  • Macy’s
  • Maher Duessel
  • The Men’s Warehouse
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • ParenteBeard
  • Pitt Business International Programs
  • Pittsburgh Advertising Federation
  • PNC Financial Services Group
  • Protiviti
  • Prudential Financial
  • PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
  • Rue21
  • Schneider Downs & Company
  • Siemens Corporation
  • Target
  • UMPC
  • University of Pittsburgh Internal Audit
  • Verizon Wireless
  • WeiserMazars LLP