Supply Chain Management Students Interact with Recruiters at TSCA Career Expo Breakfast
By: Trevor Bell
Supply Chain Management students were able to meet and network with recruiters from around the country at the Tech Supply Chain Association Breakfast, sponsored by Phillips 66, at the Fall 2014 Rawls Career Expo last week. During the breakfast, which hosted over 40 managers from 20 different companies seeking supply chain students, students were able to speak in a one-on-one setting with recruiters to position themselves for placement after graduation.
"The semi-annual career expo breakfast provides students, employers, and faculty with the opportunity to interact and discuss supply chain management. It is an essential part of the overall educational process in the Rawls College's Supply Chain Management Program," Dr. Rodney Thomas, faculty-lead for the Supply Chain Management Program, said.
This semester's breakfast had the largest turnout ever, with 70 students in attendance. Students who came found value in the opportunity to receive time with recruiters prior to the career expo, as it gave them a chance to build relationships and fully discuss future possibilities.
"I think the breakfast is a very useful networking tool that gives Supply Chain Management majors a competitive advantage when speaking to recruiters. It allows students a chance to interact with potential employers in a social setting that easily transitions into the professional environment of the career expo," Tamuka Simango, a senior Supply Chain Management major, said. "It also presents us with the opportunity to meet recruiters looking specifically for students specializing in supply chain."
"This semester's supply chain breakfast was a great success. TSCA members had the opportunity to network and develop meaningful connections with peers, experts, and industry leaders," Allison Martinez, president of TSCA, said. "This event helps students gain a better understanding on what sets companies apart to better suit their career paths."
The breakfast was not just for students, however, as recruiters were able to gain greater access to students and speak with them about the needs of their company. The recruiters were also to see the progressive steps that the Rawls College makes toward acclimating and preparing students for careers in supply chain positions.
"BNSF Railway has enjoyed a successful and continuing relationship with the Rawls College. Rawls students hired as BNSF management employees are well prepared to meet the challenges of a demanding business environment," John Shook, from BNSF Railway, said. "Their success is a tribute to the quality education they receive at the Rawls College and the Supply Chain Management Program."
"I think one of the things that we really like is the faculty and staff have been very open to putting a curriculum in place that is relevant to what we need," Lynn Gaines, from Phillips 66, said. "The students also have been great, and we've had tremendous success with them, with a 100 percent hire rate. We're really pleased, and we are happy to be a sponsor."
The Rawls College would like to extend a special thanks to corporate sponsor, Phillips 66, for its continued support of the Supply Chain Management Program. Phillips 66′s efforts make events like these possible for students to attend. For more information on the Supply Chain Management Program, email Dr. Rodney Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org. For photos from the breakfast, visit the Rawls Flickr account.This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.
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