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The Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre kicks off fall semester by setting new records

Monday, October 3 2016 12:00am

The Schey Sales Centre welcomes 138 new hires and hosts largest career fair to date.

You put in the work. You’re dressed for success. You’re ready to take on the Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre Career Fair. This year, a total of 460 students attended the career fair on Monday, Sept. 19, including the 138 new hires; a record for the Schey Sales Centre.   

“I was able to see the Schey Sales Centre Career Fair from a different perspective this year,” said Dave Baxter, organizational communication studies senior and Schey Sales Centre co-chair. “I joined the Schey Sales Centre my sophomore year and was so nervous to attend my first career fair. This year, I was able to reflect on how far I’ve come and help Quicken Loans recruit Business Bobcats.” 

Baxter hopes to begin his full-time position with Quicken Loans after graduation. Accomplished and excited to give back to OHIO, he got to stand on the other side of the career fair table this fall. Looking back on his journey, Baxter recalls being in the students’ shoes.

“It feels like yesterday that I was preparing for my first career fair,” said Baxter. “Regardless of if you’re a freshman or senior, it’s important to make a great first impression; you never know who you’ll meet. I always prepared by identifying the companies I wanted to meet, doing my research and, of course, getting my suit dry cleaned. You have to look sharp!”

Forty-one companies attended the fall career fair to hire Business Bobcats for internships and full-time jobs.

“Watching our students interact with employers and apply the skills set we teach throughout the year is one of the most rewarding parts of my job,” said Allie Stalter, Schey Sales Centre director of partnerships. “We have exceptional employers and exceptional students. The career fair might push students out of the comfort zone, but it shows that they are more than qualified to find their dream job or internship.”

Employers provide students with local and international opportunities across several sales industries including technology, medical devices, financial services, and industrial. The range of opportunities allows students to find and pursue their passions.

“The career and internships opportunities are endless. It’s up to the students to decide what they want to do,” said Stalter. 

Not only do Schey Sales Centre students look forward to this event each semester, but employers do too. And they get the opportunity to learn more about the students during on-campus interviews the following day.

“I’m always impressed by the Schey Sales Centre students,” said Michael Perez, sales manager at Cincinnati Bell. “This is my second year returning to OHIO for the career fair, and I’m amazed at how involved these students are in co-curricular and extracurricular activities. They’re not only part of organizations on campus, but they’re invested in them and you can tell by the knowledge and experience they demonstrate during interviews.” 

The Schey Sales Centre kicked off the 2016-2017 school year with a huge success, and there’s no slowing down. The Schey Sales Center will host their 19th Annual Symposium and Executive Education Seminar on Thursday, Nov. 3. This event is open to the community. Visit business.ohio.edu/symposium to reserve your spot.