The National Society for Hispanic MBAs organized a career fair at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX. To more than 100 stalls, MBA students from more than 55 b-schools walking in business suits and recruits hunting for their best fits–this summarize the NSHMBA career fair. The first years were looking for their internships and the second years for their job. It was a tough thing to come out of their humble nests and talk about themselves.
The center was beautifully positioned on the San Antonio river-walk and a wide range of diverse companies were present at the fair. Besides the recruitment process, student found this as an opportunity to connect with the recruiters and find out the requirements of the companies. Some of the candidates were also invited for dinner and were given better chances to network with the representatives of the organizations.
Prudhvi Raj Vijayanagaram in his second year said that “It was a big, attractive fair and it helped me get many contacts”. Rakesh Gadiparthi, a first year said that “It was a good learning experience and I realized that I hadn’t prepared well”. Wesley, another first year student, felt that the fair was well organized and was not as crowded as he expected. Almost all the international students at the career fair felt that they faced difficulties when it came to sponsoring their work authorization. They advised the students who will be attending career fair in the future to prepare well ahead of the fair, research well about the companies and apply for positions online so that they can schedule their interviews here. If that is not possible they can arrive early and talk to recruiters and proactively ask them to schedule an interview. However, despite all of these, the one thing that lit up all of the faces in the fair was the goodies. Various kinds of goodies ranging from pens, chocolates to jump starters were gifted to the students.