MISSOULA – With students again roaming campus this fall, another tradition returned for College of Business students at the University of Montana.
Employers lined the main corridor of UM’s Gallagher Business Building on Wednesday to speak with business students about full-time, part-time and internship opportunities within their organizations.
The event, known simply as Employer Information Booths, is one of three opportunities during the fall semester for companies and recruiters to come to campus and speak with business students. In any given year, more than 100 alumni and business leaders come through the College of Business to connect with, recruit and hire business students.
“Our goal is to give students the opportunity to have a job in hand before they graduate,” said Estella Anderson, director of career readiness and employer relations at the college. “The great thing for our business students is that everything – from meeting with employers to interviewing – can be done in the Gallagher Business Building.”
Along with three employer and recruiter events, the business college holds over 10 career readiness programming talks and workshops for students, ranging from interview tips and preparation to resume writing and everything in between. Most workshops are led by College of Business faculty and industry alumni.
“I would estimate 99% of recruiters who come to our employer events and help with workshops are College of Business alumni,” Anderson said. “Most of our graduates have been through the process our students are going through now and love to help their fellow Griz.”
Reggie Tilleman, a finance and Master of Business Administration alumnus of the College of Business and now a relationship manager at Northwest Farm Credit Service, was back speaking with students at the Employer Information Booth event.
“I like to work with UM College of Business students because they are always well prepared to hit the ground running,” Tilleman said. “UM students have the critical thinking skills that we look for when hiring employees.”
As a College of Business student, Tilleman interned with the credit service in 2017 before taking a full-time position upon graduation. Over 80% of UM business students complete at least one internship prior to graduation.
Career development is just one aspect of the Gianchetta Student Success Center in the College of Business. GSSC is a one-stop shop for students seeking any kind of academic or professional assistance. The center offers access to academic advisers, an internship coordinator, workshops, guest speakers, career advisers and more.
Visit the UM College of Business Career Development website for more information on opportunities for business students and employers.
Photos: UM College of Business students learned about potential jobs this week at Employer Information Booths in the Gallagher Business Building.