For many MSU students, spring break is often spent at a beach and offers a week off from classes and books. But for some CAS students, spring break 2012 was an opportunity to network with some pretty amazing companies -- and some amazing alumni.
This year Karin Hanson, Field Career Consultant, and Jennifer Rumler, director of the sales specialization for CAS, led a group of students on a Sales Spring Break Corporate Tour. The tour gave students an opportunity to enhance their professional development and networking skills, while introducing them to companies and alumni from across the nation.
Well over half of entry-level jobs are in sales, and CAS students, not surprisingly, are highly recruited. With that in mind, Karin and Jennifer reached out to companies that are hiring for sales positions and opened the tour to all students with a strong interest in a sales career. This tour has blossomed into an extraordinary opportunity for our students.
This year's spring break brought students to Chicago for a four-day, eight-company tour, kicked off with a networking reception sponsored by the Chicago Alumni Club. Students visited Fortune 500 firms and other amazing companies -- job shadowing, researching case studies, participating in panel discussions, and engaging in Q&A with senior members of various organizations.
It has been an incredible experience for students who are expanding their education and strengthening their skills, and for the companies that participated: TEK Systems, CDW, CH Robinson Worldwide, Coyote Logistics, PepsiCo, Whirlpool Corporation, Acquity Group, and LinkedIn.
Here is what Shaggy Patel, Senior Recruiter for CDW told us: "The MSU students who visited CDW had excellent questions and were truly engaged throughout the entire morning. They interacted with professionalism and enthusiasm with each presenter we put in front of them. CDW is very honored to have your students visit and we would love to participate again."
Photos: Karin Hanson/CAS
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