Throughout the day, students from the Fox School of Business filed into Temple University’s Mitten Hall, where a myriad of professional opportunities – and potential employers – awaited.
Fox’s Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD) welcomed a record number of industry partners and hiring managers for its annual Fall Connection networking event. Fall Connection offers a platform through which nearly 1,000 pre-registered Fox School students could shake hands and share resumes with representatives from top employers in the region.
Held Sept. 21, Fall Connection drew representatives from more than 100 companies to campus, helping students identify professional opportunities for full-time employment or summer internships. The networking event supports the sterling reputation of Fox CSPD, which achieved a 94-percent job-placement rate within three months of commencement for undergraduates who utilized its services.
What makes Fox an attractive business school from which to recruit? Here is what a few employers shared on that subject:
The CSPD Difference
“Not only do they put on a superb event, but Fox CSPD also prepares Fox’s students so profoundly,” said Karen Fox, head of university and recruiting partnerships with Vanguard. “The students are polished, their resumes are flawless, and they are dressed to impress. These reasons make the Fox School one of Vanguard’s top feeders, both regionally and nationally.”
“When you meet a Fox student, they carry themselves with confidence, speak clearly, and address you professionally,” said Nicole Davis, a recruiter with Crayola. “This truly sets them apart.”
Said Clay Stewart, a business analyst with SEI: “Fox students have mastered the 30-second elevator pitch. And in a competitive environment like Fall Connection, where students are shoulder to shoulder with their classmates, this can make all the difference.”
“For me, it’s that Temple mindset,” said Matthew Filomeno, a business analysis associate specialist with Merck. “It sounds cliché, but they’re gritty. Temple students work hard, take nothing for granted, and demonstrate that they’re willing to learn.”
“Fox has a reputation around the Philadelphia region and nationally for producing great candidates,” said Ben Profeta, an associate with BlackRock. “We’re invested in Fox to the point where we’ve organized a panel of (Fox) alums who work with us to speak with graduate students in the MS in Investment Management program about their experiences at Blackrock.”
Preparation is paramount
“In this room, with 100 or so employers, it is a challenge for students to know the ins and outs of every company – but Fox students are always prepared,” said Stewart, of SEI. “They’re well-researched, and they save me the trouble of having to explain who we are and what we do. It’s actually quite impressive.”