Inaugural Career Fair and Forum Opens Doors for Business Students

by Jason Cunningham

Azusa Pacific’s School of Business and Management (SBM) hosted its inaugural Career Fair and Forum for undergraduate and graduate students in February, welcoming representatives from several businesses and organizations, including Swift, Target, The Legend Group, NationalLink, and America’s Christian Credit Union.

“Many students got a chance to speak with hiring managers and do some informal mock interviews,” said Jordan Johnson ’16, who, along with Hovsep Chaparian ’16, served as a student leader of the event. “It was great for students to gain experience speaking with real employers, and I was able to obtain a phone interview with Swift.”

Johnson also appreciated the leadership opportunity, as he and Chaparian worked closely with SBM faculty to plan, market, and administrate the event.

“The school is committed to providing leadership opportunities for students to work closely with leadership and faculty in all areas of business and management,” said Roxanne Helm-Stevens, DBA, associate professor and member of the committee that organized the fair.

She said the participating companies were pleased with the experience.

“They were delighted with the setup and the quality of the students,” said Helm-Stevens. “They were impressed with the professionalism of APU students, and several companies said they would like to come again.”

Several students obtained interviews, said Helm-Stevens, who added that the school is planning to do two career fairs next academic year—one each in the fall and spring.

“We’re also exploring an Evening with Corporate event where students would be able to speak one-on-one with company representatives,” said Helm-Stevens.

Jason Cunningham is a writer/editor in the Office of University Relations.