Students Get in Shape for the Workforce with Career Bootcamp

TOUGH QUESTIONS: Ryan Weaver talks with a representative form Ross & Yerger as the last part of the day-long event designed to give students a real-world business experience before they graduate.

TOUGH QUESTIONS: Ryan Weaver talks with a representative form Ross & Yerger as the last part of the day-long event designed to give students a real-world business experience before they graduate.

The Belhaven University School of Business hosted the second annual “Career Bootcamp” on March 26, 2010. The one-day event was created to give students training in workforce preparation, and this year’s bootcamp featured guest speaker Dr. Barbara Travis, Executive Director of the Mississippi World Trade Center, as well as Belhaven University professors and professionals from area businesses.

Dr. Kristena Gaylor, Associate Professor of Business and a member of the faculty taskforce coordinating the event, says that this year’s Career Bootcamp will build on last year’s success. She states, “A few students were fortunate to get actual job leads from the mock interviews/panel discussion held during the Bootcamp last year which correlated into full-time employment.”

The day’s agenda included seminars on “Personality Clusters” by Dr. Bill Penn, Professor of Economics and Business and “Interview Ins and Outs” by Dr. Randy Russ, Associate Professor of Business Administration. Seniors also participated in a Business Etiquette luncheon that featured Dr. Barbara Travis, who is well known for her lectures on business etiquette and protocol. The career bootcamp closed with mock interviews conducted by representatives from area businesses.

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