Career Management

Career Close-Up Events

Willamette's Career Close-up Events include Personalized Career Fairs, Employer Spotlights, Mock Interviews, and Company Treks.  These personalized career-focused events are designed to provide students with small group or one-on-one interactions with employers and corporate partners.  Employers and Recruiters tell us that they prefer small group interactions with an opportunity to get to know students on an informal basis.  Students also prefer the intimate atmosphere of our career events with opportunities to get to know employers over candid conversations.  Over time, many of these initial relationships result in internships and job offers. 


2014-2015 Schedule of Career Close-Up Events

Fall Semester 2014

Spring Semester 2015

Fall Personalized Career Fair
Date: Friday, September 12, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Portland

NW MBA Career Fair
Date: TBD (Friday, January or February, 2015)
Location: Portland

Spring Personalized Career Fair
Date: Friday, March 6, 2015
Location: Willamette University, Salem Campus

Fall Portland Company Trek
Date: Friday, October 17, 2014

San Francisco Companies Trek
Dates: January 12 - 13, 2015

Seattle Companies Trek
Dates: January 15 - 16, 2015

Spring Portland Company Trek
Date: Friday, February 20, 2015

Fall Mock Interviews
Date: Friday, November 14, 2014
Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Location: Willamette University, Salem Campus

Spring Mock Interviews
Date: Friday, February 6, 2015
Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Location: Willamette University, Salem Campus

Fall Employer Spotlights
Dates Available:
  Wednesday, September 10
  Wednesday, September 24
  Wednesday, October 8
  Wednesday, October 22
  Wednesday, November 5
  Wednesday, November 19
Time: 12:00pm -1:00pm

Spring Employer Spotlights
Dates Available:
  Wednesday, January 28
  Wednesday, February 11
  Wednesday, February 25
  Wednesday, March 11
  Wednesday, April 1
  Wednesday, April 15
  Wednesday, April 29
Time: 12:00pm -1:00pm


Want to Participate? 

To REGISTER for the 2014-2015 Career Close-Up Events, please follow these steps:
  1. Log in to MBA Focus here.  If you are a first-time user, you'll be prompted to create an account.
  2. From the main dashboard, click on the tab On-Campus Requests from the top menu bar.
  3. Click on Single Company Event to sign up for an Employer Spotlight.
  4. Click on Multiple Company Event to sign up to attend a Personalized Career Fair, Company Trek, or Mock Interviews.
  5. Career Management will contact you to confirm details, once we receive your request.

Description of Events

Personalized Career Fairs
Unlike large, traditional career fairs, our Personalized Career Fairs allow small group and individual interactions.  To engage both employers and students, these events are highly choreographed and involve two simultaneous activities.  

The first activity is small group information sessions, where each employer shares with 5-10 students, for 10 minutes before moving to the next table for another 10-minute discussion with another small group of students (similar to "speed dating").  What is amazing is that students become interested in companies they would have never visited at a traditional career fair and employers are able to engage with a small group and identify potential talent.

The second simultaneous activity is short mock interviews or one-on-one informationals with students and employers.

These Personalized Career Fairs have been highly rated by both students and employers.  They are typically held on Fridays when students do not have class and are typically between 3-4 hours, but we are flexible if your schedule only allows you to join for a limited duration.

Employer Spotlights (In Person or Virtual)
Spend a lunch hour with students, sharing about your organization, hiring opportunities for MBA candidates, as well as your own personal career path.  Lunch provided by Career Management.  AV equipment available.  Employer Spotlights typically take place on Wednesdays during the Career Management Hour (12:00pm-1:00pm) on the Salem campus, but we are happy to accomodate you on a different day/time/location if you prefer.  We are happy to host you for a Virtual Employer Spotlight if you are not able to attend in person.  

Mock Interviews
Participate as a Mock Interviewer!  Students customize a resume and cover letter for a posted mock job, then have a face-to-face mock interview with a professional.  As a Mock Interviewer, you will be given a sample interview format and questions that you are welcome (but not required) to use.  You will then be asked to complete a brief evaluation and provide verbal feedback to the student interviewee, for future improvement.  Students come away from Mock Interviews better prepared for their real interviews to come.  As an employer, Mock Interviews give you an opportunity to see the quality of Willamette MBA candidates for your own potential hiring needs.   

Company Treks
Let students experience your organization first hand.  Site visits and company treks are an excellent way to introduce MBA students to your culture, your people and your facilities.  Most treks include 10-25 students and are 1-3 hours in length and may include an overview of the company, small group information sessions with alumni, recruiters or your staff, and a tour of the facility/office space.  

NW MBA Career Fair
Hosted by AACSB Accredited MBA programs in the Pacific Northwest, this annual event is an excellent opportunity to connect students from the regions top MBA programs with employers from some of the largest organizations in the Northwest. Typically about 300 students attend from the consortium's partner schools.

Cost
No charge or fees associated with Willamette MBA career events.  You are our guest!

What to Bring
Company brochures, handouts, recruiting materials, business cards, etc...
NOTE: No need to bring heavy booth materials for Personalized Career Fairs since you will be moving around to different tables throughout the day

Locations
Willamette's Salem Campus - 900 State St, Salem, OR 97301
Willamette's Portland Campus - 926 NW 13th Ave, Ste. 110, Portland, OR 97209
If an event is not located on our campus, it will be clearly specified.

Contact
For additional questions, contact the Career Management Team at 503.370.6167 or mbacareer@willamette.edu

Check back soon for schedule!