If you’re interested in opportunities with big companies that don’t recruit at McCombs, you can get a jump on hunting season (for internships and jobs, that is) by attending the national MBA conferences and career expos.
These fall events rotate through major metropolitan areas around the country and afford students the opportunity to log face-time and initial interviews with an array of companies.
Here’s what happens at these multi-day conferences:
- Career expos: hundreds of companies staff booths with recruiters who talk to candidates and even interview them on the spot
- Interview rounds for full-time and internship positions
- Professional development seminars and workshops
- Company-sponsored networking receptions
Current McCombs students have paid their own ways to attend the following conferences:
National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Conference and Career Expo
September 16-20, 2014 – Atlanta, GA
Thousands of attendees, ranging from association members to non-member MBA students, flock to this conference to meet hundreds of companies at the two-day career expo.
National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) Conference and Career Expo
September 24-27, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA
Similar to NBMBA, NSHMBA is open to member and non-member participants and attracts a wide array of outstanding businesses eager to meet prospective employees.
MBA Veterans Conference
October 2-4, 2014 – Chicago, IL
This conference exclusively for veterans connects company representatives with former servicemen and servicewomen who are now pursuing MBAs and careers in the civilian sector.
Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) Conference
October 2-4, 2014 – San Francisco, CA
Open to all LGBT students, MBAs, and allies, this conference brings together an assortment of programming from all sectors of the business world to facilitate networking within the LGBT community.
National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) Conference and Career Fair
October 9-11, 2014 – Arlington, VA
An event designed exclusively for women MBAs, this conference brings together hundreds of women MBAs in a series of networking and professional development sessions.
Asian MBA (AMBA) Leadership Conference and Career Expo
October 10-11, 2014 – New York, NY
Entering its seventh year, this conference offers a one-day career expo along with a full day of networking events and workshops that bring together Asians and non-Asians alike.
Net Impact Conference
November 6-8, 2014 – Minneapolis, MN
As a non-profit committed to empowering future leaders in non-profit and corporate social responsibility roles, Net Impact provides interactive sessions, keynote addresses, and a networking expo during its annual conference.
Attending the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Conference and Career Expo was an outstanding experience for me this past September.
Along with many other first-years, I finished my last midterm (Finance) at 9 pm on Monday night and was on a plane to Atlanta less than 48 hours later. Lingering test-induced fatigue notwithstanding, I was excited to meet with representatives from a wider array of companies than I would have met on campus. We attendees joked that the experience was like real-time, in-person Tinder: we were pitching ourselves to companies in face-to-face interactions, and I’m happy to say that many of us experienced the thrill of the “swipe right.” Participating in NBMBAA allowed me to start the recruiting process early with target companies in my industry of interest and prepared me to be more at ease in subsequent networking situations. I’d highly recommend participating for future students who want opportunities to connect with companies that don’t come to UT-Austin: it’s a great chance to “hook ‘em” early in your MBA career!