For graduating seniors, job hunting can be one of the most stressful parts of graduation. Luckily, the UAB Collat School of Business has an excellent program that connects students with potential employers and helps prepare them for the job search long before they graduate.
Collat Career Center
Located on the first floor of the new UAB Collat School of Business building, the Collat Career Center is the one-stop advice shop for students in any of UAB Collat’s nine undergraduate business majors:
- Human Resource Management
- Industrial Distribution
- Information Systems
Although UAB students are currently studying from home, here are three ways the Collat Career Center helps prepare them for the next step.
1. One-on-One Counseling
In addition to several expert job counselors, the Collat Career Center has two Career Peer Mentors that help better connect with the students. Since students feel more comfortable with and are more willing to accept advice from their peers, Career Peer Mentors are able to get incredible results.
To continue counseling during the pandemic, the Collat Career Center swiftly pivoted and built a virtual career center where students can seek the help they need from the comfort of their own home. Students can set up virtual counseling sessions there.
Another great resource is the recent campus-wide addition of Handshake. Handshake is an online job and intern recruiting app which allows students:
- 24/7 access to apply for jobs.
- The ability to upload resumes and cover letters.
- To be able to connect with other students and discuss their internship experience.
“Handshake is especially useful now with the COVID-19 outbreak. Students can see job opportunities from over 10,000 employers online.”Rita Stewart Hampton, Director, Collat Career Center
2. Unique Career Fairs
Career fairs: it seems like all colleges and high schools host them, yet they are always the same. You walk around the room, talk to an employer at a table, and probably never hear back from them. In these career fairs, the student is always pitching the potential employer. However, UAB Collat does things a bit differently.
Collat hosts several speed-pitch events for potential employers to pitch themselves to students. Without the aid of a PowerPoint presentation, these employers must pitch their company to students and show why they are unique. One logistics company even wrote and performed a song about their openings!
In addition, the Collat Career Center created a program called Employer Chats at Collat—a mini-program where employers can set up a table in the Collat building and pitch to students. Since students can quickly chat and hand in their resume while they walk to class, they love the program.
These visits haven’t stopped while campus is closed, they’ve just moved online. Recently the virtual career center hosted an online Employer Chat with a hiring manager who told students how to make themselves stand out during online job interviews.
3. Job Tours
“Students have often said that they don’t know what the environment and work culture is like at an opportunity, so we decided to start taking the students to see for themselves.”Rita Stewart Hampton, Director, Collat Career Center
Several times a semester, the UAB Collat School of Business takes groups of students to local and regional job opportunities to let the students have a closer look. In the past, they’ve visited Mercedes, Honda, Hyundai, Hibbett Sports, Regions, BBVA, Innovation Depot, Shipt, Daxko, Protective Life, Coca Cola and more.
Recently, a group of students traveled to the Tennessee Valley Authority campus in Chattanooga. Throughout the day they learned about the TVA, how you buy and sell energy, and even had roundtable conversations with executives. Afterward, three students received telephone interviews.
Learn More About The Collat School of Business
- Address: 710 13th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233
- Contact: 205.934.8800 | Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr
Although there is no physical activity on UAB’s campus for the near future, it’s never too early to start planning to further your education at the UAB Collat School of Business. Learn more online or check them out on their very active Instagram account to get a first-hand look at what it’s like to study business at UAB.