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Flores MBA Minority Students Attend Well-Renowned Career Expo

Flores MBA Minority Students Attend Well-Renowned Career Expo

For the first time, the Flores MBA Program was able to send five of its full-time, minority MBA candidates to attend the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) and Prospanica Annual Conference and Career Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 28-29.

JoLena Broussard, Casey Campos, Bharat Krishnan, Anteneh Lisan and Oscar Melendez were among the 10,000 professionals who traveled to Philadelphia to gain access to opportunities that only the NBMBAA and Prospanica conference could offer. Specifically for MBA students, there were more than 300 exhibitors at the expo with on-site recruiters looking to hire MBA students for both full-time and internship positions. With more than 1,000 job placement opportunities available, MBA students had the opportunity to network and interview with companies such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft, UBER, Dow Chemical, National Basketball Association, National Football League, Procter & Gamble, General Mills, S&P Global, and EY.

Casey Campos, a full-time, second-year MBA candidate, took full advantage of his opportunity to attend this well-renowned career expo. Campos shared, “I have attended the LSU career expos every semester since 2011, and the NBMBAA and Prospanica Expo was by far the best I have ever attended.”

Campos is currently specializing in finance and analytics with hopes of securing a full-time position in the corporate finance industry. He really enjoyed the competitive atmosphere created by hundreds of MBA candidates that were all determined to deliver their 30-second elevator pitch to recruiters. This truly brought the best out of Campos as he was able to secure several interviews on day one of the expo. Furthermore, he was personally invited to attend multiple reception dinners with some of his desired companies in order to continue networking with interested recruiters.

When asked if there were any tips or advice for success he would provide to future Flores MBA students attending the career expo for the first time, Campos responded:

I would advise any student that plans to attend the expo in the future to prepare in advance. Take the time to read the description of every company and then rank them according to your preference. This may seem like a lot of work, but every company there wants to hear what you know about them. Hence, due diligence is a must. Another tip would be to know your skill set and what you have to offer. Companies want to hire students who know what they want to do, not students who are “still figuring it out.” Lastly, I would tell future attendees to be confident. You should be interviewing these companies just as they are interviewing you. Overall, this event is a must attend for all minority students. It is an opportunity of a lifetime!

The 2018 NBMBAA 40th Annual Conference and Expo will be Sept. 25-29, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. The 2018 Prospanica 30th Annual Conference will be Sept. 12-14, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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