Craig Petrus
GBCS Director Craig Petrus

Hough Graduate School to host “Stay in the Swamp” Career Fair

The Graduate Business Career Services office (GBCS) at the Hough Graduate School of Business will host the first-ever “Stay in the Swamp” Career Fair from 6 pm to 9 pm on Thursday at Hough Hall (Room 150).

The event, co-sponsored by Florida Works and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, is designed for current and former students of the Hough Graduate School who wish to work and remain in the Gainesville area.

“More and more of our students want to live in Gainesville after graduation, and, at GBCS, we’re always eager to help our students and alumni find great careers,” GBCS Director Craig Petrus said. “Companies in Gainesville, especially the residents at Innovation Hub, are looking to hire talented business graduates. Partnering with Florida Works, the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce and these innovative Gainesville companies just makes sense.”

The format for Thursday’s event is unique from most career fairs. From 6 pm to 7 pm, Gainesville-area companies, including Grooveshark, RTI Biologics, Inc., and Totuit among others, will deliver three-minute “elevator pitches” to students. Because some of these innovative companies are still growing, Petrus said the elevator pitches would help familiarize students with the missions of these companies. From 7 pm to 9 pm, students and alumni will be able to network with company representatives about full-time positions and internships. Selected candidates will return Friday to Hough Hall for formal interviews at the companies’ requests.

“There is such a push to keep talent in Florida,” Petrus said. “That message has come from Florida Governor Rick Scott and from University of Florida President Bernie Machen. Everyone associated with GBCS and the Hough Graduate School of Business is eager to help our talented students and alumni receive jobs and internships in the state of Florida.”

There is no cost to attend the event. Attire is business casual and students are encouraged to bring plenty of copies of their résumés.
Companies scheduled to attend are: Alachua County, Altavian, Eatable, Enterprise, EthosU, Grooveshark. GRU, Infinite Energy, Info Tech, LifeSouth, RTI, Totuit and Walmart.

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The mission of GBCS is to create and facilitate a total career services experience for its students, graduates, and business partners. GBCS, which serves graduates from the Hough Graduate School’s specialized master’s and MBA programs, delivers invaluable career counseling, employment opportunities and corporate recruiting for all of our stakeholders.

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