More students. More faculty. More employers. More awareness.
Those are the key words Office of Professional and Career Development Director Jimmy Lawrence used to describe Industry Weeks, which kicked off Jan. 28 and will conclude March
“More are becoming aware of the industry week format,” said Lawrence, whose office
has sponsored the annual event which allows corporate representatives the opportunity
to meet with prospective employers – Auburn College of Business students – on a personal level. “We’re seeing some growth in financial services and
consulting areas. We’ve worked hard to build good relationships that will go for a
long time. Student participation is holding up as well.”
Three rounds of Industry Weeks, which include interview training, résumé building,
and job expos, have brought representatives from Marketing, Sales and Retail (Jan. 30-Feb. 1); Financial Services and Corporate Accounting (Feb. 6-8); and Consulting and Information Technology (Feb. 13-15) to Lowder Hall.
The next, and final round, begins the week of Monday, Feb. 25, as Supply Chain, Operations
and Aviation Management takes center stage with a week of industry-preparation seminars
and mock interview training.
Two seminars are available Monday, Feb. 25: Careers in Aviation Management and Professional
Flight (4-5 p.m.), and Careers in Supply Chain Management (5-6 p.m.). A company research
seminar will be available for prospective employees Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 4 to 5
Expo preparation seminars will be conducted Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 4-5 p.m., and
again Monday, March 4, from 4-5 p.m. Both of these will be inside the OPCD office
and will cover what prospective employees should expect, how they should dress, and
provide company research.
A résumé and mock interview blitz will take place Monday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. inside the OPCD.
Corporate representatives 27 firms are scheduled to visit Tuesday, March 5 through
Thursday, March 7. They include: U.S. Xpress; Old Dominion Freight Lines; Frito-Lay;
Colgate-Palmolive; C.H. Robinson; Hub Group; Timco Aerosystems; Dollar Tree; Honda
Manufacturing of Alabama; ABC Supply Co.; Target; Carters, Inc.; Dollar General Corp.;
R+L Truckload Services; Central Intelligence Agency; CRST International, Inc.; Georgia
Pacific; Exel; MHC Kenworth; Werner Enterprises; Damco USA Inc.; Saddle Creek Corp.;
U.S. Foods; J.B. Hunt Transportation; Waffle House; C.L. Services; and P&S Transportation.
Prospective employees have the opportunity to meet corporate representatives at employer/industry
panels and ‘Practice Your Pitch’ sessions Tuesday, March 5, in the Alabama Power Room
of Lowder Hall’s Fifth Floor. For precise times, ask an OPCD representative.
Lawrence said he believes Supply Chain, Operations and Aviation Management will be
the most popular event among prospective employers and student participation.
The week will conclude with a Supply Chain, Operations and Aviation Management Industry
Expo Wednesday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the ground floor of Lowder Hall,
and interviews to follow from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., and again Thursday, March 7, from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the OPCD office.