Business dept. to hold career night

By Stephanie Bradley

Throughout their college careers, business majors have several opportunities to find and obtain a job that is right for them. For many, that first opportunity comes Sept. 27 at the Sophomore Major/Career Choice Night.

College of Business secretary Bonnie Ward said she encourages all sophomore pre-business majors to attend the career night because it will help them decide what major or career to choose.

Ward said some students decide to change their majors from what they originally intended to pursue after attending the career night.

The session will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and this will be the third semester the career night program has been held, she said.

Ward said students will start the evening by meeting the six department chairmen and then will split up into groups of 30 which will be led by seniors.

After this, students will go to their first choice table where department chairs and counselors will be available to help them, she said.

Ward said the program has drawn 400 to 500 students in previous semesters.

Those helping with the program will speak in pre-business tool course classes to inform students in advance about it, she said.

Business Academic Counselor Monique Bernoudy said, “… the program has been successful so far.”

She said any programs that help students decide their major or career will greatly help them.

However, career night has changed a little every semester because of students’ suggestions, she said.

Accountancy department chairmen John Smith explained how the sessions have changed every semester.

The first semester the program was held, the department chairmen made formal presentations.

Then the students split up into groups, he said.

At the second program, the group sessions were first, and then the department chairs spoke.

Smith said this semester the chairmen will make informal presentations before they break up into groups.

Smith said he has participated in the previous seminars and will be participating in this one.

He said his job is to answer any questions students might have.

Ward said the College of Business helps students who do not get into their first choice major to find another that may be of interest to them.

She said 50 percent of the students who enroll in pre-business do not get into the major.

Bernoudy said when students become more aware of the deadlines for getting into the the college of business, they go for counseling to see what classes they should take.