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Students and Executives Connect at Annual BAC Career Fair

The 2022 Business Analytics and Data Science Career Fair & Internship Expo gave Tech students from across the Institute the opportunity to speak directly with data science and business analytics executives looking to hire the next generation of data leaders.
Veritiv's Shreya Patel discusses job opportunities with one of the 150 Georgia Tech students who attended the career fair.

Veritiv's Shreya Patel discusses job opportunities with one of the 150 Georgia Tech students who attended the career fair.

The Scheller Business Analytic Center’s fifth annual Business Analytics and Data Science Career Fair and Internship Expo once again provided a uniquely powerful recruiting experience for both employers and students.

“These students have it all—skills, knowledge, and mindset,” said Hong Lin, Group Director, Strategic Insights and Analysis at The Coca-Cola Company “I enjoyed meeting so many students with talents leveraged in different directions but all with a strong data foundation.”

Marc Vogel, TK Elevator’s Interim Head of Data Analytics, North America was quick to agree. “Love the enthusiasm, diversity and energy here. I also love that so many of these students want to do something meaningful, with both analytics and life in general.”

“I was very impressed with the students today. They are all prepared, with a strong elevator pitch and a solid grasp of technical skills and data knowledge,” added Chaznite Sullivan, GE Power HR Business Partner.

The Business Analytics and Data Science Career Fair & Internship Expo is the only analytics and data specific career fair at Georgia Tech.

“This year, we invited data-savvy students from across the Institute, both undergraduate and graduate, enabling the companies to bring a broader range of jobs,” said BAC Managing Director Keith Werle.  

Held on Friday, October 7th at the Historic Academy of Medicine, more than 150 students—the most ever—attended the career fair.

“I was able to have a lot of meaningful conversations,” said Scheller undergraduate student Katherine Williams. “It’s easy to speak to the companies when you have both space and time to spend with the recruiters. I am looking for a spring internship and I think I made some great contacts and gained some good leads on possible positions!”

“The career fair felt very personal,” added Anshit Verma, an MSA student. “The venue was beautiful and I appreciated the time spent by the executives to give their insights and advice. Plus, it was nice that so many of the companies had multiple company representatives. I rarely had to wait to speak to anyone!” 

The Business Analytics Center invited specific industry leaders, then capped the number of companies in attendance at 15 to encourage opportunities for the companies and students to really engage with one another.

“Watching everyone interact today was incredible. We encouraged the companies to bring not just recruiters, but executives who work in business analytics and data science,” said BAC Corporate Engagement Manager Sherri von Behren. “We actually had two goals for the career fair: connect students with industry leading employers and help build the brand of those employers at Georgia Tech. We definitely did both!”

The 15 companies in attendance included The Home Depot, NCR, TK Elevator, UPS, Veritiv, the Coca-Cola Company, Cortland, GE Power, Honeywell, International Paper, Morgan Stanley, Mohawk, NBCUniversal Studios, Thought Logic, and Wellstar.

About half of the companies were Business Analytics and Data Science Career Fair veterans and half were brand new in 2022.

First-timer Honeywell had a great day recruiting. “We are really excited to have Georgia Tech students join our company,” said Malvika Shastry, a member of Honeywell’s Future IT Early Career Program. “We have lots of different positions open—in areas like AI automation, cybersecurity, supply chain, and business analytics. It’s incredible that we can come to one Career Fair and find so many students with great talent and the ability to use data to generate key insights!”

Preparations are already underway for the 2023 Business Analytics and Data Science Career Fair.

“I actually think of it as so much more than a career fair,” summed up Werle. “It really is a coming together of our whole business analytics and data science community. In addition to the students connecting with potential future employers, I saw alumni who came back to recruit, corporate executives interested in furthering their education, and companies wanting to engage and grow Atlanta’s business analytics and data science community. A big thank you to our Executive Council members, Georgia Tech students, and all the companies and executives who attended and made the day possible!”

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