BU COM Career Fair: A Q&A With Patrick Nelson

On Thursday October 17, a multitude of COM undergraduates gathered in COM 209 for the college’s fall semester career fair. Dressed in professional attire, shuffling through resumes, and doing last-minute research before pitching themselves to selected employers, students maximized the potential of the fair in hopes of landing a job at a top employers. Patrick Nelson, Director of Career Services, spoke with The COMmunicator about the planning process and goals of the event. 

Q:  As the Director of Career Services at COM, could you talk a little bit about the significance the fair holds for you and what outcomes you hope to achieve? 

A: The goal is to allow COM students to connect and build relationships with COM employers. Our event is unique because it’s a facilitated experience… because we only allow top employers… and because it’s a smaller-scale event that results in much more productive interactions. Every employer who leaves this event will hire interns and students in entry-level jobs. 

Q: How do you try to improve this event each year so that students can get the most out of the experience? 

A: It wasn’t until three years ago that we implemented double sessions i.e. 9:00-12:00, 1:00-4:00. We combined the event to feature both the communication industry’s biggest leaders, as well as new companies. 

Nelson also emphasized efforts to bring COM alumni to the Career Fair not only to interact with prospective interns, but also to serve as an example of the effectiveness of the event and the opportunities it offers for students. 

Q: How do you go about organizing which employers will participate in the fair?

A: We try to provide an equal distribution…  Film/TV, Journalism, PR/Advertising. Most of the time [they] reach out to us directly based on previous relationships, but [we] still try to bring new faces.  

Employers at the Fair

A wide range of employers took part in the fair, tailoring to different concentrations offered at the College of Communication. Some notable companies included:

Hill Holliday – A locally based marketing and communications agency and the 17th largest advertising agency in the United States. Hill Holliday is currently hiring for its Summer Internship – applications open November 1 and close February 1 of next year. 

TJX – The TJX Companies, Inc. is the leading off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the U.S. and worldwide and ranked 85 among Fortune 500 companies. TJX is currently hiring full-time and summer interns. 

Oracle – Oracle is a multinational computer technology corporation seeking outgoing and passionate individuals in a technological and business setting. Oracle Class Of is a multi-year training and development program that will strengthen one’s overall business acumen, analytical thinking capabilities, and communication skills. Oracle is hiring full time only with both winter and summer & Business Development Consultants (sales). 

Mikaela Frigillana, Staff Writer

Mikaela Frigillana is a junior at Boston University studying public relations with a minor in Business Administration & Management. Originally from Seattle, WA, Mikaela is no stranger to cold, rainy weather. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the BU Filipino Student Association and is an active member of Guerrilla Marketing Society. She loves hanging out on Newbury, trying new workout classes, and matcha lattes from Pavement.

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