A new suite under construction at The University of Southern Mississippi
should make it easier for potential employers to court graduating
A former classroom
on the second floor of Joseph Greene Hall, which houses the College
of Business and Economic Development, is being converted into an
interview suite that will be more accessible to students.
Christopher Rand said he likes the idea of being able to interview
for a job in the same building in which he takes classes.
of my interviews have been on the Coast, and you're riding around
trying to find a place you've never been," said Rand, 21, an
accounting major from Jackson. "Having businesses come to our
campus, all in one place, is really helpful."
With five soundproof
rooms and a waiting room for students, the new addition "should
be one of the most professional interview suites of its kind in
the state," said Amy Yeend, assistant director of career services
for the College of Business and Economic Development.
A Career Services
Center already exists on campus for use by all students, but Yeend
said the CBED wanted to internalize the process so business students
could start becoming more "career-minded."
CBED Dean Dr.
Harold Doty said a key element in accomplishing that mission is
providing a professional space where students can interview with
this will make our college graduates more attractive to corporations,
and at the same time, provide a professional setting where our students
may present themselves in the best way possible," Doty said.
director of Career Services in McLemore Hall, said the new interview
suite, which will be open to students across the disciplines, will
be an added value for students. "It will be not only a convenience
for students, but also to employers in that they'll be more accessible
to classroom presentations and faculty interactions. The addition
of this suite helps create an atmosphere of what we're all about,
and that's educating students for careers," Anderson said.
Not only will
the new interview suite better accommodate employers, Yeend said,
but it should also help increase participation rates among students.
students will see people in suits, walking the halls, polishing
their resumés, and taking the job search very seriously.
In turn, it should change outside employers' whole outlook on the
university and the college.
Doty said he
expects that the new suite will "help us place more students
in better jobs." "This is only one part of the effort
we're taking to help achieve our mission," he said.
In a comprehensive
effort to enhance student services, CBED opened a Career Services
Office earlier this year, which serves business students at both
the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses. Other objectives of the
Career Services Office include building and enhancing the Internship
and Cooperative Education program, tracking student and alumni job
placement and salaries, and improving relations with employers.
Yeend, an MBA
hired in February to oversee the Career Services Office, said student
and faculty response to the new office has been "overwhelmingly
also benefited, she said, because the new office provides improved
campus awareness and name recognition while offering an increased
pool of outstanding candidates for job openings. With the completion
of the interview suite, which will host its first companies this
fall, that communication will only get better, Yeend said.
talked to a few companies who regularly interview on campus, and
they're very excited about the prospect. It makes it easier for
their campus branding, to make students aware of their company,"
Ed Burch, assistant
to the vice president at Cintas Corporation's South Central Group,
championed Doty's "vision to establish a satellite career center
office specifically targeting (Southern Miss') business students."
"This, coupled with the establishment of renovated interview
rooms, located in the business school, will allow employers to properly
interact with (Southern Miss) graduates in a professional business