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Career Management Department Launches New Platform to Help Students Get Hired

Sept. 25, 2015

This year with the addition of the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, the Hankamer School of Business Office of Career Management launched a new program available only to business school students called Handshake, a modern career services management platform.

Handshake enables students to efficiently connect with employers to help launch their careers. Handshake combines features of Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest into one platform. It allows students to follow companies of interest, “pin” items of importance from employers and connect with different professionals from different industries. It was built for smartphones, tablets and computers, which allows students to access valuable career resources on the devices they use every day. Handshake also lets students set up and manage appointments with the Career Management office to get resume reviews and practice mock interviews.

“Handshake, through its open source architecture and mobile application capabilities has greatly enhanced the engagement with students and their subsequent utilization of the career platform,” said Michael Estepp, director of Graduate Career Management.

The Office of Career Management was formed a year ago and is exclusively dedicated to the career success of business students. Assistant Dean of Career Management Kenneth Buckley and his team of industry professionals were “hand-picked” for the new department because of their industry experience, recognition in their respective industries, commitment to excellence and hearts for students to reach their career potential.

“We have a dedicated team [of people] for graduate and undergraduate students with unique career focused tools for students…” said Buckley. “We continually evaluate the job market, employer base and students’ career interests to insure we are giving our students the best chance to realize their career potential.”

According to Estepp, within the first two weeks of the fall 2015 semester, Handshake had more than 279 job postings, 35 scheduled events and 797 interviews openings.

The department uses Handshake as a matchmaking system, by matching specific majors with specific employers to create a mutually beneficial relationship.

“We want to match the cultures and needs [of employers] together with the capabilities of the students,” said Buckley.

Jeffery Stubbs, director of Undergraduate Career Management, works diligently to connect students with the opportunities available to them, hence the implementation of Handshake.

“We want to help students connect to internship and job opportunities while they are still at Baylor,” said Stubbs.

According to Buckley, the new system has helped increase job placement activity by nearly 20 percent.

For additional information about the Career Management and Handshake, see the links provided below:

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