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Babson’s Spring Graduate Career Fair is back on campus!!


What do one of the world’s most recognizable personal care products companies and the largest North America-based independent natural pet food company have in common? They both recently attended Babson’s annual Spring Graduate Career Fair, organized by the Graduate Center for Career Development (Grad CCD).

L’Oréal and Wellness Pet were two of 17 companies who arrived at Babson on April 5, in search of ‘great talent’. Babson Graduate students “suited” up to make their best 1st impressions during this annual spring ritual. It has been 3 years since this event was last held in-person and Babson students have been hungering for more and more in-person experiences. 174 students came through the doors of Knight Auditorium across MBA, MSEL, MSF and MSBA programs.

Companies from the Healthcare, Manufacturing, Consumer Products, Technology, Consulting, Financial Services and non-profit sectors were seeking to fill roles such as: Business Analysts, Corporate Strategy Interns, Brand Managers and an e-Commerce Marketing Strategist, amongst others. With over 50% open to hiring international students, these companies not only conducted on the spot interviews, but they also provided invaluable tips as well. Mark Ziddes, CEO of Luminoso Technologies, suggested that students consider sending a video-based thank you note instead of the traditional email-based note as a way to differentiate themselves from the competition.

And Suzy O’Brien of the Consumer Products company, The Red Wagon, had this to say:

“I’d like to thank you for the opportunity to participate in the job fair on Wednesday. The students I spoke with were all so engaging, confident, and professional. I genuinely enjoyed speaking with them. I hope to interview a couple of them in the near future.

And students seemed equally excited about the experience, including this Spring 2023 MBA graduate:
“I wanted to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude for your tireless efforts in organizing the Spring Career Fair. The fair proved to be an incredibly helpful resource for all attendees, providing valuable insights into various career opportunities and a platform for engaging with potential employers. I believe many individuals, myself included, had good communication with the attendees. Following your guidance, I had prepared well and researched the industry beforehand, making it easier for me to secure a first-round interview. Furthermore, the networking opportunities presented at the fair were invaluable. It was a pleasure to connect with peers, professionals, and potential mentors alike.”

Babson’s Graduate Center for Career Development also provided on-site “coaches” to help calm the oftentimes nervous graduate students, offering to hear their ‘elevator pitches’ and to provide advice and counsel on how to best present themselves.