Posts Tagged ‘Career Management Center’

Social network for B-school alums debuts

Friday, March 21st, 2014

With more than 250 million users worldwide, LinkedIn is the world’s leading business networking website, but up until now it’s been difficult for Freeman alumni to use LinkedIn to connect and communicate with fellow alumni.

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Freeman Connect is a social network that enables business alumni to use their LinkedIn accounts to connect and communicate with fellow alumni.

That changed in March with the introduction of Freeman Connect. The new site, developed in partnership with Graduway, a London-based provider of alumni networking platforms, enables alumni to sync their LinkedIn accounts with their alumni profiles to create a social network exclusively for the Freeman community. Users can post photos, search for classmates and send messages to fellow alumni regardless of their LinkedIn connections. Users can also view jobs posted by other users.

“The beauty of Freeman Connect is that it leverages the power of LinkedIn, a platform that virtually all of our alumni use on a daily basis,” says Leonard Williams, director of the Freeman School’s Career Management Center. “The challenge in the past was getting alumni to update and maintain their profiles. With Freeman Connect, all that information is already up-to-date through LinkedIn, so when an alumnus signs in, he or she has immediate access to a large, incredibly diverse network of Freeman alumni.”

Beginning in April, Freeman Connect will be open to current Freeman students as well, providing students with a powerful tool to build their professional networks and alumni with the opportunity to mentor students and help them break into the career of their choice.

Freeman Connect is a sister site of sorts to Tulane Connect, which the Tulane Alumni Association recently launched as a social network for all university alumni. Freeman alumni are welcome to join both networks, but Tulane Connect members who are not graduates of the business school cannot access Freeman Connect.

For more information about Freeman Connect, contact Williams at lwilli5@tulane.edu or 504-862-8492  or Rhonda Brown at rhondab@tulane.edu or 504-862-8470.

 


Freeman Days New York attracts record number of employers

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

More than 300 Freeman students traveled to the Big Apple in September for Freeman Days New York, the Career Management Center’s annual networking and recruiting trip for students seeking jobs in New York City. This year’s event was the largest in history, with a record 92 companies hosting site visits and information sessions and taking part in networking opportunities.

More than 300 students attended this year's Freeman Days New York recruiting and networking event.

More than 300 students attended this year’s Freeman Days New York recruiting and networking event.

The program kicked off on Sept. 19 at the Marriott Marquis Time Square with a series of career skills presentations as well as information sessions from ThomsonReuters, S&P Capital IQ/McGraw Hill Financial, Citigroup and Heart Publications. Capping off the day was the Freeman Days New York Alumni Networking Reception, an annual event that enables current students to mix, mingle and network with New York alumni.

The next morning students visited Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, JP Morgan, Grey Advertising, Gilt Group, Morgan Stanley and other firms, but the day’s biggest event took place on the floor of the Marriott’s Grand Ballroom, where more than 80 companies met with students and collected resumes as part of two large Focused Networking sessions.

According to Peggy Babin, associate dean for external relations, the Career Management Center introduced the Focused Networking sessions this year to give more students access to more potential employers. In previous years, much of the networking activity during Freeman Days New York took place at company-sponsored site visits, which can accommodate only a limited number of students due to space constraints. This year, the Focused Networking format enabled hundreds students to get valuable face time with dozens of companies seeking recruits in one location.

More than 90 employers participated in this year's Freeman Days New York career event.

More than 90 employers participated in this year’s Freeman Days New York career event.

“The response we got from both students and employers was just overwhelming,” says Babin. “Both students and companies said they really liked the opportunity to make so many connections in one location. We may tweak the format slightly, but we definitely plan to bring back Focused Networking for next year’s Freeman Days New York.”

Among the companies that took part in this year’s Freeman Days New York events were Accenture, American Express, Atlantic Records, Barclays, BlackRock, Buzzfeed, Coach, Cushman & Wakefield, JCrew, Ralph Lauren, Lazard Asset Management, Macy’s, Moody’s Investor’s Service, Morgan Stanley, National Basketball Association, PricewaterhouseCoopers, UBS, Viacom, the Wall Street Journal and Time Warner Cable Media.

To see more photos from Freeman Days New York, visit the Freeman School’s Flickr page.


Recruiting goes virtual with Skype

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

With recruiter visits to college campuses down by an estimated 20 percent in the last year, business schools have had to get creative to connect students with employers, and that’s just what Freeman’s Career Management Center has done.

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The Career Management Center used Skype to host a virtual information session for Spot Trading.

On Sept. 22, the CMC hosted its first virtual information session using Skype video conferencing software. Recruiters with Spot Trading, a proprietary trading firm based in Chicago, used Skype to deliver a one-hour  session for about 30 students.

“If recruiters can’t come to Freeman, we can bring Freeman to them,” says Kara Schonberg, corporate development marketing manager at the CMC. “It’s really exciting and hopefully we can duplicate this with other companies who can’t come to New Orleans but want to interview our students.”

The CMC has used video conferencing technology in the past, but this was the first time the center has used Skype, the leading voice-over-IP application, to present an information session for a group of students.

The session included a brief overview on the company followed by a Q&A session in which students could ask questions and interact with company representatives via webcam.

Schonberg says other firms have expressed interest in using Skype to reach students, so she’s hopeful that the success of Spot Trading’s virtual information session will encourage more recruiters to take advantage of the technology to connect with Freeman students.


Record attendance highlights Freeman Days New Orleans

Friday, March 19th, 2010

This year’s Freeman Days New Orleans recruiting and networking event broke records for both corporate participation and alumni involvement.

More than 60 alumni attended this year's Freeman Days New Orleans Networking Reception.

Freeman Days kicked off on Thursday, March 11, with the annual alumni networking reception. More than 150 people attended this year’s event, which gives students the opportunity to mix and mingle with both alumni and corporate recruiters. That number included more than 60 alumni, an all-time high for the reception.

On Friday, a record 31 companies held information sessions, far exceeding last year’s total of 16 companies. Among the firms presenting this year were Abercrombie & Fitch, Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte, Disney, Google, Harrah’s, Intralox, Merrill Lynch, Northwestern Mutual, Ochsner, Pan-American Life, the Receivables Exchange, Verizon Wireless and Zehnder Communications.

To see photos from the networking reception, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/freemanschool/


New alumni group hopes to improve ranking

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Edward Crawford, left, organized the first Freeman 50 meeting in March.

A new alumni group hopes to improve the Freeman School’s national ranking by reaching out to recent graduates.

The Freeman 50 is the brainchild of Edward Crawford (MBA ’08, MGM ’09), who says he was inspired to start the group after seeing the success that other schools had had with initiatives such as class agent programs.

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