On January 25th the Pamplin College of Business hosted Business Horizons, a bi-annual career fair, boasting over 100 companies searching for employees of all business majors. Over the course of five hours, thousands of students made their way to Commonwealth Ballroom to connect with companies and search for a possible future job.

“The Business Horizons Spring 2017 Career Fair set records all around. This spring was yet another sellout with a record number of employers and a record number of students attending. Student attendance grew by 15% from the spring fair in 2016. Guy Halfteck, founder of Knack, was a unique vendor at the fair. Knack is an assessment tool for students that utilize mobile games to connect students to ideal career paths and employers. Students can download the app at knack.it/app.” – Jenn Carty, Business Horizons Organizer

For the companies present, the fair was a chance for employers to interact with prime candidates. Companies were seeking positions from full-time employees to summer interns. Christa Schulenburg, a Corporate Recruiter for Apex Systems, has been continually impressed with Business Horizons over the past nine years. Schulenburg and a number of Apex employees all graduated from Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech students are definitely the most prepared students,” Schulenburg said. “They have great questions and always know what’s going on. And it’s just a great fair overall–Pamplin does a phenomenal job. It’s one of the best run career fairs–and I go to career fairs in Texas and Oklahoma and the Carolinas and this is definitely the strongest one by far.

Students come in to Business Horizons with polished resumés and professional attire, and leave with a greater confidence in the opportunities for their future career.

“Business Horizons is really helpful. You get to talk to a variety of employers, even some that you might not know before you go there. You never know what a conversation could do to your future.”- Peyton Keen, junior ACIS major