On-campus recruiting statistics appear promising after the recruiting slump of the 2009-2010 academic year.2011 is frequently mentioned as a transitional year for real estate as sectors begin to show signs of movement and improvement. Companies are now looking to fill vacancies that had been left open during the worst of the crisis. Many firms believe they will be net hirers in 2011.
The MBA Career Management Center reports growth in the number of organizations coming to campus to interview MBA students. There was a 30% increase over last year in on-campus recruiting, including the additions of highly regarded companies such as 3M, Colgate-Palmolive, Simon Property Group, Tishman Speyer, and Rexnord Industries.
The Wisconsin Real Estate Club is actively reaching out to companies to participate in its 2011 career fair to be held on February 9th in Madison. The 11th annual event brings together nearly 200 undergraduate and MBA students and employers in a range of real estate sectors for a concentrated evening of networking.
This year's event kicks off with an open house in the offices of the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, followed by the evening expo in the Plenary Room of Grainger Hall, and concluding with a reception in the East Atrium.
Wisconsin's best and brightest real estate students are available for internships and full-time employment. Companies are encouraged to sign up now for best placement for the expo and to make the most of time on campus by announcing internship or job openings ahead of time through the online recruiting system. Employers can start collecting student resumes right away and even schedule interviews in advance.
Past participants in the career fair have included T. Wall Properties, NAI MLG Commercial, Heitman, Dominium, Transwestern, Harrison Street Capital, Northwestern Mutual, Ernst & Young, U.S. Bank, Ridge Property Trust, Waterton Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Apex, Realogic, and others.
Every February, the Real Estate Club hosts a career fair featuring representatives from regional and national companies looking to connect with Wisconsin’s talented pool of real estate students. The Club, one of the largest and most active student-run organizations on campus, is open to graduate and undergraduate students.
To find out more about the career fair and to register, visit the career fair website.