Students learned more about the tech industry and were exposed to future employers at the College of William and Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business second annual Tech Day Friday.
Michael Ryan, the business school's director of corporate relations and employer development, said while the college has traditional career fairs, it wanted to showcase the work students were doing in technology.
“Here in the business school we are doing some incredible things with technology,” Ryan said.
One example Ryan gave was the business school’s newest masters in business analytics, which focuses on harnessing data needed to improve business technology. According to the school’s website, job openings in the field have increased 136 percent in recent years.
Ryan said at Tech Day, William and Mary alumni and corporate partners in the technology and big data industry were invited to the college to connect with students. The guests participated in panels on issues and shared tips on how to succeed in the industry.
“We thought wouldn’t it be great to have a day where we bring in alumni, employers, corporate partners to connect with us from a thought leadership standpoint but then also from a hiring standpoint,” Ryan said.
One of the alums participating in Tech Day was Gary Barton, an information assurance partner at Cotton and Company. He said while their business has gone to other William and Mary career days, this was their first time at this event.
“(Cotton and Company) is always looking for top talent in data analytics and making sure we are getting the right talent and right resources for our company,” Barton said. “We have a number of (William and Mary) alums in our company right now and we want to continue to grow that.”
An Employer Showcase was held at the end of the day, which allowed students to talk to tech companies. Ryan said this is the most well-attended part of Tech Day.
“(Students) are here to connect with companies about career opportunities, however, I always believe there are opportunities to connect with alumni and employers at the panel's sessions as well,” Ryan said.
Both masters and undergraduate students were invited to attend. While the event was sponsored by the business school, students with technology backgrounds from across campus participated.
Mike Lamb, an MSBA student at William and Mary, said he had learned a lot from that day’s event and said he would recommend other students attend as well.
“If your thinking of going into a technology field there’s a whole lot you can learn today, whether it's technology interview skills … or making better sense of your data,” Lamb said.
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