More than 300 students filled the classrooms of UCF’s College of Business Administration this month to gain advice and insight from 43 business industry alumni at the 2nd Annual Careerfest Business Alumni Panels event. Students were given the opportunity to attend several break-out panel sessions revolving around both industry-related topics and professional development.

“I’m thrilled with the turnout this year for Careerfest,” said Erin Oglethorpe, assistant director of alumni relations for the college. “It is really incredible how our alumni are able to impact current students and help prepare them for life after college. We are so appreciative of our alumni for generously spending their time with students – this event would not be possible without them.”

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This year’s program featured standing-room-only crowds for six industry panels in the fields of accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, management and human resources, marketing and sales, and residential and commercial real estate. As a second session, Careerfest offered professional development panels where alumni provided successful tips for future businesswomen and performed mock interviews providing students with insightful feedback from professionals experienced in candidate interviews.

Established in 1968, the UCF College of Business Administration offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and executive levels. All programs, as well as the Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting, are accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

The college provides high-quality academic programs designed to give students a competitive advantage in the world of business now and in the future. As such, the college establishes partnerships with some of the nation’s most innovative leaders to model new and best practices that harness evolving technology. In addition, the college promotes a unique culture of engagement, risk-taking, cross-disciplinary collaboration and data-driven decision making in an effort to ensure students are well prepared to enter a dynamic marketplace.