Smeal MBA Employer Relations director elected to career services board

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Paul Poissant, director of MBA Employer Relations for the Penn State Smeal College of Business, has been elected to the MBA Career Services Council (MBA CSC) Board of Directors, where he will serve a three-year term.

The MBA CSC aims to support and develop individuals working in the MBA career management and employment professions. The organization also helps to create standards of reporting for universities so that students can accurately assess and compare outcomes like rates of employment.

“Getting an MBA from an institution is a big commitment, and the MBA CSC is committed to setting standards that facilitate students making the most informed decisions possible,” said Poissant.

Poissant joins the board alongside MBA career services professionals from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. The board will also welcome recruitment professionals from companies including American Airlines, Dell and KPMG LLP.

“I’ll be working closely with other members of the board as well as forging relationships with career services professionals and recruiters all over the world,” said Poissant. “One of the MBA CSC’s main initiatives currently is to gain more employer and global business school involvement.”

Career Services and Employer Relations is a critical component of the Penn State Smeal MBA Program student experience. The personal career strategy process at Smeal involves one-on-one counseling with career services professionals and begins the summer before admitted students begin their first year of the program. Each student is also assigned an alumni mentor based on career interests and aspirations.

More than 100 companies connected with Smeal MBA students to offer jobs and/or internships all over the U.S. last year. Graduates were hired in a breadth of industries from consulting, consumer products, financial services, health care, energy, manufacturing and technology. A sampling of a some of the strong employer partnerships included Apple, Baker Hughes, Dell, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Ernst & Young LLP, Nike and VWR International.

Poissant has worked with the Penn State Smeal College of Business since 1993. He serves as the principal liaison between Smeal MBA students and the many organizations that recruit talent from the program.

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Last Updated September 10, 2013