For the fifth consecutive year, Elon Information Technology (IT) supported the Student Professional Development Center by providing “virtual tables” to the Job and Internship Expo. Using the video chat software WebEx, these virtual tables connect potential employers who cannot be physically present with interested students.
Throughout the event, four virtual tables equipped with computers, headsets, and video chatting software buzzed in the back of Alumni Gym. Nine companies represented themselves here, with employees talking to students from as far away as L.A.
The virtual tables run efficiently, with a system distinctly different from other booths staffed by live employees. Each of the nine companies offering web conferences had a specific time slot, during which students signed up to jump on the headset and network to a representative. HBO, a company which is recognized for making an employee available to talk online at every Elon University job fair, was signed on and ready to conference with students from 2pm to 3pm. The HBO representative chatting intermittently with curious undergrads sits in the company’s New York office.
Sarah Teicher, who graduates this May and is interested in exploring a career in television, signed up for a virtual table and had the chance to speak with someone from HBO. She remarked that aside from a slight lag characteristic of video chat programs, the technology at her virtual table worked smoothly.
“I think this is very beneficial since so many Elon students are looking at areas like New York City, Los Angeles, and Boston after school. It gives us a change to have face to face interaction with these companies,” says Teicher.