Analytics Talent Connect 2020: Virtual Career Fair for MS Business Analytics

In partnership with top MS Business Analytics Programs RelishCareers is hosting a Virtual Career Fair for students and companies who hire them!

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This is an invitation-only event. Please, fill out the employer interest form below and a member of the Relish team will be in touch shortly.

This event will primarily be targeted to students who do not require sponsorship. 30% of schools have less than 20% international students (if you require permanent U.S. work authorization without need for sponsorship in the future, we will only send you applicants that meet this requirement)

Event Details

  • What = A one-of-a-kind virtual recruiting opportunity that will include participating company branding, job descriptions, webinars, Q&A, and application instructions.
  • Who = Masters of Business Analytics students from select schools
  • When = A full week in late January or early February 2020 (final dates TBD)
  • Where = Online! The career fair events will all take place virtually through registration pages, online company information, email Q&A, video platform webinars, and online job applications.
  • Why = To match highly trained business analytics students with open positions at top employers

Employer Participation Information

Cost

Free to participate! A success fee of $200/hire (this is an 80% first time discount) will be added for any hire made as a result of the career fair

Timeline

Employers must commit by no later than Friday January 10th, 2020. This is a first come first serve opportunity 

Guarantee 

Relish will provide the technology, communication, and account management for each participating employer, which will include finalization of relevant branding, job postings, webinar recording, as well as collection and review of job applications, so that employers only receive the relevant applicants. 

Commitment

Employers who agree to participate, will agree to the success fee parameter if any candidates are hired, and will also agree to:

  • Provide Relish with at least one open job that's applicable for M.S. Business Analytics Students
  • Provide to Relish or allow Relish to gather relevant company branding material that can be made available to participating students
  • Schedule a ~15 minute pre-recorded webinar with Relish and at least one relevant company recruiter or employee to be recorded no later than Friday 1/17/20 (week of 1/20 might also be available)
  • Designate a point of contact to respond to questions submitted by participating students and to participating student job applicants, or allow Relish to respond on company's behalf
  • Rank preference for career fair week (week of 1/20, 1/27, and 2/3 rank order)

About the Students


 

BY THE NUMBERS

The candidates who will be participating in this event are an impressive group; here are some of the stats you need to know.

SKILLS LEARNED

A broad range of technical and software skills are included in the MSBA curriculum, including database query languages, data visualization, statistical software, big data technologies, as well as MBA-style business soft skills.

PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

Relish is collaborating with some of the world's top business analytics programs for this event:

Arizona State University - W.P. Carey
Boston University - Questrom
Fordham University - Gabelli
University of Miami - Herbert
Michigan State University - Broad
Purdue University - Krannert
University of Georgia - Terry
University of Tennessee - Haslam
University of Wisconsin School of Business

About the M.S. in Business Analytics

The Master’s of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) degree has become a staple of graduate business education over the last two decades, as data-driven business planning and strategy have become essential parts of many business operations. Combining rigorous technical training in a range of data analysis, computer science, statistics, and other technical skills with MBA-like general business education, the MSBA is designed to bridge the gap between traditional business practice and the new world of big data.

 

How is an MSBA different from a Masters in Data Science?

While the MSBA is a STEM degree that involves rigorous technical training, it is distinct from (but related to) the study of Data Science, another discipline that has exploded in popularity in recent years. While the two degrees both offer training in skills like SQL, R, Python, and machine learning, the MSBA emphasizes the practical application of these tools to business planning and operations and provides additional training in general business skills like strategy, communication, management, and more.

Another way to think about this distinction is that data scientists are trained to produce the most accurate and robust analyses of various datasets available to businesses and organizations; MSBA graduates are trained to understand and process these analyses and apply their insights to real world business problems. Moreover, MSBA alumni are able to identify and prioritize the data analysis projects that are most beneficial to a given organization by synthesizing the technical scope of said analysis with the business goals laid out by organizational leadership. Hiring a MSBA graduate is, in short, like getting a data scientist and an MBA wrapped up in a single candidate.

 

What are the specific skills that are taught in MSBA programs?

A broad range of technical and software skills are included in curriculums, and common tools include database query languages (SQL, SAS, R, MySQL, JMP, etc.); data visualization (Tableau), programming languages (Python), statistical software (Minitab), big data technologies, machine learning and AI. In addition, the “soft skills” – communication, strategy, etc. – that are typically included in a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree program are emphasized, in order to ensure graduates are well-versed in both the technical and practical aspects of data analysis.

 

Who attends MSBA programs?

Because the MSBA degree is a relatively new offering for most universities, programs tend to be small, with average class sizes running well below 100 students. Program length is typically one to one and a half years, and students entering the program usually have minimal work experience of 1-3 years, while it’s also common to see enrollees directly out of their undergraduate studies. The average age of MSBA students is under 25; as in other graduate business degrees, women make up 40% or less of students on average, though this gender ratio can vary widely between programs and programs are actively seeking to grow their female populations. International students often have a particularly high representation among MSBA students, with some programs reporting up to 95% of their students arriving from outside the United States – but again, these number can vary widely and many programs report less than one tenth of their students as international in origin.

 

Who hires MSBA graduates?

Like the MBA degree, the MSBA is applicable to a wide number of industries and provides value to companies of all shapes and sizes. MSBA graduates are versatile: they have the skillset to initiate and execute their own “big data” projects, while their traditional business training makes it easy for them to slot into existing business analysis and operational tasks. Typical job titles include: business intelligence developer, data analyst, solutions architect, consultant, data warehousing architect, risk analyst, and predictive modeler.

The programs participating in our upcoming Analytics Talent Connect virtual career fair report graduates employed at a number of prominent corporations, including Nike, Chrysler, PGA Tour, GM, Domino’s, Capital One, EY, Cognizant Technologies, Deloitte, JP Morgan, NBC Universal – as well as local startups and smaller firms in industries such as manufacturing, eCommerce, retail, consulting, and more. As the career center at the University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business explains: “If a company has data, they want our students.”

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