The University of Kansas School of Pharmacy will conduct its annual Senior Pharmacy Student Career Placement Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19 in the Regency Ballroom at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 200 McDonald Dr., Lawrence. There are nearly 135 students who are Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) candidates for graduation on May 17, 2020.
The employer registration fee for participation in this event is $400 ($375 for Kansas Pharmacists Association and Kansas Council of Hospital Pharmacists Association members). The registration fee covers table space rental in the Regency Ballroom, the luncheon for one company representative, refreshment breaks and general expenses.
Additional company representative lunches may be purchased for $25 per person. You may request up to two additional tables at your interview location for an additional charge of $40 per table.
Hotel accommodations are available with the DoubleTree by Hilton by calling 785.841.7077. Mention "KU School of Pharmacy Career Day" to receive the preferred room rate of $99, plus tax. Rooms are limited and reservations must be made by Nov. 18.
The ballroom will open at 8:30 a.m. to provide time for booth set-up. The event will have two sessions with a break from noon to 1 p.m. for a sit-down luncheon in which students and potential employers can further their discussions.
The morning session, from 10 a.m. to noon, will provide an opportunity for senior students to meet informally with employer representatives in attendance to obtain general information and learn about career opportunities, including post-graduate residency programs, with their respective companies. The morning session also will facilitate focused discussion and dissemination of information to senior students relative to career positions and future career employment opportunities.
Due to travel time requirements for some senior students, relative to the location of their respective clinical rotation assignments, if it is more convenient to conduct an interview during the morning session that is certainly permissible. In addition, the afternoon session does not have to be solely dedicated to interviews. Some students seeking information may only be able to attend during the afternoon session.
"We believe our event format should have sufficient flexibility to meet the needs of all participants," said Gene Hotchkiss, Senior Associate Dean for Administration.
The afternoon session will focus on conducting career position and/or post-graduate residency program position interviews with senior students at times which have been scheduled prior to Dec. 19, or on-site during the morning session on Dec. 19. Interviews scheduled prior to Dec. 19 will be made individually by each student through the Dean’s Office of the School of Pharmacy. Interviews will be scheduled at 30 minute intervals between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Each employer registrant’s folder, which will be provided at the on-site registration on Dec. 19, will include a schedule reflecting the names and times of students that have pre-scheduled interviews. The number of interviews, which can be scheduled at any given time, will be dependent upon the number of employer representatives from your company in attendance at the career day event as indicated on your registration form. Please indicate on the registration form the number of candidates that can be simultaneously interviewed during a given time slot (i.e., one, two, or, three interviews per thirty minute time slot). A preliminary schedule of students that have pre-scheduled an interview will be sent via email or fax by Dec. 4, if possible.
Each company participating in the career placement day event will be assigned an individual table in the Regency Ballroom. The tables will be arranged in a manner to provide as much privacy as possible. Senior students have been advised to bring multiple copies of their resume.
"We recognize not all employer participants participating in our career placement day activity will currently have positions available and may prefer not to conduct formal interviews on Dec. 19," Hotchkiss said. "This is acceptable and your participation in our event through provision of general career information is welcome and valued. However, it has been our experience that scheduling students for ‘informal’ interaction with employer registrants who have indicated they currently do not have any openings and will not be conducting ‘formal’ interviews is more productive and efficient with respect to our overall Career Day process for our students as well as employer registrants. We are hopeful an informal interview or interactive discussion with students relative to potential future positions will be possible."
A listing of all employer registrants will be provided in advance to all pharmacy students registered to attend the career placement day. To be included, please complete and return the registration form. Please provide your email address and fax number, which may be more efficient in distribution of preliminary student registrant information and interview schedule information.
The Senior Pharmacy Student Career Placement Day is conducted by the School of Pharmacy at the University of Kansas. For additional information, call 785.864.3591 or email at Gene Hotchkiss.