No decisions have been made to date relative to the 2021 Virtual Pharmacy School Fairs, however, more information will be shared as it becomes available. Members are welcome to share their thoughts on the value of these online events and other virtual recruitment strategies with us in the meantime.
| Rosie Walker
| Director of Recruitment and Diversity
| American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
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Based on your statement that you are open to comments relative to the virtual events I would like to offer one. I think that having frequent events is probably a good thing for the applicants so I would be in favor of continuing this.
What I would like some evaluation on is the length. At my institution, we typically man for the entire duration and average very few drop-ins. If there are frequent events, I wonder if the duration could be shortened. Perhaps the block of time would need to rotate to accommodate different time zones. It is true that I can multitask while waiting for drop-ins but I am tethered to my computer during that time so it does limit what I get done in the day. Just something to consider. Maybe others are getting a lot more foot traffic.
I think this is an excellent suggestion!
Jonathan Parker, M.A., Ed.S.
Director of Pharmacy Admission
McWhorter School of Pharmacy
205-726-4242 | office
205-726-4141 | fax
800 Lakeshore Drive Birmingham, AL 35229
I agree with Mary's suggestion.
Office of Professional & Student Affairs
SIUE School of Pharmacy
200 University Park Drive, Suite 220
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Phone # 618-650-5156
Fax # 618-650-5152
SIUE Staff Senator
Our recruiter at USC agrees. This is Allison's response:
I think a lot of us may feel this way and some changes need to be made to the platforms used, like handshake, aren't designed for graduate fairs. They're designed more for hiring employees. So this should be considered as we move forward with this "temporary normal" that we're in.
The drop ins have been very few. I thought doing these virtually would expand our reach, but so far, no. I think students get more excited by our live presence and coming to an event than by online engagement just to get information about graduate programs. They don't get to attend a live "event" and meet us or pick up swag or fliers. The 1:1 meetings have been good, though. For students who sign up, we've had extended conversations that were very productive.
Thank you and Fight on!
I too agree with comments made by Mary. In addition, after yesterday's event, additional promotional emphasis needs to be placed by AACP that this is a pharmacy career fair. Yesterday there were many students from 2 high schools in particular which were definitely more interested in our university for admission and not pharmacy.
Charles Woosley, Pharm.D.
Director of Recruitment
Harrison School of Pharmacy
334 844 8378
I wholeheartedly agree with Steven. It's time to move on from CareerEco.
Bill Nichols | Director of Admissions
Graduate Health Science Programs
1900 Belmont Boulevard | Nashville, TN 37212 Phone: 615-460-6107
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AACP is currently exploring alternative virtual vendors that may provide a more engaging experience for prospective students. Please feel free to share with me your recommendation for vendors, as well as other innovative virtual recruitment initiatives AACP could host besides the virtual fair. Your feedback and suggestions on this matter have been very helpful.
I actually prefer CareerEco to Handshake. The list of attendees report from CareerEco is much better ROI than anything we could get from Handshake, Zoom, or any other similar platform. Those will not feed the inquiry pool and the level of engagement is low. Until another platform innovates to meet this need I do not see many other alternatives.
Recruiting and Outreach Manager
UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC
Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy
209.946.3957 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Transfer, Graduate and Professional Admission
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I would agree with Aimee and Andrew here. The list of attendees report is a huge benefit to the CareerEco fairs so I hope that is considered when exploring other options.
Aaron Clark, M.Ed Coordinator of Recruitment & Admissions
College of Pharmacy | Office of Student Affairs
150 Parks Hall
500 W. 12th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 614-292-1662| email@example.com
I also agree and feel that CareerEco is better designed to meet the needs of higher education. Though Handshake is offering higher education fairs, the platform still caters to its employment/internship segment.
I'm not sure the platform is the issue with these fairs. It seems that prospective students are simply not very interested in the graduate fair format overall. Whether in-person or online, attendance at fairs continues to dwindle.
Lori J. Berg
Director of Admissions and Recruitment, Health Professions
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Western New England University
1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01119
Tel: (413) 796-2073
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Thank you for this suggestion. We will certainly take this into consideration.