Published on January 30, 2020 by Morgan Black  
Professional Development

Samford University’s Brock School of Business plays a crucial role in today’s workforce development, especially in the Birmingham market. Of May 2019 graduates, 44% chose to stay in Birmingham to enter the local workforce, many of whom were not originally from Birmingham.

These statistics are attributed to the school’s commitment to maintaining exceptional career services and professional development programming to ensure the employment of its graduates. One way Brock School of Business represents this commitment is through its Office of Professional Success which provides every student with personalized career counseling. Through this office, students participate in a professional development course which hones critical professional skills related to interviewing, networking and communication through a variety of co-curricular events.

Simultaneously, the office manages the Academic Internship Program which provides students the opportunity to gain practical experience in a professional work environment. Many internships are offered in Birmingham, but there are opportunities available across the U.S., and internationally.

“We are blessed to be located in Birmingham where we have such generous community partners,” said director of professional success Kathryn Boyd. “From sharing information and networking with our students at events that we host, to providing internships and hiring recent graduates, our local business community provides tremendous support to our school and our students.”

“Samford University’s Brock School of Business attracts skilled students from around the nation – and our state and regional economy will continue to grow as more students decide to build their careers in Birmingham,” added Leigh Davis, vice president of Economic and Community Development for Alabama Power. “It’s the shared responsibility of our business community to retain the top talent that Brock School of Business produces and showcase the many advantages of calling Birmingham home. There is an energy in our city, from strong corporate partners that offer great career paths to an active tech-based ecosystem that supports entrepreneurs and new businesses – Birmingham has the right resources available for success.”

Ninety-seven percent of Brock School of Business students complete competitive internships before they graduate, and 99% percent of graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate programs six months following their graduation from Samford.
 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.