Stay in the Swamp Career Fair on March 21

Second Round of “Stay in the Swamp” Career Fair after Last Year’s Major Success

CareerSource North Central Florida and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the University of Florida Graduate Business Career Services (GBCS) will hold a second “Stay in the Swamp” career fair.

The fair will provide the opportunity for local Gainesville employers to feature their companies and career opportunities to undergraduate and graduate business students and alumni from the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business Administration in an effort to keep great talent local and thriving within north central Florida business community. The “Stay in the Swamp” career fair will take place Friday, March 21 at 1:00 p.m. in the lobby of Hough Hall.

Each company that attends will have a one-minute opportunity to pitch their company, organizational culture and job opportunities to some of Gainesville’s brightest talent.

Employer registration begins at 11:00 a.m. and companies will have an hour to pitch starting at 11:30 a.m. After company pitches, students and employers will have the opportunity to network from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

“This event creates a unique format to the normal career fair – the shift in format provides leverage to employers in an effort to increase their brand awareness among our students, along with facilitating stimulating conversation between both parties. The goal of this event is to bring together local companies and introduce them to our students in an effort to continue to increase the high-level of successful business talent that we want to retain in our local community here in Gainesville and Alachua County” said Craig W. Petrus, director of Career Services for the Hough Graduate School of Business at UF.

The fair is unique and distinct in that it is only open to students and alumni from the Warrington College of Business Administration at UF. Student resume books and employer profile books will further showcase the attendees at the fair.

Last year’s event was successful with more than 110 graduate business students and alumni in attendance as well as employers excited to return to this year’s fair. So far 30 companies have registered to take part in this event. Companies vary in industry and size; ranging from startups, such as Advanced Poker Training, Eventplicity and Stage 7 to legacy companies, such as Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, SumTotal Systems and Nanotherapeutics. Recent additions to the Gainesville business community, such as international branding agency 160/90, have also registered.

Kim Tesch-Vaught, executive director of CareerSource North Central Florida, said CareerSource NCFL’s goal is to connect local employers with the brightest talent to support a thriving ecosystem of employment, entrepreneurship and opportunity.

For more information on the upcoming “Stay in the Swamp” Career Fair, email