Smith School’s New Career Center Opens
The Smith School’s Office of Career Services (OCS) opened its new Career Center
on September 15 with an open house for employers, faculty and students. The new
center will help the school make key connections, create partnerships and build
relationships with corporations to help companies meet their recruiting goals and
students achieve their career aspirations.
The Career Center offers a full-service on-campus recruiting suite designed to
facilitate world-class concierge service for employers visiting the Smith School.
The design is the culmination of many hours of consulting with recruiters about
Dedicated interview rooms give employers all-day access to office space for meeting
students, rather than scheduling interview times around available space. New telepresence
technologies give companies the ability to connect with students from anywhere in
the world—an option many employers requested to comply with cost-saving or green
initiatives at their companies. The employer lounge is fully equipped to allow recruiters
to conduct business while on campus.
The multi-million dollar renovation of the Career Center, funded by a generous
gift from school benefactor Robert H. Smith, is part of a major strategic initiative
to transform corporate relations at the Smith School.
“The War for Talent requires companies and universities to be obsessed with innovation
so they can differentiate themselves in the marketplace and delight their customers,”
says Jeff Kudisch, managing director of the Office of Career Services and Distinguished
Tyser Teaching Fellow. Kudisch transitioned to that role in October, 2010, from
his role as a highly-ranked teacher in the school’s MBA and Executive MBA programs.
An industrial psychologist, Kudisch is co-founder and principal partner of Personnel
Assessment Systems, Inc., a human resources consulting firm specializing in management
and executive assessment, and has extensive consulting experience with both public-
and private-sector companies.
While the new Career Center is designed to provide a seamless experience for
recruiters, its construction represents the school’s commitment to helping students
achieve their career goals even in a tight labor market. To support this career
initiative, the Smith School has devoted additional resources towards strengthening
its career services. OCS has doubled its staff and significantly increased its budget.
Staff have also been working to ramp up outreach efforts—not just to corporations
but also to Smith alumni, whose networks and connections are crucial for young job-hunters.
“Our state-of-the-art Career Center and talented OCS team deliver on Bob Smith's
vision by allowing us to engage our recruiting partners and alumni, and promote
our Terp talent in a way that truly raises the level of our game,” says Kudisch.
These efforts are already reaping major dividends for students, despite the difficult
For more information about the Office of Career Services, or if your company
is interested in partnering with the Smith School to meet your talent management
needs, contact Dr. Jeff Kudisch.