KSU students invite firms to make pitches

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The Marietta Daily Journal
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KENNESAW — Kennesaw State University statistics students have reversed roles when it comes to job fairs. Companies line up to try to impress the students and compete to hire them.

The students are learning Statistical Analysis System, which 95 percent of fortune 500 companies use to configure data, Jennifer Lewis Priestley, statistics professor, said. Companies are looking for people who are familiar with SAS, can extract data into the software and can communicate findings to colleagues and clients, she said.

On Friday, the students participated in SAS Day, which started out as traditional job fair and has become a way for students to market themselves. There’s a supply problem for companies looking for statistical analysts, and Kennesaw has the supply, Priestley said.

The students are the ones who set up booths with posters and samples of their work, and the prospective employers visit the booths and compete for the students’ attention, graduate student Daniel Brasuell said.

“Any company interested in data analysis would benefit from the kind of work we’re learning to do,” Brasuell said. “It’s like a career day students usually go to, but this is the employers going to a career day.”