Posted by Farani Aryono on
Thursday, October 25, 2012
By Dan Klein
As I near the end of my MBA program (and also because my bank account has reached an all-time low!), I have started looking again at new career opportunities. Unfortunately, I am in the difficult position of trying to transition from banking to something else. But, to what? Fortunately, as I’ve gotten to know classmates over the last year, I’ve been able to make some great relationships. And they have been tremendously helpful in sharing their experiences, describing their job positions, and offering advice about career opportunities that matched my interests and background. One person I worked in a group with even took my resume to HR at Boeing for a Financial Analyst position. And another classmate, who works at Amazon, submitted a referral for me to HR for an Account Manager position.
Meanwhile, the Albers Placement Center, here, has been invaluable in my job search (as well as many other job seekers). http://www.seattleu.edu/albers/placementcenter/. The Career Services department offers advice, resume reviews, and practice interviews. But they also bring in companies who are looking to hire graduate students, and last Thursday’s career fair was a perfect example of how the Placement Center can connect job seekers and employers. Based solely on my interactions at the event, I submitted several resumes directly to HR representatives – rather than just sending my resume into the black hole of CV’s and job applications. (I wonder where those go, anyway?). Just two hours at the event proved more useful than two weeks searching for those job opportunities.
But the relationships Albers has been able to maintain with Alumni is also commendable. The Career Center is more than happy to make introductions, as well, and sometimes even goes the extra mile by alerting you when they make a connection with someone they think will be helpful in your job search. In fact, when the counselors at the Career Center found out I was also looking into the consulting field, they automatically CC’d me on an introduction email to several alumni currently working in the industry.
I continue to be impressed with Seattle University and their dedication to the success of their students. This is one of the factors I considered when looking into MBA programs, and coming to Seattle U has once again proven to be a great decision!
- Dan Klein, firstname.lastname@example.org