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This Friday the Albers Placement Center’s Mentor Program
kicks off with the Mentor Fair, where graduate (and undergraduate) students
have the opportunity to meet with over 150 upper level executives from leading
companies around Seattle. As I missed the opportunity last year, I am
definitely getting involved now, my last year at Albers. I have heard great
things about the Mentor program, from students getting valuable help brushing
up their resumes to career advice and networking opportunities. One student
even landed a job through her mentor. As an international student with a
background in the non-profit sector, there is so much I need to learn – both
about the business world and American work etiquette. Here are some of the
things I hope to get out of the mentor program:
How do I leverage my network
to advance my career? In my first year at Albers I met a number of highly
interesting and well-connected people. Some I established contact with through
LinkedIn, Facebook, or even the odd informational interview. I am hoping that
my constant effort to network and talk to people, sharing my interest and
experiences, eventually can lead to an interesting job opportunity. But am I
strategic enough? I would really like to hear from an experienced business leader
about how they got their jobs, and how they recommend I go about talking to the
right people, at the right time in the right way.
What is the key to a
successful interview process? What are companies looking for? I’ve heard
stories of interviews that last for days, with panel after panel of HR
representatives, subject matter experts, and managers grilling you to see if
you are the right fit for their company. What are they going to ask me? How do
I prepare? Looking forward to tips from someone who has experience sitting on
the other side of the interview table.
How did they get to
where they are today? I think one of the most valuable take-aways you can
get from the mentor program is learning from the mentors’ experiences as
managers and leaders. How did they get to where they are today? What inspires
them? How do they deal with conflict? What would they do differently knowing
what they know today? What are the biggest challenges facing new MBA graduates
looking to land their dream jobs? I hope that meeting with a mentor can answer
some of these questions, serving as food-for-thought, advice, and guidance.
I would love to hear from those who have participated in the
Mentor program already. What was your experience like? Would you do it again?
By Kari Lio, MBA Candidate at Albers School of Business and Economics
While it might still feel like summer outside, pumpkin spice lattes are in at Starbucks and the first week of the fall quarter at Seattle U is officially underway. As a new MPAC grad student, I can already tell this year is going to be a totally different experience than my undergrad years here at SU. Transitioning to only having night classes is going to mean sleeping in, adjusting to doing homework during the day,and I can already forsee myself becoming a regular at Subway and Yoshino’s Teriyaki.
I graduated with my undergrad accounting degree in June of this year. Being a member of the SU swim team for four years, my undergrad years consisted (for the most part) of studying, swimming and sleeping. After graduation in June, I interned at public accounting firm Ernst & Young in the audit practice. Ernst & Young was an amazing experience and while I am excited to have another year of college, I am anxious to start studying and sitting for the CPA exam in January and I am also looking forward to entering the public accounting world upon graduation.
Since I am a newbie grad student, I am open to any suggestions anyone might have to conquering the night school schedule, the best ideas for home packed dinners that I can eat in class, and learning how to ease myself into drinking coffee!
By: Alexis Morehouse / email@example.com
Loc Nguyen is a graduate student at Seattle University pursuing a MBA degree with a Certificate in Finance. He started his studies in the fall of 2013 and expects to graduate in 2016.