A few days ago, first year UST MBA students who were awarded Outreach scholarships gathered for a potluck dinner and conversation. There, they were joined by a group that had never existed before this year—second-year Outreach Scholars; role models who could reassure them that the intensity of the Full-time UST MBA was nothing they couldn’t handle. Role models who, over the past 14 months, have already established a track record of excellence, taking on leadership roles and graduate assistantships, securing internships with Fortune 500 companies and earning national recognition for themselves and the university with a top three finish in the annual NBMBAA Chrysler Case Competition.
While the Outreach Scholars program is only in its second year, every alumnus of the Full-time UST MBA program (and there are hundreds) has made lifelong connections during his or her time here. Some have the distinction of being one of fewer than 75 graduates of the UST JD/MBA dual degree program; others participated in the Aristotle Fund or the Mayo Innovation Scholars program. These shared experiences made their time in the UST MBA program memorable, but at the end of the day, the strongest bonds are reinforced by, if not built upon, the connection each student makes with classmates who have common career interests, belong to the same clubs, same team, or some other group within the larger UST MBA community.
The Career Opportunity Fair, hosted by the Graduate Business Career Services Department, will provide direct access to over 40 top employers for undergraduate and graduate level business students at the University of St. Thomas. These top recruiters are seeking top talent from UST for internship and full time positions. Tom Colosimo, Career Coach Specialist, details the best way to ace any Career Fair, but most importantly the Career Opportunity Fair, held next week in the Law School Schulze Grand Atrium on Friday, November 15th.
Prepping for a career fair can be nerve-racking and frustrating but it certainly does not need to be and it is very important. If you go into a career fair prepared and with the right attitude information you should do well. It’s all about knowing what you want, what they need, and creating your story to align to these variables. Many people go into a career fair with little or no preparation and come out thinking it was a waste of time.
The key elements to remember are:
Know what companies are going to be participating in the fair
- Know the companies that you are most interested in; focus on your top 5
- Research these companies – know their current activities and products
- Know what initiatives they may have for the future
- Get a handle on how your skills and experience align to their needs
Appearance is important for your brand and for that first impression
- Be sure to have the ‘look of business’ that means business
- Suite and tie for men and a nice dress suite for women
- Error on the side of dressing conservatively; no wild colors or short skirts!
- Do not overdo the colognes and perfumes; a nice scent is welcome but don’t overpower your environment and chase people away from you!
- Smile! It can mean so much when meeting people
- Be genuine from hand-shake to tone of your voice
- Practice your pitch so that it’s natural when you are delivering it to the recruiters
When you arrive at the fair, survey the flow of the attendees and be sure to identify where your companies are located right away.
Start out by approaching companies that you may not know that much about and try your pitch on them to work out the kinks and get into your groove. Do not approach your top companies right away since you may not be at ease yet. Practice makes perfect.
If you get the business card of the recruiter or company contact, connect with them and thank them for the time they took to chat with you reminding them about your skills and interest in their company and WHY! Reach out on LinkedIn for that connection as well. Many recruiters spend much of their time on social media looking for that next candidate. With that in mind, make sure your LinkedIn profile sends the right message about your focus to solidify your brand.
Have fun with it. Be yourself and be on your game!
To register for the Career Opportunity Fair, click here.
In the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program, a select group of Minnesota students has the chance to participate in an extraordinary internship that places it at the intersection of science, business, medicine and ethics for five months of one academic year.
Every day, Mayo inventors share ideas with the Mayo Clinic Ventures office, and the full development of these ideas a challenge. This is where the Mayo Innovation Scholars come in. Twelve teams made up of two undergraduate science students and two business students are each led by MBA students. These team leaders were responsible for overseeing the undergraduate teams, which includes ensuring the delivery of the project requirements, setting milestone goals, providing technical assistance, communicating with all stakeholders, and assisting with the final paper and presentation delivery.
In 2013, five of the 12 teams were led by then second-year UST MBA students, including Samantha Majkowski, Daniel Kolar, Karen Satterlie, Abbey Pieper and Boubakar Jalloh. UST MBA class of 2014 students Nana Yaa Dodi, Brianne Hamm, Sheng Lee Tomar and Pleasant Radford have been named Mayo Innovation Scholars team leaders for 2014.
Read more about Mayo Innovation Scholars Program in the Fall 2013 edition of B. Magazine, just out.
Searching for employment – be it the dream job or the next step on the corporate ladder – can be exhausting. There are many other choice words I could use to describe this laborious process such as demeaning, grueling, time-consuming, frustrating, and in my history, each job search is its own monster. As a career coach, I seek to assist those during this difficult process, either as a resource or just an ear to vent to. What I have realized from my own personal experience and that of others, is that a job search doesn’t truly become successful until a ‘reality check’ ensues. For those new to the job search arena, or the seasoned vets, it may be time for a reality check, to ensure each individual has a realistic approach to their career goals. Here are five tips for a successful job search.
Earning an MBA… even Michael Scott, notorious Scranton branch manager of fictional paper-producer Dunder-Mifflin, knows it’s a game-changer for business leaders, career advancers or career changers. It’s particularly important for those of us not gifted with enough athletic prowess to enter the NBA directly from high school.
So, how can you get a leg up on the rest MBA applicants? What is the best way to start researching business schools, learning about application requirements, preparing for the GMAT, and connecting with students and alumni at the schools to which you are applying? The University of St. Thomas Evening MBA and Full Time MBA programs have your answer: The UST MBA Forum, Saturday, October 12 from 9 a.m. – noon.
After recently attending an executive coaching session in which our second-year full-time MBA students were asked to create a value chart in order of priority for family, work, community and self, the emphasis placed on “values” got me thinking. While a large proportion of the current professional population has been affected in some way by the arduous job market, how important are values to job seekers?
At a MBA Career Services and Employers Alliance student-lead panel, full-time MBA students from St. Thomas and the U of M cited various items they consider prior to accepting a job offer. Of those, professional advancement, opportunity to learn and be challenged as well as sharing the same values rated much higher than a competitive salary. There are a few things any job seeker should think about before accepting a position (or even applying for one).
The classrooms in Schulze Hall at the Opus College of Business, where Full-time UST MBA students spend countless hours each week learning, collaborating, analyzing, and problem solving, are outfitted with high-backed, black, executive chairs. I have never taken particular note of these chairs, but to first-year UST MBA student Lindsay Young, Ph.D., they represent much more than a functional place to sit during class.
Young is an inaugural fellow of the Applied Business Training program administered by the BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota, and enrolled in the Full-time MBA program to complement her extensive research in nutrition, biochemistry, and cancer prevention with practical business knowledge. From her unique perspective and years spent in a science-focused classroom, the executive chairs in OCB classrooms embody the professionalism UST faculty and administrators display and expect from students, advance the curriculum’s applied and team-based approach to addressing business concepts and issues, and reinforce the overall brand of the University of St. Thomas. How do you get all of that from a chair? Read on…
The UST MBA case competition team of Nigel Brown, Joelle Purvis Allen, Monica Ricard and Kamaj Bailey with Dean Puto, Left and Prof. Arnold, right.
The NBMBAA/Chrysler Case Competition is one of the world’s most exciting business case challenges. Each year, a new case is written and judged by Chrysler executives and staff, and $50,000 in prize money for the top three teams is on the line. As a result, students from some of the country’s top MBA schools turn out to compete. This year, 30 teams from around the country have traveled to Houston to pursue recognition and prize money, along with an opportunity to network with Chrysler execs and corporate recruiters.
2013 is the second year that the University of St. Thomas has sent a team to the competition. The 2013 team includes Kamaj Bailey, Joelle Purvis Allen, and Monica Ricard (with Nigel Brown as the team alternate). They’ve been working just over a month, since August 8, when this year’s case first became available. The team was sponsored by GE Capital Fleet Services.
Thrivent Financial, Mayo Clinic, Target Corporation, and General Mills, just a few of the great organizations students in the Full-time UST MBA class of 2014 interned with this last summer. 97% of this year’s full-time MBA cohort completed an internship. Business cards were shared, happy hours attended, but days in the office are turning into days in the classroom. This should signify a shift in thought for many, but each student can now apply many new business practices learned through direct experience.
The skills you gain in an internship can be be what sets you apart from the rest in applying for a post-MBA job. In order to capitalize on that though there is a lot to do during the school year. Below is a quick to-do list to ensure you fully utilize the experiences you had this summer.
What to do after the internship:
UST Photo by Mike Ekern.
It’s back to school time, but for the first time since 2005 I am not going back to graduate school this fall. After completing the Evening UST MBA program in 2009, I continued taking classes through the business communication certificate program until I finished itthis spring. With eight years of classes under my belt, I feel like this is a good time to reflect on what I would do differently if I could hop in a time machine. If you are starting a graduate program this fall or thinking about it in the near future, hopefully you can learn from my mistakes and have an ever better graduate degree experience than I did. (Although, mine was pretty great!)
- Build your network. Social media provides a very easy way to keep connected with classmates. Each semester, go through and add your classmates on Linked In. Make note of which class(es) you took with them in case it is helpful in the future. You never know when having a connection at xyz company or remembering the name of someone you were in class with will be helpful. Connecting with a classmate on Linked In, Twitter or Facebook is one thing. Actually getting to know them is another. Take the time to get to know some of your classmates well. Don’t just talk with them in class. Even though it is late, take the time to grab a drink after class. Set up a quick dinner or happy hour before class with friends you met in past semesters. If you are doing things right, the better you know others in the program, the more advocates you will have moving through your career.