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.
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:
The Full-time UST MBA class of 2014 embarked on more than 30 different internships this past month, many of which were outside Minnesota’s borders. As the days continue to fly by, Graduate Business Career Services would like share a few internship tips before the green leaves of summer change to autumnal shades of fall.
Hopefully you are enjoying your summer internship experience. By now, you know what you are expected to do and when it needs to be done. And, you are doing a great job, exceeding expectations.
But wait, there’s more to the internship than doing it well. Here are some suggestions to ensure you make this a great summer internship experience.
If you haven’t done this already, do it now:
Instead of focusing on making his voice heard, Max Shapiro already aspires to something loftier: to be the voice for those that go unheard. Shapiro is in his second year of St. Thomas’ dual degree JD/MBA program, a joint venture between the School of Law and Opus College of Business that will ultimately supply him with degrees in both law and business.
While working toward his bachelor’s degree in leadership and management at St. Thomas, Shapiro felt torn between law school and business school. An information session he attended his junior year for the School of Law’s newly-launched Tommie Law Early Admission Program, an opportunity that exempts students from taking the LSAT and compresses a would-be five years of study into four, ended up winning him over. He later decided to add the MBA to make room for more opportunity. Shapiro has already completed the exclusively-law first year of the program and is working through the exclusively-business second year; years three and four are hybrids of both disciplines, meaning Shapiro will be switching between the two schools next year.
Graduate and undergraduate teams from the Opus College of Business each took home top honors at the Intercollegiate Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC) in San Diego, California this month.
Each team selected a business ethics topic and described both the problem and a proposed solution before a panel of judges made up of practicing ethics and compliance professionals.
The UST MBA team, including Joseph Grodahl, Jay Rajararatnam, Kasey Grams and Sean Higgins, won first place in its division for the 30-minute full presentation, “Violent Video Games: Ethical Implications of an Acquisition.” The team also took first prize in the 90-second competition and was division runner-up in the 10-minute competition. The undergraduate team won first place in its division for the 90-second competition on the topic “Using Child Labor to Source Cocoa.” Team members were Alex Bearson, Veronica Flamo and Gabe Monson.
“Our two teams continued to demonstrate the powerful capability of our students to identify and solve ethical challenges in the marketplace,” said Christopher P. Puto, Ph.D., Dean and Opus Distinguished Chair of the Opus College of Business.
Read more about the competition in the UST Business Newsroom »
How does one successfully navigate the process of moving from an individual contributor or team member to a first-time manager and leader? Which leadership characteristics and competencies promote positive and authentic leadership and which practices or attitudes can detract from an individual’s leadership potential? Moreover, how does one learn or develop leadership capabilities?
Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the first National Association of Asian MBAs (NAAMBA) event hosted on the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis campus in the Opus College of Business Schulze Auditorium. The event focused on topic that resonated with all attendees, is consistently on the minds of business professionals, and is interwoven throughout the UST MBA program (and many other MBA programs’) curriculum: leadership.
To spark the discussion, NAAMBA-Twin Cities invited Robert C. Barnett, adjunct faculty member in UST’s Organizational Learning and Development department and principal and senior fellow in management consulting at Robert Barnett Consulting, LLC and MDA Leadership Consulting, to share his extensive research and findings about leadership.
My daughter is not a fan of “snow days”. She was so happy that Minneapolis did not cancel classes today due to the weather. She eagerly pulled on her snow pants, jacket, hat, mittens and boots and off we went to school 15 minutes earlier than normal. Our regular commute takes about 25 minutes and I drive her to school every day. We arrived safely, with plenty of time to spare. She happily skipped through the snow into the building and couldn’t wait for “morning games” when she could go outside and play. But first, she pulled out her morning worksheet, grabbed a nicely sharpened pencil and got to work on her math worksheet. She knew the order of the day – worksheets, morning meeting, morning games, etc. She knew that today they also had Music and she loves that class. They are practicing for a performance coming up next week. She has been studying her songs for over a month and pretty much has the words, and the hand motions, memorized.