As spring creeps slowly into Minnesota, the graduating class of 2013 is looking ahead to limitless opportunities and the list of leading organizations that turn to St. Thomas as a resource for top talent continues to grow. Minneapolis and St. Paul house 12 Fortune 500 companies and Minnesota is home to almost 20. As these leading organizations seek out top talent, the University of St. Thomas continues to be a great source for recruiting.
Local employers such as Cummins, Ecolab, U.S. Bank, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Target all have completed on campus recruiting sessions or interviews this year. These sessions provided summer internships and full time positions, including roles in change management, marketing, product development and finance.
This fall marks the start of my fifth year as a part of the St. Thomas community. I can honestly say that of all of the projects and programs I’ve been a part of during my tenure, the Promises Kept Tour has been one of the most fun and engaging. This was made so primarily by our outstanding alumni – the hundreds who attended the events and especially those who hosted our team at the various locations we visited.
The Promises Kept Tour was a celebration of the Opus College of Business’ recent AACSB accreditation, which has put the UST graduate business programs on the global map by joining the 5% of business schools worldwide with this distinction. The tour was also a time for sharing the other developments at the university, including new buildings, a dramatic increase in the number of tenure track faculty and a sharpened focus on earning international recognition for our programs.
Mary Garcia, UST MBA Class of 2011
From our career services staff to our professors, everyone has the same piece of advice for us when looking for our internships: “Work on your networking.” For some of us this is the start of our worst nightmare. We do not know how to approach somebody we haven’t met before, we do not know what to say and we do not want people to think we are stalkers. But today I tell you if you manage to conquer those fears, networking works.
In February, I assisted as a volunteer to the UST MBA Forum with Princeton Review on campus. During the session a panel of current students talked about their experiences at UST. One of them was an evening student that works at Cummins. As soon as I heard that my heart just jumped and I thought: I want to work at Cummins!
Networking at Learners to Leaders 2010
Our February 10 Learners to Leaders event was the first phase of an innovative “bridge initiative.” Not only is it a bridge from college to graduate school, it also serves as a bridge between UST’s Opus College of Business and the African American community.
The event brought together more than 40 participants from area colleges including: