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Career Fair Prep 101

By Dan Jackson, MBA ’12

Fall is upon us, and MBA students across the country are already putting in long, hard hours of studying to obtain the best grades so that they will be able to get their ideal job upon graduation.  But with all of the studying and other activities that surround MBA life, it can be difficult to focus on what activities an MBA student needs to do to land that dream position.  As a student, what do you do to ensure employers that you are truly the best candidate?  MBA students should be putting an equal amount of time into their career search as they are into their academic studies.

There are many opportunities to get in front of recruiters from some of the top companies around the country.  The National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) host  annual conferences with major career fairs — open to all MBA students — at their that allow you to get in front of a variety of companies.

In preparation for the upcoming National Black MBA Association Conference, we are hosting a Twitter chat today at noon with Minnesota Boulevard, a collection of top MN employers seeking diverse talent for their businesses. You can join in by following #MNBlvdChat.

Black MBA magazine has highlighted 10 ways to make a trip to the Career Expo a success (PDF).  The article is filled with excellent points for attendees of the conference, but also contains relevant information for any student planning to attend a career fair.  I have expanded on two points from the article that I feel should not be missed and can be completed by a student at any time during the academic year. Continue Reading

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UST MBA visits Chicago

Chicago SignFarms.  Tundra.  Vikings.  Yes, these may be some of the first words you think of when you hear the word “Minnesota.”  However, it may surprise you to know that Minneapolis-St. Paul is the 16th largest metro area in the U.S., with a population of more than 3 million.  It’s home to renowned arts institutions such as the Guthrie Theater and Walker Art Center as well as the headquarters of 19 companies in the Fortune 500.

Representatives from the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas will travel to Chicago during the next few weeks, and we invite you to join us for the events that are planned.

  • On Tuesday, September 21, I will attend the World MBA Tour at the Congress Plaza Hotel on South Michigan Avenue. I would encourage you to stop by the UST MBA table to learn more about our programs.  If you have any questions prior to the fair, please feel from to contact me in advance.
  • From Thursday, October 21 through Saturday, October 23, several UST staff members including myself and Linda Sloan, Director of Graduate Business Career Services, will attend the National Society of Hispanic MBAs’ (NSHMBA) 2010 National Conference at McCormick Place.  The event is open to the public; visit the NSHMBA website to learn more about the 2010 Conference and Career Expo.

We look forward to welcoming more Chicagoans to campus at this time next year!

Career Services, EveningMBA, FTMBA, Local business, Newsroom

Twin Cities Professional Associations

Cross posted from The Evening News

Joining a professional association is a great way to learn more about your industry and network or build relationships with other professionals. Keep reading for information about these associations, membership and upcoming events:

  • National Association of Women MBAs
  • National Society of Hispanic MBAs – Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • National Black MBA – Twin Cities Chapter
  • National Association of Black Accountants Twin Cities Student Chapter
  • Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting

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FTMBA, Newsroom

NSHMBA Year-End Celebration at General Mills

NSHMBA SpeakerLast night, I attended the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBAs) year-end celebration hosted by General Mills.  I serve on the Board of Directors for NSHMBA, and this annual event enabled the members of the board to reconnect with our local sponsors.  The celebration was our way of saying “thank you” to our supporters that have helped us with financial and in-kind donations over the past year.

The event was attended by over 250 people, representing companies including 3M, Delta, General Mills, Medtronic, Target, UnitedHealth Care Group, and many others.   In addition to having a fabulous dinner with great company, the Twin Cities Chapter President, Gabe Castaneda, shared with all attendees our vision for the future as a chapter, our goals for the next year, and future sponsorship opportunities for interested companies.

The event gave attendees an opportunity to network, make additional professional connections, reconnect with their NSHMBA friends, and salsa the night away.  ¡Muchas gracias!