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Career Management Resources

Many current and former students that I meet with mention the Career Management Resources as one of the most valuable aspects of the Portland State MBA program. The Career Management team offers a variety of executive roundtables, career panels and seminars to ultimately help students find a fulfilling career.

With graduation on the horizon, I have been a regular user of many career services offered through Graduate Business Programs. Here are some of the resources I have taken advantage of recently...

PSU CareerForward: I have been checking this graduate business student and alumni job board almost every day. The jobs posted here are sent to the Graduate Business Programs office by employers specifically looking for graduate business students. And I found two internships on this site as well!

Career Advising: I recently met with Career Development Advisor, Jodi Nelson to discuss my progress in the job search. Jodi has been instrumental in helping me tailor my resume and cover letter to various job descriptions. She also advised me on the pros and cons of certain positions and companies, salary negotiations and interview strategies.

Salary Negotiation Seminar: This was one of my favorite career management events of all time! Cohosted by the Women in Business group, this seminar featured MIM professor Dr. Melanie Billings-Yun. Melanie is an international negotiation consultant with two decades of experience helping businesses, NGOs and public agencies improve internal and external relationships. She is also the author of "Beyond Dealmaking," a book that advises on how to develop profitable, long-term relationships. She covered topics such as balancing your goals and the employers goals, researching the company, additional types of compensation and when to walk away from a deal.

Company Information Sessions: These on-campus sessions are a great way for employers to increase awareness among graduate business students and give students the opportunity to learn about job responsibilities, hiring timelines, and qualifications. Earlier this week hiring managers from Cambia Health Solutions (formerly Regence) came to campus to recruit for positions in finance, accounting and supply/logistics.

Career Panels: Career Panels are a great way to meet with professionals in many different roles and industries, many of whom are PSU alumni. Some of my favorites have been marketing, international business and supply and logistics. Next week there will be two great panels: Careers in Interational Business and the Career Changer Panel. Students will be able to engage with professionals working in their field of interest, ask about what they do, and find out more about the panelists' career paths and recommendations. Stay tuned for my recap of these events!


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By Mallory Miller: Mallory has experience in marketing, management and sales. She plans to apply her experience, interests, and skills to a career in product marketing and business development. She will graduate from the Portland State full time MBA program in June 2013. You can connect with Mallory on LinkedIn.


Tags: accounting, Alumni, career changer, career management, career panels, executive roundtable, Finance, international business, networking, PSU alumni, supply chain, Women in Business

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