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MBA Student Jon Rieman on Nike Internship and PSU Experience

By Max Bielenberg


Today’s student profile focuses on Jon Rieman. In addition to being a second-year full time MBA student, Jon is an avid athlete and fearsome Ultimate Frisbee player who interned with Nike last summer.

Q: Thanks for taking the time to chat with me, Jon. Can you tell me a bit about your educational and professional background?

A: I got my undergrad from University of Pittsburgh in Business Administration. After undergrad, I joined the Army. I was in the infantry for five years. I used the leadership experience I gained to transition to an operations management position with Conway Freight, a less-than-truckload carrier. I worked there for four years in multiple roles.

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Tags: Athletic & Outdoor Industry, career changers, career management, careers at Nike, internships, MBA Students, Nike

Guest Post: Rob Hodgson on the Benefits of Extra-Curricular Work During Graduate Studies

By Rob Hodgson


If you’re in a business graduate program at Portland State University, then you’re familiar with the concept of not having much free time. You know just how priceless that one, or even just half-day a week is when you get to relax and not think about classwork.  Why then, would I suggest that you go and ruin that by adding a completely voluntary project to your plate?

Last winter a classmate of mine organized a group to enter a graduate student contest through Net Impact, called the Banana Republic Grad Student Challenge. One of the prizes for the winning marketing strategy was a “Banana Republic wardrobe,” but the real prize was a trip to the Banana Republic office headquarters and access to top executives of the company.

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Tags: career management, jobs, MBA Students, Net Impact

Intel Interview Workshop Provides Valuable Insights

By Max Bielenberg



As fall term draws to a close, graduation no longer seems so far away.

For both graduate and undergraduate students alike, the job hunt is beginning in earnest. Students are fine-tuning their resumes, conducting informational interviews, and squeezing in one last internship. Fortunately, Career Services and other on-campus organizations offer resources to help students successfully make the transition to their next job.

This past Thursday, I attended one such event. Titled “Workshop With a Pro: Preparing For Your Interview,” it featured Diane Hwang, a Marketing Program Manager at Intel.

The event was standing room only as dozens of graduate and undergraduate students gathered to hear Hwang speak about resume, cover letter, and interview tips.

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Tags: career changers, career management, Career Services, Intel, MBA Students, Portland State MBA students

MBA Alumni Employment Statistics

By Jodi Nelson

Every year we track the career status of our graduates from the full time MBA program. We use this information for benchmarking, we submit it to publications and we answer questions from prospective MBA students about what they can expect in terms of employability.

We recently compiled the data for graduates between July 2013 and June 2014. Nearly half of all graduates (48%) had accepted a job by graduation. By three months post-graduation, that number rose to 68%. Usually by six months post-graduation, over 90% of graduates are employed.

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Tags: Alumni, career management, Career Services, careers, employment, MBA alumni

Employer Spotlight: Aequitas Capital

Did you volunteer to help with the annual School of Business (SBA) Golf Tournament on Sept. 17th? If not, be sure to participate next year. It’s a fun way to get outdoors to enjoy one the last few days of beautiful summer weather before hitting the books, and it is also a great way to meet some terrific Portland employers.

For example, this year our Silver Sponsor, Aequitas Capital, sent a foursome to play golf, a group which included three executives and a recruiter. They were there to support the PSU SBA, and also intentionally to meet our great students in a casual setting. Since their company is growing so quickly, they are constantly looking for talented candidates. In fact, Aequitas is growing so rapidly that they’ve hired well over 100 new employees already this year!

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Tags: career management, career networking, Career Services, employers, networking

Career Visioning Workshop & Upcoming Events

By Jodi Nelson

The career services team has been preparing for a busy fall season of events. Here are a few of the upcoming events:

Career Visioning Workshop - Tuesday, September 16

This workshop is designed for students seeking clarity on what career path to pursue. Participants will complete a CareerLeader assessment before attending the workshop. CareerLeader is a fully integrated approach to business career self assessment built on the premise that your interests, motivators and skills will drive your future career success and satisfaction.

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Tags: Alumni, career management, Career Services, Finance, international business, international students, MBA alumni

DeAnne Preston Joins Career Services Team

By Kelly Doherty

We're pleased to welcome DeAnne Preston as our new Corporate Outreach Specialist. DeAnne works in collaboration with Jodi Nelson, Assistant Director of Career and Student Services, to provide students with a full portfolio of career services.

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Tags: Business Connections, career management, Career Services, networking

Students Land Positions at Nike, Fiserv and KEEN Footwear

By Jodi Nelson

Nic MoreauNic MoreauStudents come to the Portland State MBA program to gain skills that will be relevant to employers. Recently I heard from two current students and one recent alumnus about how they have put their MBA skills to work.

Nic Moreau entered the MBA program in 2012 with experience as a college athlete and an interest in product management. He wanted to combine his interests — and because of the classes he took in the Athletic & Outdoor Industry Certificate Program, and the internships he did throughout the program, he was able to land a position at Nike.

In his role as a Category Information Analyst he is part of the product creation engine and gets to see products at all stages of the process.

Nic said, “I feel like the first year and a half of the program helped me get some really solid fundamentals, and the electives helped me specialize. For example, I took electives in Athletic and Outdoor. This helped me understand the industry but also, during my first few weeks at Nike I quickly understood the terms and specifics because I'd studied a lot of those for my last two terms.”

Nic also attributes his MBA education to helping him quickly establish his reputation at Nike: “I see things through the lens of my MBA courses now. Recently we had an offsite retreat with our team and during one of the group exercises I used one of the frameworks we were taught in Strategy with Dave [Garten]. My team was impressed and asked me to present our findings.”

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Tags: A&O, Alumni, career management, careers, Fiserv, jobs, KEEN, MBA alumni, MBA Students, Nike, student ambassadors

Our 10 Tips and Tricks for Your Resume and Cover Letter

By Jodi Nelson and I-Ting Chen

Portland State MBA students benefit from our numerous Career Management Resources. Our objective is more than simply helping students find a job after graduation — we also prepare them for long-term success.

The Career Management team offers comprehensive career services through a range of programs, events and resources designed to help students succeed professionally and academically.

One of our key approaches is to coach students as they become an active participant in their own career development and take advantage of resources provided in order to be successful and move forward in their careers.

Having a compelling resume and cover letter are key components for advancing your career — for today's post, we're featuring our top 10 tips for optimizing these important items:

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Tags: career management, Career Services, current students, MBA Students

My Experience in the School of Business Mentor Program

Mentor Todd Ruberg (left) with Portland State MIM student I-Ting Chen.Mentor Todd Ruberg (left) with Portland State MIM student I-Ting Chen.The School of Business and Administration (SBA) Mentor Program is designed to help students increase their workplace savvy, gain clarity on their career interests, develop their networking skills, and successfully make the transition from college to the workplace through a mentor relationship with a business professional.

As an international student in the MIM program, I really benefited from the SBA Mentor Program because my mentor helped me better understand my career goals and build connections with professionals in the US.   My mentor, Todd Ruberg, helped me edit my resume, gave me advice on choosing my specialization, taught me how to use LinkedIn, and helped me analyze my strengths and weaknesses.

Most importantly, he did his best to help me build connections with his employees, friends, and even business colleagues.

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Tags: career management, career networking, mentor program, mentoring, networking, PSU Business Mentor Program

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