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Did you know that the Athletic and Outdoor (A&O) cluster is a signature industry for the Portland region? It's composed of dominant large companies — such as Nike and adidas — and hundreds of emerging small to medium sized players.
In fact, the Portland Development Commission reports that the Portland area has the highest concentration of A&O firms in the nation. In Oregon overall, more than 800 A&O businesses contribute $1.5 billion to the state's economy.
In 1999, three families and fifty friends joined together to open the first New Seasons Market grocery store, with the mission of creating a store that carried a little bit of everything, believed in sustainable agriculture, and had friendly and fun employees.
Today, the company has thirteen stores in Oregon and Washington and has more than succeeded in their mission. Their mission to sustainability can be seen while walking through the aisles of each store, where customers can spot The Home Grown symbol on numerous products — from scented candles to produce and meat — informing them that it comes from local farms, ranches, and small businesses so that customers can choose to support the local and regional economy. Through the company’s “Just Label It” campaign, New Seasons seeks to create transparency, ensuring that all GMO products are labeled correctly and that all non-GMO products are highlighted on their shelves, allowing customers to make healthy decisions.
Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) was founded in 1942 by Leland James with one concept in mind: build a better vehicle—specifically a truck that was lighter, more durable, and could carry a larger payload.
In 1947, DTNA, which was then called the Freightliner Corporation, opened up a manufacturing facility in Portland. Throughout the 80s and 90s, Daimler grew its customer base and acquired several other manufacturers, and today, the manufacturer is a global operation with over 20,000 employees and an approximate forty percent market share for commercial vehicles.
Last week, Sarah wrote about attending the Portland State Alumni Association's panel discussion featuring entrepreneurs working in social innovation.
This Wednesday, the Alumni Association is offering another installment in the series: Career Transition: Determining Your Next Career Move.
This talk is designed for people who feel their current career situation isn't the right fit. If you find yourself in the same boat, rest assured you're not alone.
In fact, the average adult changes careers three times in their life. Many of our students actually come to the MBA program to facilitate a successful career transition.
The School of Business Administration (SBA) and its students have built many relationships with employers, both here in Portland and nationwide, over the years. Blount International, originally a saw chain company founded in 1947, is one of those companies.
In 2002, Blount moved their corporate headquarters from Alabama to Portland, where they continue to expand and acquire other companies. While Blount has undergone many changes over the years, they have now become a prominent global manufacturer of outdoor equipment that helps consumers everywhere with their lawns and gardens, farms and ranches, and more.
Winter term will be busy with career workshops, networking activities, recruiting events, and company visits.
Our career management resources team is planning some great events and activities in the coming weeks — look for event details (and RSVP!) on Career Forward and in the weekly Graduate Bulletin Newsletter.
I attended the Careers in Consulting Panel at Portland State University on November 13. At this session, the panelists discussed their backgrounds and how they got into consulting, how the career path affects their lifestyle, the challenges they face in working with clients, and how interested students can prepare for a career in consulting.
Many business students go on to become consultants after completing business school. The goal of the panel discussion was to provide business students with an inside look at what it means to be a consultant.
Fall term has been busy with a flurry of recruiting activities for MBA students. This is the traditional season for national employers to recruit at business schools across the country. Here at Portland State University, we have established relationships with a handful of employers that come back year after year to recruit our MBA students.
The first visit of the year occurred only a week into the fall term, which means students have no time to waste. Intel was on campus to recruit for Senior Financial Analysts. Students interested in these positions don’t necessarily need finance work experience, but they do need strong analytical, problem solving, and communication skills. Candidates selected for these positions will provide business analyses and recommendations to an Intel operating group on topics like pricing, capital investment, make vs. buy, product ROI, cost reduction, and expense controls.
Fall is here, and some of the larger corporations in the greater Portland area are visiting the Portland State campus to begin their search for interns and full time employees.
I recently attended the Intel Finance recruiting event. While I'm not particularly interested in joining Intel's finance department, I did want to sit in on the information session and get a feel for what working at Intel would be like.
As the start of the 2013-2014 academic year draws near, Portland State University is offering numerous career events for students. Earlier this month, the Career Management team organized workshops on "Intro to Interviewing" and "Writing Resumes and Cover Letters."
Here's a sampling of events taking place in the coming weeks: