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By Jodi Nelson
Students 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.”
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:
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.
ESCO is an independent developer and manufacturer of highly engineered wear parts and replacement products used in mining, infrastructure development, oil and gas, and industrial applications. The company was founded in 1913 and is headquartered in Portland. While ESCO has 4,900 employees and 25 manufacturing sites throughout the world, with operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Middle East, the company’s growth strategy is guided by an aim to do more with less, leaving a minimal impact on the environment.
In order to alleviate this impact and give back to the community, ESCO contributes match dollars for every hour volunteered by employees, retirees, and spouses. In 2012, ESCO employees from China participated in “Green Xuzhou,” China’s version of Arbor Day, and planted nearly 1,000 trees. In Australia, ESCO employees regularly donate blood in a continuing effort to donate every three months.
Interviewing is where all of the hard job search efforts come together. After all, you can't get an offer without an interview.
Lori Rush, President of Rush Mentoring Services, is the featured speaker for an upcoming workshop being organized by the PSU Alumni Association and taking place this Thursday, June 5.
At the session, Lori will take a strategic look at interviewing — offering advice and specific examples of what you can do before, during, and after an interview to best position yourself as a top contender for the role.
Workshop participants will learn what questions to anticipate, how to develop the right questions to ask, and how to best answer behavioral questions by developing and delivering the most powerful response.
We've been covering a series of helpful events hosted by the Portland State Alumni Association — the next installment in the series is "How to Craft & Execute an Effective Job Strategy" and features recruiting expert "Job Jenny." It takes place next Wednesday, May 14.
Job Jenny, a.k.a. Jenny Foss, is founder of Ladder Recruiting Group, and has more than 15 years of progressive marketing and sales experience with manufacturing, engineering and consumer goods related firms.
According to event organizers, the workshop is for people who are scared, mad or incredibly frustrated over their job search — or confused about where or how to begin.
Cambia was once known as The Regence Group. Their new name refers to the growth rings that appear within a tree’s trunk—befitting the organizations desire for each subsidiary company within the Cambia umbrella to continue to grow and develop alongside the healthcare environment and their consumers. Despite the new name, Cambia has over a century’s worth of experience developing and providing health care solutions. The nonprofit is dedicated to transforming the way people experience health care.
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.