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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:
A couple of months ago I wrote about some of our amazing MBA alumni and students: Ian Skelly (MBA ‘13) who is now at Hitachi Consulting, Meghan Rupp who is at Nike (MBA ‘13) and Jacey Marushia-Laurain (MBA Class of 2014) who is interning this summer at Blount International. Today I want to tell you about a few more students and their path to success.
I shared with the class that the biggest thing I would be taking with me is presentation skills. I have developed a genuine fondness for public speaking throughout my two years and countless presentations in the Portland State MBA program. In fact, it’s now hard for me to believe I was once absolutely terrified to speak in front of a group!
I've gained so much more than that from getting my MBA, so I thought I would share my Top 3 with you in this "farewell" post:
The career resources here at Portland State have helped me find two internships while I've been in the MBA program. Through these internships, I gained insight into office dynamics and practiced the skills that I learned in my MBA courses.
Many of my classmates also had internships during the program at companies such as Nike, gDiapers, Mercy Corps, Daimler, the U.S. Department of Commerce and many more! My classmates tell me they've had equally positive experiences in their internships.
Here are just a few examples:
Spring is a busy time for MBA students, as first year students get ready to start summer internships and second year students land their dream jobs.
Students at Portland State University are achieving great success on both fronts. We’ve seen an uptick in the number of students with job offers before graduation, and there's still time before students don their caps and gowns to walk across the stage at the annual Hooding Ceremony.
So how are these students achieving this success? In recent conversations with MBA students, a few themes emerged.
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...
MBA alum, Anita Ramachandran (’07) knew she wanted her work to have a direct impact on the world around her – and she has found that in her role as Partnerships Development Officer at Mercy Corps.
Many students who go back to school to earn their MBA are intent on making a specific career change. And some students, like 2012 MBA alum, Jason Kallingal, enter the program unsure of which industries or job positions they want to pursue. In Jason's case, he started the program simply knowing that he wanted to try something different — and have a significant impact on his community.
Before coming to PSU to pursue his MBA, Jason owned and managed Paccini's, an on-campus restaurant. As successful as the venture was, though, he knew he would ultimately outgrow his restaurant. So he decided to join the part-time MBA program to explore his options.