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Get Career Ready: Be a Long Term Visionary

May 1, 2016

What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question I am still asking after more than 3 decades of consideration. And that’s as it should be. We are always becoming. It takes a lifetime to realize your full human potential; the journey never ends. So look ahead into the future: imagine, visualize, and design. Think long term and dream big. Here are three questions to revisit periodically:

  1. What are my long term goals? Where do I want to be in 5, 10, 20 years? (Check out Forte’s Virtual Campus for inspiration.)
  2. What legacy would I like to leave behind during my life?
  3. When I retire, what would I regret not having achieved?

Steven Covey called this beginning with the end in mind, in his famous book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. At each step of your career, you will learn more about jobs, industries, and causes that inspire you. Evaluating and incorporating each new inspiration into your long term vision will help you refine your understanding of your own values and make better choices in the short term. More on that next week.

Our career tips are brought to you by Angela Guido. For more timeless wisdom and bright ideas for your career, check out her website, Career Protocol.

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Driving Forces: Impacting Healthcare Through Innovation

May 1, 2016

Jennifer Thomas is currently earning her MBA from the Texas Full-Time MBA Program at UT-Austin’s McCombs School of Business. She is on track to graduate in May with a concentration in healthcare as part of the Class of 2016. One of the many reasons Jennifer chose McCombs was the burgeoning health industry in Austin. From the construction of the forward-thinking UT Dell Medical School, to the emerging digital health start-up scene, she knew there was opportunity as a McCombs student to get involved and learn from this growth.

While other MBA programs marketed more traditional healthcare concentrations, Jennifer was drawn to McCombs due to its constant pursuit of innovation and the chance to chart new territory in an industry in need of creative, tech-savvy ideas.

Once on campus, Jennifer got involved in the MBA Healthcare Association, eventually serving as president of the student-run organization. While this group did an excellent job of providing networking and high-level educational events, Jennifer saw a need for more in-depth healthcare programming where students could dissect and debate the many complexities of the U.S. healthcare system. She, along with a fellow healthcare classmate, launched the Health Innovation Fellows (HIF) in the spring of 2015 to promote McCombs as a place that produces business leaders with the capability to impact the healthcare industry through innovation and leadership. HIF provides an avenue for students to engage with groundbreaking healthcare leaders, as well as gain hands-on experience bringing innovative ideas to the market.

Interested students apply and interview for HIF in the fall, and in the spring, Fellows attend monthly roundtables with executive guest speakers. The events are part lecture, part group discussion and debate. Fellows also join healthcare companies for a part-time internship where they can apply the innovative techniques learned in their first year and during their summer internships.

Jennifer knew that because the health industry is in a state of rapid change, both in terms of policy and technology, hands-on exposure to current challenges is vital to building the knowledge MBAs need to succeed.

As a second year student and almost Texas Ex, Jennifer is excited to watch the program she helped create evolve under the first class of Healthcare Fellows. The McCombs program leadership and the UT Healthcare Initiative team helped support her and her team along the way, providing valuable introductions and resources. Looking back on her experience, she appreciates the entrepreneurial skills she learned while building a new student organization.

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Wise Words: Christina Rossetti

“Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes; work never begun.” - Christina Rossetti

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Get Career Ready: Be of Service

By Angela Guido

April 24, 2016

Resumes are all about impact and positive contributions to meaningful outcomes. Want to have more impact and contribute more towards meaningful outcomes? It’s easy. Just ask yourself this one question: How can I be of service in my classes, clubs, internships, and part-time jobs?

Service happens at the intersection of what is needed and what you have to offer. Does the office filing system need a revamp? Does your club need a process for marketing to new members? Does your dance team need someone to coordinate travel for the next four shows? Does your professor need more people to raise their hands and add thoughtful comments in class? Does your study group need someone to catalog and share notes? Do it.

Be of service to the people around you and the organizations you’ve joined. The more you do this, the more you’ll positively contribute to meaningful outcomes, and the more you’ll effortlessly build your resume.

Our career tips are brought to you by Angela Guido. For more timeless wisdom and bright ideas for your career, check out her website, Career Protocol.

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Driving Forces: Balancing Leadership and Quantitative Skills

When Monique Benoit, 2015 Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business MBA, realized she could make a career out of her love for developing others, she determined pursuing an MBA was a great next step. “It would allow me to leverage my engineering background by applying some quantitative skills to a business problem, and then five years down the road I’d be able to lead a team to do exactly what I’m passionate about,” she said. She brought the great balance of leadership and quantitative skills she achieved during her MBA experience to her Merchandise Buyer internship at Target Corporation, returning there upon graduation.

Content courtesy of Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper School of Business).

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Get Career Ready: Launch Your Resume

By Angela Guido

April 17, 2016

Most people get resumes all wrong. They’re not meant to tell the whole story of everything you’ve ever done (fear not, underclassmen!). They’re not meant to list out all the skills or qualities you think you possess. A resume is meant to be an accomplishment brag sheet, a concisely phrased and well-formatted factual record of the tangible outcomes you have produced in the world. It’s about measurable impact, not colorful adjectives or overreaching verbs.

So whether you’ve had one job or five, joined one club or 10, you can create a compelling resume if you focus on what you’ve achieved. Scrutinize your experiences and see if you can discern your specific impact. For example, as part of a team planning a benefit for a club, exactly what role did you play? How did that specifically contribute to a successful outcome? What were the results? And how (if at all) did it surpass expectations?

Put all that together and you get something like this: “Led team of five in coordinating silent auction donations for Habitat for Humanity annual benefit, leading to record contributions and ~$4,000 raised, 20% more than prior year.”

Our career tips are brought to you by Angela Guido. For more timeless wisdom and bright ideas for your career, check out her website, Career Protocol.

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Driving Forces: Turning Tragedy into Inspiration

April 17, 2016

When does a race end and a personal journey begin?

For Forté Fellow alumna Katherine Beaulieu, hers started just minutes after crossing the iconic blue, yellow, and white finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Less than an hour later, lives would be lost, families ripped apart, and plans for the future—once so sure and promising—altered forever.

Beaulieu, who finished the race 45 minutes before twin explosions rocked Boylston St., decided to use the tragedy of the marathon bombing as her motivation to do more—for others.

“After that experience, in order to honor and remember the victims, I decided to dedicate myself to making a positive impact in my community—as a runner, marketer, and business leader,” she said. “I became a marathon coach to help others achieve their goal of successfully crossing the finish line. I joined the board of Girls on the Run of Franklin County (Ohio) to inspire the next generation of female runners.”

“And I decided to return to business school to refine my skills and refocus my career on making a difference,” she added.

Beaulieu returned to The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, where she earned her undergraduate degree in marketing, to begin work on her MBA. In 2014, she was selected to be a part of Fisher’s inaugural class of Forté Fellows.

“Fisher’s partnership with the Forté Foundation is just one example of the many meaningful ways students—particularly, female business students—can get involved throughout their educational career at Fisher,” Beaulieu said. “It meant a lot to me that my college and an organization like Forté were working together to increase the number of women with fulfilling careers in business.”

A 2015 MBA graduate, Beaulieu is now a part of BASF’s Leadership Development Program. Every day, she utilizes the key skills that are integral parts of the MBA and Forté experience—teamwork and collaboration.

While at Fisher, she participated in the college’s Global Applied Projects (GAP) program. She spent seven weeks working with a team of MBA students on a consulting challenge provided by Philips Healthcare. The experience culminated with the team spending the final three weeks of the program in Shanghai, where they presented recommendations directly to Philips executives.

“The product we turned out was superior to what they were expecting,” Beaulieu said. “The opportunity to not only present to leading executives, but also travel to and experience a culture halfway around the world was incredible and continues to shape my career.”

“Fisher and its connection with Forté provided me with the platform to find my voice, support my causes, and start the next stage of my career with a company that is dedicated to solving the world’s toughest problems,” she added.

Content courtesy of Ohio State University (Fisher College of Business).

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Wise Words: Lynda Barry

“Expect the unexpected, and whenever possible, be the unexpected.” - Lynda Barry

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