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Get Career Ready: Network

By Angela Guido

June 19, 2016

You will probably get your first “real job” through some form of campus recruitment or using your school’s resources to find an opportunity. Likewise, if you decide to go to business school, you’ll likely get your next job the same way. But what about the job after that? Some day you will want to do something new, but you won’t have the nurturing support system of a university and a group of job hunting peers. Where will you find a job then? The internet isn’t the answer. The answer is your network.

Your network is simply the web of connections among all the people you know, and it is the most valuable source of information and opportunity you will have in your life. So cultivate it. Here’s how:

  • Meet people
  • Ensure you have a way to contact them (LinkedIn, Facebook, email, etc.)
  • Keep in touch on a somewhat regular basis (once a year is enough for people very senior to you)
  • Connect them to each other when appropriate
  • Then seek their counsel when you are ready for a new opportunity

Throughout college and your early career, you will meet hundreds of people. If you cultivate those relationships, you will multiply your opportunities throughout your career.

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: Makings of a Career

Margot Anich, University of Rochester, Simon 2015 MBA, knew her degree would build on the skills she used as a pharmaceutical sales representative so that she could branch into health care management. She found that Simon’s smaller size and intimate setting allowed her to make meaningful connections with her classmates, faculty, and staff. As an intern with athenahealth, she worked on a revenue cycle management project and gave a company-wide presentation at its completion. “Being able to practice presenting multiple times in front of multiple different audiences—professors, faculty, and people in the community—really made me feel much more comfortable in that setting…I felt prepared to be able to present to a couple thousand people at the end of the internship,” she said. Margot was offered a full-time position, and is now leadership development rotation manager at athenahealth.

Content courtesy of University of Rochester (Simon Business School).

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Get Career Ready: Collaborate

By Angela Guido

June 12, 2016

Hopefully, per last week’s tip, you’ve started thinking about leadership. And this might have brought to mind an important fact about human nature: we all have free will. This means that, even if you’re “in charge,” you ultimately can’t make anyone do anything. Power isn’t the same thing as force.

So some might argue that real power lies in your ability to collaborate and that leadership is just one form of collaboration. No matter what definition you choose, collaboration is here to stay. It’s how things happen in the world. While it’s important to do individual work throughout your career to learn and contribute, you should also seek opportunities to experience true collaboration and teamwork.

Some ideas:

  • Take a class where part of the grade is a group project
  • Consider trying out a team sport for a term
  • Initiate an activity that is too big for you to do alone (think large scale event or design competition)
  • Try out a business case competition

Play with the ideas of leadership, collaboration, and teamwork and see which approaches you most enjoy. Then keep building your “soft skill set” – communication, influence, motivation, and cooperation.

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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: Major League Eater Goes Corporate

June 12, 2016

Canadian and recent Broad MBA graduate Meredith Boxberger just might be the most interesting person in the world. She played collegiate-level softball on scholarship. She started and ran her own franchise restaurant after completing her undergraduate degree.  And she can eat more than any Canadian, as she is currently the number-one-ranked competitive eater in Canada and 23rd-ranked competitive eater in Major League Eating.

Born in Michigan but raised in Barrie, Ontario, Boxberger has a passion for food and the food industry.  After graduating from Wayne State University with a bachelor’s in business, she opened, owned and operated a Little Caesars franchise in Newmarket, Ontario.

Boxberger left the business to pursue her MBA degree at Broad, but she says he is really proud of what she was able to do with her pizza chain, particularly in regards to giving back to the community.

“We were able set up a program with the local shelter where we donated over a hundred pizzas a week to the less fortunate,” Boxberger said.

Her decision to pursue an MBA was so that she could get a deeper understanding of the industry she had been working in.

“The marketing aspects of the business were what I excelled at and what I found particularly intriguing and I realized that I wanted to learn more about marketing and pursue a career focused in this area. I had obtained a good amount of practical knowledge and experience from my five years of owning and operating the business, but I wanted to give myself a more solid foundation in marketing before I went on to pursue a career in this field,” she said.

Boxberger said she chose the Broad MBA because of the high quality of the program and return on investment Broad’s degree offered.  “I was impressed with the down-to-earth students that took their time to show me around and answer my questions, the personal interactions that I saw between students and professors, and the collaborative spirit of the program,” Boxberger said.

She found that the collaborative team environment provided opportunities to teach and learn using each person’s unique experience and strengths.

“I built a network of friends that I’ll have for the rest of my life and close relationships with professors whom I can still lean on for advice. My time at Broad energized me to pursue my career but through the people I met and the relationships I formed, I came out with an appreciation for what’s important along that journey,” she said.

Currently Boxberger is an associate brand manager with Mars Chocolate North America, a position she acquired because of an internship she completed while in the Broad MBA program. Her work focuses on the variety bag business, finding opportunities for growth and supporting the seasonal team in their work.

Mars doesn’t have to worry too much about Boxberger eating all of the M&Ms, though. Her current focus is on hot dogs. Her record is 26 Nathan’s Famous hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. That being said, she has been spotted in pizza-eating contests and is known for her pancake prowess.


Content courtesy of Michigan State University (Broad College of Business).

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Wise Words: Hillary Clinton

“Every moment wasted looking back, keeps us from moving forward.” - Hillary Clinton

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Get Career Ready: Lead

By Angela Guido

June 5, 2016

Leadership is one of those words like “happiness,” or “art.” It has as many different meanings and interpretations as there are people on the planet, and ultimately, the only one that matters is yours. What values do you admire in a leader? What kind of leader are you? Are you someone who sets the vision and empowers others to implement? Are you a hands-on manager, developing a team? Are you more comfortable leading from behind, or do you want to be in charge? The only way you will ever find out is if you try.

Consider these opportunities to start building your leadership profile today:

  • Run for a leadership position in a club you care about
  • Volunteer to lead a team project, volunteer excursion, or other coordinated activity
  • Start something new – a club, a lunch and learn series, a speaker event, or a conference

Then watch what you do. See what parts of leadership you love. See where you could do a better job. And then do better the next time.

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: Taking a Risk - Changing Careers

I had been working in the New York fashion industry for four years when an opportunity arose to join my family business, a staffing and HR consulting firm based in Pittsburgh. The company was going through a transitional phase and needed a strong outside perspective to come in, consult, and streamline processes. Despite not having a background in this field, I decided to leave the fashion industry and take on the challenge. As the operations manager, I was able to contribute significantly, simplifying operational processes and company staffing, and improving profitability.

My new responsibilities made me keenly aware of the impact I could make with a higher level of education. It was at this point I decided to attain an MBA at the George Washington University School of Business. The risk I took in leaving a defined, safe career path gave me the confidence to make another major career switch. I decided to pursue my personal passion for bringing positive change to my community through real estate development and job creation.

With a solid business foundation from my undergraduate studies at NYU’s Stern School of Business, the GW School of Business MBA program will help enhance my knowledge and skills by:

1. Allowing me to take specialized classes in my new field of interest, real estate development;

2. Providing a refresher in core business concepts while allowing me to build upon my work experience;

and

3. Giving me the flexibility to study abroad and explore the world or accept internships in new cities and new companies.

My goal is to use the skills learned in the MBA program to identify, develop, market and bring change to the communities of which I am a part. At this stage of my career, a GWSB MBA will provide me with a valuable educational experience that will help greatly in reaching my personal and professional goals.

Content courtesy of George Washington University School of Business.

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Wise Words: Tina Fey

“You’re not in competition with other women. You’re in competition with everyone.” - Tina Fey

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