Learning from – and for – the Real World

by Amina Kasumov (MBA ’16)

I enrolled in Golden Gate University in April of 2014 with the hopes of obtaining my Master of Business Administration degree. I’m proud to say that as of April 2016 I am a Golden Gate University MBA graduate. In my time at GGU, I was able to explore many different facets of business through the diverse curriculum of the program, which gave me a well-rounded perspective on how to succeed in the real-world of business.

Though I obtained a great deal of value from all of the classes I was a part of and from the instructors that I was fortunate enough to be taught by, one class greatly resonated with me. In the fall term of 2015, I was part of a Management Leadership course taught by Professor Jeffrey Yergler. One of the learning outcomes of this course was to be able to “evaluate, support, and cultivate effective leadership approaches in organizational setting.” I recall one assignment where we were tasked with evaluating the significance of leading by example, and examining the approaches taken by certain companies in the process. For this assignment, I wrote about the importance of developing practices and maintaining a company culture that is consistent with the organization’s core values. I also reflected on the importance of leading by example, ensuring that values and actions were consistent from leadership to the lower ranks.

I was able to explore many different facets of business through the diverse curriculum of the program, which gave me a well-rounded perspective on how to succeed in the real-world of business.

The appointment of Uber’s new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, serves as a recent example of these issues. In the article that I saw in Recode,  he admitted that after over 12 years of being a CEO for Expedia, transitioning to this new appointment was a tough decision. He was also quoted saying: “I have to tell you I am scared.” What does this transparent response say about him as a leader? A frequently quoted management consultant, Peter Shaehan, explains that, “if you want a culture of creativity and innovation, where sensible risks are embraced on both a market and individual level, start by developing the ability of managers to cultivate an openness to vulnerability in their teams.” The tone that Khosrowshahi is setting in this early stage is already vastly different from what the company experienced with the previous CEO. It may be too early to tell what this new appointment will do for the company, but it seems that he is starting off on the right foot.

In the Management Leadership class, we also focused on similar hot topics in the news such as an article in the NY Times at the time about Amazon being a “bruising workplace,”  and participated in robust discussions about them. With students from different countries, different industries, and different levels of professional experience, we heard various perspectives on issues like these. One of my favorite things about this class experience was the insightful conversations that took place among the classmates. GGU’s diverse student body presents an opportunity for students to not only learn from the professors, but also gain valuable knowledge from the perspectives of their peers.

When I read about CEOs of world-renowned corporations stepping down or being scrutinized, or of decisions made by those in political leadership roles, I consider the classroom discussions that these events would inspire. I wouldn’t have been as able to assess these events the way I do today without the knowledge I gained in this course.

Another thing I appreciated about the classroom experience at GGU is how the courses are developed to provide valuable knowledge that can be applied to the real-world by evaluating real-world examples such as Uber and Amazon. In this class, many of our conversations were around the actions of CEO’s and other C-level executives of well-known companies—such as Toyota, Johnson & Johnson, GE and many others—and applying the theories we were learning directly to these examples.

Having completed my degree, I often think back on some of the conversations that took place in the classroom. When I read about CEOs of world-renowned corporations stepping down or being scrutinized, or of decisions made by those in political leadership roles, I consider the classroom discussions that these events would inspire. I wouldn’t have been as able to assess these events the way I do today without the knowledge I gained in this course.”

Dr. Jeffrey Yergler on the Management Leadership Course
“This course offers a unique approach to understanding who the leader is, the practice of leadership, and the impact of leadership on people and performance. By examining a number of leadership approaches, students are able gain specialized knowledge not only about which leadership approach would work best in a particular organizational setting but also the degree to which a particular leadership approach would be an excellent match for the student’s own exercise of leadership in their respective organizations.”

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What the House GOP Isn’t Telling You About Their Obamacare Repeal Bill: “If you like your workplace health care plan, you probably can’t keep it!”

Absent from the half-time celebration at the White House of the one-vote passage of the American Health Care Act (“ACHA”) by the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, there was many statements about both premiums and deductibles going down and pre-existing condition coverage continuing as a result of this legislation. But no one in the Rose Garden or the Rotunda of the Capitol building was heard to utter the famous magic words associated with the ObamaCare passage from Day One: ‘If you like the health plan you have now, you can keep it!”

Certainly, it has been clear enough for a while that, under ACHA, if you are on Medicaid, you are looking at an $880 billion in overall funding reduction, so million of those depending on Medicaid coverage will lose at least part of that.

The same result applies for those who purchase policies on the ObamaCare Exchanges with direct subsidies from the Federal treasury because those subsidies will be replaced by substantially lesser advanced tax credits that will, therefore, force choices for less generous coverage.

In addition, if your state chooses to waive the Federal requirement that your individual (ie non-workplace) market plan include ten “essential” coverage elements—like maternity and infant care, mental health, prescription drugs, hospitalization)—you will lose whatever benefits are waived no matter what your pay. And there will be even greater coverage degradation of existing policies if protections for those with a pre-existing medical condition (Here’s a list of them.) are waived by your state and you somehow lose coverage for over 63 days, and in any event whatever coverage of your condition is not waived will cost a lot more.

But nobody on the GOP side has acknowledged that the famous “you can keep it” phrase regarding your family’s current health insurance policy quite possibly will no longer apply to the 160 million persons (nearly 50% of the marketplace) currently receiving their health care coverage through plans provided by their employers. How did this happen without virtually any public notice of this element of the GOP plan until the very morning it passed?

It should have been clear enough that at least those who work in many small businesses across America and get their health insurance though their employer would be at risk to losing coverage. The late-April revisions to the AHCA offering states the options to waive essential benefits and pre-existing condition protection against price discrimination would apply not only to the ObamaCare Exchange and individual marketplace but also to the small group market relevant to firms with 50-100 employees or less, depending on the relevant state regulations.

But even employees of our largest public and private companies could have their current coverage limited or eliminated, as the Wall Street Journal pointed out on the morning the House voted.  Under the ObamaCare rules now, a big company can choose the benefit package of any state to apply to its employees in all states—a rule that hardly matters while all policies are required to provide the ten essential benefits.

If just one state (as Wisconsin’s governor has already suggested he would consider) chooses to pursue the coverage waivers under the new AHCA, a big company could simply impose this ‘lowest common insurance denominator” of coverage to all its US employees, unless the current rules are changed (but the ACHA leaves them place). As a further result, the Obamacare ban on lifetime caps on insurance benefits would also be undercut for any insurance coverage remaining after the waivers take effect.  If you still think the GOP plan won’t affect you because you have a job with insurance, think again.

Neither the GOP generally, Speaker Ryan and his leadership team, nor President Trump ever campaigned on the platform to “repeal and replace your workplace healthcare policies.”  It surely seems that somebody’s got some explaining to do: the town hall meetings during the current Congressional recess might be a good place to start.

About Terry Connelly

terry-connellyTerry Connelly is an economic expert and dean emeritus of the Ageno School of Business at Golden Gate University, California’s fifth largest private university and a nonprofit institution based in San Francisco with award-winning online cyber campus. With more than 30 years experience in investment banking, law and corporate strategy on Wall Street and abroad, Terry analyses the impact of government politics and policies on local, national and international economies, examining the interaction of global financial markets, the U.S. banking industry (and all of its regulatory agencies), the Federal Reserve, domestic employment levels and consumer reactions to the changing economic tides.

Terry holds a law degree from NYU School of Law and his professional history includes positions with Ernst & Young Australia, the Queensland University of Technology Graduate School of Business, New York law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore (corporate, securities and litigation practice in New York and London), global chief of staff at Salomon Brothers investment banking firm and Cowen & Company’s investments, where he served as CEO. In conjunction with Golden Gate University President Dan Angel, Terry co-authored Riptide: The New Normal In Higher Education (2011). Riptide deconstructs the changing landscape of higher education in the face of the for-profit debacle, graduation gridlock and staggering student debt, and asserts a new, sustainable model for progress. Terry is a board member of the the Public Religion Research Institute, a Washington, DC think tank and polling organization, and the Cardiac Therapy Foundation in Palo Alto, California. Terry lives in Palo Alto with his wife.

#FirstSevenJobs: GGU Joins the Conversation

Over the course a lifetime, most individuals may have 7 careers and over 10 jobs by age 40.

It is not uncommon to find yourself unsatisfied in your career. Maybe you have been in a field 1, 2 or even 5 years and feel like a life-long commitment is not ideal. Well, you are not alone.

In recent weeks, the trending #FirstSevenJobs has inspired business professionals and even celebrities to join in this conversation sharing their own first seven jobs. Assistant Director and Career Consultant for the Office of Career Planning Julie Salzman can attest that your first few jobs are not an indicator of where you may find success. In 2011, the assistant director began her career at GGU as a Disability Services Coordinator leveraging her MS in Counseling to later obtain her current position.

Julie Salzman’s #firstsevenjobs: 

  1. Babysitter & house sitter: private clients (age 11 onward)
  2. Cashier: McDonalds (one week) & Heavenly Hamburgers (high school)
  3. Busser: Kenwood Restaurant & Highland House (high school)
  4. Wine Bartender/ Cashier/Accounting Assistant: Chateau Souverain (college summers)
  5. Student Athletic Trainer: Butte College & Chico State University (college internships)
  6. House cleaner: private client (college)
  7. Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapy Assistant: Mangrove Physical Therapy Clinic (college) & Sports Medicine Institute (after college)

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You may be wondering how one can land a job in another field without previous experience and many concur the solution is furthering your education. According to a U.S. News and World report, respectively 26% and 19% of undergraduate and graduate students pursuing an online degree intended to change careers after graduation.  If you are a marketing professional considering a move to HR, an MS in HR Management may be something of interest. Or you may want to transition from an administrative role into a career as an accountant. The possibilities are endless!

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If you are a student, alumni, faculty or staff member, please join the conversation by commenting your #FirstSevenJobs below or tweeting using the trending hashtag and the #GGU. We would love to hear from you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2016: 5 Tips for Success this Term

Golden Gate University would like to extend a warm welcome to new and returning students this term!

For over 110 years, our institution has helped over 70,000 seeking to change or advance their career to success. As a result, Washington Monthly ranked GGU as the #1 institution for adult learners nationally.  As the first week comes to a close, we encourage you to take a look at the following tips compiled by faculty and students to learn how YOU can make this trimester a winner in your academic career.

Tips for Success

  1. Become familiar with campus offerings. GGU’s campus, located in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District, is equipped with the necessary resources to meet student needs. Be sure to jot down business hours for reference throughout the year.
  2. Bookstore – Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 am – 7  
    • Drop in for all of your textbook needs, GGU gear or even a phone charger.
  3. Cafe – Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 am – 9 pm, Saturday, 7:30 am – 2 pm
    • Stocked with snacks, our cafe provides a pick me up with Peets coffee products and seating perfect for relaxing.
  4. Library – Open 7 days a week
    • If you are looking to meet with a group, study or locate required course materials, our skilled librarians are available to help.

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2. Review eLearning for class materials. Most classes offered online and in person are featured on the eLearning website. To ensure you are optimizing your time, spend a few minutes viewing the online student orientation. Check your email for username and login details.If you are unsure if your class utilizes this site, reach out to your instructor ASAP.

3. Check important dates. We understand being a student is not your only title. Many students serve as professionals and parents. Before the second week begins, carefully review the academic calendar for drop deadlines, the last day to withdraw and other important dates. Failure to do so may result in a lower GPA or unexpected fees.

4. Download the GGU mobile application. Stay informed with our mobile application that includes information on our housing options, student discounts and on campus involvement. Click here to download free.

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5. Make your presence known on campus. Many students make taking classes seem like a chore when in reality it is an opportunity to increase your network! Don’t let the classroom be your only learning platform. Join organizations on campus or attend student events to meet like-minded individuals seeking similar careers. Periodically check our event calendar for details.

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Share your story. If you are a student interested in being featured on our blog, email danderson@ggu.edu for an opportunity to share your GGU experience!

The 2016 Braden Business Leadership Speaker Series

The Braden School of Taxation and School of Accounting’s 2016 Braden Business Leadership Speaker Series brings renowned thought leaders to GGU’s campus for 8, free one-hour sessions. The series provides the GGU community and the San Francisco Bay Area with an opportunity to gain information on becoming an effective leader.

On August 30th, Carol Isozaki, Strategic Brand Intelligence owner, executive coach and leadership expert, will kick-off the series with a talk on building one’s brand as a leader. Isozaki has over 20 years of experience in client service, human capital and leadership development expertise with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Additionally, she has served clients such as The Walt Disney Company, Bank of America and Oracle.

Her signature call-to-action messaging, Plan to be Amazing!TM , creates a seismic shift in the way leaders think about themselves and their ability to lead through enhanced intentionality, leadership clarity and personal accountability.

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Carol Isozaki

Upcoming sessions in the series will include topics such as growing a successful business, storytelling in the workplace and excelling in today’s innovative professional climate.

About the Schools

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District, GGU’s School of Accounting ranks in the top ten nationally by hiring authorities, as surveyed by  TaxTalent® 2016 and the Braden School of Taxation’s programs are ranked #1 nationally by tax hiring authorities, as surveyed by TaxTalent® Top in Tax Educational Survey 2016.

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Upcoming Sessions

12 pm – 1 pm | 536 Mission St., Room 2201, San Francisco, CA 94105 

August 30 |  Plan to be Amazing!™ Building Your Brand as a Leader

Carol Isozaki, Owner of Strategic Brand Intelligence

Carol is owner, Strategic Brand Intelligence and an executive coach, leadership expert, and speaker with over 20 years of client service, human capital, and leadership development expertise.


September 13 | How to Grow a Successful Business to a Mega Successful Busines

Nanette Lee Miller, Partner at Assurance Services, Marcum LLP

Miller has more than 30 years of experience in public accounting, providing assurance, accounting and business consulting services to publicly and privately held businesses, as well as not-for-profit organizations. She is a trusted business adviser for start-up and emerging companies, as well as troubled entities that require restructuring.

Eleanor Chang, Founder and Director of UP Education Services LTD

Chang is the founder and director of UP Education Services Ltd., an educational summer academy for high school students from Asia, who aspire to attend universities in the U.S. UP’s mission is to provide international students with a true American classroom experience before they apply for admissions to schools in the U.S. She is a frequent speaker in Asia on how to educate youths to become global citizens of the 21 st Century. In 2014, Eleanor had organized and chaired a symposium in Hong Kong on “Women and Entrepreneurship” where one of the main topics highlighted was education and whether entrepreneurship can be taught in schools.

Rebecca Barfknecht, Member for the Board of Directors at International Women’s Forum

Barfknecht has made her career in Information Technology for over 30 years in the areas of infrastructure engineering and hosting and application development for financial services companies including Russell Investments, Intuit, Charles Schwab as well as Public Utility Pacific Bell. She is known for building strong teams, implementing effective processes, establishing financial discipline, strategic design and implementation of transformative workplace technology and delivering excellent service availability. She is an enthusiastic leader and team player who thrives on bringing out the best in people.


September 27 | Brain Savvy Leadership

Jenifer Lippincott, Principal at Lippincott Associates

Lippincott offers more than 25 years of experience aligning performance needs to achieve organizational goals. Her areas of expertise include leadership, communication and change and she infuses all of her strategy, analyses, design and delivery with a keen understanding of the latest neuroscience.

She is a nationally recognized author who has appeared on The Today Show and NPR. She holds a BA from Tufts University and an master’s degree in Human Development from Harvard University.


October 11 | Leadership, The Accounting Profession & Consumer Protection

Katrina Salazar, CPA, President of the California Board of Accountancy

Salazar was appointed to the California Board of Accountancy in December 2012 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and served as Vice President and Secretary / Treasurer prior to her election as President in November 2015. She currently serves as the Controller for the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. Previously, she held positions such as the Executive Director of the Rotary Club of Sacramento, Chief Financial Officer at the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and the American Red Cross Sacramento Sierra Chapter.

Salazar has also held several positions in public accounting, including senior audit manager for Reznick Group and has been an adjunct accounting professor for the Los Rios Community College District. She is a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

For a complete listing of upcoming sessions, visit our website.

Ageno Welcomes New Project Management Program Director, Marie Spark

The Edward S. Ageno School of Business is home to over a dozen graduate business  degree programs and certificates that have led many to find career success.  On August 1st, Marie Spark, an adjunct faculty member since 2015, was appointed Project Management Program Director. The program includes an MS in Project Management and a Certificate in Project Management.

A total of 15.7 million PM jobs will be added in the U.S. and our 10 major trading partners by 2020 (AEG)

Spark brings more than 20 years of experience to the table in the area of project and quality management within the technology sector. She spent the beginning of her career at IBM Global Services as a Technology Project Manager before having a successful 9 year career at Bank of America. Spark’s educational background includes a bachelor’s from the University of California, Berkeley, a Six Sigma Black Belt, a project management certification and an MBA from the University of Arizona.

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Marie Spark

To learn more about our project management program, visit our website for more information.

Joaquin “Jay” Gonzalez: Public Administration Superstar

In the last 50 years, thousands have successfully completed our public administration program resulting in over 7,000 alumni.

Today, Joaquin “Jay” Gonzalez serves as a Public Administration Professor and Chair providing the Edward S. Ageno School of Business with the support needed to further develop Northern California’s oldest public administration program that now offers a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration Leadership and an Executive Master of Public Administration.

Professor Gonzalez holds a Ph.D. from the University of Utah, an MPA from the University of the Philippines-Diliman and a BA from De La Salle University. With over 20 years of experience, Dr.Gonzalez has earned many accomplishments throughout his career. He is a Mayor George Christopher Professor of Government and Society as well as a Russell T. Sharpe Professor of Business. He has authored numerous publications which include 15 books, 20 book chapters, and 30 journal articles that have been translated in Chinese, Korean, and Spanish. Two of his most recent works include Privatization in Practice: Reports on Trends, Cases and Debates in Public Service by Business and Nonprofits & Immigration and America’s Cities: A Handbook on Evolving Services.

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Dr. Gonzalez speaking at an event

In addition to being a published author, Dr. Gonzalez lends his expertise as a guest speaker attending many events, globally and locally, and even speaking at U.S. military bases. He has also appeared as a commentator on various news outlets including The Filipino Channel and local outlets covering topics such as the upcoming U.S. presidential election and corruption in the U.S

This fall, Professor Gonzalez will instruct two courses which include EMPA 301: Research Methods and Analysis applying his real-word experience to the classroom.

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Dr. Gonzalez

To learn more about our public administration superstar, visit his featured profile.

 

GGU’s Small Business Program: Alumni Success Stories

 

Since 1990, small businesses have added over 8 million new jobs while corporate America eliminated 4 million. To promote business ownership, the Edward S. Ageno School of Business and Chevron have partnered to launch the Small Business Program (SBP). The year-long program provides alumni with an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of business operations – free of charge – thanks to Chevron’s generous grant.

While many may have a million dollar idea, the large majority become nothing more than just that – an idea. Melinda Lee, MA ’16, SBP alumna and small business coach, describes launching a small business as an “unnerving endeavor”.  Our program provides check points throughout the year to ensure you are working towards your business goals. It begins with a multi-week workshop that will result in a business plan ready for launch. The duration of the year will utilize that developed plan to guide your future courses of action.

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Melinda Lee, BA ’14

“…it was extremely powerful to have others to hold me accountable for my actions toward getting them accomplished.” – Melinda Lee

SBP alumna & founder of Carried Away Carrie Swing, MBA ’01, joined the program to grow her consulting business from a part-time gig to a full-time career. By the end of the year, she earned more than business principles. “I’ve made friends and business connections that have value way beyond what I can get just reading articles in my field or poking around on LinkedIn.”

Now you may be asking yourself if you’re right for the program. Swing describes the ideal participant as “Someone who takes their business [idea] seriously but needs a push, a refresher or a plan of action, together with the motivation and the validation of a group of individuals all in the same boat, is ideal for this program.”

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Carrie Swing, MBA ’01

If you are a GGU alumni ready to take the plunge, review the following information.

Program Components

  • 10-week Workshop
  • Mentoring
  • Cohort Meetings

Application Details – Deadline: August 12, 2016

  • Statement of intent
  • Resume
  • Business Plan

Please submit all application documents to smallbiz@ggu.edu before August 12th. Participants will be notified by August 26th.

Mentorship & Speakers

If you are an experienced business owner, share your wisdom with those who can benefit from your real-world life lessons. Email us at smallbiz@ggu.edu to express interest in becoming a speaker or a mentor.

For additional details about the Small Business Program or the spring Small Business Preview Course, please visit, http://www.ggu.edu/small-biz.

 

Dr. David Yeske Explains Why Many Choose GGU’s Financial Planning Program

Founded in 1901, Golden Gate University offers two innovative financial planning degrees and a certificate that can be earned in the classroom or entirely online.

Ours was the first ever MS in Financial Planning, originally offered in 1980. We’re proud of our 36 year history of educating leaders in the financial planning profession. Our program is registered with CFP Board and completion of the core courses qualifies you to sit for the CFP® certification exam. Just as importantly, our exceptional faculty will become a permanent part of your professional network.  Our faculty’s commitment to the profession is unparalleled: we count three past national FPA presidents, five past national board members, two Foundation for Financial Planning chairs, five Heart of Financial Planning recipients, and a P. Kemp Fain, Jr. Award honoree among our professors. You truly learn from the best of the best.

Beyond the core courses, you’ll also have access to cutting edge electives that represent the best of 21st century financial planning, including the following:

For those who have already passed the CFP® exam, we offer the MS in Financial Planning & Taxation which allows you to earn an advanced financial planning degree while taking a deep technical dive into the areas of income taxation or estate planning. This program is taught in conjunction with GGU’s highly ranked Braden School of Taxation, the largest tax school in the country and routinely named among the top 10 by tax professionals.  Here’s a short video lecture by Braden School professor Michael Vinson: Baseball Can Be Taxing.

The program has also drawn favorable reviews from financial planning luminaries like Michael Kitces:

       “Another appealing option is Golden Gate University’s “Masters in Taxation and Financial Planning” program, specifically for those who have already completed their CFP marks, who want to go deeper into both financial planning and income or estate taxation. What’s the difference between getting a graduate degree in financial planning, and “just” the CFP certification? Simply put, the Master’s degree programs go deeper into the subject matter (even for those who already have their CFP marks, as in the end CFP classes are the equivalent of “just” undergraduate-level coursework).”

Financial Planning Association (FPA) members also receive a 10% tuition grant on all classes.

For more information, email dyeske@ggu.edu


Guest Author

Financial Planning Director Dr. David Yeske,CFP®

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Internship Success Panel & Networking Recap

In 2014, 65.4% of students completing a paid internship received a job offer prior to graduation according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Last night, GGU held the Internship Success Panel & Networking event that drew in dozens of students looking to achieve their career goals.

The panel consisted of five students and alumni who have acquired coveted internships through learned tactics and available on-campus resources provided by our Office of Career Planning. Associate Dean, Professor & HR Program Director Dr. Marianne Koch served as moderator while also providing helpful tips for success.

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The panel during the event

Event Recap:

How long does an internship search typically take?

Before you begin your search, please be aware that all panelists mentioned it takes 3-6 months to land a position.  Panelist and alumnus Farhad Kazi, former GSN Games intern and current VF Corporation intern stated, “I set goals for the industry and the type of job I wanted” in response to being asked how he managed his search. The journey is not an easy one and to succeed one must learn how to “differentiate yourself” according to panelist Nabanita Talukdar, MBA and MS in Finance graduate. The adjunct professor and alumna applied to conferences where she spoke on her academic research positioning herself as a industry expert. Read more about her conference experience in a recent post.

What resources did you use?

“There are so many cool people in the city. I used Meetup to meet people.” – Hege Thorbjornsen, MS

All five of the panelists mentioned different methods such as sending InMails via LinkedIn Premium for more information on one’s career or attending networking events. Mamadou Kramoko, Audit Intern at Oracle, mentioned the importance of researching the experiences of your peers. He joined on-campus organizations to engage with those seeking the same opportunities with the hope of becoming more social and learning tips.

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A shot of the crowd during the panel

What did you do to make the best of your opportunity?

The key to success, according to our panel of internship experts, was to never say “no”. If someone asked you to grab coffee or take the reigns on a big project, accept with an upbeat attitude to convey you are happy to be there and are ready to work. If a directive is given and questions remain, don’t be afraid to ask for clarification. This is a learning experience and they don’t expect you to know everything.

“When I don’t understand something, I ask a lot of questions whether that person is in my department or not.” – Stephanie Dodge, MAc

How did you recover from glitches?

Discovering there is an issue in your workflow can be devastating. To avoid repercussions, Kramoko advised everyone be honest. “Don’t lie. Meet with your manager and tell what happened and [ask] what do I need to do to avoid this situation again.” Over time, you will learn what questions you need to ask to be successful. Remember the goal is to maintain a relationship,so you can learn who you should turn to for guidance.

If you missed this event, view our calendar for upcoming events developed to help with your career search.

 Moderator & Panelists:

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Dr. Marianne Koch, Ph.D., Associate Dean, HR Program Director and Professor 

Words of wisdom: “Don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know, but I will find out””

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Hege Thorbjornsen, MS in Integrated Marketing Communications graduate, Marketing Associate at Stitch Fix

Words of wisdom: “Be proactive and say these are my skills and what I can contribute.”

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Farhad Kazi, MS in Marketing graduate, Former GSN Games intern & current VF Corporation intern

Words of wisdom: “Reach out to alumni and don’t be afraid to negotiate.”

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Stephanie Dodge, Master of Accountancy graduate, former KPMG intern & 2016 Accounting Cohort

Words of wisdom: “Try not to get discouraged during interviews. When saying no, please do so gracefully”

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Nabanita Talukdar, MBA & MS in Finance, Adjunct Professor & Actelion intern

Words of wisdom: “Go into the position with the mindset that you want this to turn into a full-time internship.”

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Mamadou Kramoko, MAc candidate, Oracle intern

Words of wisdom: “Get as many interviews as you can, so you can practice and learn from them”