Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Last October, I applied for a summer internship at Boeing and was accepted later that month. By the middle of Fall Quarter, I already knew my plans for the next year. Now, as Spring Quarter comes to a close, it seems almost unreal that in just a few weeks I’ll actually be walking into the Renton offices and starting my job for the next three months.
I’m extremely excited for what Boeing has in store for me. The managers have been taking classes to learn how to optimize their intern’s experience, and this year all of the interns will have desks on the same floor. It will be fun to meet other business students from around the country who have come here to work. I also haven’t met my manager yet, so I’m looking forward to introducing myself, finding out his role in Boeing’s marketing and communications, and getting my first assignment.
Although I’m sure working at Boeing will be both challenging and rewarding, I also have to take summer classes at night. I’m working on completing a degree in Digital Design in addition to studying Marketing at Albers, and the added work load has kept me extremely busy. Hopefully I will still have some time to relax and rejuvenate myself for senior year!
Leanna Robb NSM
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
First of all, Happy last week of School!
I am going to start this blog post with a disclaimer, yes I will be talking about wearing a tie, but the message is really about doing (in this case wearing) something you may not normally be comfortable with in order to feel more secure, and subsequently grow as a business professional.
With my disclaimer I might have given away the whole point of the blog entry, but I will continue anyway. It is time to start wearing a tie, and that means a dress shirt too. There are a few things that go along with this ‘tie wearing.’
The first is, it isn’t good enough to just own a tie, one must wear the tie, more often than not. I’ll just say at least once a quarter (start out easy).
The next step, and don’t skip this one, learn how to tie the knot yourself. Many, especially those with roommates, tend to rely on others to make sure that simple piece of clothing that makes all the business formal difference is correctly knotted and displayed. If you are going to own a tie then you must learn how to use it.
Step three is a more challenging notion: know the importance of what it means to wear a tie. Many first time (or first few times) tie wearers might describe a tie as a fancy looking noose that isn’t getting the job done. Fancy looking? Yes. Getting the job done? No, wrong job. A tie is a symbol of formality, thus, when worn properly, you are formal. Formal means that you are showing respect to those who you might be interviewing with, but it also means that you are commanding a certain amount as well. A tie says: I have a skill –tying a specific knot-and it says I spent some time on this outfit which means I care about how I am presenting myself right now.
Step four is probably the easiest to master: Wear a tie often. Once you have one, or a few (I suggest a simple black or extremely dark slate/gray to get started) then you wear them. At first you’ll be uncomfortable, but then you’ll move on to possibly thinking that you are overdressed (assuming you aren’t just wearing the tie for an interview or a presentation in class), but then you will move into the territory of confidence and ease.
Think about it this way: If you don’t ever wear a tie, except when you are going to do some sort of presentation, or interview, or other nerve racking experience, putting on that tie is going to remind you of what is ahead. However, if you wear ties often, and feel confident in them, you can get up in front of whoever your audience may be, and present with that same degree of confidence that you have built through this association with the fancy knot around your neck.
This may all be a glorified, step-by-step guide to “practice makes perfect,” but if it works, then use it.
Now go forth, build that confidence that is going to eventually make you a star in the business world.
Monday, May 28, 2012
The only topic of conversation these days is the fact that school is ending in two weeks (some are even graduating!), but what should you do this summer?
- An internship is always a good idea. It gives you exposure to a possible career when you graduate and a paycheck. You really can't beat that.
- Working at your normal part-time job and getting cash that way is also a great thing to do in the summer.
- Working on taking required tests, like the CPA, Excel Certification, etc. is also a good thing to do over the summer, because you have a lot more time to really focus on it.
But, most of all, I suggest you enjoy some time off and read books you are interested in and enjoy the weather, so by the time fall hits, you are ready for school to start.
This summer I will be studying for the CPA and GMAT, enjoying a trip to Mexico, and looking for a job. Exciting :)
-NSM, Alex Mena
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I don't know about how other students feel, I can assume it's the same, but the last three weeks of school are always the most exciting. It is exciting:
1) Because the school year is ending
2) Because the school year is ending, and
3) Because summer is coming!!!
This is not to be taken as summer being a time to totally relax and do nothing. Summer is a time to delve into what you are actually really interested and start making career moves. I'm talking internships!!! Summer gives us free time away from classes to commit to different endeavours and test out different career paths we see ourselves taking. I am soooooo incredibly excited for my summer internship with the accounting firm KPMG this summer! This internship gives me a chance to earn money and valuable work experience, and ultimately decide if public accounting is what I want to do.
So yes, I am excited to get out of classes! But I am even more excited to put my energy into something career oriented and get a taste of the corporate world.
-Amanda Luna, NSM
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
So you’ve found yourself in a group project. You may be thinking: ‘Why do teachers do this to students? It’s really unfair to make us work together and be graded for it! …that’s so not how the real world works.’
Hate to break it to you, but in a business career, you usually have to collaborate with your colleagues. Group projects are a way to simulate a work place problem and give you a chance to develop your teamwork skills. It may be a tough few weeks (especially if you have some slackers in your group), but remember you are refining your communication skills, time management ability, etc. that will make you successful later on in life. Plus, Albers loves group project so one is in your future.
So here are some tips for getting through a group project:
- Take a deep breath. Usually group projects seem overwhelming/ a TON of work when you first get the prompt. Remember you are going to have a team to help you get it all done. You are not alone.
- Define roles within your group. This helps make sure things get done and tends to make people act more responsibly because they know what they are supposed to do. This could also just be allocating tasks or making someone a contact person.
- Create a timeline and goals!! Your teachers might do this for you in many projects, but if not, go ahead and figure out when you want everything to be done at the beginning of the project. Set goals so that you have something to strive toward!
- Communication is soooo valuable! When you are having trouble finishing your part or help thinking of ideas, talk to your team! Respond to emails from your project! If you have a member who is being a free rider, talk to him/her. They might be unaware they are not contributing.
These are just a few tips. There are many other ways to successfully navigate your way through a group project. Group projects always seem daunting, but the best way to get through it is to be positive and try to work as a team!
Friday, May 18, 2012
E-Commerce and Information Systems, Operations, Quantitative Methods and Applications.
As Spring Quarter draws to a close, course registration is on EVERY business students' mind. Whether you are studying abroad or staying her in Seattle, the biggest (and sometimes most existential) question is: What courses should I take? [Insert Rebecca Black Lyrics Here]. As a person who really wants to know what I am getting myself into when I register for a course, the course titles listed above often give me little hope for my future learning in a class. However, I am here to tell you: GIVE EVERY COURSE A CHANCE!!!
Being in business school means expanding your horizons and taking risks on courses that will give you a leg up in the business world. I can tell you that even though I dreaded the first day of all of the classes listed above, the professors at Albers are invested in creating curriculum that is interesting, engaging, and can be applied to a broad range of business disciplines.
Essentially, my message is this: DON'T JUDGE A COURSE BY ITS TITLE!!!
In order to navigate your way through these courses, I urge you to consider the following steps:
- Prepare for registration early! You will not be able to use this advice in a short amount of time.
- Check for the professors' syllabus online. Albers has placed all of the syllabi for all of their courses in one easy location on the Albers Website
- Talk with your friends; they are your most valuable asset. The business school has A LOT of group projects (which are all really intentional and interesting) and you will be more successful if you know at least one person in your class.
- Email the professor who teaches the course, they may be able to give you a little insight into the class and how to best prepare for the material ahead.
This is not just unique to the business school, and it is important to make connections with your peers, professors, and professional advisors (see what I did there) so that you can tailor your Seattle U experience to your interests and future career aspirations.
Until next time,
Russell Aivazian, New Student Mentor (NSM)
Junior Business Management Major with Entrepreneurship and Finance | Albers School of Business and Economics
Thursday, May 17, 2012
This week was registration week for the upcoming Fall Quarter of the 2012-2013 year. Freshmen business students were required to meet with their professional advisors this quarter instead of a mandatory meeting with us (the NSMs). This meeting consisted of planning out classes for the student's next three years at Albers. This is a great opportunity to discuss future plans about studying abroad, internships for credit, or having to meet a certain number of credits. Something I would like to emphasize to the freshmen is that these plans are TENTATIVE and change often, as do your personal plans throughout the years. There were quarters in my undergraduate career that I would go in to see my professional advisor twice a quarter. You never know what will occur and how it will affect your plans, therefore, going to update this plan at least once a year is highly suggested.
Also, there is only a few weeks left in the quarter, this includes finals. It is definitely crunch time and I would like to wish the mentees good luck as they take on the last quarter of their freshmen year!
-NSM, Alex Mena