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  • SU Career Services Helps Students with Job Hunting

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 4/29/2010 09:38:03 AM

    How to find a job/internship in a tough economy?

    The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 80% of all jobs are filled through personal contacts. Attending Career Expo helps you build those contacts by meeting employers and agency representatives while you learn more about your career options. On 4/20/2010, SU Career Services Center hosted its annual Career Expo.  Over 20 employers from Puget Sound and some government agencies came to school and talked to current students and alumni about the current job market and their companies.  A couple of my classmates and I were there to make personal contact with employers.

    I had the opportunity to talk with the representatives from Paccar and Expeditors.  The good news was both of them said that the job market would be getting better by the end of this year.  I think this is very encouraging. For example, Mellisa said Expeditors had 10 summer intern openings and half of them were already filled.  She also mentioned that in Expeditors, an internship can lead to a full time position upon graduation if the interns are fully committed to their work.

    In summary, events such as the Career Expo give you unparalleled opportunities to talk to representatives from organizations across a wide range of sectors in one day.  With the graduation approaching, we will see more new graduates looking for jobs.  In my opinion, the person who goes to different career fairs and networks consistently will be the first one who gets a job.

     Career Expo

    Writen by Derek Zhao, zhaoh@seattleu.edu

    Don't forget...we are collecting donations on the first floor of Pigott today through Thursday from 5-6 p.m.

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 4/21/2010 11:05:07 AM

    Let us make a difference by donating office supplies to local small businesses to fight with this tough economy.

     

    MBA service week 2010

    Albers Teams Up with Washington CASH! for Jesuit MBA Service Week 2010

    Albers Teams Up with Washington CASH(Community Alliance for Self-Help)

    Washington Community Alliance for Self-Help (CASH) provides the business training, supportive community and capital to help enterprising individuals with limited financial resources gain self-sufficiency through small business ownership.

    Week-long donation drive April 19-22 in Pigott!

     All donations big and small will help entrepreneurs succeed.  We're looking for:

    - Office Supplies (paper, pens, staplers, whiteboards, paperclips, tape, etc)

    - Organization tools (file folders/bins, planners, etc)

    - Software (Microsoft Office, Customer Management System Software, Quickbooks, etc)

    - New/Used Laptops

    - New/Used Printers

    - Flash Drives/Thumb Drives/ USB 10 Key Numeric Keypad for PCUSB flash drives

    We are happy to provide an in-kind donation receipt for tax purposes.

    Monetary donations in the form of cash or check made payable to Washington CASH will also be accepted at the donation table in Pigott.  Online donations can be submitted here.  Receipts will be provided by Washington CASH for tax purposes.

    Seattle University MBA students are joining other Business schools in a nation-wide service effort to give back to their communities. 

    Please bring your donations to the tables in the Paccar Atrium, first floor, of Pigott between 5 and 6 p.m. during the week of April 19-22!

    Thanks very much for your support.

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email: zhaoh@seattleu.edu  

     

    Learning Project Management thru a service-learning Project in OPER 576

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 4/15/2010 11:31:06 AM

    I think all of us will have to handle projects soon or later in our lifetime.  One of the reasons I like to take this class is that we need to work with local non-profit agencies near campus on light reconstruction/“make-over” projects to learn project management.  This gives us hands on experience.  It is definitely a win-win situation.  We will be mastering skills such as problem definition, project scoping, client relations, time estimation, budgeting, scheduling, supply management, project team management, resource allocation, time/cost tradeoffs, risk assessment, task coordination, team-building, negotiation, progress monitoring, and post-project assessment.  This time we are working with YouthCare’s Orion Center.

    YouthCare’s Orion Center: Is a multi-service facility open to youth ages 13-22. It offers a safe, open place where youth can access a multitude of services from meals to case management. The Orion Center’s services include the Drop-in Center with showers, lockers, laundry and meals; Case Management; HIV Case Management; Street Outreach; the Orion Interagency School; the Working Zone pre-employment training program.

    PROJECT: This center’ storage loft currently contains extra clothing, hygiene supplies, non-perishable food items, computer equipment, and maintenance supplies. Due to the wide variety and significant quantity of items, the approximately 10’x 25’ space (which is also infringed by air-ducts and pipes) is currently an over-crowded mess. The existing shelving is not adequate to store its ‘inventory’ and, as a result, boxes of coats and random clothing have piled up in the already narrow walkway, leading to an obstacle course and a treasure hunt whenever items must be retrieved. Our goal is to create a safer and more usable receiving and storing location.

    I am so happy that all our team members are so excited about this project and trying to make it happen.  At this early stage, we developed break down structures and high level of action plans.  A complete reflection will be posted at the end of the quarter.

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email: zhaoh@seattleu.edu   

     

    Business Plan Competition Tradeshow

    Posted by Thuy Vien on 4/13/2010 02:58:29 PM

    This afternoon, I had the opportunity to attend the Business Plan Competition Tradeshow. Graduate and undergraduate teams participating in this year’s business plan competition were on hand to walk attendees through their start-up ideas and to practice their business pitch. It was an excellent opportunity to observe first-hand how to effectively pitch a business plan and to identify which techniques were successful in maintaining my interest and which methods of delivery were too complex to follow. Students who are interested in honing their communication skills would benefit highly from participating in the Business Plan Competition. It forces you to think about and put into practice how to effectively capture someone’s attention, particularly in an environment saturated with competitors. Another benefit of participation is that it provides entrepreneurs with an opportunity to network with other business professionals and potential investors who can provide not only guidance and mentorship, but may also be a source of much-needed start-up funding.

    Written by Thuy Vien. Thuy can be reached at vient@seattleu.edu

     

    GOING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

    Posted by Thuy Vien on 4/6/2010 03:58:01 PM

    The small class size at Seattle University gives students the opportunity to get to know the outstanding faculty in the Albers School of Business. This dynamic interaction has encouraged fruitful collaborations in wide-ranging academic research topics from Business Ethics to Team Building to Corporate Finance. As a graduate student, the ability to work alongside a faculty member to dig deeper into a business topic of interest is highly rewarding, both personally and professionally. It allows us to see how the theories we are learning in the classroom have evolved and are evolving as new knowledge is incorporated into business practice, and to contribute towards this body of knowledge. Students interested in pursuing research as part of their MBA experience should speak with the faculty member they are interested in working with and inquire about the opportunities available for independent research credit. In addition to independent research projects, internships are an excellent way to build business experience and make contacts. More information about these topics can be found here.

    Written by Thuy Vien. Thuy can be reached at vient@seattleu.edu

     

    Albers Teams Up with Washington CASH! for Jesuit MBA Service Week 2010

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 4/6/2010 01:22:18 PM

    Albers Teams Up with Washington CASH(Community Alliance for Self-Help)

    Washington Community Alliance for Self-Help (CASH) provides the business training, supportive community and capital to help enterprising individuals with limited financial resources gain self-sufficiency through small business ownership.

    Week-long donation drive April 19-22 in Pigott!

     All donations big and small will help entrepreneurs succeed.  We're looking for:

    - Office Supplies (paper, pens, staplers, whiteboards, paperclips, tape, etc)

    - Organization tools (file folders/bins, planners, etc)

    - Software (Microsoft Office, Customer Management System Software, Quickbooks, etc)

    - New/Used Laptops

    - New/Used Printers

    - Flash Drives/Thumb Drives/ USB 10 Key Numeric Keypad for PCUSB flash drives

    We are happy to provide an in-kind donation receipt for tax purposes.

    Monetary donations in the form of cash or check made payable to Washington CASH will also be accepted at the donation table in Pigott.  Online donations can be submitted here.  Receipts will be provided by Washington CASH for tax purposes.

    Seattle University MBA students are joining other Business schools in a nation-wide service effort to give back to their communities. 

    Please bring your donations to the tables in the Paccar Atrium, first floor, of Pigott between 5 and 6 p.m. during the week of April 19-22!

    Thanks very much for your support.

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email: zhaoh@seattleu.edu   

    Reflection from Taking MBA 516 Management of People

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 4/1/2010 11:26:11 AM

    A lot of people say that the most challenging task is to manage people.  People are constantly changing.  After taking MBA 516 with Dr. Jennifer Marrone, I disagree with the statement above because people could be manageable if you use the right tools.  Think of doing a team project with three other students who have different cultures and backgrounds, we spent a lot of time at the beginning to form a solid common goal.  Just like the professor said, a good beginning leads to a good ending.  Also, I have learned that expectation is a powerful tool to make the team succeed.  Because I had expectation on my teammates, plus I was doing my job right and on time, they felt more responsible in completing their own tasks.  Another thing I learned was our team embraced and capitalized on everyone’s strengths.  We allowed a different person to take leadership roles through the quarter and it worked very effectively.  For example, I was in charge of research; Teammate A was in charge of communication; Teammate B was in charge of PowerPoint presentation.

    At the end of the quarter, we had a productive progress and relationship on this team project.  I have understood that a good manager (leader) must have an ongoing conversation about rewards, performance and expectation in an environment where people are encouraged to recognize their peers, both on and outside your team.  Leaders need to offer specific and meaningful recognition by telling employees exactly why you value their behavior or contribution. I am sure these valuable management tools will stick with me for a long time.

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email: zhaoh@seattleu.edu