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Advice from a Graduating Senior

By: Marissa Humayun

Learning and growing. I guess that would be the common theme of my time here at Miami. Learning, of course in the classroom, but unexpectedly much more outside the classroom. Learning about life, relationships, friendships, the importance of family, how to face rejection, how to stay humble in your successes, trying new things, and letting go of old things. Each of these things I learned how to grow from. Taking pieces of the past to shape your future. Making sure that nothing you do goes without some sort of take away.

If I were to give an underclassman advice, these are the things I would say:


  • Try new things


One of the coolest things I was involved in throughout all 4 years at Miami was Global Business Brigades. If you didn’t already know, Global Business Brigades is a national organization that sponsors service trips to Panama, Honduras and Ghana to improve the economic stability of third world communities. I was a freshman at Mega Fair, very overwhelmed by all the ways I could get involved in here. I randomly stumbled upon the booth for Global Business Brigades, went to the first meeting, and from there, started an incredible journey with this organization. I went from a general member, to Director of Recruitment, to President, and all of that would not have been possible if I didn’t try something new.

I urge you to try something out of your comfort zone. I had never been to a third world country by myself before! That scared me! However, I wouldn’t trade that experience for the world.


  • Find a mentor


If it is your mom, call your mom. If it is your boss, have a sit-down meeting with them. If you connected with a certain professor, go into their office hours. Having people in your corner will help you through the tough moments of college. Whoever it may be, a mentor will have great advice for you, will be another ear to listen, and willne who knows YOU. I have had the fortune to find mentors in my boss, Monique Frost, and some fantastic professors here. I will always carry forward their words of advice and suggestions for my future.


  • It is okay to do things by yourself


I remember that was the weirdest transition when first coming to college. You are used to eating all your meals with someone, going to class with someone, always having someone. College will be the place you become independent. It is okay to eat by yourself. It is okay to take a class by yourself. It is okay to join a club by yourself. Be adventurous! This is the perfect time to do so.


  • Pick your friends wisely


I have had the fortune of making a few really quality friendships here at Miami, but that is due to how selective I was making friends. Put your time into people that care about you. If your gut is telling you different, listen to it! Surround yourself with people with similar values to you. And remember to lean on your friends, you are not annoying or needy or anything when you ask a friend for support. That’s why they are your friend!


  • Focus on balance, not perfection


This is advice my mom has given me since Day #1. Balance is key. There is no sense creating more stress for yourself, or making yourself unhappy for any reason. Be observant in your day to day, and if something is creating undue distress in your life, balance it out in whatever way you think is best. Long term, you will be so happy you did.

College has its ups downs, no doubt about it. No matter what though, you are learning and growing. Reminding yourself of that will make the 4 years you have on this beautiful campus so much more enjoyable.

Be humble, be kind, and soak up every moment here! Thanks for reading 🙂

Chicago Finance Week and Miami Adweek

By: Marissa Humayun

Are you looking to improve your professional development this coming summer? Do you love the windy city? (and deep dish pizza???)

If you answered yes, you’re in luck! Miami University is once again offering students the chance to gain real world experience through Chicago Finance Week and Miami Adweek, both of which will take place August 19th – August 23rd, 2018! Both are experiential learning programs in which students are able to meet and network with alumni at Fortune 500 companies and participate in either a case competition or a stock pitch, both of which could give you some great talking points on your resume!

Here is a breakdown of both experiential learning programs offered:

Chicago Finance Week:
Finance majors with a 3.2 GPA or higher are welcome to apply to Chicago Finance Week. Here, students will spend 4 days in the windy city meeting alumni from leading firms like Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Allstate, William Blair & Co., and Northern Trust, and seeing what a day in the life of a finance guru is all about. On top of this amazing opportunity, students will be tasked with creating a stock pitch, to present to executives at the end of the week. Does this sound like a good fit for you? Apply here for this unparalleled opportunity!

Miami Adweek:
Marketing, IMS, Psychology, and Strategic Communications majors with a 3.0 GPA or higher are welcome to apply to Miami Adweek. Here, students will spend 4 days gaining knowledge and insights about the industry of advertising, and networking with Miami Alumni currently employed Chicago’s Advertising, PR, and Media firms. In addition to the networking opportunities, students will have the chance to improve their teamwork and presentation skills by competing in a case competition. Students will also have the chance to present their case competition solution to top-ranking executives.Interested in Miami Adweek? Apply here for a chance to be selected for the program.

A side note:
I participated in Miami Adweek during the summer of 2016, and let me tell you, this opportunity is truly incomparable. Through competing in the FCB Case Competition, I learned so much about working in teams, letting group members’ strengths shine in different ways, and how to present to executives with poise. I even had the chance to be one of our team’s presenter and spoke in front of the CEO of FCB Chicago while presenting our team’s idea. On top of that, we toured 8 different ad agencies in Chicago, which was such a treat! I still talk about this experience today in interviews and it truly does provide you with real world experience (that you can obtain before the semester even starts!). I highly recommend this experience and have nothing but positive things to say about it!

Do you have questions? Contact Monique Frost at with any concerns about either program.

FSB Wall Street Week 2019

By: Marissa Humayun

Picture yourself walking down Wall Street, and feeling the heartbeat of New York City with each step. Sandwiched between New York’s landmarks of the Brooklyn Bridge and the World Trade Center is the New York Stock Exchange. Facing the roman columns and golden fixtures of this building is none other than a statue our first president, George Washington. You squeeze your way through city tourists and walk up the steps and inside this famous building. You find yourself standing in the middle of the trading floor, surrounded by the commotion and excitement of traders auctioning off the day’s leading stocks.

Farmer School of Business’ Wall Street Week will allow you to do just this and so much more!

January 7th-January 21st, 2019, selected students will take FIN 320 in Oxford, Ohio to prepare themselves for the trip to NYC.

Then, January 21st-25th, 2019, selected students will have the chance to learn and practice equity analysis skills in a real-world setting of New York City. Students will be able to spend time in the city, pitch a stock to industry executives, and have the chance to network with industry executives from partnering firms of JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg, Credit Suisse, BofA Merrill Lynch, and BlackRock.

Some things to consider:

  • Prerequisite course of FIN 301 is required
  • 2.75 GPA is required by Aug 2018
  • 45 earned credit hours are required by Dec 2018
  • Priority is given to sophomores/juniors, and Finance majors

Does this sound like something you would be interested in? Apply here by April 8th, 2018 for priority acceptance!

Contact Tom Boulton with any questions.


Pre-recorded interviews: What are they and how can you succeed at them?

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By: Marissa Humayun

As we move into Post-Spring ICE season, students are beginning the interview process for many companies. True to the age of innovating the world of business through technology, many firms, like EY and J.P. Morgan, are beginning to conduct pre-recorded interviews.

As a tool for cost efficiency, firms are now prompting applicants a series of questions, and applicants must record themselves answering the questions. From here, you are given a certain amount of time to give and upload answers. While you may be thinking, “Oh sweet! I can wear my pajama pants and do this interview!”, pre-recorded interviews are a lot harder than what meets the eye. You are tasked with remaining personable through a camera lens, not having someone else’s energy in the room to play off of, and on top of that, you must answer some tough questions with poise.

Here are some tips when trying to have the most successful pre-recorded interview:

1. Dress for success

While a pair of flannel pajama pants and your high school track hoodie sounds like the epitome of comfort, you should dress for the job you want! Wear a suit and look the same as if someone was right in front of you asking you the questions. It will show the interviewer that you take the interview seriously, and it will give you a boost confidence knowing you look your best!

2. Practice!

Practice makes perfect as they say. When given your questions to answer, take a minute and write down some key points and practice moving through each point, and how it connects to your question. Some good things to remember are to give specific examples to an interview question, and the CAR (context, action, result) response structure to interview questions. Another thing to keep in mind is to if possible, practice with your given software beforehand, giving you the best opportunity possible for being prepared. EY, J.P. Morgan, and many other firms in financial services are using Yello as their platform.

3. Be a person, not a robot

Do not read off of a script. Make your answers genuine and fresh. While it may be tempting to write out a detailed response to a tough question, that is definitely not how an in-person interview would go. Show your personality through the way you answer the questions (just be yourself! Something to be e aware of is your web cam/camera angles and lighting as well. Lights, Camera, Action!

4. Speak at a normal pace

As you would in an in-person interview, take pauses, speak loudly and at a normal pace. The cadence of your speech is an indicator of your personality and make you unique, do not lose that because you are behind a screen. If you are given the interview questions beforehand, practice with another person asking you the questions. Looking at another human asking you the questions will help you realize the importance of maintaining your personality.

5. Look on the bright side

The opportunity to do a pre-recorded interview can be a positive thing! You can prepare as much as you’d like, you will not have to deal with in-person interview nerves, and you can conduct it in the comfort of your home.  

Overall, we hope this guide will help you if you are asked to do a pre-recorded interview!

[photo: Goldman Sachs]


5 Tips for Success at Spring ICE

It is the morning of Spring ICE at Miami University. You put on your suit, smile in the mirror, and give yourself an encouraging “I got this!” before walking out the door. You head over to Millett Hall and begin to notice many other students with padfolios and suits walking that same way. You open the doors to Millett and take your first step in.

Now what? So many employers on your list and only a few hours to try and secure an internship!

What do you do?

From attending Spring ICE three years in a row, I can tell you all I was that nervous (yet very eager) student, hungry for an internship/job, and overwhelmed by the event itself. If I were to give any advice to my past self, I could really point out 5 key tips on how to make Spring ICE the most successful and stress-free experience for you.

  1.       Do your research

Before each Spring ICE, I would look through the list of employers and come up with a list of 10 employers that I would like to visit. Narrowing down 220 employers to my top 10 was challenging, but I found that by matching each employer to my listed criteria (ie. Location, position, industry etc.), it made things much simpler. Now with Handshake, it is super easy to filter your employer search and find opportunities that do fit all or most of your criteria.

  1.       Map out your route

Seriously, make a map. It sounds silly, but as a visual learner, I found making a physical map of Millett and where each of my listed employers were very helpful. The visual map in front of you can help make the sea of booths seem much more manageable, and there is a certain feeling of accomplishment being able to check off a completed visit each employer. Now it’s even easier with the Fairs App (Download Instructions are posted on our website!), which gives you a digital map and  instant access to employer locations at Spring ICE.

  1.       Make a great first impression

There really is no science to it, you just have to let your personality shine while maintaining professionalism. Stand tall, have a copy of your resume in hand, be patient, and give a firm handshake to the recruiter you’re meeting. Vault suggests 5 Tips for Making a Strong First Impression in an Interview if you’d like further reading on first impressions in interviews.

  1.       Prepare answers to some common interview questions

For someone like me who loves to prepare for the unknown variables in an interview, formulating answers to common interview questions ahead of time can give you a sense of control in a somewhat unfamiliar situation. Vault suggests 21 Interview Questions Top Internship Programs Ask (and I think this is a great starting point for preparation!)

  1.       Hand over your resume with confidence

Now is this time to hand your resume to the recruiter. This piece of paper is a showcase of all of your amazing accomplishments thus far. It reflects why you deserve the internship/job, and it is something you should be extremely proud of. Be confident in what you bring to the table, and remember that you are looking for a mutual fit between yourself and the employer.

If you would still like to improve your resume before Spring ICE this Thursday, feel free to stop into our resume drop in hours in FSB 1022 or visit the Center for Career Exploration & Success in ASC 0045.

Whatever your concern may be before Spring ICE, take it from someone who has been there and done that, and use these helpful tips to your advantage before stepping foot into Millett on Thursday.

Good luck to you all on your job search!


5 Ways to Enhance Your Professional Development Over J-Term

By: Marissa Humayun

As the fall semester is beginning to wrap up, and finals are upon us, we as students are focused on 1) doing well on our finals and 2) packing up and heading home for the remaining weeks of December, and almost the entire month of January.

You may be reading this right now and be thinking to yourself, “What am I going to do for the next month and a half?” That is a genuine concern (that I also have!).

Other than maybe decking the halls, and ringing in the new year, it is important to still consider your professional development in this break between semesters, to maximize your time away from the books.

With that being said, here are 5 tips to kick-start your professional development for 2018 over this J-term.

  1. Become certified to something relevant to your field of study

Are you a marketing major? An article from suggests Google’s free certification offers for Google Adwords and Google Analytics for students looking to boost their skills. Give yourself a competitive advantage and stand out from your peers with a specialized skillset.

  1. Build your portfolio

Your resume is just one snapshot of your accomplishments. It is an extremely important document, however, being able to show examples of your work and capabilities to an interviewer is beyond powerful. Create a collection of what you think are the best reflections of your work to prove to employers that you deserve the job!

  1. Become organized in your career search

Take advantage of this extra time away from academics and get organized with your career search. I know that for myself, I have a running spreadsheet with all of the applications I have sent, the recruiter’s name/contact info, my interview status with them, and any other relevant information pertaining to ongoing interviews. This will give you a clear, nicely systematized way of looking at the status of each potential opportunity, and a visual may even shed some more light on which opportunities excite you the most.

  1. Network with your family connections

Taking time to network during J-term can only help you, not hurt you. Yes, it may be a bit uncomfortable reaching out, and making the first move with a family connection in your desired industry, but a personal connection is bound to get your resume into the hands of the recruiter faster, and may give you more eyes on your resume.

  1. Set goals for yourself

Finally, set goals for yourself! It is so important to be goal-oriented. Think about what you are motivated by, think about the things you have been wanting to improve about yourself. Use this time to reflect upon yourself, and create some attainable targets for the upcoming semester. Accomplishing a goal is one of the most rewarding feelings, and again, can only help you in your search for a professional opportunity.

Overall, J-term seems so much more productive when thinking about your future, rather than watching all 14 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy (I may or may not be guilty of that!). Use this time to jump-start your career search and discover the things that matter most to you in a job.

Meet Vic!

Meet Vic: Our new Associate Director for FSB Career and Professional Development!

FSB Career & Professional Development would like to welcome our new Associate Director of Professional Development, Victoria Masny (Vic) to our staff! We are so excited to have her as a new addition to our team, as well as a new resource for you all to take advantage of.

Vic is from Cleveland, Ohio (North Royalton). She studied accounting at Xavier University, and after graduating undergrad in 2013, she began pursuing her MBA, also at Xavier. Upon receiving her MBA, Vic worked as an auditor for 2 years, at BKD. She then went on to get her Masters of Science, Student Affairs and Higher Education, here at Miami University! Vic is no stranger to Miami, as she has filled roles in Residence Life as an RD, and as an Assistant Director at the Center for Career Exploration and Success.

When we asked Vic what advice she has for students looking for guidance in the career search, here is what she said:

“You don’t have to have it all figured out! If you come into our office and say, ‘Help, I have no idea what I am doing,’ all the way to, ‘I want help in fixing my resume to get hired at this specific company,’ we can help you! FSB Career and Professional Development is a great resource to obtain career-focused advising. If you are wondering where to begin exploring potential career paths, FSB Career and Professional Development is the best place to start. Take advantage of all we have to offer, when it comes to your career search (ie. Lunch and learns, round table discussions, the executive speaker series). Meeting one-on-one with an advisor in our office is the best way to seek out guidance when it comes to your career in business.”

Vic is also running the Career Leap trip to San Francisco this J-Term, for students interested in Bay area career opportunities. Apply here before December 1st, 2017.

Interested in meeting with Vic one-on-one? Make a career advising appointment on Handshake. Any questions? Email Vic at

What do you want to be when you grow up?

By: Marissa Humayun

What do you want to be when you grow up?

An astronaut, exploring the bounds of outer space? An athlete, running down an Olympic track lane? President of the United States, seated in the Oval Office and running the nation?

As children, we dream big, without limits or hesitation. It is liberating to think in this way, but as we get a bit older, we begin to think realistically about our future careers.

When being realistic, this question can seem a bit stressful.

What if you are not dead-set on one career path?

To the many students who are still undecided on their majors or even unsure of their next career move, the best way to combat the stress behind this question of “What do I want to be when I grow up?” is to be proactive in your career search. By doing this, you will maximize your time here at Miami, and hopefully find a path that fits both your personality and skill set nicely.

Here are 5 tips for your early career exploration at Miami:

  1. Pay attention to small details in your day-to-day life

Much of what makes a potential career a good fit is liking your day-to-day work. If you feel that you work best independently, searching for a career that is heavy in collaboration may not be the best fit for you. An article from Muse discussing just this suggests that students should document which tasks during the day are their most and least favorite. From here, students can visually see and align their day-to-day likes/dislikes with a career that would suit them as such.

  1. Grab coffee with someone successful in your interested field

Find a successful person in a potential career path and talk to them! While this may seem a bit daunting, this is an excellent way to hear right from the source what a day in the life would look like in your potential career. Here, you can utilize the LinkedIn Alumni tool to reach out to industry professionals and get their advice on how to advance your career early on. Miami’s alumni network is large, growing, and eager to help students, as they were in your shoes not too long ago. (The link above will take you to our website’s Networking tab, featuring instructions on how to utilize this great resource on LinkedIn.)

  1. Enroll in BUS 206: Career Exploration for Business Majors

Open to first and second year students, this one-credit hour course is extremely helpful in navigating the career search. Taught by Monique Frost, Director of Career and Professional Development, this course showcases all the different majors that Farmer offers, and helps students identify personal skills/interests and how they fit into future career paths. Many students have found this course extremely helpful in confirming or choosing a specific area of study at Miami.

  1. Apply your passions to professional opportunities

What are you passionate about? What are you interested in exploring? Think about these things and start applying them now, to your collegiate extra curriculars. For example, if you are interested in investment banking, interview for a spot in the Investment Banking club on campus! Here, you can get hands-on experience working with a real portfolio, making you extremely marketable for future opportunities in investment banking. If you are interested in marketing, find an exec position within one of your existing organizations. You will find that applying your interests gives you a better direction as to what you do/do not want to do full-time.

  1. Excel in your current job

Whatever your job may be right now, do your absolute best! If your job is being a full-time student, put all your efforts toward excelling in your studies. If your job is making salads at Dividends, try and find leadership opportunities (ie. Student manager positions) to further your personal growth. It doesn’t have to be much, but the actions you take to make yourself marketable to future employers can come from any and every activity.

Keep these tips in mind while trying to answer this question of “What do I want to be when I grow up?”

EQ is the New IQ: How to Develop Emotional Intelligence to Benefit your Future Career

By: Marissa Humayun

What is EQ?

According to an article published by the Entrepreneur entitled “Why You Need Emotional Intelligence to Succeed in Business,” a study found that 70% of the time, people with average IQ scores outperformed those with the highest IQ scores.

What could possibly explain this phenomenon?

The answer: Emotional Intelligence.

Emotional Intelligence (or EQ) is the intangible part of us which affects the way that we behave, navigate social situations and make decisions. No two people are the same when it comes to emotional intelligence. To break down this concept, EQ is split into two competencies: personal competence (the way in which we control our own behavior) and social competence (understanding why others act the way that they do).

So how does this relate to business?

Given the opening statistic, the idea of basing a person’s success on IQ scores alone has been disrupted with this discovery of EQ. A quote from the Entrepreneur sums this up nicely.

“According to emotional intelligence, or EQ, success is strongly influenced by personal qualities such as perseverance, self-control and skill in getting along with others.”

A businessperson with high emotional intelligence is someone who is…

  1. Self-aware – meaning you understand your own strengths and weaknesses (Check out the “Know Yourself” section on our website for more details on self-awareness!)
  2. Constantly regulating themselves – controlling your emotions and tailoring your responses to your audience
  3. Motivated– doing things for your own satisfaction, rather than the satisfaction of others or a title
  4. Empathetic– practicing compassion/understanding for others
  5. Personable – being a relatable person

Finally, how does this relate to college students preparing to enter the workforce?

Recruiters place a high value on EQ, but are you aware of how important EQ really is?

When it comes to relating soft skills to your college career, your EQ can come in handy, especially within collaboration efforts (i.e. group projects, case competitions etc.) and interviews. These are the perfect environments to begin growing your skills of self-awareness, self-regulating, and self-motivation. It is so important to be aware of yourself and your responses when collaborating with others, but also maintaining motivation to complete delegated tasks. As well, when collaborating with others and encountering an obstacle of diversity in thought, it is important to channel your empathy, and put yourself in another group member’s shoes to understand their point of view. Finally, when beginning to interview for internships/full-time opportunities, having an elevated EQ can prove useful in reading your interviewer’s personality/conversation style. Here, you can self-regulate/tailor your responses and maintain a personable attitude, in hopes of further proving your skills to the recruiter.

As you can see, emotional intelligence can be extremely useful in a variety of business situations. Make sure that as you go about your time in college, you do not forget to develop these important professional skills to have a great EQ now, and an even better EQ in your future workplace.

Social Media Influencers: Advertising’s New Main Stage

How to utilize social media when building your personal brand

By: Marissa Humayun

Scrolling through your social media feed, you most likely follow friends, your favorite celebrities, that one makeup artist you love, even that one funny meme account. This new world of digital social interaction gives us this amazing chance to stay connected in real time with those we care about.

At the same time, this platform is now one of the most successful and powerful ways to advertise in the 2010’s. How do they do this? Social Media Influencers.

Take Grumpy Cat for example:

With over 2.3 million followers, this cat has got branding down to a science. Advertisers behind the Friskie’s Party Mix campaign chose to put their time, money, and effort into a social media campaign with influencer, Grumpy Cat, to reach their tailored target market in an effective and fast way. Grumpy Cat was even named one of Forbes Top Influencers, describing her as,

 “undoubtedly the best-known Internet pet sensation, who gained fame as a meme thanks to her adorably sad appearance, the result of an underbite and dwarfism. Sponsorship opportunities followed: Grumpy became the official “spokescat” of Friskies pet food in 2013, and her owner Tabatha Bundesen has brokered licensing deals with Hot Topic and Gund.” (Forbes)

From a Vault article titled, “How to Turn your Social Media presence into a Full-Time Job,” the author interviewed an influencer, who stated that advertising agencies ask themselves “why spend money on a commercial that wouldn’t get the views that [influencers] would get?” They use this to justify recent decisions in going “influencer-heavy” in advertising.

With this information in mind, you may be wondering, what does this mean for me, a college student (and not a famously sad cat)?

College students can build their personal brand via social media. You are your greatest asset to market to employers when looking for a job. Just like social media influencers, the easiest and most effective way to get your message out to the public is through social media. This could mean utilizing LinkedIn in a unique way (maybe instead of a written bio, you create an introductory video), or sharing an elevator image (a visual advertisement of you) on your personal social media accounts.

Additional resources/examples of personal brandin through social media can be found on the FSB Career & Professional Development website under the Networking and Branding tab. Here, you can find advice on what to include/what not to include on various forms of social media.

Whatever it may be, the secret sauce right now to conveying a message to your audience is influencing your audience through social media.