What I wish I knew as a freshman…

Originally Posted: May 2016

By: Vlad Kovacevic

With the month of May here, the class of 2016 will be departing us and moving on to the “real world.” First of all, congratulations to all seniors; thank you for making a positive contribution to the Farmer School of Business. When speaking with a friend of mine who is graduating, he mentioned a few things he wished he could have done differently when dealing with his career and professional development. Sometimes, we take things for granted or do not take actions to be proactive about our future. That was his main message to the underclassmen when looking back on his college experience. Take a look at the key areas my friend stated every underclassmen should know in order to be prepared for a full-time career.

The first point he mentioned was that he wished he would have taken advantage of the career and professional development services offered earlier in his college career.  He mentioned, “I should have been building a strong resume and interviewing skills during my sophomore year.” By doing this sooner, it would have helped him be prepared for his junior year and would not have felt as rushed. FSB Career and Professional Development has multiple drop-in hours to help get your resume perfected. Also, don’t forget about the mock interviews offered! These are a couple of great ways to get prepared for your future.

The second point he talked about when reflecting on his college career here at Miami was that he started to use FSB Career and Professional Development his junior year and realized how great of a resource it was. It helped him land an internship and offered great advice for his future. He mentions that his meetings with Nick Cattin, FSB Director of Career & Professional Development, were all very productive and helpful. He recommends that all students take advantage of the resources they offer early in their college career to better prepare themselves for finding an internship or full time job.

Finally, as a junior myself, I advise all underclassmen to not wait to get started on your career exploration and development. Although you may fail early in your college career when trying to land an internship, look at it as a learning opportunity. By going out and experiencing interaction with recruiters, it will help you grow and better prepare you for when it really matters your junior year. Also, don’t be afraid to interact with employers and learn more about their firms when they haveinformation tables and office hours available in Farmer. Be proactive and get on the ball from day one!

I hope the advice of my graduating friend and I have given you guidance on your future endeavors and wish you all a great summer.

Opportunities to fight the second semester slump

Originally Posted: April 2016

By: Marissa Humayun

Spring has sprung, and the end of second semester is quickly approaching! When it comes to thinking about your career and professional development, it is not time to “check out” just yet. ISAC, the International Student Advisory Council, has created a three part skills-series for students that will run throughout the month of April. Listed below are the events involved in this series.

1. Strengths Finder Workshop (April 13th, 6:00pm-7:30pm) FSB 0020


This workshop will be run by Nick Cattin, FSB Director of Career & Professional Development, and Chanelle White, FSB Senior Academic Advisor. The Workshop looks to improve students’ self-awareness and will take a deeper look into how students can make their work meaningful, by identifying and capitalizing on their strengths. Students will need to take the Strengths assessment (30-60 minutes). They can purchase an access code for $10 on the Gallup website: http://www.strengthsquest.com/content/141212/Purchase.aspx
This provides access to the Strengths results, an insight report, and the StrengthsQuest e-book. Students should bring their results to the meeting. If they can, reading the insight report is also helpful. More information on Strengths Finder Workshop benefits can be found here.

2. Elevator Pitch/Speech Competition (April 20th)


Students are encouraged to record and upload in Canvas, a 55-65 second video of themselves executing their elevator pitch. All submissions must be submitted to Canvas no later than Friday, April 18th at 5:00pm. The finalist will be chosen and notified. Finalist will deliver their speech in front of a panel of judges on Wednesday, April 20th at 6:00pm FSB 0020.THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE A PRIZE! To enter the competition, please email fsbcareers@miamioh.edu to be added to the Canvas course.

3. Student or Alumni Panel (April 27th) location is TBD

For questions/information regarding this event, please contact ISAC Co-president, Chi Le through email (leck@miamioh.edu).Students should highly consider the amazing professional development opportunities that the events in this three part skills-series will provide.

If you are looking for more professional development opportunities, checkout the Miami Ad Week 2016 immersion program opportunity! This immersion program will give students incredible experience in the fields of marketing and advertising. There will be multiple speakers and a case competition throughout the week. Online applications can be found here and need to be submitted no later than Thursday, April 21st at 4:30pm.  Please direct questions to the FSB Student Service office, 1022.

Remember to finish the semester with the same hardworking attitude you came in with. 6 weeks left, let’s do this! 

How to decide between companies?

Originally Posted: March 2016

So, you had a successful Spring ICE, performed well in a few interviews, and were fortunate enough to get a few offers!  Now you have a good problem on your hands: from which company do you accept the offer? There are many factors that can aid in this decision-making process.

  1. First, you should do research on all of the companies who gave you an offer and read a few reviews to learn more about the culture of the firm. Glassdoor is a great resource to find reviews and learn about different companies. By exploring each company’s website, you could get a lot more information about different programs that you had no idea existed.
  2. Second, you should consider the big picture. You should choose a company where you see the potential of personal growth in the upcoming years and the opportunity for you to achieve your goals.
  3. Finally, after taking all your research into consideration, you should go with your gut. Choose the firm that you feel is right. After completing an office visit during your final interview and learning about its culture, you have most likely already formed an opinion. Just listen to your gut and you won’t go wrong!

How to decline opportunities?

Many people often have trouble or get nervous when having to decline offers from companies. The first piece of advice I have is to always remain professional. Acting professional not only gives you a good reputation, but could also lead to further opportunities. You never know who the hiring manager may pass your name to. No matter what you choose to do, handling the rejection letter professionally not only represents a positive outlook on yourself but on the student body as a whole. Our policy states that you have three weeks from the time offered to accept or decline; so don’t be afraid to use this and not make a rushed decision. The second piece of advice is you shouldn’t feel bad for rejecting an opportunity because companies are used to having people decline offers.  Feeling guilty will not only make you accept at the wrong place, but will also leave you doubting other opportunities. No matter whom you know in the company or how bad you feel, you should always go with your number one choice and have no regrets.

What if Spring I.C.E. was not successful?

There are still many opportunities available if things at Spring ICE did not go as well as expected. Many of the companies who recruit at Spring ICE offer summer leadership programs (KPMGDeloitteErnst and YoungPWCP&G).  This is a great way to get involved with the company and make your mark. Speaking from personal experience, I participated in one and it helped get my foot in the door for my internship this upcoming summer. Also, consider making an appointment on Handshake with Monique Frost or Brenda Homan to see what opportunities still may be available. With their expertise, they may know of a few resources that can steer you in the right direction.

Whatever path you are on, there is definitely something for you to do! Always act professional and stay encouraged if things don’t go the way you were hoping!

6 Do’s and Don’ts of Spring I.C.E.

Originally Posted: February 2016

By: Marissa Humayun

It’s here people! Spring I.C.E. is just around the corner, and soon enough, there will be a maze of black blazers making their way to Millett to score that summer internship or job. It seems like just yesterday, everyone was spending their J-term cuddled up on their couch watching The Office or studying abroad in some exotic destination. The haze of our incredibly long break has faded and it is time to get busy! This is such an amazing opportunity to develop yourself professionally, especially for underclassmen. Now, as a sophomore, I am by no means an expert on Spring I.C.E. However, I have enlisted the help of the FSB Student Services advisors for their specific advice on how students should prepare themselves for February 10th.

  1. DO your research on the companies listed. It is crucial to narrow the 224 companies down to a few you are interested in. Have a solid knowledge base for each of the companies you are interested in. Nick Cattin, Director of FSB Career & Professional Development suggests that students look into companies they have not necessarily heard of, specifically B to B companies.
  2. DO take this research and tailor your elevator pitch toward the recruiters. Compare what the internship/job description states on Career Link to your own resume, find the similarities and create a pitch that highlights the best things you can offer to the company!
  3. DO remember that Spring I.C.E. offers many options for sophomores seeking experience. There is a First-Year Friendly Employer drop down box on the Spring I.C.E. Participants page that is useful in your research. Also, Brenda Homan of EY Professional Development and Accountancy Advising suggests that sophomore students take advantage of various summer leadership programs offered by many big names (Accounting students in particular can receive academic credit for this type of experiential learning as well!)
  4. DON’T forget to apply for your prospective jobs and internships on Career Link or on the company’s “careers” website as soon as possible! Monique Frost, Associate Director of FSB Career and Professional Development recommends this, as it will eliminate the question of “Have you applied?” and will show the recruiters that you are very interested in their position!
  5. DON’T forget to send Thank You’s to the recruiters you spoke to. It may sound obvious, but it is a key part to building a connection with a potential employer. Write down their names or snag their business cards and then email them a warm thank you! (Also, utilize LinkedIn to maintain a means of contact with the recruiter).
  6. DON’T stress! It seems cliché or nearly impossible sometimes as a full-time student, but the less stress you have about Spring I.C.E., the more successful it will go for you!

Best of luck readers!

Don’t have time for an advising appointment with one of our advisors? Email us at fsbcareers@miamioh.edu with your questions!

What recruiters suggest you do during winter break!

Originally Posted: January 2016

A lot of students do not take advantage of the time period between Career Fair and Spring ICE. Therefore, the time from Thanksgiving until early February tends to go un-utilized.  Here are several suggestions from 3 recruiters to help students get ahead start prior to spring recruitment.

  1. Nick Malentastinic from JP Morgan Chase mentioned that students must “utilize everything the FSB Career and Professional Development Office has to offer.” He goes on to mention that this is a perfect time to make sure your resume, cover letter, and interviewing skills are up to date and ready to go. Check out Miami’s tool Handshake to schedule a mock interview, search available internships, full time positions and more!
  2. 84.51’s talent recruiter Reba Perry stated that this is the opportune time to connect with alumni. Recruiters are constantly bombarded with emails so it is sometimes best to reach out to alumni that work for a company you are interested in. They may provide insight and refer you to someone within the company working in the department you are interested in. A great way to find alumni is through LinkedIn University.  Most alumni love to give back to their university so do not be afraid to reach out to them.
  3. Adam Van Treese from PwC reflected on the great opportunity students get to network with companies through info tables. We (FSB students) are fortunate that employers come to us. Multiple times throughout the year employers will reserve tables in the commons. This again is a great opportunity to learn more and network with different companies.

With Spring Ice only a few months away, it definitely doesn’t hurt to start getting in touch with the right people and begin preparing today. Recruiters mentioned that it is never too early to look at your past experiences and begin creating your elevator pitch. This is a huge part of the recruitment process and a great way to make a good first impression. Employers understand that you may be a little nervous throughout this whole process, so participating in mock interviews and utilizing FSB Career and Professional Development advisors to prepare is a lot more important than you may think.

Below are resources for resume building and tips for a successful elevator pitch: