Silver and Sage Founding Story

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Abel graduated in December 2011 and now works at Edward Jones. He was one of the 16 founding members of the Silver and Sage Senior Honorary.

By Abel Serratos

SSOFinalThe first meeting of S&S was held in the Fall of 2010 at Frog & Firkin. The sixteen of us did not know it at the time, but we had been chosen to congregate because of our involvement and dedication at The University of Arizona. We were entrusted with the task of creating a Secret Society within The Eller College of Management. We all believed that anonymous contributions to the college were the purest form of philanthropy. Our vision was to act in the best interests of the college and to help support it. This involved many facets of volunteering, fundraising, and advocacy; just to name a few. We also aimed at continuing this commitment after graduation through the network that we have managed to create between each S&S class. The contributions that S&S makes to Eller continue to grow year after year. They have become a true testament to the purpose of the society.

Dream Careers Internship Program: Emily Mcsherry, Matthew Robbins Design

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How was your experience with Dream Career’s summer internship program in New York? Who did you work for? What projects did you work on or what events did you attend?

My experience with Dream Careers in New York was exactly what I was looking for. I actually pre-determined I wanted to intern with Matthew Robbins Design before knowing about Dream Careers, and then decided to also participate in the program because I wanted to live with other college students and have resources that would be beneficial to me while living in a new city.

I wanted to intern at Matthew Robbins Design because I had personal interest to explore the Event Management and Design, and Brand Management industry in New York City. It enabled me to build new skill sets, get hands-on experience, and attend special events throughout famous New York venues and other parts of the East Coast for top-tier clients. My favorite events through my internship were visiting the Martha Stewart Headquarters to assist with a photo shoot, and help with the design and prep for the wedding of Obama’s head chef where John Mayer surprised everyone as a guest performer! Not only did I love learning about such a unique industry, but living in the New York University dorms in the heart of Manhattan also enabled me to explore the extraordinary aspects of New York City.

How did this internship allow you to be successful in finding your next internship or full time position?

After interning with Matthew Robbins Design, I realized that I enjoyed working directly with clients, developing new business, creating marketing strategies, and branding aspects of events more than actually managing event operations. This lead me to further pursue these interests by becoming VP of Marketing for my start-up M.U.D. Bars as part of the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program, where I have been able to experiment with creating marketing and branding strategies for my venture while expanding other aspects of new business development. It has also lead me to pursuing my recently acquired full-time position after graduation where I will be working directly with new clients, helping develop new business, and assisting in the development of marketing strategies in Santa Monica, CA.

Would you recommend the Dream Careers summer internship programs to other Eller students?

I would especially recommend Eller students to participate in the Dream Careers program if there is a specific city, country, or industry you are yearning to live in or work in. The program provides you with an automatic community of students similar to you where you can establish new relationships, and gives you the foundation to explore personal interests in a specific industry or location, which you may not be able to do otherwise. In cities such as New York, the Dream Careers Program offers a comparatively affordable and safe way to live in a foreign place while pursuing an internship of your interest. Participating in the program will also give you a professional reference and internship experience to put on your resume to help you acquire future endeavors, and can leave you with lasting relationships with students from around the world and an experience you will never forget.

Dream Careers Internship Program: Seanise Haskins, RedPeg Marketing

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Seanise graduated in December 2014 with a major in Marketing. She is now a Client Relationship Manager for Ernest Packaging Solutions in Los Angeles, CA.

How was your experience with Dream Careers summer internship program in Washington D.C.? Who did you work for? What projects did you work on or what events did you attend?

My experience this past summer with Dream Careers was amazing! I made so many memories and friends that I will never forget. I was also able to really first hand experience in my field as well as start to see what the world is going got be like outside of college. I worked at RedPeg Marketing while I was in Washington, D.C. I attended all of Dream Careers’ events, which were extremely informative and inspirational. The speakers really motivated us all to go out and do our best every day at work in order to get noticed by our employers.

How did this internship allow you to be successful in finding your current full time position?

The internship gave me a strong understanding of how companies work and what employers are looking for. Not only did I learn so much about Marketing but I also was given the confidence I needed to know that I am a great employee. I believe that is what shined through and helped me do so well in all of my interviews and ultimately helped me get the job I have now.

Would you recommend the Dream Careers summer internship programs to other Eller students?

I honestly think the Dream Careers summer internship program should be an Eller requirement. The program helped show me how the business world really is and allowed me to use the skills I learned at Eller in real life situations. Eller students who are looking to get inspired and excited about starting successful careers should enroll in a Dream Careers program!

Dream Careers: Emily Mcsherry, Matthew Robbins Design

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Emily is a senior studying Business Management and Entrepreneurship.

1. How was your experience with Dream Career’s summer internship program in New York? Who did you work for? What projects did you work on or what events did you attend?

My experience with Dream Careers in New York was exactly what I was looking for. I actually pre-determined I wanted to intern with Matthew Robbins Design before knowing about Dream Careers, and then decided to also participate in the program because I wanted to live with other college students and have resources that would be beneficial to me while living in a new city.

I wanted to intern at Matthew Robbins Design because I had personal interest to explore the Event Management and Design, and Brand Management industry in New York City. It enabled me to build new skill sets, get hands-on experience, and attend special events throughout famous New York venues and other parts of the East Coast for top-tier clients. My favorite events through my internship were visiting the Martha Stewart Headquarters to assist with a photo shoot, and help with the design and prep for the wedding of Obama’s head chef where John Mayer surprised everyone as a guest performer! Not only did I love learning about such a unique industry, but living in the New York University dorms in the heart of Manhattan also enabled me to explore the extraordinary aspects of New York City.

2. How did this internship allow you to be successful in finding your next internship or full time position?

After interning with Matthew Robbins Design, I realized that I enjoyed working directly with clients, developing new business, creating marketing strategies, and branding aspects of events more than actually managing event operations. This lead me to further pursue these interests by becoming VP of Marketing for my start-up M.U.D. Bars as part of the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program, where I have been able to experiment with creating marketing and branding strategies for my venture while expanding other aspects of new business development. It has also lead me to pursuing my recently acquired full-time position after graduation where I will be working directly with new clients, helping develop new business, and assisting in the development of marketing strategies in Santa Monica, CA.

3. Would you recommend the Dream Careers summer internship programs to other Eller students?

I would especially recommend Eller students to participate in the Dream Careers program if there is a specific city, country, or industry you are yearning to live in or work in. The program provides you with an automatic community of students similar to you where you can establish new relationships, and gives you the foundation to explore personal interests in a specific industry or location, which you may not be able to do otherwise. In cities such as New York, the Dream Careers Program offers a comparatively affordable and safe way to live in a foreign place while pursuing an internship of your interest. Participating in the program will also give you a professional reference and internship experience to put on your resume to help you acquire future endeavors, and can leave you with lasting relationships with students from around the world and an experience you will never forget.

Student Spotlight: Katie Trump, Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals

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Katie is in her first semester at Eller as a double major in MIS and Accounting, with an expected graduation date of December 2016.

By Katie Trump

I am currently an MIS intern for Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals. It is located in Tucson, so I am able to work during the school year as a part-time intern, as well as a full-time intern during the summer. The main focus of Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals is to develop prevention therapies to help people who are more likely to develop cancer. As an MIS intern I work with the design, maintenance, and troubleshooting of all the IT hardware that is used in the office.

I learned about this wonderful opportunity with CPP through my Eller career coach, Nancy Roberts. I made an appointment with Nancy to talk about my future plans. Based on the resume template that Nancy gave me, I reworked my resume and she helped me forward it to CPP. Afterwards, CPP sent me an email with several preliminary questions, and I was asked in for an interview the next day. A few days later I was offered the position. My internship position with CPP enables me to use and develop both my MIS and Accounting skills, and I would not have been able to obtain this position without the help of Nancy Roberts and the Eller College.

To schedule an appointment with a career coach, visit esms.eller.arizona.edu –> New Appointment –> Career and Professional Development Advising.

Student Spotlight: Melissa Rose, ’15

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Finance senior Melissa Rose shares her Eller Experience and how she landed her job on Wall Street.

As soon as I started my college career at the University of Arizona I knew I wanted to be involved. I am financially independent so I wanted to get the most out of my college experience. I joined ELITE, the Eller Leadership and Integrity Training for Excellence Club as a freshman, and also starting working in Eller’s Undergraduate Offices as the Professional Programs Coordinator. The following year, I joined the Eller Leadership Board as well as the Investments Club to stay involved. I have been lucky enough to travel with our business school and my peers to meet Warren Buffett in Omaha, Nebraska as well travel on the Investments Club Networking Trip to New York City. I studied abroad on Eller’s Global Cohort to Brazil, which was an amazing experience. I was able to get my first semester Eller courses done during the week and then travel to Brazil’s beautiful beaches on the weekend.

My junior year I returned from Brazil, knowing I needed to start looking for internships. I wasn’t sure what part of the financial services industry I wanted to get into until I started researching Sales and Trading and Goldman Sachs. Two Eller Alumni, now Goldman Sachs employees, came to campus in September to interview 10 students for an internship on Wall Street. At that time, I had no idea what they did on a day to day basis, but it immediately interested me, and I made it a goal for myself to learn as much as possible, and eventually make it to Wall Street. My name wasn’t on the list to be interviewed, but as soon as I found out they were coming to campus I wanted to get in front of them to show them why I deserved a chance. As a junior, I snuck into an information session the alumni were hosting for freshmen and sophomores with my resume and cover letter in hand. After the information session I ran up to Keith Zusi, the alumni, and asked if he would interview me for the internship. He said no to interviewing me three times but I kept my persistence and he finally agreed. He saw that I was dedicated to learning the material so he gave me a chance. He and Stuart Kasdin, the other alumni, interviewed me the next day and decided to push my resume forward to the next round of interviews in January.

I spent my entire fall semester, about 350 hours worth, studying the industry, mock interviewing with older students and alumni, to prepare myself to compete against students from Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. The Professional Development Center was a huge help to me, connecting me with alumni in the Tucson area to give myself some exposure to finance as well as alumni at other Wall Street Banks. I can’t even count the amount of times Jeff Welter mock interviewed me to help, I couldn’t have done it without him.

In January, I went through my full day of interviews with Goldman Sachs and received the internship offer. It was an amazing experience working for the company, but also a very competitive and difficult one. I worked 16-hour days for 10 weeks. I learned an incredible amount of information and put together my own original trade ideas to present to different Partners at the firm. I was able to meet the CEO, Lloyd Blankfein, and he even responded to my follow up email (thank you to Eller’s Business Communications course for preparing me for that). The work was hard and the hours were long but it was all worth it because now I am graduating in May 2015 knowing I have a job offer with Goldman Sachs in New York City.

We Use to Brand Cattle: Now We Brand Ourselves?

By Matt Lehrer, Career Coach

Since ancient times, “hot branding” has been used to identify the owner of livestock.  Today, some ranchers brand livestock differently, for example, with ear tags or tattoos.  But whatever the method, branding has always served a very important purpose for ranchers:  to identify the livestock’s owner.  How and why do business professionals brand themselves today?

Peter Drucker says that we are living in the era of the three C’s – accelerated change, overwhelming complexity and tremendous competition.  Therefore, creating your personal brand is the only way you can stand out from the crowd.  But how do you develop your own brand?

Start by asking “what makes me different?”  “What do I want to be known for?”  Here are several keys to building a quality personal brand.  These are certainly not the only keys, but they are important ones.

Ask Why.  What is the ultimate purpose, belief or cause that inspires and drives you?  As Napoleon Hill said in “Think and Grow Rich,” “without developing an all-consuming obsession, a definite purpose and a burning desire, you won’t find the motivation to succeed.”

Do you want to leave a legacy?  Achieve great things?  Provide the very best lifestyle possible for your family?

Be Authentic.  Having an authentic personal brand is a valuable asset in today’s online, virtual and individual age.

Your personal brand should reflect your passion, dreams, purpose uniqueness, values, characteristics, experience and ambition – who you really are and what you really want.  This builds trust and credibility.

Position Yourself as the Go-To Expert.  Top experts often command the best jobs.

Dare to be Remarkable.  “Average is for losers,”  said Seth Godin.  Some say that if we are not remarkable, then we are invisible.

Develop Your Pitch and Get Noticed.  The purpose of the pitch is not to close the sale.  It’s to start the conversation, to sell the appointment.  And the best pitch is a true, stunning, brief little piece of your story.  Something real.

Strengths.  Know your strengths.  Live them and leverage them in the service of others.

Value.  It is powerful to have strengths but this must be paired with value.  How do your strengths deliver value to others?  Can you leverage your strengths to increase value for your organization, team, customers and clients?

Visibility.  How do people know about you and what are they saying about you?  How well do you network and make use of social media to create and broaden your visibility?

Engagement.  Deliver on your promises and your strength and value.  Personal branding is more than a clever slogan.  Ensure that you continually engage in developing your strengths, thinking and acting upon the value you offer to others and maintaining a vibrant and authentic visibility.

Oh, did I mention creating a resume that reflects your brand?

The PDC can help you with envisioning or developing a personal brand, or with your resume or other career planning needs. Please feel free to make an appointment with us at any time.

There are so many analogies between the branding of livestock and our branding of self.  But my word limit is up, oh well, so I’ll leave that discussion for another time!

The Importance of Digital Marketing Skills

By Ally Lee

Last year I had the opportunity to work at Nuanced Media through their internship program.  I was assigned the position of Junior Account Executive which seemed like a title above my skill set at the time. Of the “real” jobs I’ve worked thus far, Nuanced Media provided the steepest learning curve which accelerated my marketing skill set.  Rather than doing mundane tasks such as getting coffee and picking up dry cleaning, Nuanced Media fostered independence, creativity and career growth.  They included me as part of the team from the outset. Everyone there was more than willing to help you learn as much as you could.  Going into the internship, I knew I would be helping clients with marketing and gaining exposure for their businesses, however, by the time I completed my internship, I learned: How to build a website, basic coding, how to create Facebook ads and re-targeting ads, how to create a lead gen page and how to integrate Google Analytics. Within the first week, I had my own list of clients and shortly thereafter, I was meeting with them and helping them find solutions for their marketing objectives.

Over the summer I landed an internship at DeutschLA where there were over 700 applicants and only 12 spots.  I owe a huge part of that to my internship at Nuanced Media.  The skill set I acquired there has opened doors and helped me stand out among my peers.  I am extremely grateful for my time at Nuanced Media, and all the amazing people I met there!

You too can learn from Nuanced Media CEO, Ryan Flannagan, on January 27th. He is hosting a digital marketing workshop in McClelland Hall from 5pm-7pm. You will learn about website design, branding, retargeting, SEO, and social media marketing. Click here to RSVP.

Why Excel Skills are Important in Today’s Job Market

BenMalisewski_Microsoft (2)By Ben Malisewski

This summer as an intern for Microsoft, I was given a tremendous opportunity to drive impactful change into the commercial licensing business, which was the area my internship focused on. Within my first week, I realized just how important data was going to be throughout my project. My internship was designed that after the 12 week program I was to present my project and recommendations to the general manager.

While I made some initial observations and formed various hypotheses during the first few weeks, having strong data to back up those hypotheses to convince an executive to take action is essential. I spent a good amount of my time manipulating large amounts of data and extracting conclusions from it. Utilizing functions within Excel like pivot tables, VLOOKUP and a handful of other skills was essential to my success as an intern. Even when I came across functions that I had not seen before, having a high level of comfort within the software allowed me to experiment with different equations and functions and ultimately understand more than I did prior to my internship.

No mater what industry you go into, understanding data, manipulating data, and presenting data is an essential skill that you need and one that employers are looking for.

If you’re interested in learning more about Excel skills for the business world. RSVP for this skills workshop on February 10th!

Students interested in careers in operations, supply chain, sales analytics, data analytics, retail management, buying, and marketing analytics will definitely not want to miss this workshop!

Why Design Skills are Important in Today’s Job Market

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By Jenifer Wong

Early on in our education, we have been taught a certain way to format our work: name in the top right corner, double-space our essays, and so on. Fast forward to college and we are given templates to structure our résumés and cover letters. While these templates are well organized and content-focused, the standard black-and-white résumé is not enough to get you noticed in many competitive industries.

When I was interviewing with the ad agency R&R Partners in Los Angeles, one of the Creatives made it a point to tell me that he was more impressed by the design of my résumé than the content that I put into it. (Keep in mind that content is still equally, if not more, important.)

But as IDEO CEO Tim Brown said,

“Just last year, we had about 14,000 candidates applying for jobs at IDEO. You can imagine how tedious it would be to look through that tall stack of 8.5 x 11 black-and-white typed documents. At a certain point, they all start to look the same, and your chances of singling out that special person with unique skills are very slim.”

It may be worth your time to put a little touch of design into your work, before and after the hiring process.

After being hired on as an Account Management Intern at R&R, I was tasked with researching products and competitors. Within the first two weeks of my internship, I had to present my work to some managers and directors at the agency. PowerPoint is still very prevalent in the professional world of presentations, and being able to put together a clean PowerPoint is a necessary skill that demonstrates your eye for detail.

During my time at R&R, I was fortunate to be able to observe the Creative Directors as they worked on campaigns in Photoshop and InDesign. These are two extremely powerful tools that are useful to learn if you are interested in a creative or publications career. However, really knowing your way around Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, and understanding the basic elements of design is beneficial to everyone.

Whether you are putting together your résumé, a presentation or a business report, a well-designed document can enhance the way information is communicated and captivate your audience. The best part is that you can be creative with the tools you already have!

If you’re interested in learning more about the elements of good design and how to use functions in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint more fully, RSVP for this skills workshop on February 4th!