The NSHMBA Experience: From Preparation to Interviews

A short drive up to Anaheim provided a goldmine of opportunity for first and second-year MBA students at the University of San Diego.  The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) held its 22nd Conference and Career Expo this past weekend.  NSHMBA serves 36 chapters and over 6,800 members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Membership and conferences are open to everyone.

The Entrance to NSHMBA 2011

As first-year MBA students, the cohort received pointed preparation and training for this opportunity to earn summer internships: career interest surveys, self-branding coaching, résumé feedback sessions, opportunities to practice elevator pitches, and mock interview sessions.

Companies attending and ready to hire included GE, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Dell, IBM, Microsoft, Home Depot, Wells Fargo, Northwestern Mutual, Ally, Toyota, Volkswagen, Best Buy, and numerous others across many industries.

On the NSHMBA Floor

Additionally, breakout company information sessions gave students multiple opportunities to learn and network.  Career development sessions included many of the same topics USD’s Career Services provided, as well as using social media to build your business, how to raise venture capital money, and even how to develop your entrepreneurship idea into a reality.

Company-sponsored luncheons gave students access to outstanding speakers such as author and professional speaker, Marcus Buckingham, who challenged audience members to find their leadership strength roles.  The founder of Latina Magazine, Christy Haubegger, mixed wit and charm while making an inspiring call-to-action for future business leaders.  Each session was noteworthy by itself, however, looking at the combination of speakers, company access, and ready-made opportunities, the luncheons were a must-do for any student in attendance.

Finally, the University of San Diego School of Business Administration students made a significant impact at the conference earning over 15 individual interviews and making valuable business and personal contacts throughout the weekend.  With proper preparation and coaching provided by Career Services, USD MBA students are well-positioned to earn the summer internships and job offers every student ultimately strives for.

Next item… sign some offers!

-Justin Farrar

Justin is a first-year full-time MBA candidate. He has a degree in history from the United States Naval Academy and served as a Marine Corps officer before beginning business school. 

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