After just one week of school a small cadre of evening, full time and international MBA students and I woke up at the crack of dawn in search of internships or jobs from a multitude of industries. The location was Anaheim, and a few of the firms represented there included Deloitte, MetLife and Bank of America. For some of the international students, this trip represented their first time at a large U.S. career fair, while others were seasoned pros at networking and job search events. Illustrating the initial feeling of anxiety when speaking with dozens of potential employers Ruhi Shankar, a first year IMBA student from India said “A career fair at the start of a school year seems very overwhelming to anyone! Especially if you are a foreigner”. Trust me Ruhi, you weren’t the only one feeling a little anxious. With just a few weeks under my belt as an IMBA student, I initially felt a combination of eager anticipation and fear of falling flat on my face. When the doors to the event opened, we all jumped right in with a clear vision for success. Ruhi enthusiastically remarked that “the Ascend career fair was a stepping stone and an eye opener for me. With each stall I visited I started to grow more confident about what I had to say”.
For all, this trip was an incredible opportunity to passionately pursue a future in the industry of their choosing. Some students got interviews, great connections and job/internship offers. It was also a valuable learning experience as we continue to look inward to brand ourselves and push the limits of professional development, and as Ruhi said “I started to see my own goals more clearly.”
Written by Paul Pintek, 1st year IMBA student. Prior to enrolling at USD Paul served for 7 years as an Officer in the US Marines.