February 2013 CMC Newsletter
- Message from the Assistant Dean
- Upcoming Events
- February Focus: Empowering Students to Communicate Through Writing and Speaking
- Student Spotlight: Yiwen Fan
“Don’t settle on a job. Launch a CAREER!” The Career Management Center wants to help you land a fulfilling career, but first you need an internship. Don’t settle waiting tables this summer when you can have a paid internship in your field of study. Remember, 67% of students with internships receive full-time offers from those companies.
Here are some best practices for securing an internship: craft a developed, targeted resume and cover letter for each application, utilize social media to manage and to increase your network, pursue leadership roles within student organizations or community programs, and attend CMC events.
The Career Management Center’s schedule of events can be found on our Website, CareerWorks, Comet Calendar, and Facebook. Be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and join our LinkedIn group.
To make an appointment, call us at (972) 883-6916, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by our office in the Jindal School, room 2.301.
– Tom Kim, Assistant Dean of the Career Management Center
|Monday, February 18th||Resume & Cover Letter Writing||4:00-5:00 PM||JSOM 1.118|
|Wednesday, February 20th||Southwest Airlines NoLimits Internship Info Session||2:00-3:00 PM 3:00-4:00 PM||JSOM 1.508|
|Wednesday, February 20th||Networking Strategies||4:00-5:00 PM||JSOM 1.502|
|Wednesday, February 20th||Resume Writing for GRADUATE STUDENTS & EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONALS||6:00-7:30 PM||JSOM 1.517|
|Thursday, February 21st||Crowe Horwath Info Session||6:00-8:00 PM||JSOM 1.517|
|Tuesday, February 26th||Interview Strategies & Dress for Success||4:00-5:00 PM||JSOM 1.502|
|Wednesday, February 27th||CMC Networking Mixer (co-sponsored by Graduate Business Society)||3:00-5:00 PM||JSOM 1.606|
|Tuesday, March 5th||Networking Strategies for GRADUATE STUDENTS & EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONALS||6:00-7:30 PM||JSOM 1.517|
The Business Communication Center, formerly the Writing Lab, offers students assistance with writing and presentation skills. “Our goal,” says Coordinator Elizabeth Bruce, “is to coach students in a one-on-one, conversational setting that empowers students to make smart choices in their approaches to writing and speaking.”
Bruce began her business background as an administrative assistant in corporate America before establishing a successful real estate career. While completing a Master’s in Humanities at UT Dallas, she worked at the BCC as a tutor. “Because we consider ourselves to be guardians of the language,” Bruce says of the BCC staff, “we tend to be adamant about observing language rules. However, if we had to choose one skill that students need to develop, it would be consideration of the audience or the reader. Switching perspective from the writer to the reader helps students to identify errors in tone, clarity, and even format. It’s rather like putting yourself outside of your writing. If you pretend to be a reader who does not automatically know what will come next, you may be surprised at the questions you have left unanswered in your writing.”
To explore techniques that will develop your writing and speaking skills, the BCC is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturdays. To book an appointment, visit the BCC website or phone the BCC at 972-883-5385.
Yiwen Fan, a senior studying Finance and Accounting, did not just settle for a summer job. Instead, she interned at JP Morgan and due to her exceptional work ethic, she landed a full-time career upon graduation this spring.
Yiwen applied on CareerWorks for the JP Morgan Corporate Development Program Summer Internship last February. She interviewed in March and was offered the position a week later. “I had a wonderful experience and received a great performance review from my manager. At the end of the summer, I was asked to extend my internship part-time. So I currently still work at JP Morgan as a part-time reporting specialist while I finish my last semester at UTD.” Yiwen will launch her career as an Analyst for JP Morgan in July 2013.
“When it comes to helping students seek internships and jobs, every member of the CMC shows the highest level of dedication. When I found out I was chosen to interview for the JP Morgan CDP summer internship, I was excited and overwhelmed. The interview was in just 2 days and I realized that no matter how many times I practiced the interview questions I found online, I still didn’t feel confident that I could impress an interviewer within 30 minutes and make them pick me out of thousands of applicants and dozens of interviewees. Therefore, I decided to seek help from the CMC. When I came to the CMC office and explained my situation to the assistant, she immediately set up a mock interview with Tom Kim, the Assistant Dean. Mr. Kim replied right away and managed to take an hour out of his busy schedule to conduct the mock interview with me the very next day. After the mock interview, he gave me many valuable suggestions and tips that led to success in my next day’s interview. Those suggestions included: sufficient and specific business background and content, positive and sincere attitude, proper gesture and key words that would help for personal branding.”
“I have also met other members of the CMC through their networking events and know they are working very hard to connect students with employers and present the best image of JSOM to companies. I am so glad that I contacted the CMC and would definitely recommend to all students of JSOM to take advantage of the knowledge, the experience, and the dedication of the CMC members. Thank you so much!”