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UO Business Magazine Jan/Feb 2015

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19 JOB SHADOW PROGRAM Built in-house from scratch, our Job Shadow Program is crafted to meet the needs of the modern UO Lundquist College of Business student. After being carefully matched with a host company, students get the chance to sharpen their career focus, gain industry contacts, and enhance their confidence in their professional skills during one day of intensive and rewarding career exploration. "Even if you think that you know exactly what you want to do, this is one of the few opportunities available to experience a job for a day," said sophomore Anna Seydel. "There are a variety of fields and companies available to job shadow. There really is something for everyone." And employers are finding value in the program as well. "This is a great program. Such a perfect way for students to connect with real businesses and create relationships that will benefit them upon graduating," said Stanley Walker '07 of Oregon Metal Slitters. "Obviously, the benefits go both ways and hosts get a lot out of the program as well." Companies including Yahoo, Intel, and Portland's DriveMG have already served as hosts multiple times. Priorities for the future include even greater student participation, expanding alumni involvement, building up a travel fund for students, and exploring international options for students, among other enhancements. DUCKCONNECT Looking for a job? Looking to hire a Duck? Start here. Our new in-depth career engagement system is bursting with options for students, alumni, and employers. The program is segmented into separate areas for each so that a business owner may use the employer portal, while a student or alumna creates her own profile. Log on to DuckConnect: business. uoregon.edu/duckconnect SPACE FOR SUCCESS According to Director of Career Services Jane Evarian, "Connections fostered through virtual networking, e-career fairs, web-based interviewing, and LinkedIn engagement create opportunities for students to network with employers in an e«cient and meaningful way. To enhance those e©orts, the Career Services suite in 240 Lillis has been revamped for optimal student use. Students can connect with employers using the video conferencing space in the suite. The openness of the Career Services o«ce is also now more inviting to students and provides a collaborative locale, empowering students to work with career advisors and their peers to make their own winning career outcomes. EMPOWERING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS The Lundquist College of Business boasts more international students than any other college or school within the university. In fact, nearly 35 percent of our undergraduate population is made up of international students. So it makes sense that the newly launched International Student Career Empowerment (ISCE) initiative helps business students develop strategies for engaging in work-based learning experiences in the United States. With an emphasis on understanding American business culture, the no-cost program also delves into resume or cover letter counseling, interviewing preparation, internship or job searches, and career exploration—all specifically targeted and tailored to internationals students. "If they want to gain a competitive edge in today's job market, students need to do their homework ahead of time," said Xiaoying (Ava) Chen, ISCE director and assistant career advisor, who heads up the initiative. "They can start to develop transferable skills and build up their resumes by being actively engaged in student club activities or via on campus student employment." Job seeking is essentially about relationship management, Chen explained. ISCE has job search and networking workshops designed specifically for international students throughout the year. By conducting informational interviews with alumni and potential employers, students expand their network, obtain practical advice, and increase their chance of success. To get involved with Career Services activities, contact Director Jane Evarian, 541-346-9270, jevarian@uoregon.edu. OREGON MENTOR NETWORK Another newly launched initiative, the Oregon Mentor Network matches c-level executives with MBA students for collaborative sharing of career insights. Oregon Mentor Network o©ers a modern format where a reciprocal relationship exists between the mentor and mentee. Mentors are selected based on a variety of criteria including years of experience, industry focus, and desire to work with business students. One-on-one mentoring sessions—one or more per month—are conducted with MBA students in person or via Skype or telephone. Students and mentors work together to develop schedules that are convenient for both. Mentors also have the opportunity to collaborate among the distinctive mentor group via events and gatherings scheduled throughout the year. Just a few months into the mentoring process, Collin Hoyer, MBA '15, has already experienced how valuable a mentor's feedback can be. "It's not like getting advice from my parents, a boss, or my friends. My mentor brings a di©erent perspective. He's someone I can tell anything, and I know he'll be completely candid with me," Hoyer said. Funded by a generous gift from Lundquist College Board of Advisors Chair Gwen Lillis, the early success of the initiative indicates that it will be a meaningful addition to the o©erings of the Oregon MBA. To learn how to be a mentor or mentee, contact Sally Bell, Senior Associate Director, MBA Professional Development, 541-346-1462, sbell@uoregon.edu. 49 COMPANIES 332 REGISTERED TO HOST STUDENTS IN THE FIRST YEAR Interested in hosting a student on a one-day job shadow? Contact Chris Bennett, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Job Shadow Program, 541-346-8205, cwb@uoregon.edu.

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