By Liz Warren-Pederson
After a whirlwind weekend encompassing undergraduate and graduate convocations, plus a return to Arizona Stadium for a campus-wide bash that generated a lot of attention, about 900 Eller Wildcats became alumni in May.
Eller undergraduates joined organizations including IBM, Bank of America, Deloitte, Accenture, Teach for America, and more, with others going on to grad school at Cornell and the University of California, Berkeley, among others.
MIS major Nidhi Arora will be joining Deloitte’s Sacramento practice. “When recruitment season rolls around, many employers on campus host one or two information sessions or mixers discussing their firm and available opportunities for prospective candidates,” she said. “Deloitte hosts a marathon of events within the span of a few weeks. There is an unspoken rule among applicants: if you really want the position, you must attend every event and network appropriately.”
Arora said that some of her friends teased her for going overboard, but “I thought it was important to attend every event because I did not know anyone or have any contacts within the company.” The work paid off: “At the end, I was offered the opportunity to interview. After having two different case interviews and surviving a phone interview with a principal in the firm, I found out that I had got my dream job and it was one of the best feelings in the world.”
Marketing, Business Management, and Entrepreneurship alum Mary Myles was accepted into the Teach for America program. “The application process was immensely difficult, as there was a lengthy written application and an interview in which each applicant needed to prepare a lesson plan to execute in front of all of the potential candidates,” she said. “I am passionate about bridging the achievement gap and making a difference in the lives of these children. I could not be more eager to begin my journey as a founding kindergarten teacher with KIPP Destiny Charter School in Dallas, Texas.”
She is already blogging about her Teach for America experience and aims to publish the result when her two-year tenure is complete. “After Teach for America, I plan to apply for a Fulbright ETA Scholarship, work on the Governor’s education policy staff, or work for a school that is currently being founded in Africa by a close family member,” Myles said.
Eller MBAs have had similar success on the job market: placements include the DaVita Redwoods Program and Liberty Mutual. Brooks Tingey is joining 3M as a marketing strategist. “I will be an internal marketing and communications consultant working closely with internal clients from 3M’s healthcare division,” he said. “I will perform marketing project based assignments including pricing, gathering customer insights, developing e-marketing and social media integration strategies, and performing key message development.” After completion of this two-year leadership development program, he will be assigned to a marketing role within one of 3M’s seven healthcare business units.
Tingey credits his Eller experience at the UA for his role. “During my time at Eller I successfully transformed my resume from being a railroader to being a healthcare professional,” he said. Healthcare-focused consulting projects with Emerson and Ventana Medical Systems helped him secure an internship with W.L. Gore and Associates, a respected medical device manufacturer in Flagstaff. The Eller MBA career management team also encouraged him to attend national MBA career fairs.
“During my second year as an MBA student, I attended the National Black MBA Association career fair in Indianapolis,” he said. “Two days prior to the conference I received a call from 3M inviting me to interview for the marketing strategist role within 3M’s healthcare division. At the conference I interviewed with senior leaders and spent time visiting with HR professionals from the organization.” A few weeks later, 3M invited him out, along with students from prestigious universities from across the country, for a final round of interviews. “I was honored to be invited, and was offered one of two positions among the ten finalists.”
Tingey and Arora credit their respective experiences in Eller student organizations with preparing them for succeeding on the job market.
“I have to thank the Eller Leadership and Integrity Training for Excellence (ELITE) program I was involved in during my freshman year,” said Arora. “In that program, I learned how to dress appropriately, interview, build resumes and cover letters, and, most importantly, be confident in my abilities as a prospective candidate.”
Tingey co-founded the Eller Healthcare Association and served as president of the MBA Student Association. “In both of these organizations, I benefited from working with peers who had impeccable leadership skills,” he said. “In spending time leading beside them, I further developed my own leadership style that I will take with me to 3M.”
View full Eller College Convocation gallery on the Professional Development Center’s Facebook page.
Photos courtesy Eller Undergraduate Programs.
Top photo courtesy University of Arizona Alumni Association.