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Rice MBAs learn how to land dream jobs

On Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, Rice MBA students will have an opportunity to learn how to improve their career from current graduates as part of the Diversity Conference Simulation co-hosted by the Jones Graduate School of Business’s Marketing Club. The Simulation creates a platform for alumni to help students navigate and maximize career opportunities and for strengthening alumni/student relationships.

“Several of our classmates obtained internships and full-time positions through national MBA conferences last year, but recruiting has become more competitive this year because of the current economic condition,” says Sarah Ofner ’10, president of the Marketing Club.

“Now more than ever it’s imperative for us to have polished interview skills that make the right first impression with recruiters. We decided to organize this simulation to give students ample interview practice and important tips that lead to increased offers.”

Event activities include 30-minute mock interviews by alumni in which students will receive valuable feedback from the interviewer and a networking reception. Alumnus Alejandro Bethlen, a brand manager at Procter & Gamble (P&G) will present “How to Master the Interview and Land your Dream Job.”

After three years of leading P&G’s Hispanic recruiting for marketing, Bethlen says that interview preparation is one of the biggest opportunities for candidates. “There are some easy steps that one can take to better prepare themselves for each interview and some key tips to help ensure that they “wow” their interviewer.”

Alumnus Jon Surratt, who works at ExxonMobil, says attending these workshops when he was a student helped him to learn what types of jobs are available. “What I realized at that time, which became even clearer as time went on, was that each potential job opportunity was unique. To make the best choice, I had to educate myself on all of the options available. Talking to professionals who came before me and had lived the types of experiences that I was contemplating was very insightful.”

Alumni will also educate students on how to maximize conferences geared for MBA candidates, which are a source for students to meet and interview with top company recruiters. An alumni panel containing Rice MBA alumni working at Frito-Lay, El Paso Corporation, ExxonMobil, HP, and PepsiCo will discuss “Keys to a Successful Conference and Q&A.” A simulation will allow students to practice their elevator pitch at 15 company booths.

Bethlen says he tries to stay involved with the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) and the Jones School as way of “‘paying back’ to those that helped me get where I am. NSHMBA is an amazing conference that gave me the opportunity to interview with 12 companies, and made it possible to get access with Procter & Gamble.”

The Marketing Club is hosting the conference along with the Houston chapters of the Asian Business Students Association (ABSA), the Black Business Students Association (BBSA), the Hispanic Business Student Association (HBSA), the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA), and Net Impact.

Diversity Conference Simulation