Midway in the Advent Semester, senior students facing the daunting job search season have already participated in multiple training and coaching sessions designed to give them a boost as they prepare for their post-college careers.
Since financial and consulting firms are among the earliest out of the block in the search for new recruits, early sessions have focused on those two sectors. The fall Smith Career Conversations brought seven Sewanee alumni, all with successful careers in finance or consulting, back to campus for an afternoon that included a lunch, panel discussions, networking opportunities, and practice interviews.
Here’s a rundown of some additional ways the Babson Center and the Office of Career & Leadership Development, are helping Sewanee students win at the job search in the business world.
Atlanta is a major regional financial hub and is in the top tier nationally as a hometown for Fortune 500 firms.
Atlanta Jobs Fair
This month about 20 students traveled to Atlanta for a Sewanee-only jobs fair, held at the corporate offices of SunTrust Banks, where they interviewed with recruiters from SunTrust, Regions Bank, and other firms.
Financial Skills Training
The Babson Center offers regular training sessions for the Bloomberg Professional Services Platform, used by many of the top investment management firms and stock traders. All students are eligible to attend the training sessions and to create and manage their own Bloomberg accounts. Students are also eligible to complete the Bloomberg certification program. Bloomberg terminals are located in DuPont Library and elsewhere on campus.
Each semester, the Babson Center offers all students the chance to learn specialized financial services skills at workshops taught by highly trained financial services professionals from Training the Street, the same firm that many big financial services companies use to upgrade their employees’ skills. This semester’s workshop, on October 31, focuses on building financial literacy and using the Excel spreadsheet program, a basic tool in business, for financial modeling. Attendees at the spring workshop will learn about how to value a business.
To sign up for the October 31 workshop, visit Tigernet. Registration deadline is October 22, and space is limited.
Interview Training and Résumé Coaching
Candidates for jobs with management consulting firms face technical interviews that test their analytical and problem-solving skills. Interviewers may ask candidates to solve problems using critical thinking, logic and reasoning, to apply general knowledge to real-world questions, or to outline how they would go about dealing with specific business cases.
Blue Canyon Partners, a global consulting firm whose CEO and president, Atlee Valentine Pope, is a Sewanee graduate, provided an afternoon of training for students on how to approach these interviews by two of its consultants.
Students also had the opportunity to attend a workshop on interviewing and job search techniques led by veteran corporate recruiter Elaine Krehmeyer, the president of Career Revelations, an Atlanta-based career-coaching service. Krehmeyer specializes in preparing new and recent graduates for successful job searches.