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UMSL Tutoring and Lab Services For Business Students  

By: Chris Copithorne

The University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) offers business students different types of resources to ensure student success. One of the best features they offer is tutoring programs and labs for students from all business-related majors. Specifically, these majors include: Accounting, Finance, Supply Chain and Analytics, and Information Systems. There is also a Writing Center and a Math Academic Center available, both located in 222 SSB.


Math and Writing Centers are probably the most well-known by students, but many other fields are just as valuable and should be taken advantage of by business students. For instance, the Finance Lab for Bloomberg Terminal Use is something every student should get themselves familiar with. It is a new feature offered to business students on the first floor of the new business building – Anheuser Bush Hall. Bloomberg Terminal is a software which helps monitor financial data in real-time. This resource offers the opportunity for real-world experience, especially for those who plan to pursue a career in finance.

Tutoring outlets and resources meet the dynamic needs of business students studying in a variety of fields at the undergraduate and graduate level. For instance, an undergraduate business student working on pre-requisite courses in Economics could take advantage of the Economics Resource Center (ERC) located in 452 SSB. Moreover, students can improve their understanding in other technical disciplines like: Mathematics/Writing (222 SSB), Accounting (006 ABH), Management Information Systems (200 ESH), and Supply Chain (002 ABH) in their respective tutoring Centers. All of these tutoring services function on a walk-in basis, but the writing center does require an appointment to receive assistance. This is due to the ambiguous time requirements which is necessary to accurately review, evaluate, and guide a student on a writing assignment. For additional information concerning hours of operation for Tutoring services in Business, please click here.   

Conversely, if you have the ability to help others in these subjects, you can become a tutor. Oftentimes these boast a high degree of flexibility regarding the tutor’s class schedule. These coveted positions are usually given to students who have demonstrated the highest level of proficiency in the courses that they tutor. Prospective business students who need help from a tutor should feel assured in knowing that they are working with the best and brightest in the UMSL Community. Tutors are usually hand-picked by department heads and leaders who look for patient and intelligent students to fill these roles.

Clearly, the tutoring program at UMSL is something that provides huge benefits to all parties involved. It is the hope of the College of Business that students and tutors will cultivate long-lasting relationships through common career interests in the field of business. These relationships often lead to additional networking opportunities through business clubs and organizations within the UMSL community. Tutoring services are meant to serve the needs of business students and augment current efforts in their respective courses. To make the most out of tutoring services, students should come prepared with specific questions on practice problems or assignments. The overall difference tutoring services can make is profound, as students exceed and achieve their academic goals.


 

Why Internships Are Important: A Look Inside an Internship at Frito-Lay

By: Megan Rothermich

Kevia Jett-Ricketts is 30 years old and a returning learner, who works full time at E-Trailer while she is in school. Kevia is a student at UMSL’s College of Business Administration and is also part of the Pierre Laclede Honors College. She is a dear friend of mine and a great inspiration to many. Her unwavering work-ethic is what sets her apart from others and has gotten her to where she is today.

After a successful internship experience at Frito Lay, Kevia was offered a full-time position at the company, which she will start after her graduation in May 2018.


Q: How did you hear about the internship at Frito Lay?

A: I saw their table at the Career and Internship Fair at UMSL in the spring. The HR representative was sitting with free chips (who doesn’t love free chips!) and I approached the table, wondering why no one else had stopped by. Intrigued, I asked the HR representative why she hadn’t seen much traffic, and her response was, “I have free chips, I’m really not sure why people aren’t stopping by!”

We ended up sparking a conversation that I believed went well. The HR representative called me a week later to set up an interview.  

The day of the interview, I stopped to fill up my gas tank and ended up spilling some gasoline on my foot, which made me smell like gasoline for the rest of the day. I thought the interview went terrible, so feeling like I missed out on an amazing opportunity, I broke down and shed a few tears. I was certain I failed the interview. But 2 hours later I got an email from the HR representative. I remember the date, October 7th, because it was a big day for me. The email was asking me to go to Kansas City, MO for the second round of interviews!

Q: How did the interviews take place?

There were 3 30-minute round interviews. The first 30-minute interview was a 1-person interview, the next one was a 2-person interview, and lastly, another 1-person interview. All together 4 people interviewed me that day. I felt super pumped about this opportunity after the interviews, and I appreciated the amount of time and effort they put into interviewing people for internships.

The week after my second round of interviews, I opened my email and saw that I had received the official offer for the internship.

Q: Fast forward to your first day at the internship, what was that like?

A: For our first day, we were back in Kansas City for 3 days. We learned what our projects for the summer would be and learned how to use the tablets. After that we went and toured the plant in Topeka to see how chips are made. This is standard for all Frito Lay employees, as they want their employees to really understand the process.

Q: After you returned from Kansas City, what were your responsibilities during your internship?

A: Overall my project was to make sure that 16 stores we were assigned were tagged appropriately and stripped correctly. Basically, making sure every chip was in its correct spot.  I happened to be doing small format stores, which is mostly convenient stores, such as Casey’s.

Q: How did you close out the summer?

A: At the end, we got to go to Las Vegas and present what we did in front of Pepsi executives. The awesome part of the presentation in Vegas is that your presentation wouldn’t decipher whether you would get the job or not. You were evaluated by the people that worked close with you all summer so that there wasn’t too much pressure on the presentation. I ended up getting a verbal confirmation that I would get a full-time job offer before going to Vegas.  “You have a position with us” was all that my boss said, and I was ecstatic.

About a week after I returned from Vegas, I received a call from the HR representative with the actual verbal job offer and the starting salary.

Q: What are the takeaways from your internship at Frito Lay and what do you want other students to know about taking an internship?

A: My takeaway is that Frito Lay really cares about who they hire, and they care about making sure not only you are right for the company, but that the company is right for you. Internships are what you make of it. You should make the best of your experience. I was lucky enough to have a great mentor and she showed me what I would have to deal with daily if I decided to work for Frito-Lay. I also learned that time management is essential because the job is quite autonomous. Be proactive in your internships and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Lastly, I want to thank Lisa Fikki, the Internship Coordinator at UMSL, because without her I would have never known about the career fair and the amazing opportunities that came with it. It is important to take a chance with your internships even though you might not know what to expect, you can end up having a job lined up for you when you graduate. Take advantage of the things you have available to you at UMSL, you won’t regret it.


 

Personal Branding Check

Breanna Phillps_Menendez

BreAnna Menendez-Phillips
Junior: Business Marketing
Delta Sigma Pi VP- Professional Events
UMSL Business Ambassador
International Business Club Social Chair

 

Brand building is not just for businesses or corporations. Branding can also be personal – this type of branding is all about YOU. Personal marketing is not just about the way you present yourself, but also the way you behave within your networks.

Here are five essential tips for branding yourself:

Define your brand.
Think about what you want your success story to be. When determining your goals and passions, form a mission to stick to throughout your career journey. You may even be able to turn your passions into a side job or fulltime business.

Choose your brand name.
Your brand’s identity should speak for itself. When personal branding, it’s best to use your birth name or common name. You can create a new name, but it will be more beneficial to use your authentic name for consistency. If you’re representing yourself genuinely and the right way, opportunities will come pouring in!

Research your “industry.”
Find your competition, and then determine what makes you stand out from the rest. Whether you have a passion for coaching or baking, it’s essential to research as someone may already be pursuing your space. Don’t fret over competition – the importance of knowing your peers is so you can enhance your own brand by determining your differentiator.

Create a personal digital presence.
Creating and maintaining an online site, or “resume,” can net you exposure. Consider turning your passion into a website or blog where you can share your knowledge, product or service. Employers and investors are sure to ask for your personal site, so claim your URL now.

Uphold high brand standards.
Your personal brand image is more than a nicely designed logo. Your brand is your story, along with the images associated with it, and your level of integrity on a daily basis. Keep your brand updated and in check – don’t forget to “refresh” as needed.

Originally printed in: UMSL Digital Mindshare