UD Students Prepare for Internships at the Holy See

UD Students Prepare for Internships at the Holy See

They may not know exactly what to expect, but Maureen O’Toole and Teresa Sullivan will be well-prepared when arrive in Rome this month to begin their once-in-a-lifetime experiences as interns at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See.

In addition to taking the American Foreign Policy class this summer with Dr. Daniel Burns, O’Toole and Sullivan spoke with a number of foreign policy experts to give them insight into the important role embassies play in diplomacy.

Maureen O’Toole, Teresa Haney

One of these experts was Professor Mary Ann Glendon, former ambassador to the Holy See under George W. Bush and current professor at Harvard Law School, who answered questions for the class via conference call. Haney said that Professor Glendon gave them insight on the unique nature of her post and also what to expect during their time in Rome. “Professor Glendon emphasized the power of the Pope, who has no real political interest other than the protection of human dignity around the world,” Haney said. “This is what distinguishes the relationship between the United States and the Holy See from the US’s diplomatic ties with just about every other country.”

As part of Dr. Burns’ class, O’Toole and Haney also met with Amanda Schnetzer, Director of Global Initiatives at the George W. Bush Institute, and both mentioned that their supervisors at the embassy have been very helpful in helping them prepare for their roles.

Both Haney and O’Toole know that living on their own abroad and working full-time will be a new experience. “Having previously lived in Rome and having Dr. Hatlie and the rest of the Rome campus only a metro ride away, we know that adjusting to a new lifestyle won’t be too difficult, although I’m sure it will not be without its challenges,” O’Toole said.

Haney said that she is most looking forward to meeting with and shadowing the Foreign Service Officers at the embassy. “I am looking forward to learning about the various interests of the embassy and how we work with the Vatican to pursue them,” she said.

O’Toole said that she is looking forward to managing the embassy’s social media and writing their news products. “I am particularly interested in political journalism and I think this job will give me great experience in this field and a good idea of what to expect,” she said.

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Editor’s note: O’Toole and Haney heard about their internships through emails sent by Julie Jernigan, Director of UD’s Office of Personal Career Development. 

 

It’s Never Too Early to Visit the Office of Personal Career Development

It’s Never Too Early to Visit the Office of Personal Career Development

Welcome back to campus!

Now that you’ve survived the first week of classes, it’s time to get to know the Office of Personal Career Development.

No matter what year you are (we’re talking to you freshmen), OPCD can help guide you on the path to achieving your career and vocational goals.

What services does OPCD provide?

On Campus Events
Last year, OPCD hosted 91 events, featuring 129 unique speakers and employers on campus. This included speakers on academic topics, as well as panelists and alumni from nearly every career field. Many of our speakers and panelists represent employers who are already inclined to hire UD students after graduation or as interns. Click here to receive event alerts by email or text.

Job and internship search assistance
UD Career Link is the OPCD’s online database that gives students and alumni direct access to search for full-time, part-time, and internship positions. Students and recent graduates already have an account in CareerLink and can typically log in using their udallas.edu email as username and nine-digit ID number as password. Click here for a list of internship databases in addition to CareerLink.

And remember to OPT IN to receive mobile job and event alerts. You can choose which job categories interest you most.

If you’re still having trouble finding a job or internship, click here to make an appointment with an OPCD counselor.

Resume Help
Whether you’re applying for a job, an internship, grad school, or a prestigious scholarship or fellowship, OPCD can help you craft a resume that matches highlights your skills and experience. Click here to make an appointment for your resume review.

Guidance on Choosing a Career Field or Major
OPCD offers UD students Focus2, an online education and career interests assessment and planning tool. The online assessment will ask you a series of questions to gauge your interest in a variety of activities, then find the career fields and majors that best match your answers. Keep in mind, though, that Focus2 is just tool and not an absolute prescription for which path you should take. Contact Gaby Martin in our office for more information about Focus2.

GST 1117 Career Development
This course will help you develop techniques and strategies for identifying your fields of interest, developing your personal branding, and conducting an effective job search. You’ll learn to assess your marketable skills, research the marketplace, build a personal brand and develop a network of contacts. During the class, you’ll also learn how to write effective resumes and cover letters, as well as how to conduct yourself in an interview. Speak with your advisor or visit our website for more information about the class.

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Students Forming
Women in STEM Club at UD

Students Forming
Women in STEM Club at UD

Why are there so few women in STEM fields and what can we do about it? Last year, students at the University of Dallas decided to tackle those questions head-on by forming a Women in STEM club at UD.

Patricia Hahn and Rebecca Kolbeck

Last spring, Rebecca Kolbeck, a senior biology major, joined a few friends for informal talks about starting a Women in STEM club at UD. “Some of the women who were in the STEM majors and were about to graduate mentored us and encouraged us to think about forming a club,” she said. They started out with a few informal events, including discussions about what the club would look like and even a trip to see the movie Hidden Figures for inspiration. Patricia Hahn, senior biochemistry major, and Tessa Rosenberger, junior physics major, are two other founding members of the group.

As the fall 2017 semester begins, Kolbeck and other members have turned to Dr. Sally Hicks, Chair of the Physics Department, and Dr. Ellen Steinmiller, Associate Professor of Chemistry, as mentors for the club. “We’re really in the formative stages now,” Kolbeck said. “So we’d like to research statistics on women in STEM majors at UD. We’d like to find out if female STEM grads actually go into STEM fields after graduation. And if not, why?”

Kolbeck hopes to eventually bring speakers to campus that can not only inspire young women to pursue STEM careers, but also prepare them for the challenges they might face in the traditionally male-dominated STEM fields. “We’d like to hear from alumni, female professionals, and UD professors about how they overcame the obstacles to being women in STEM,” she said. 

Kolbeck visualizes the Women in STEM Club inspiring the next generation as well. “We’d eventually like to talk about women in STEM fields in a broader sense, including how we, as college students, can motivate high school and middle school girls into pursuing STEM education,” she said.

For more information on women in STEM fields, read the American Association of University Women’s research report on the subject here.

For help in choosing a major or career field, make an appointment with an OPCD career counselor.

 

John Posey: Member of
UD Alumni Advisory Panel
(Launching Soon)

John Posey: Member of
UD Alumni Advisory Panel
(Launching Soon)

The Office of Personal Career development is working with the Office of Alumni Relations to bring the expertise and advice of UD’s outstanding alumni network directly to students. When the panel goes live, UD students will be able to peruse the background of participating panelists and pose questions to alumni from a variety of career fields. Here’s one of our panel members.

John Posey

BA Politics, 1987
Career Sector: Public Service
Graduate Degrees: Master of Arts, Politics, Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Master of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
Current Job Title: Analyst IV
Current Employer: Legislative Budget Board

What career path led to your current position?

I studied public affairs at the LBJ school of public affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. I have been analyzing criminal justice data in one way or another since 1994 .

What kind of credentials, education, training, prior experience are needed to pursue this path?

A Master’s degree in politics or public affairs or statistics helps a lot. A person needs experiencing analyzing quantitative data.

How was your major and/or your degree from UD related to your current work?

My education at the University of Dallas taught me how to think, how to read, and how to write. Those three things go along way in any field, including this one.

Victoria Williamson: Member of UD Alumni Advisory Panel (Launching Soon)

Victoria Williamson: Member of UD Alumni Advisory Panel (Launching Soon)

Victoria Williamson

BA Psychology, 2013

Career Sectors: Healthcare, Technology

Graduate Degree: Master of Arts, Psychology
Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Current Job Title: Program Manager

Current Employer: Catalyst Health Network

What career path led to your current position?

I interned for a technology recruiting and professional services company during my final year of grad school. The VP of Professional Services was interested in my background in psychology. Once I completed my masters, he hired me to work with our technology teams. I became involved in our organizational training and client services programs. After two years, I joined a healthcare start up as their technology and program manager specialist. I’m currently working for this organization. I specialize in designing technology products and managing new product offerings.

What kind of credentials, education, training, prior experience are needed to pursue this path?

A bachelor’s degree is absolutely required. A master’s degree is strongly preferred, but could be acquired later. More than anything, you need a strong work ethic and a drive to solve any problem.

How was your major and/or your degree from UD related to your current work?

My background in psychology has proved invaluable. My employers specifically hired me for the psychological insights I bring to the table.  

Applying for Prestigious
Scholarships and Fellowships

Applying for Prestigious
Scholarships and Fellowships

Have you ever dreamed about studying at Oxford University? Pursuing advanced research at MIT?  Where will you go after your studies conclude here? Is there a Rhodes, Fulbright, or Truman in your future?

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Merit based prestigious scholarships and fellowships enable select students the opportunity to undertake undergraduate or graduate studies or research experiences, either domestically or abroad. Candidates who are awarded these scholarships have achieved meaningful recognition and experiences of life-long significance. For a list of opportunities, visit UD’s Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships website.

The road to earning these nationally competitive awards is rigorous and personally challenging. And while preparing an application for one of these awards can seem daunting, the Office of Personal Career Development and the designated faculty advisors for each award are here to help. “OPCD can also give you information about which scholarships and fellowships are available and give you advice on the application process,” said Gaby Martin, Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships Advisor. Deadlines for these awards vary, and staying on top of what is due when is a crucial step in the application process.
         
While the major fellowships and scholarships such as Rhodes, Fulbright, and Truman require a school nomination, many others do not. For those, as well as the nominated scholarships, seek assistance from the specific scholarship/fellowship’s advisor, as well as from faculty in your area of study, your academic advisor, the Academic Success Office, and Ms. Martin from OPCD. This will ensure that each application is representative of your best work.

Although OPCD and faculty advisors will work with well-qualified individuals, it is ultimately up to you to submit a well-written application and to get the supporting documents in order to be nominated.  

For more information, contact OPCD.

Advice from an Entrepreneur
Flip Howard–Founder & President,
Meridian Business Centers

Advice from an Entrepreneur
Flip Howard–Founder & President,
Meridian Business Centers

A group of entrepreneurs spoke recently to students at the University of Dallas’ Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business. This series will highlight their best advice for those interested in starting their own businesses.

Flip Howard
Founder & President
Meridian Business Centers

Meridian Business Centers has been a trusted resource for office space in Dallas and Houston since 2001 by providing premier office solutions at an accessible price. Their executive office suites, virtual offices, coworking, and meeting spaces offer considerable value with very low overhead to small businesses.

  • While my friends were working for minimum wage, I painted addresses on curbs and made twice that much. I started my first business–a laundry service–in college. Now I own several companies, but my main focus is buying, renovating, and then leasing office space to small companies.
  • Most people think you need do something nobody else is doing in order to be an entrepreneur. But that’s not true–just take something someone else is doing and do it better.
  • Many people (especially younger ones) get caught in “analysis paralysis.” If you have an idea, just do it! I’ve talked to too many people that said they had always wanted to start something but never did.
  • I failed a lot, but I always learned something. Don’t be afraid to swing and miss.
  • Most successful people aren’t necessarily smarter or harder working; they just have confidence in themselves. They may fail, but they don’t care. They see everything that happens as an experience.
  • Find your parents’ five most successful friends and ask them to meet with you. Find out how they got where they are and listen to what they tell you.
Dean Crawford: Member of UD Alumni Advisory Panel (Launching Soon)

Dean Crawford: Member of UD Alumni Advisory Panel (Launching Soon)

The Office of Personal Career development is working with the Office of Alumni Relations to bring the expertise and advice of UD’s outstanding alumni network directly to students. When the panel goes live, UD students will be able to peruse the background of participating panelists and pose questions to alumni from a variety of career fields. Here’s one of our panel members.

Dean Crawford

BA Mathematics, 1994

Career Sector: Consulting

Graduate Degree: MS, Mathematical Engineering, University of Texas at Dallas

Current Job Title: Senior Consulting Actuary

Employer: Willis Towers Watson

What career path led to your current position?

I was a high school math teacher for five years after UD and graduate school and then decided to pursue a career which combined my communication skills from a liberal arts university with my love for mathematics.

What kind of credentials, education, training, prior experience are needed to pursue this path?

Successful progress toward the completion of actuarial exams are ultimately needed in this career. Credentials are earned through the Society of Actuaries and the IRS Enrolled Actuary programs. Typically, full certification takes 6-10 years as you work as an analyst in the field.

How was your major and/or your degree from UD related to your current work?

UD encourages communication skills as a measure of true intellectual success. My clients appreciate an ability to share complex ideas in an applicable manner to drive change in their organizations. A math degree from UD demonstrates a student’s ability to think outside the box and master concepts across the mathematical spectrum. Narrow minds do not succeed at UD or in the consulting world.

 

Resume and Interviewing Tips
from an HR Executive

Resume and Interviewing Tips
from an HR Executive

Julie Allison, HR Executive

Who better to give you advice on your job search  than someone who looks at resumes and conducts interviews all day long? Julie Allison, an Irving-area Human Resources executive for a company that has hired many UD grads, shared some best practices for navigating the hiring process. Here are the highlights.

Job Fairs and on-campus events

  • Networking doesn’t have to be uncomfortable or scripted. It’s just a matter of walking up to someone and saying something like, “Hi. I’m Chris and I’m a student at UD majoring in Business. What do you do?”

Resumes and cover letters

  • If a resume comes across my desk with spelling or grammar mistakes, it goes in the trash.
  • The applicant uses the wrong company name in about 50% of the resumes and cover letters I see.
  • If your resume is short on work experience, highlight your campus and community involvement. This shows me that you are resourceful and adaptable. What I really want to know is what have you accomplished?
  • Your cover letter should state why you are interested in my company and why you think your background is a good fit for the position you’re applying for. Tell me why I should call you in for an interview.

Interviews

  • During an interview, you should be able to articulate what’s on your resume. Be ready to talk about not only your accomplishments, but also how you went about achieving them.
  • Always ask questions after an interview. Thoughtful questions not only show that you’ve prepared, they show that you really want to learn about the company. The right questions will help you figure out if the job is a good fit for you.

Once you land the job

  • When starting a new job or internship, don’t be so hard on yourself. It’s OK that you don’t know everything. We don’t assume that you do–and neither should you.

 

 

 

 

 

Advice From an Entrepreneur: Ken Wardle–Jet Capital

Advice From an Entrepreneur: Ken Wardle–Jet Capital

A group of entrepreneurs spoke recently to students at the University of Dallas’ Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business. This series will highlight their best advice for those interested in starting their own businesses.

Ken Wardle

Jet Capital was founded by a group of experienced small business owners and startup veterans on a mission to empower entrepreneurs with access to small business funding solutions that meet their unique needs.

  • When I was in graduate school, I wrote an business plan for a class to create a subprime auto lending company. Eventually three friends and I got together and started a company. After selling that, I’m working with another start up on a business-to-business online lending platform.
  • I knew before I started the business that I needed to be ready for lean times. So my wife and saved money to get ready for lean times.
  • You really have to have the confidence to take a big swing. And working on a team helps. Sometimes the person you least expect can come up with great ideas.
  • Talk to your parents’ friends about internships. Make connections wherever you can.
  • Because of all the experience I’ve had in every part of business, I’m not highly specialized like my former coworkers. For instance, I knew one person who was in charge of one spreadsheet. She was a VP, but a VP of one spreadsheet. I know every part of the business so my resume looks better than many of my peers.
  • People often ask me if I would do it again. Absolutely.

To make an appointment with the Office of Personal Career Development click here.