Over 200 attend ‘BizCareers in Marketing, Operations and Analytics’

Mohr Career Services, in collaboration with the AMA club (American Marketing Association) and the OBAC club (Operations and Business Analytics Club) hosted BizCareers in Marketing, Operations, and Analytics a panel discussion and a networking event that drew over 200 students. Student received insights from alumni and a current intern, as well as the opportunity to network with 25 top companies from the Northwest and beyond.

Students said that their favorite elements of the event, panel and networking, were the variety of companies and speakers:

  • “All the panelists were awesome, I felt that I learned a lot from the talk not just about potential career paths but also advice about how to grow as a young professional.”
  • “Getting to hear that my experiences aren’t so different than those who I was listening to made me feel a lot more confident.”
  • “They were very open with how they got to where they were and it made it seem more obtainable.”
  • “Calmed my nerves about searching for an internship.”
  • “They were very open with how they got to where they were and it made it seem more obtainable.
  • “(It was) a great opportunity to network with professionals after the panel.”
  • “I enjoyed the atmosphere and how friendly and helpful everyone was.”
  • “It was great gaining insights into industries and the skills needed to succeed…”

A variety of employers and organizations attended the event including the Seattle Mariners, SpaceX, Yahoo, Amazon, Alaska Airlines and more.

The alumni panel of Jen Whelan of Yahoo, Vivek Patel of Ampere, Nick Hall of Space X, and Trevor Brand of Amazon encouraged students to stay open and take steps toward their goals. They reminded students that it is in taking the steps to apply and gain experience that we learn what we do and don’t want, and in fact can’t, we can’t know all this or have clarity or complete security until we take the steps. In addition, alums explained successful new hires are solution minded, interested and ready to work outside the lines, and good teammates. Finally, issues around emerging AI tools in the workplace were raised by students. The panel encouraged students to embrace how AI can be used to provide solutions and streamline. They explained learning how to use AI to solve problems is the human impact they will bring to the workplace and will help them succeed.

Employers and alumni appreciated meeting students during open networking mixer, eager to learn, prepared and ready to ask great questions. Employers and alums at the networking event shared these highlights:

  • “I enjoyed seeing the students who are excited about their careers and interested in learning from managers.”
  • “Student engagement! I was really impressed. They asked great questions.”
  • “I enjoyed meeting several students that had a passion for their degree fields.”
  • “Interacting with so many seniors! Most students were prepared to have a good discussion and had an idea of what they were looking for.”
  • “It was great to see many students taking the initiative and being open to learning about other careers.”

As always, Mohr Career Services is here to help you identify and pursue your career goals. Book an appointment or stop by drop-in advising today!

By Sara Mason
Sara Mason Assistant Director, Industry and Alumni Engagement