Meet Your Career Team

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JD Van Alstyne (he/him)

Graduate Career Advisor

Education & Experience:

MBA, Sustainable Business Practices Specialization, University of Oregon
BA, Business Administration, University of Oregon

Before joining Mohr Career services in 2022, I held leadership positions in the nonprofit and food/beverage industries; notably, as the executive director of Nourish International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the personal and professional success of student leaders pursuing careers in social impact.

What’s the main focus of your work at Mohr Career Services?

As the Graduate Career Advisor, I focus on supporting MBA and MSF students. In addition to individual advising throughout the year, I facilitate workshops during MBA orientation and I teach FIN 607 in the summer and fall, a 2-credit seminar series on Professional Development for MSF students.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

You won’t know what you like until you try it.

Share something about you that people might find surprising

I’m a triple-duck (two degrees from UO and now an employee), but I credit Hip Hop music for the bulk of my education. I wouldn’t be who I am without it. Shout out to People Under the Stairs, Dilated Peoples, Black Star, and many others.

What advice would you give to students so they can optimize their Lundquist experience?

Don’t go through your time in school focused solely on your classes and grades. Less than 1/3 of recruiters look at GPA when evaluating early career candidates. So, as soon as you can, find ways to DO the thing(s) you think you’d like to explore before committing your life to it. Join a club and eventually take on a leadership position, find a part-time job or internship, find an interesting role in ASUO, start a business, etc… The most valuable thing you can do for yourself (and something that will help you stand out as you apply for jobs post-grad) is to gain practical experience.