You might have noticed that our posts have been missing the past few weeks (we’re sorry!). We have been nose deep in searching for jobs and interviewing. One thing that we have found tremendously helpful throughout this process is our network of Bentley Alumni. Everyone we’ve reached out to has been so eager to help us find that career that fits. Some Alum have even reached out to us!
Because Bentley Alumni are such great resources, we thought: why not reach out to some recent graduates to see what career advice they have for current students. So here is our official first post in our Alumni Spotlight series:
Katie Miller – ‘13
Major at Bentley: Marketing
Where she is now: Marketing Coordinator at Spinlister (Southern California)
Here’s what Katie had to say:
What advice do you have for current Bentley undergrads while searching for internships?
My advice for current students would be to update your LinkedIn profile and use it as often as possible. I used to message people that I had either a 2nd or 3rd degree connection with at companies I was interested in working. People love talking about themselves so they agreed to schedule quick informational interviews with me where they would offer me advice. Later down the road when I applied for a position at the company I would send an e-mail to that specific employee letting them know that I was applying and ask if they had any additional advice. Employers love seeing students take initiative and if you impress them in that initial informational interview, it’s almost guaranteed that they’ll help you get that internship you’re applying for!
What advice do you have for members of the Class of 2014?
Don’t be afraid to reach out to Bentley alumni. I knew I wanted to move to California so I asked my professors if they knew any Bentley alumni in CA and I ended up scheduling phone calls with a few. They were all extremely nice and helped me a lot with finding a job and moving out to Los Angeles. I wouldn’t be where I am today without help so I would love to pay it forward and help the Class of 2014 any way that I can.
What is the most valuable skill you developed or knowledge you gained while at Bentley that helped prepare you for your career?
Overall, I believe what I learned from Bentley’s Career Services was some of the best knowledge that I took away in my four years. Not only did they teach me the importance of networking but they helped me immensely with my resume and interviewing skills. When I interviewed for jobs in California employers were blown away by my resume and internship experience. I think it’s important that Bentley pushes the importance of internships because students from Bentley stand out among other applicants.
What is one thing you wish you knew during your time at Bentley?
I wish I knew how quickly time flies. Take advantage of every moment you have on campus because it goes by in a blink of an eye. Get involved in everything possible, meet as many classmates as you can, and spend your nights hanging out with your roommates instead of watching Netflix.
What is your best memory from your time at Bentley?
Senior week in the Bahamas will always be my favorite memory of Bentley. In fact, when I look back on it I can’t believe it wasn’t a dream. Spending a week in the Bahamas with all your friends/classmates without a worry in the world was the best way to end such an incredible four years at Bentley.
Interested in hearing from more recent graduates? Check in next week for our next Alumni Spotlight.