Alina Minkova

Creative Blog Curator

Alina Minkova

Hi there! I’m Alina and I’m a senior pursuing the CFA major, with minors in Spanish and CIS. I have been involved with the Honors Program, Women’s Leadership Program, and Service Learning with the BSLCE since I first got to Bentley. I’ve stayed committed to all of these programs and have worked my way up to Lead Program Manager at the Bentley Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Center, leading the creation of the Whittemore Literacy Program, which supports the reading and writing levels of fourth-grade students in the Waltham community. I am also a member of Greek Life on campus as a Kappa Delta. I’m on my second year working for the Pulsifer Undergraduate Career Development Center and I couldn’t be more excited to come up with creative and helpful career tips in these upcoming semesters!

Outside of school, I have passions in art and literature. You can also find me taking care of the many plants I own, writing in my journals, or making my third (or fourth or fifth) cup of coffee for the day. I take pride in being easy to communicate with, so feel free to contact me or connect with me on LinkedIn!

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Music For Pre-Interview!

Happy Friday, Falcons! If you are going through interviewing, a lot of preparation is always necessary. But sometimes, what you need is confidence. One of the best ways to feel confident during an interview is getting yourself pumped up by listening to music right before it’s game time. Here are three top songs to get you excited and prepared to kill it at your next interview:

“Titanium,” David Guetta ft. Sia
A classic motivational song. It ruled several years of …

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Follow These Twitter Accounts For Career Development!

Social media is all around us and a big part of our lives. It keeps us connected to individuals all around the world and allows us to share ideas far and wide. One of the best social media platforms for getting caught up on news, whether those are political or pop culture, is Twitter. If you have a Twitter account, make sure that you are getting the most out of it by leveraging the network and availability of accounts that …

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Snag That Big Four Opportunity!

The Big Four: KPMG, PwC, EY, and Deloitte. These four amazing professional services firms employ many Bentley graduates year after year. No matter what aspect of business you are interested in, there is likely a niche opportunity within a Big Four firm for you. Big Four internships and job opportunities provide structured programs that teach you a variety of important skills, expose you to new parts of business, help you build your network by meeting so many new professionals, offer …

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Soft Skills Are SO Important

Wherever your career goals take you, you need to focus on developing soft skills. Soft skills are important no matter what industry or role you want to pursue. Soft skills are those that are not related to your specific job function but still need to be developed and practiced. Why? Well, when you are approaching entry-level positions or student opportunities like internships, many employers don’t even care about your technical or “hard” skills. 

This is because as you are just …

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Consulting Majors, Listen Up!

If you are interested in opportunities within consulting, whether within the Big Three or elsewhere, there are definitely some amazing things that you can do to prepare yourself for your first day at a consulting internship or full-time job.  This article explains some of the best ways to get ready for a great first day at any consulting firm. It first discusses the preliminary steps you can take to make sure you are well rested for your job and then …

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Think About Your Remote and Hybrid Needs Before You Accept a Job!

It’s almost time for offers to start rolling out, especially if you’ve been applying and interviewing for a while. Jobs offers are exciting and have a lot of great information within them, including location, salary, any kind of possible bonuses, and also indicators of start date. In this new age of remote work, something that your job offer might not have spelled out is the remote or hybrid policy of the company or role. It’s really important to be clear …

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Best Locations at Bentley to Focus on Applying to Jobs!

As far as your Bentley coursework goes, it’s true that a change in scenery can definitely help achieve that laser focus. Do the same thing when you’re applying to jobs! Now that we have established that job applications do not have to take forever, there are so many great places on-campus to buckle down and apply.

 

The Library!
Definitely go to the library for some quiet time. Sit in a comfy chair or maybe grab some food and a …

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How Long Does A Job Application Really Take?

Sometimes, it’s so hard to find the motivation to do something (even if it’s something you know you really need to do) unless you know exactly what you’re signing up for. Even though it’s usually not, applying to jobs can feel like a total time suck. Let’s talk through how long a job application should take you, from the beginning to the end!

 

Pre-Applying (3+ hours):

Before you even apply for any jobs, make sure that your resume is updated …

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In-Person Career Events: How to Prepare

In-person events, how we have missed them! Now that campus is finally warming up and more employers are becoming comfortable with recruiting in-person, it’s crucial that students get ready to interview and interact with companies on-campus. We’re all excited to get back to pre-pandemic events, but every company has a different comfort level with being in-person, so just be conscious of that and do get pumped up for virtual events as well! However, if some upcoming events that interest you …

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Take Your Virtual Interviews From… Where?

As Bentley students are interviewing more (recruiting season for many majors is full-steam ahead!), it’s important to have quiet, well-lit places to take your video and phone interviews from! Aside from more obvious places like your residential dorm or lounge, here are my top picks for places on campus to take video interviews from.

The PCDC. 
The Pulsifer Career Development Center is open and more than happy to let you use an empty room in the center for an interview. …

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