Alina Minkova

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Alina Minkova

My name is Alina Minkova and I’m a rising junior pursuing the Corporate Finance and Accounting major, with minors in Spanish and CIS. At Bentley, I have participated in the Honors Program, Women’s Leadership Program, Microfinance Group, and Service Learning with the BSLCE since my very first semester freshman year. 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. This would be my first year working for the Pulsifer Undergraduate Career Development Center and I couldn’t be more excited to come up with creative and helpful ideas in these upcoming semesters!

As far as work experience goes, I have always been committed to my professional development. This year, I spent two days of the week in Boston to work as an Accounting Intern for Campbell, DeVasto & Associates, while also taking classes. This experience has helped me immensely with time management and my career goals; I plan on continuing this internship every semester while I finish my bachelor’s degree. For the summer of 2020, I worked at The Main Street America Group as a Finance Intern! I was very attracted to MSA’s values regarding corporate responsibility (especially social responsibilities and community service).

Outside of school and work, 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 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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Handling Stress: Recruitment Season

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Between classes, activities, or clubs, and anything else that busy Bentley students occupy their time with, recruitment season for each major can bring more stress into the mix. Below are some ways that you can make sure to alleviate some of that stress, as well as manage all of your many activities and responsibilities.

Start early. 

Make sure that you’ve been actively improving your resume and getting ready to rock your recruitment season. For finance and accounting majors, especially, as …

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Virtual Interview Tips

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Because many events have quickly had to convert to virtual platforms, students must now anticipate virtual interviews becoming the norm for communicating with companies. With this new interviewing method becoming increasingly popular, here are several tips that can help alleviate stress and make it feel more like an in-person interview. If you need more tips, check out even more virtual interview tips here

Be early, or at least on time. Although the prior rule of thumb of being at your …

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Working From Home: Remote Internship Tips

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Summer 2020 is one that students will not forget. From having their plans uprooted in the age of COVID-19 and the pandemic shutting down many different opportunities for travel, in-person classes, internships, and even full-time jobs, this year is unlike any other. Luckier students who did not have their internships rescinded or canceled were given the opportunity to work from home, which was still also followed by difficulties adjusting. If you physically went to school for 12 or 13 years, …

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Study Abroad and Your Resume: Perfect Match or Not?

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Studying abroad is a coveted and treasured college student experience. When coming back from abroad, many students say that their life has been changed, personally or professionally. Studying abroad definitely widens your horizons, but should it be on your resume? When faced with this question, I would almost always say yes.

Opposition to studying abroad may call it a “student vacation,” but fails to mention that while abroad course-work may be lighter or less intense than the classes you regularly …

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Top Dogs: Interns Who Stand Out

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In any size of internship program, there are often shining stars who get offered full-time positions with the company (or internships again next year). There are three things that all of these students have in common with each other that allow them to reach this level of success.

1. Cooperation

These students are always cooperative with upper-management adding on extra tasks to their daily work or projects, recognizing that to stand out, they have to be as fluid as the …

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Websites for Career Development

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As you may know, Bentley University’s Undergraduate Pulsifer Career Development Center has ranked #1 in the nation yet again. At Bentley, students are always seeking more on how exactly they can bring their career development to the next level. Career development is also something that can be worked on at any point during your time as a student or far beyond. It’s a never-ending improvement.

Career development doesn’t have to be intimidating, it can be fun! There is so much …

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Interview Anecdotes & Examples of Relevant Stories:

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Interviewers want stories. Imagine this and tell me what would better capture your attention. I want a job and you are my first-round interviewer. You ask me to talk about a point on my resume.

I talk a little about what it is exactly, whether it be a club or coursework, with several sentences on what I have done for it. 

VERSUS

I launch an engaging and passionate conversation about a specific project that I fearlessly dove into, complete with …

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How to Research a Company Efficiently

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Good news! Your dream company just invited you to a first-round interview. The catch? You have to convey exactly what interested you enough to apply there and why you would like to work for the company. What differentiates this particular organization from the thousands of other businesses and corporations that you could choose instead? Employers understand that students are applying to many different jobs and internships, but they still need you to give them audible proof of why exactly you …

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Finding a Mentor: Why, Where, When, and How

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Look at the clock! It’s time to find a mentor.

WHY?

Whether you haven’t had an internship or you’ve had five (also applicable to full-time jobs), you can benefit from mentorship. Anyone can, because nobody knows everything about their specialty or field of study, partially because that would require a limitless amount of experience and knowledge and partially because information and common practices are constantly changing! The absolute best way to learn more about anything is through first-hand experience and …

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Top Consulting Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

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Management consulting is an exciting field with plenty of opportunities for consultants to develop effective business strategies and help clients thrive in their respective industries. If you’re interested in becoming a consultant, you may be wondering about the best way to approach the interview process. For example, what should you expect and how can you prepare?

First and foremost, it’s important to understand that the consulting interview process typically consists of two types of interviews: (1) Fit interviews (also called …

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