By: Flavio Diaz, Career Community Ambassador
Did you know that DePaul University is home to over 1,300 international students?!
Students from all over the world are drawn to the city of Chicago for its universities, gastronomy, urban way of living, and amazing employment opportunities. The Career Center is eager to meet with our international students to help them navigate a career abroad.
Today we would like to highlight two students who have landed exciting opportunities shortly after graduating. These stories are examples of what you can achieve if you utilize the resources that surround you.
Title: Payroll and Forecasting Analyst
Organization: Ralph Lauren Corporation
Resources that helped me: DePaul University helped me extensively in my job search journey. Career Center advisors were a great resource as they helped me with my resume, helping me with the ‘tell me about yourself’ question as I was pivoting from finance to analytics role. They also helped me with the resources that enabled me to do research about the companies I was interviewing for. Handshake and LinkedIn are also great job search platforms that I used to apply for roles. DePaul professors are also a great resource as they would enlighten us about the latest trends in the job market and give us projects and assignments that would enable us to solve real business world problems. Particularly, during my MS in Business Analytics degree, I enjoyed the Business Performance Analysis course as it helped me to analyze financial statements of public companies. This is especially important during the job search process as you get to learn so much more about the companies you are applying for and, particularly, helps in the interview process.
Key takeaways: The key takeaways for me during this job search process were to always believe in your abilities and seek help wherever you need it. Companies look for confident candidates who are genuinely interested in the organization. So, tailor your job search according to that and apply for companies you can relate to the most (company values, job responsibilities etc). Whenever you get a rejection, take it as a learning experience. Every rejection is a step closer to your dream job So, keep hustling and keep learning!
Title: Business Data Analyst
Organization: Zebra Technologies
Advice: Meeting with a Career Advisor and making changes to my resume while having mock interview sessions, attending events and participating in career fairs really helped me. I’d encourage all the students to make full use of the career center resources. I’m sure they’ll help all the students in landing great opportunities.