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Release: Jan. 23, 2003
Tippie MBA program offers career services for alumni
The Tippie School of Management at the University
of Iowa has started a career services program for MBA alumni to help them
in their career progression.
Kathie Decker, director of MBA Career Services at the Tippie School, says
that the service was created not only to serve MBA alumni who have been laid
off as result of the downturn in the economy, but also to assist alumni as
they experience more frequent job changes than in the past.
The program uses several Web-based job search resources along with the
services of a professional search firm -- Lee, Hecht, and Harrison -- to
personalize the experience.
"There's always been a need for this service, but with the Internet
we are able to deliver significant resources to alumni over a wide geographical
area," Decker said. She added that the search firm has numerous offices
throughout the country, so Tippie MBA alumni can also get personalized face-to-face
The MBA Career Services staff helps MBA alumni job seekers by offering resume
tune-ups, interview coaching and job search advice. It provides access to
ExecuPlanet, Career Search and Vault Web sites, which provide company research,
contacts and career advice. MBA Career Services has an intranet site where
MBA alumni can get information about recruiting events, campus interviews,
company contacts, and networking opportunities.
MBA alumni can apply for jobs and post resumes through eRecruiting, a Web-based
recruiting site used by MBA Career Services to link with firms seeking new
employees. They can also tap into a network of more than 1,000 Tippie MBA
alumni and company contacts, participate in on-campus interviews, and receive
information about current job vacancies and events.
One alumna who has used Alumni Career Services is Victoria Struzynski-Olson,
who graduated with a UI MBA in 1999. The North Liberty resident, who was
recently laid off from a local biotech firm after almost 2 1/2 years of employment
as a manager of international programs, is seeking a position where she can
draw on her background in biotech, marketing and international sales. The
MBA Career Services staff critiqued her resume and posted it on the eRecruiting
Web site. She has also used the company research resources and has had opportunities
to network with other Tippie MBA alumni.
"I've maintained ties with the MBA program and had previous knowledge
of MBA Career Services from when I was a student. I was impressed with the
people there and the service they provided," Struzynski-Olson added.
There is a $75 yearly registration fee for alumni to utilize MBA Career
Services. This fee includes two hours of individualized job search counseling
and use of all the job search resources. To register, call MBA Career Services
at 1 (800) MBA-IOWA, ext. 1021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.