New Grads New Jobs 2020
CoBA was excited to share news of 2020 gradautes who accepted job offers over the
summer! Each social media post below features a new gradaute and their new job, as
well as some sage advice for current students to prepare for their careers.
|Good #newgradnewjob news for Amanda Boudrealt who just accepted a position as Marketing & Events Coordinator
for the San Diego North EDC! The trade and business development organization is lucky to have a stellar new team
member as she was a true asset to CoBA's Office of Business Research and Analysis (OBRA).
She says, “Working with OBRA helped grow my network and ease my transition into a
professional role. One word of advice I can give to fellow CSUSM alum or students
is to be patient with yourself if you’re having a hard time securing employment or
internships. COVID-19 is affecting the economy and job market in many ways. Stay focused
on your goals and keep applying to companies, utilize your network and concentrate
on strengthening those relationships in the meantime.” Best of luck in your new job, Amanda
|Exciting #newgradnewjob announcement for another #classof2020 graduate, Brooke Callonea, a supply chain management student, just accepted a new role as a procurement specialist
with campus partner at Viasat. She began building a relationship with the organization early on while working with
an alumni mentor from the the supply chain department and completing a Viasat Senior
Experience project her final semester.
“The biggest thing I learned during my time at CSUSM is you get out what you put into
college. Take every opportunity to network with professionals in your industry and
get involved on campus. Participating in the GSCM Society and mentor program were hugely beneficial to my college experience and helped get
me to where I am today. I highly recommend taking advantage of CoBA's resources while
you're in school!“ Congrats, Brooke!!
Congrats to Andrew Dowcher on his #newgradnewjob announcement! Andrew interned with Avande this summer and will begin his new full time role as a data analyst this month!
Andrew started out as a accounting major but soon switched to finance. He worked in
retail and fast food while earning his degree and even tried acc and supply chain
internships before realizing he wanted to work for a large organization. He landed
the interview with Avanade thanks to a connection in the company and he built a stellar
reputation during his 2 months as intern.
His had lots of advice for fellow cougars...
“First, employers in all sectors want people to have a background in programming,
web design, or other advanced products. If you want a REALLY good paying job, go to
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/browse/ and start learning these skills. Companies want people who know Microsoft technologies.
This resource is FREE!
And second, work full time while going to school, and try to get decent grades doing
so. Brag about it. That was probably the #1 reason why I got hired at Avanade, was because I not only had great time management,
but I also had the GPA to prove I was no slouch.”
Best of luck in the new job, Andrew!
|Congrats to Elise Chung on her #newgradnewjob announcement! Elise just accepted a new role as customer service analyst at Amkor
Technology (a company specializing in semi-conductor packaging and test services).
While WFH, she shared her advice for students navigating the new job landscape.
“Know your worth! Graduating during the middle of the pandemic was so tough, not only
in terms of my courseload, but also looking at potential job prospects. With the current
job market, I grew worrisome that I would need to lower my standards and accepting
ANY job that came my way. But as the interviews started to slowly trickle in, I realized
that I knew my worth going into the market before COVID-19 and I shouldn't be settling
for a job. Ultimately, I landed a role as a Customer Service Analyst for Amkor Technology,
which met (and exceeded) all of my standards of what I was looking for. Research and
understand what kind of company you want to work for, make sure that their values
align with yours, and find a role that will make you happy, confident, and motivated!
Be strong, be patient, be proactive in your search, and don't settle for anything
less than what you're worth.”
|Congratulations to Steven Sutherland, a #classof2020 graduate, who just secured his
first career role at TEKsystems ! Steven will be recruiting IO and Cyber Security
professionals in the DoD and Government sector.As an active student on campus, Steven
took advantage of the @csusm.veterans center resources, a geico careers internship,
and CoBA's Business Professional Development program's networking opportunities. His
advice for current students? “Never underestimate the power of an internship and service
industry experience on your resume; that’s why I was initially reached out to through
LinkedIn for this position and here I am now-in my dream career!”
|Exciting #newgradnewjob announcement for Melody Forstie! Melody accepted a new role as Client Success Manager
at The Crancer Group, a Microsoft Partners consulting group. She is now working with
the group's COO, Richard Crancer who has been a strong supporter of our college's
BPD and Professional Mentor Program.
She advises all students to, "Take advantage of the resources the CSUSM career center
and COBA as to offer like job fairs, resume building workshops, and more. Also, to
really build your professional network by having informational interviews and connecting
with professionals within your industry. This really assisted me in finding the right
direction in what position I wanted. Good luck, Cougars!" Congratulations, Melody!
|CoBA is excited to share another #newgradnewjob announcement for Andy Vuu! Andy actually started an internship position with General Atomics this month where he will get to explore the many different
career options available for his supply chain specialization and learn more about
the industry. This will hopefully lead to a full-time position with the organization
or a clearer picture of what he wants to do next.
His advice for current students is to gain direction while still in school. "Take
advantage of the resources that are available at CSUSM. Whatever you put into school
such as joining societies, attending events like job fairs, and participating in mentorship
programs; these will guide you where you would want to be. Just keep striving!" Congratulations
and best of luck, Andy!
|Management student Jonas Dyer shares his #cobastudentsuccess story of how his strong work ethic and a network connection at his local gym led
to his burgeoning career managing real estate ventures across the Pacific Northwest.
How is he propelling his career forward prior to graduation you might ask?
“A wise man once told me that you are the average of the people you spend the most
time with. I could not surround myself with a better team now if I tried and I can
see how their influence has positively reflected on my life, both personally and professionally."