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Erika Venegas, Student Org Leader, Spring 2018

Erika Venegas

"My advice to future BPD students is to take the time to build a personal connection with your EIR and peers. My EIR, Emilie Hersh, helped me network with many business professionals. Now, they are part of my many connections on LinkedIn. Emilie also motivated me to become the President of the Latino Business Student Association. As a board member, I get to explore many business industries, while meeting potential employers. Plus, being involved on campus allowed me to obtain two scholarships. Also, attend those outside networking events and don’t be afraid to start a conversation. It allows you to practice your 45-second elevator pitch and you can always ask your EIR or our CoBA Career Counselor, Karin Iwasaka, for help. Lastly, this course is meant to help you, and you will only be successful if you put in the work to better understand your passions. Even though the BPD program is over for me, I will continue to develop myself through CoBA’s Mentor Program. And, I would suggest you do the same!"

~Erika Venegas, BPD Student 2018



Jessica Gonzalez, Career Position, Spring 2018

Jessica Gonzalez

"BPD helped me to make my resume and interview skills stronger. This helped me get a new job with Advanced America as an Assistant Manager. My EIR, William Byun, taught me the importance of knowing your own value because once you know your value, you will know what you want as you make career choices. He also pointed out important things on a resume that will help you stand out. Advice that I have for students entering the program is to participate in class. First, it makes the class a lot more fun and helps you create new connection within the students in the program. Second,  it allows your EIR to get to know you personally, which will help your EIR to better to guide you one-on-one. Last, ask questions, the EIRs are well experienced in the business industry and could answer those questions. "

~Jessica Gonzalez, BPD Student 2018


Valeria Gaeta, Internship, Spring 2017

Working with her Executive in Residence, Jim Ferguson, Valeria was able to secure an internship with NGS, LLP, a business and tax consulting firm. During the internship she has been working with tax returns, trial balances, profit & loss statements, balance sheets, and bookkeeping. Valeria found the resume, cover letter, and mock interview assignments particularly helpful in preparing for the internship interview.

Valeria Gaeta

"My advice to those starting the BPD program is to be involved with it. What you put in to the program is really what you will get out of it. Take advantage of the resources and information they provide. The assignments are there to benefit you - complete them in a timely manner! Communicate with your EIR - they are there for a reason. After all, the program is all about you."

~Valeria Gaeta, BPD Student 2016-17


Lovina Yako, Assistant Position, Spring 2018

While working with her Executive in Residence, Doyle Young, Lovina developed her career search skills and built her confidence for applying for jobs in the accounting industry. With his guidance, she was able to secure a job as a Administrative Accounting Assistant at Global Cres, Inc. The BPD assignments she found to be the most helpful were the elevator pitch, mock interview, and business etiquette dinner.  She believes the EIR program allowed her to learn from someone who has real business world experience, and it helped to develop her understanding of what it takes to be successful.

Lovina Yako

"My advice for students entering the BPD program is to do all the assignments, ask as many questions as possible, and to be present during the lectures. This program will prepare you for interviews, internships, and future jobs. You will learn valuable lessons that you otherwise would have to teach yourself somehow along the way. Knowing what to do and how to act professionally will get you a step ahead of the game and will really impress your future employers!"

~Lovina Yako, BPD Student 2017-18