I was an administrative intern at Boston MedTech Advisors. Every day I learned about something new, whether it be about a medical device or issue that I have never heard of, or a new application of software.
As mentioned in an earlier blog post, there is a lot you can do to build your toolkit of professional skills relatively easily, quickly, and for free. Learning new skills when you have some free time (Hint: Winter break!) will help you in the short-term when looking for jobs/internships, and in the long-term when developing yourself professionally. You can be any age & any major in order to learn new skills. Here are some free ways to add to your toolkit:
Skills: Basic coding. Learning even a little bit of Java, Python, HTML, or any other programming language is a really valuable technical skill. Site: www.Code.org and www.CodeAcademy.com
UMass Amherst gives students approximately 5 weeks off during winter break between the fall and spring semesters. For many, this is a time to catch up on sleep, relax at home, work, intern, and catch up with family and friends.
After about three weeks into break, many students may begin to feel restless and need something to do. Sound familiar? Below is a list of items you can do over break that are not strenuous, do not take a ton of time, and will help you out in the long run.
Take The Time To...
Create/Update Your LinkedIn Profile This is a must! Everything you’ve accomplished over the past semester: is it on your LinkedIn Profile? Utilize all of the features that are available to you on the site, and show off your accomplishments!
Name: Shelley Duncan ’92
“As a student, I received a great professional start in Isenberg’s accounting program,” recalls Shelley Duncan ’92, a partner for over ten years in Deloitte’s Technology Media & Telecommunications practice. “Isenberg’s culture was inclusive, like a family. Professors like Asebrook and Simpson cared deeply about students becoming successful. Over the years, I’ve often returned to Isenberg to recruit because the program has some of the best students in the market.”
According to Isenberg MBA graduate Michael Philipp ’80, financial acumen gives you the tools to effect positive change. The former Chairman and CEO of Credit Suisse Europe, Middle East, and Africa is chairman and managing partner of his own merchant bank, Ambata, which capitalizes and brings best practices to projects in developing nations (principally in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America). Those ventures, emphasizes Michael, all focus on clean, sustainable energy, food, water, or waste.
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Two years ago, Red Sox General Manager and Isenberg Sport Management graduate Ben Cherington ’97 M.S. defied extremely long odds with strategic moves that helped bring the team from the cellar to a World Series championship. Now, following an injury-plagued season, he is positioning the team through adept acquisitions and negotiations for a similar ascent.
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Name: Tony Jordan
Position: Partner Ernst & Young
With his extensive experience in forensic accounting, Tony Jordan ’95 has never had to look for work; instead, "employers have come to me," he told students in a visit to Isenberg in 2013. A partner with Ernst & Young in its Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services practice, Tony specializes in forensic accounting investigations, issues surrounding Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and general business-related disputes.