Business Scholars benefit from mentors, competitions and more

Business Scholars benefit from mentors, competitions and more

HRM student Anna Brady with Scholars mentor Professor Nancy Savage at mentor appreciation event
HRM student Anna Brady with Scholars mentor Professor Nancy Savage at mentor appreciation event.

Leadership development, community service, case competitions and mentors--Students  involved in OU’s Business Scholars program gain real-world experience through those four program components while building a professional network and having fun.


Active mentors are successful professionals who volunteer their time and provide one-on-one guidance to Scholars. From detailed feedback on resumes and mock job interviews, to advice on case competition performance and insight into career opportunities, student Scholars get detailed, individualized feedback from these business experts.

 

“My Scholars mentor, Professor Nancy Savage, helped me jump-start my career with one-on-one career advice,” said Human Resources Management junior Anna Brady. After receiving more information on resume building and interviewing from Savage, Brady scored an internship at Human Capital LLC in Rochester Hills, MI, which led to a permanent professional position as an HR assistant in May.

 

The goal of the mentor is to help open doors to students by gaining them access to real-life business experiences that will create the connection between college and career, said alum mentor Dennis Janowski ECN ‘72, retired senior vice president, Comerica Bank.

 

Another full year of stimulating opportunities and activities are on tap for Scholars involved this year, according to Judy Martin, Scholars coordinator.

Above: HRM student Anna Brady with Scholars mentor Professor Nancy Savage at mentor appreciation event. Below: Scholars mentor and OU alum Dennis Janowski with business Scholar Alex Grix at mentor appreciation event.

 

Scholars mentor and OU alum Dennis Janowski with business Scholar Alex Grix at mentor appreciation event.

 

Leadership workshops, campus case competitions, community service and team building events will be part of the experience, as well as new professional mentors.

 

Working plans also include participating in the group’s second international case competition, said Professor Joy Jiang, PhD, faculty director of the Scholars program.

 

Last April, an OU Business Scholars team brought home two top prizes from the International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition in Anaheim, CA. Team members described the experience as intense, exciting, rewarding and educational.

 

Business students can learn more about Scholars at oakland.edu/business/scholars. Applications for the 2015-16 program are due September 4. Direct questions to Judy Martin at martin23@oakland.edu or Theo English at tnenglis@oakland.edu