An HR Analyst Reflects on Choosing UIC Business

by Raven M. Temple This May, I’ll graduate from UIC Business with a degree in management and finance and begin working full-time for XR Trading as a human resources analyst. The path leading up to my business degree has been long; I started pursuing a curiosity about stocks and bonds as early as elementary school. By high school, I was sure I’d study business in college. Why did I choose UIC Business?   Consider the value of a UIC Business degree. For a top-ranked undergraduate business program... read more

Points for Professional Development at UIC Business

The faculty of the Professional Development Program at UIC Business are here to support all UIC students, whatever their area of specialization. We offer the soft skills that help them stand out among professionals in their fields. Self-awareness, self-control, the ability to work in a team; these elements of professionalism raise students above their peers both in job searches and in the workforce. Our BA 100 and BA 220 Professional Development classes are required for freshmen and sophomores... read more

Business Scholars Spotlight: Michael Martinez, Class of 2019

1. Tell me a little about yourself. Hello! My name is Michael Martinez, and I'm a UIC Business Scholar. I'm pursuing a dual-degree at UIC: a BS in finance from UIC Business and a BS in biological sciences. As a dual degree student, I'm very passionate about my studies, and I'm always trying to expand the scope of my education. I'm a member of three UIC programs: the President's Award Program, the UIC Business Scholars, and the Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions for medicine (GPPA for... read more

For the Ladies - The Power Outfit

Hello my UIC Ladies!  I know that many of us just finished swapping our resumes for company business cards ( from the Business Career Center's Spring 2015 Career Fair! I hope many of you had a chance to chat with lots of companies and hopefully snag some interviews for spring/summer internships. As you're waiting for that phone call/ follow-up email reply, you should start thinking wardrobe REVAMP!  "Gaby, why would we think that?" Once those... read more

Faculty Spotlight- Özgür Arslan-Ayaydin

Dr. Özgür Arslan-Ayaydin is using UIC's significant diversity as a catalyst for a unique new offering in the finance department--Islamic Banking and Finance. She explains more about her background and what led her to teach this particular course.  Background Dr. Arslan-Ayaydin earned her undergraduate degree in economics at Hacettepe University, Turkey, and a master's degree in finance at the University of Leicester, UK. She completed her formal studies at Hacettepe University, where she earned... read more

2014 Business Alumni Association Graduation Party

Dear Graduating seniors:   Each year the Business Alumni Association throws a party in your honor. This is a great opportunity to say celebrate your achievements! Join several hundred of your classmates and fellow alumni as we honor your hard work toward graduation and introduce you to the Business Alumni Association and how you can remain involved as graduates. This is a free event, but you do need to RSVP  by Monday, May 12. Follow the link for a quick registration. We hope to see you all... read more

On the Path to Success: Alex Estrada

  Alex Estrada Class of 2016 Major: Finance            Email: Company: Caterpillar Position: Corporate Finance Intern   Why did you choose your current position?  I thought this would be a great opportunity to work with a company that is diverse and is known to deliver a wide range of financial management around the world. I have always had an interest in energy, which led me to Caterpillar who has a reputation as a leading manufacturer of construction and mining... read more

On the Path to Success: Jose Prado

Jose Prado Class of: May 2014 Major: Finance Email: Internship Company: Caterpillar Title of Position: Corporate Treasury Intern   Why did you choose this position? I chose this position because I needed to prove to myself that I belonged in the financial industry.  Being a finance student, I had to know whether or not this was something I could see myself doing as a career.   Describe your experience at Caterpillar? Interning at Caterpillar was a very rewarding experience from... read more

Come Join the Finance and Investment Group

Is one of your New Year's resolutions to get more involved on campus? Are you looking to learn more about career fields in finance? Do you want to meet successful professionals and listen to what they have to say? Then join the Finance and Investment Group! FIG is a dedicated student organization that wants to provide students a glimpse into the real world by offering various workshops, professional speakers, stock game challenges, corporate field trips and much more. I have been part of FIG... read more

Tim Weithers Insight Into Trading Derivatives

Last week during Finance and Investment Group (FIG) professional event, Tim Weithers, executive director at Chicago Trading Company was here at UIC to talk to students about derivatives markets. He is also the author of “Foreign Exchange: A Practical Guide to the FX Markets” which was published in August 2006. Mr. Weithers received his PhD in Economics from University of Chicago. He started working as an Assistant Professor at Fordham University in New York. He then started working for the... read more

Have You Heard About The Free Tutorials at CME Training Lab?

For the next few weeks there will be free tutorial sessions on the R programming language and Bloomberg in Douglas Hall CME Training Lab taught by professor John Miller. Why you should attend these tutorials?
  • Great way to add it to your resume and set yourself apart from other candidates.
  • One of the hottest topics in business field now.
  • You can utilize these skills in your internship or job.
  • If you are taking a course that uses one of the programs then, these tutorials can be great resources to...
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Be Effective When You Study!

Now that the semester is coming to an end, many of us are gauging our success in our classes. We all want to know how that final is going to help or hurt us. So we sleep little, eat the worst food, and become an emotional mess once when the lovely week of finals comes by. Last semester, however, has taught me an invaluable lesson about studying and time management that actually has allowed me to not feel those terrible symptoms of "end of the semester disease" this semester.  1. I stopped... read more

Erika Olson's Lessons From An Unexpected Career

On Wednesday, April 16, my fellow Business Scholars and I were given a presentation on career lessons by Erika Olson, who is a freelance film critic, blogger and writer. Olson graduated from the University of Michigan Ross School Of Business, and she earned her MBA from Harvard Business School. Olson talked to us about all the various different careers that she had throughout her life—one of them being the managing director at the Chicago Board of Trade. She talked to us about her experience... read more

Don't Snooze on Your Fall 2014 Registration!

The semester is almost over, and we all know that it is now time to register for your Fall 2014 classes! Scheduling for the next semester can be exciting, but it may also be a tad bit overwhelming. This is why today, I have compiled some useful tips for you to help create a schedule that works best for you!  
  • Make an appointment with your adviser. Many of us have already made our appointments with our adviser, but if you haven’t done so yet, then this is the first thing you should do!  Academic...
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Business Scholars Visit The Chicago Mercantile Exchange

On Wednesday, April 2, my fellow Business Scholars and I went to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), an American commodity derivative exchange, founded in Chicago in the year 1898. There, my fellow Scholars and I had the wonderful opportunity to listen to James Oliff, a member of CME for over 30 years who now currently serves on the advisory board of The Review of Future Markets. James Oliff talked to us Scholars about all the different goods that are traded at CME which included commodities,... read more

How to Choose a Major

Are you looking to study business at UIC, but still haven’t decided on a major? Fear Not! UIC’s College of Business Administration has six exceptional majors you can choose from. These majors include Accounting, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Management, Marketing, and Information and Decision Sciences. Many students who apply to the College of Business Administration either have a clear vision on what career path they would like to pursue, or they are not entirely sure. If you fall into the... read more