Career Services

Career Compass: Asking the Right Questions

Questions, questions, questions. As a UIC student, you must be used to getting a lot of all kinds of questions from family, friends, and people you’ve just met. Questions like: “What is your major?” “Are you going to do an internship?” “When are you going to graduate? “What are you going to do after UIC?” In the job or internship search you’ll have even more questions of your own: “What should I put on my resume?” “How should I handle interview questions?” “Do I have to send a cover letter?”... read more

Career Compass: Launching Your Career

As we near the end of the Spring semester, it seems that Graduation is just around the corner. For those of you who are graduating from UIC in May, this is a pivotal time to continue to pursue your post-UIC plans and launch your career. Whether you are currently searching for your first full-time career position or have already secured your dream job, it’s important to get started on accomplishing your career goals. Landing Your First Job After UIC Conducting a successful job search is a... read more

Career Compass: Perfecting Your Pitch

Spring is just around the corner – and with Spring comes the start of baseball season, which will begin with the ceremonial first pitch thrown out on Opening Day. Preparing a good “pitch” is also an essential task for successful job seekers in any season. A “pitch” is a communication tool you should use to convey who you are, which may include your education, work experience, skills, and career interests. The “30 Second Pitch” Commonly known as the “elevator pitch,” this is a quick pitch (10-30... read more

Career Compass: Preparing for Virtual Career Fairs

It’s career fair season – and this year all career fairs are virtual! Employers are discovering that the virtual format makes career fairs easier, more efficient, and less time-consuming, so it’s likely that virtual career fairs are here to stay. At these events students can meet with employers for brief one-on-one virtual conversations to discuss job opportunities and students’ career interests & qualifications. Virtual career fairs are hiring events for currently active job seekers, so be sure... read more

Career Compass: Leveraging Your Winter Break

Leverage. It’s a word which is probably familiar to many of you. In the world of finance, leverage is any technique involving debt rather than equity in the purchase of an asset. But leverage also means: to use something to maximum advantage. How will you leverage your Winter Break? With Winter Break beginning on December 12, this is an excellent time to work on your career plans, internship or job search strategy before the spring semester begins in January. Here are some ideas on how to... read more

Career Compass: Exploring Careers

What kinds of careers options do I have?  How can I find a job that I will like? Whether you are choosing a career for the first time or thinking about changing careers, there are some key ways in which you can explore new careers. The starting point is to assess your interests, skills and professional values with help from a career coach at the Business Career Center. So, through your self-assessment process you’ve identified a handful of possible job functions and career fields which might be... read more

Career Compass: Navigating Your Career Journey

A compass is a tool that gives direction and guidance on which way to go. As you progress through your time at UIC Business, the Business Career Center serves as your "career compass," providing you with the coaching, tools and resources to help you reach your destination. Each month, you will find helpful information and tips in this column to guide you on your career path. Do you know what career direction you are headed?  Before you can figure out where you want to go, it's important to know... read more

Conversations with a Career Coach | Jacob Schulz

Since February 2019, UIC Business career coach Jacob Schulz has been widely recognized for helping undergraduates discover their purpose as professionals. “I enjoy seeing students reach their goals, whether it’s securing that coveted internship or gaining the clarity needed to set goals,” affirms Schulz. In addition to his contributions to the university, there are plenty of interesting facts about Jacob and reasons why he is a valued team member. What is your hometown? Chicago. What are you... read more

Sarah Siderius Gets the Job Done at Google

Ranked third on the Forbes: Best American Employers list, Google is one of the most recognized companies on the planet. While most know the company as a high-powered Internet search engine, many are unaware of its philanthropic arm, Many people could only dream of working with the tech powerhouse that is Google, but graduate student Sarah Siderius, who is working toward completing her MBA in the spring of 2019, had the unique experience of working as a contractor for read more

UIC Business Tackles “Back to College” with Target

The 2018 Management Leadership Association and Target Case Competition took place at the end of last month, with 11 teams presenting to a panel of Target staff members.  Each year, Target partners with the UIC Business Career Center to host this program that asks students to develop and present solutions to a unique challenge facing the company. This year’s case study prompt presented teams with the opportunity to directly apply their lived experiences as college students. The retailer gave... read more

Midterm Social Media Recap: Spring 2018

Be sure to follow UIC Business on social media to stay up to date on upcoming events campus activities, business news, and fun things going on around Chicago: Instagram: @UICBusiness Twitter: @UICBusiness Facebook Page: UIC Business  While we’re already halfway through the Spring 2018 semester and just starting to see some spring temperatures on campus, let’s take a look back at some UIC Business highlights with a midterm social media recap. UIC Business Swims with the Sharks For UIC Business,... read more

Recruiting on Campus: PwC

PwC is currently recruiting for Winter 2019 internships, as well as their Early Identification Programs (Dec. 2019 or later grad date) such as Start, Career Preview, and Elevate.  Applications are due the night of Tuesday, February 13th on the PwC website. UIC Business caught up with Grace Wood, talent acquisition senior associate and lead recruiter for Chicago universities, at a branding day in Douglas Hall where she shared some insight into the PwC recruiting process. UIC Business: What are... read more

Recruiting on Campus: Groupon

Groupon will be at the February 13 Business Career Fair, and is looking for May graduates to fill open sales roles in Merchant Development and Business Development.  UIC Business caught up with Lauren Mullins, senior sales campus recruiter at Groupon, during a branding day organized by the Business Career Center. UIC Business: What kind candidate is Groupon looking for? LM: People who do well here have an entrepreneurial spirit, are self-motivated, super coachable, resilient, and organized. I’d... read more

Career Fair Prep To-Dos to Add to Your Calendar

Steam your suits and make your resume copies, the Spring 2018 Business & Technology Career Fair takes place on Tuesday, February 13 from 11a.m. to 2p.m. in the Student Center East Illinois Rooms. In order to make the most of the day, add these reminders to your calendar and plan accordingly. Your future awaits, don’t wait for it.  Get Feedback With the addition of a completed fall internship and new skills from last semester’s classes your resume will look much different than it did the... read more

UIC Business Scholar Completes Internship with Enterprise

Michael Lev, a senior Business Scholar majoring in marketing and minoring in managerial skills, completed an Account Specialist Internship with Enterprise Truck Rental this summer. His many successes in the position – including receiving an award for Top Presenter among over 70 interns – were made possible by the professional skills he developed at UIC Business. Lev was invited to an interview at Enterprise’s headquarters in Lombard after connecting with a recruiter and filling out an... read more

Q&A with Dean Michael Mikhail

In 2012, Michael Mikhail joined UIC as Dean of the College of Business. In five years, he’s launched programs such as iLEAD — the Institute for Leadership Excellence and Development -- the renowned Business Scholars program, increased enrollment, and improved student outcomes. We sat down with Dean Mikhail to hear his thoughts on the past five years and learn what he looks forward to accomplishing in the future. Q: You just underwent UIC’s five-year assessment process with rave reviews. What has... read more

Social Media Recap: September 2017

Be sure to follow UIC Business on social media to stay up to date on upcoming events campus activities, business news, and fun things going on around Chicago: Instagram: @UICBusiness Twitter: @CBAatUIC Facebook Page: UIC Business  We started the Fall 2017 semester with a busy and productive month. Let’s take a look back at some highlights with our September social media recap. It’s hard to say goodbye to a carefree summer schedule when classes start.  This year’s Student Org Networking Night... read more

Touring with an Atlantic Records Artist as a Creative Director

by Johnny Fan During 2016, I worked as a creative director for Atlantic Records music artist Sir the Baptist. I served as his touring photographer and videographer and digital marketing and branding manager.  Sir the Baptist offered me this opportunity after I worked on a magazine press shoot with him.  After that connection, he was impressed by my work and found a way for us to continue collaborating. The major function of my work with Sir the Baptist consisted of building the brand of the... read more

Pitching a Client as a General Mills Intern

by Lianne Ramahi   This past summer, I had the opportunity to work at General Mills, Inc. as a business management associate intern. This role was heavily focused on data analysis for the domestic western region sales team in Scottsdale, Ariz. Throughout this experience, I was given projects similar to those that would be performed as a first-year associate. I took ownership of impactful projects that added tangible value to the company.   General Mills truly values nurturing its employees... read more

Developing Banking Industry Expertise as a BMO Intern

by Jasur Rasulov This summer, I completed an internship as a treasury sales and services officer at the BMO Harris Bank’s Treasury and Payment Solutions group in Chicago. My group was responsible for delivering cash management services to commercial clients. In my role, I primarily supported sales teams across three markets-- mid-corporate, institutional, and engineering and construction--in the fulfillment of everyday banking products. On a daily basis, I prepared and executed lending... read more