Through its continued efforts to encourage and develop networking with students, alumni, and business professionals, the UIC MBA Association (MBAA) partnered with the UIC Business Career Center to bring the Manager of Centralized Architecture & Analysis for the CME Group, Bill Stenzel, MBA 2011, to speak with students about his experience with the CME Group.
Bill spoke about his role at the CME Group, as well as how he ended up there, and his purpose for pursuing his MBA. Besides hearing firsthand what it's like to work for the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, students also gained insights about Bill's project workload, requirement analysis, the Onion Futures Act, among other things. Students listened intently as Bill gave advice on how to get to the next level, professionally. Bill stressed the importance of climbing the ladder, putting in the time, and learning the systems, if success was the end goal.
When asked about the event, Bill stated:
"I had a great time speaking with everyone that came and it was great to talk to so many people from various backgrounds working towards various degrees. Everyone was very welcoming and I could tell by the questions that were asked that everyone is passionate about taking the next steps in their career paths. Most importantly, I personally believe that events like this are about the opportunities to network. Meeting people and learning from their experiences are what help us grow and evolve. In the days following the event, many students reached out to me asking for advice and wanted to continue the dialogue about career growth. I am excited about my opportunity as a UIC alumnus to give back to the university and help the students in any way I can. I am already looking forward to coming back in the spring to do it again."
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