In mid March I was sent a email from Laura Sansoni, Director, CBA Career Development to be part of a panel for a University of Nebraska-Omaha College of Business Admiration student group Financial Management Association (FMA). Like most request I would be happy to sit on the panel if chosen.
Then sometime in April I received a email from Ray LeBlanc who the faculty advisor for UNO’s Financial Management Association confirming that I will be on the April 9th panel. I did offer to sponsor any snacks or treats which the professor let me know that was covered. I also offered to get some gift cards to raffle away to everyone that attends which he was fine with.
The student meeting was held on Tuesday, April 9, from 4:30-5:30 in Mammel Hall. When I arrived to the room there was about 25 to 30 students. There was food catered in from Hy-Vee. So I understand how that was covered. I asked the advisor to make a sign up sheet so I know who to give the gift card to.
What I realized in a hurry that this originally was supposed to be a Human Resources Panel. There were representatives from National Indemnity Company, KPMG, and Valmont. Everyone I recognized was someone who I saw at a previous UNO career fair.
This was the sample questions for each panel member to answer, followed by open Q & A from our students. Initial questions include:
– An introduction of panel members and their company, providing a brief overview of their professional/educational background.
– Discussion of entry level jobs for students graduating with finance degrees at their firm.
– Importance of internships (and availability, if applicable).
– What are the most important factors you look at when sifting through applications and interviewing for internships/entry-level positions?
– Discussion of the culture at their firm. (This is an area I feel that most students do not take seriously enough out of college)
– Describe your most successful new hires. What characteristics do they exhibit? (and the opposite as well… What should you NOT do once you’re on the job?)
– Any other tips/advice for current students that are looking to enter the workforce?
After the panel members address the issues above, there is usually about 20 minutes remaining for more open Q & A from students, which may be directed at a specific panel member or all panel members.
This was my notes from the various conversations going back and forth between the students and panel.
At the end a random person was selected which I gave a $10 dollar Applebee’s gift card to.
A few days latter I received a thank you note from the student leadership.
Overall this was a good experience for myself. I built a relationship with another student organization for future appearance’s.