College of Business > News & Events > DePaul MBA Students Gain Skills for Job Interviews, Networking and More
By Robin Florzak | Photos by Kathy Hillegonds /
February 18, 2019 /
Posted in: Alumni, Research and Centers /
DePaul University MBA students learned about a different kind of ROI – how to turn their business education investment into career advancement – at the Kellstadt Career Management Center’s “Return on Interview: Mock Interview Forum” Jan. 25.
During the half-day event, 28 students participated in mock job interviews and networked with alumni, and also gained career advice from a DePaul human resources executive with 30 years of experience in corporate America.
“The Kellstadt Career Management Center is one of the few career centers nationally that is exclusively dedicated to the needs of graduate business students,” says Jessica Gagle, director of the center. “As such, we’re able to tailor our career events, such as this one, and our personalized career coaching specifically to the needs of graduate business students. We also engage members of our large, well-connected alumni community in these activities, which helps future graduates build their career networks.”
Guest speaker Stephanie Smith, vice president for human resources at DePaul, who previously managed HR for Kraft Foods - North America and other corporate organizations, provided guidance for building professional networks and making the most of mentors and sponsors. Sponsors – executives who use their social capital to influence your career advancement – are the subject of a dissertation Smith is writing as a student in DePaul’s Doctorate in Business Administration program.
Some take-aways from Smith’s session included:
The program also provided MBA students an opportunity to practice their job interviewing skills with 14 business alumni volunteers who conducted one-on-one mock interviews with the students and provided feedback.
Sean Maconachy (MBA ’14), growth director at the web development firm Clique Studios, appreciated the opportunity to return to his alma mater and help current students succeed. “There were lots of faculty, staff and alumni who helped me when I was at DePaul and I wanted to do the same.”
Learn more about the Kellstadt Career Management Center