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Alums in Tech Offer New Students Peek into Industry Immersion
Panelists: Be curious, be kind and explore your interests

As part of orientation, three accomplished alumni welcomed the new class of MBA students in a panel discussion on the tech industry, encouraging them to seize this opportunity ahead.

The event also served as a sample of the upcoming CFO in Technology Industry Immersion course offered in the winter quarter. The Immersion brings top high tech finance executives to class each week to challenge student teams to develop solutions to real company issues.

Jeaven Mrazek MBA 11Students in a finance and technology panel discussion Students in a finance and technology panel discussion Angel Pinella MBA 10Students in a finance and technology panel discussion

Expanding those horizons was what alumna Christie Apodaca MBA 16, a senior consultant at Gartner, called her most valuable piece of advice.

“Go with what really interests you and just keep exploring,” she said.

“Learn, do and contribute as much you can. These opportunities are rare.”

Jeaven Mrazek MBA 11a worldwide revenue controller in sales and marketing at Intel, carried Apodaca’s thought further.

“You’re making a big sacrifice to be here,” he said. “You’re at a great university and have a lot of talented people around you. Learn, do and contribute as much as you can. These opportunities are rare. You don’t get to just take two years away from work all the time.”

Angel Pinella MBA 10 encouraged the students—as they step into a world of hard data and technology—to always keep an eye on their human relationships. Pinella, who manages global product lines for HP Enterprise’s Aruba, emphasized the importance in being able to express yourself and acknowledging that people want to be understood and listened to.

“Own your ability to talk to people, to read people, to understand why they’re asking you what they’re asking you and what their motivations are and what their intrinsic needs are”

“Companies are not companies—they’re just sets of people,” he said. “You really need to own your ability to talk to people, to read people, to understand why they’re asking you what they’re asking you and what their motivations are and what their intrinsic needs are.”

For over an hour, the speakers expounded on the many benefits of internships, the wending path it may take in exploring career interests and how just being curious can go a long way in getting recognized at a company.

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