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  1. Internships are learning experiences, but they’re also (usually) full-time jobs. And whether you’re a marketer or an engineer or a recruiter-in-the-making, you’re not just there to learn about your field. You’re there to practice it. And at WW—the rebranded, newly tech-focused company once known as Weight Watchers—interns aren’t making any coffee runs. Under the guidance of mentors and expert managers, they’re working on projects that have a real impact on the WW product. But don’t take our word for it. Hear it from the interns themselves. Here are five ways WW interns have seriously impacted the company—and their careers—for good. 1. Creating An Accessibility Lab To Open Their Product To Even More People Leah wants to make the world more accessible—and her summer internship at WW gave her the opportunity to do just that. As a member of the WW Accessibility team, Leah was able to work on a proposal for a game-changing project: a dedicated Accessible Innovations Lab. The project, at first, seemed a little daunting. “This was my first time creating a proposal, but my manager provided invaluable mentorship and guidance throughout the process,” Leah said. The lab would be a space where product and tech people could come to test their various designs and theories with accessibility devices to determine compatibility and optimize for accessibility. Beyond the benefits to the WW community members, Leah was able to learn some important foundational skills. “We approached this problem in the same way that Product Managers do,” Leah said. “After speaking to numerous experts within WW, I was able to use the RICE prioritization model, create a viable product roadmap, classify our project’s MVPs (minimum viable products), KPIs (key performance indicators), and use them to plan for future iterations.” 2. Building Three New Features In An ‘Agile’ Environment Srineetha worked as a Product Management intern on the Studio Tech team. They manage the WW app with millions of users around the globe. “I had an amazing learning experience with a steep learning curve where I learned about everything from requirements gathering and UI/UX design to engineering and QA in an agile environment,” she said. Agile is a method of tech product development employed by some of the world’s most lauded tech companies. Learning to be a Product Manager in an Agile environment makes Srineetha a competitive applicant for future roles at WW and beyond. And all that learning wasn’t taking place in a classroom setting, either. “My manager was extremely supportive and gave me the freedom to lead the process, which I’m grateful for as I’m a strong believer in learning by doing,” Srineetha explained. “One highlight of my internship was deciphering the B2B side of the studio business by talking to stakeholders from across the world.” 3. Learning A New Programming Language And Working On The Android App Swetha spent her summer internship working on the Android development team as a Software Engineering intern. “I even had the opportunity to learn a new language called Kotlin during my very first task,” Swetha says. “My team was very supportive, which allowed me to make important contributions.” Her professional development wasn’t just confined to technical skills either. Through networking events and Lunch ‘n Learns, Swetha was able to interact with and learn from various C-suite executives like the CEO, Chief Product Officer, and Chief Technology Officer. She and the other interns also participated in mock interview sessions to hone their skills for the post-grad job hunt. “As a young female engineer in tech, I’ve found WW to be an inspiring work environment to be in,” Swetha said. “I’m confident that the skills and experience I’ve gained will help me find success after graduation.” 4. Contributing To The Codebase Of A Multibillion-Dollar Company “One thing that separates WW from other companies is that we have a chance to contribute to the codebase of the company,” said Songren, a former AI Full Stack Software Engineering Intern. A codebase is the selection of source code that serves as the foundation of a company’s tech product. And as a multibillion-dollar wellness technology company, contributing to the codebase isn’t a task they take lightly. “Interns are not treated differently. Instead, we work closely with full-time employees,” he added. Over the course of his internship, Songren was able to work alongside industry experts in the fields of AI and engineering—and the code he worked on became a part of that foundational codebase. How’s that for making a mark? 5. Improving The User Experience, By Talking To Actual Users “This summer, I worked with the Experience Research team to conduct qualitative research by interviewing WW members,” another former WW intern, Ashten, said. “It’s been really rewarding to hear how WW has changed the lives of so many individuals.” Even more so than that, Ashten gathered invaluable user experience data that she later had the challenge of compiling into actionable, impactful recommendations. “Learning more about members’ needs through these interviews helps the Product and Tech teams design tools for wellness that really work,” Ashten said. This hunt for valuable user data also provided her with a wealth of interesting and educative experiences. “One of the highlights of my summer was attending studio workshops in the Bay Area,” Ashten says. “Although I arrived with the intention of simply recruiting members for research opportunities, I left feeling inspired by the community, the coaches, and the experience of seeing WW’s mission in action.” Want to get inspired—and inspire others? Check out internship opportunities at WW on WayUp! The post 5 Ways WW Interns Seriously Changed The Company—And Their Careers—For Good appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  2. Chances are you don’t really know CenturyLink. Even if they’re your (or your parents’) phone or internet company, CenturyLink is a massive communications technology company that does way more than meets the eye. Gone are the days of simply being a phone or an Internet company. CenturyLink now owns and operates approximately 450,000 route miles of fiber—almost enough to reach the moon—which provides the backbone for some of the most important digital infrastructure in the world. Here’s a look at the new CenturyLink, what the innovative technology company really does, and why that makes the company such an interesting place to start your career. From The Front Parlor To 5G Tech CenturyLink started as regional telephone company in the front parlor of the founder’s home in 1930. Nowadays, they’re better known for delivering adaptive networking, cloud connectivity, and advanced security solutions to customers around the world than for being the old phone company. So what else are they up to besides being a network provider? CenturyLink is pushing the edge of emerging technology implementation and creative application of robotics. They have more than 80 process-automation projects in the works. With artificial intelligence alone, CenturyLink has 30 unique applications on the books. In addition to these cutting-edge technologies, CenturyLink is implementing machine learning and sits at the heart of the 5G revolution, which is a crucial role in the ever-evolving Internet of Things (IoT) market. Smart homes, smart cars, smart cities, these are all things that CenturyLink technology is helping to bring about, faster and better than many could have imagined. CenturyLink People Have The Opportunity To Make A Global Impact Working at CenturyLink is a chance to take these emerging technologies and help use them to make a global impact. Right now, people at CenturyLink are leveraging the company’s extensive global fiber network and unique technologies to enable businesses to meet the growing digital demands of doing business and to empower consumers to live the digital lifestyle they desire. CenturyLink strives to be the trusted connection to the networked world and their teams focus on delivering technology that enhances the customer experience, no matter what that looks like. CenturyLink’s impressive network allows for the IT agility to enable telemedicine applications through faster application delivery and increased business responsiveness. Think about a doctor performing an advanced surgery from the other side of the world or process automation enabling the intricate assembly of today’s advanced automobiles. How’s that for a high-impact industry? Whether it’s life-saving tech or just life-improving tech, CenturyLink people are at the heart of communications innovation. Their technologies are also at the core of the digital home, providing smooth access to media or great gaming experiences. Strong and secure connections are essential given the increasing needs of an ever-growing assortment of smart-home devices. CenturyLink truly is at the heart of the digital entertainment that millions of people enjoy every day. In other words, they design adaptive content delivery solutions for businesses that demand scalable and reliable video distribution. Their combined CDN (content delivery network) and peer-to-peer technology enable live and video-on-demand (VOD) broadcasters to improve quality, increase geographic reach, and effectively scale. The same network and technologies allow businesses to securely link data centers and cloud environments in real-time to meet growing hybrid cloud demands. Working for CenturyLink is an opportunity not only to learn from experts at a successful, global company, but a chance to become a part of the next generation of experts yourself. You could be the next 5G guru or digital entertainment mastermind. You just have to start with CenturyLink. Want to launch your career in tech? Check out open opportunities at CenturyLink on WayUp! The post Join The Communications Company That’s Changing The Industry For Good appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  3. It takes more than a great resume to impress recruiters early in your career because, let’s face it, who really has a wealth of experience in their early 20s? Instead, what companies are really looking for is potential—and that can be measured by the presence of certain personality traits. Bloomberg—a global leader in finance, technology, media, and philanthropy—is one such organization. Their company culture is one that involves a ton of training, multifunctional collaboration, and career development for high performers. That’s why they’re looking for people with the right attitude: a growth mindset, a willingness to tackle tough challenges head on, and the ambition required to take advantage of learning opportunities. Guided by their core values, Bloomberg employees tend to share certain principles with the company they work for. And those traits are highly valued by leaders at the innovative financial information firm. To get an insider look at which traits Bloomberg managers really want in their new hires, we spoke to some successful Bloomberg employees and recruiters. Here’s what they had to say: 1. Doing the Right Thing Acting with integrity is the most important trait shared by all Bloomberg employees. From the company’s diversity and inclusion principles to the organization’s extensive charitable efforts, Bloomberg employees hold themselves accountable for doing the right thing with every action they take. Through Bloomberg Philanthropies—their partner organization that uses nearly all of the profits from Bloomberg LP to affect important social change throughout the world—the company works toward solving issues facing the public. And it’s not just the full-time employees of Bloomberg Philanthropies that get to contribute to the company’s efforts, either. “I really like the Best of Bloomberg volunteer events,” Gabriela, a member of the Analytics team, tells us. Her favorite is volunteering to help new English language learners practice at a local library. Bloomberg employees can also get involved in the company’s culture initiatives. “The diversity and inclusion projects are very extensive,” Sara says. “I’m on the Women’s Committee, and there are plenty of other groups and communities, too. I’m also involved in one based around sustainability.” These groups run networking events, panels, and outings to help foster a more inclusive and progressive environment at the company. Whether you’re a future leader or passionate about philanthropy, Bloomberg hopes that all of its people can apply their work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit to making a difference in the communities in which they live and work. 2. Innovation Bloomberg is all about growth and change—both for its products and employees. Innovation is one of the principles that guides Bloomberg employees—whether they’re one of the more than 6,000 software engineers or thousands of business professionals—to take advantage of its culture of development and use that knowledge to move the company forward. That means using new skills to take calculated risks and make thoughtful decisions; test out new, innovative approaches; and to think proactively about creative solutions to problems. Embodying this spirit of innovation can open so many different career paths for entry-level Bloomberg employees to take. Engineers can dive deeper into their technical skills and take on leadership opportunities. Employees in functions like analytics and customer service can build deeper expertise in their business areas through Bloomberg-provided classes. “There are constantly new trainings,” Sara, an Equity Specialist who quickly moved up through the Analytics department, told us. “You’re always continuing to grow on the job.” But, it’s not just a desire to tackle formal learning opportunities and think outside the box that makes a great Bloomberg employee. The best Bloomberg people are always looking to learn from their mentors, managers, and colleagues. Its part of the entrepreneurial spirit that defines the company: Bloomberg people go out of their way to develop their skills, take on new challenges, and learn about other parts of the business. “Any skills you have—for example, public speaking skills, leadership skills—they give you an opportunity to experiment with and grow these skills,” Miki says. You just have to be willing to seize those opportunities. 3. Collaboration Bloomberg’s wide array of clients, products, and services pose a challenge that can’t be tackled by one person, no matter their role. That’s why collaboration is so essential. People who succeed on Bloomberg teams build rich, symbiotic networks with their coworkers so they can share information, seek out diverse perspectives, and provide the best solutions, all of the time. This is especially visible on Bloomberg’s Customer Support teams. “Customer support can be a lot of things. Clients can call in with random requests or issues. You may not even know what they’re referring to,” Miki explains. But, Bloomberg people don’t shy away from these puzzles; they tackle them head-on with collaboration, creativity, and out-of-the-box thinking. And they usually do it all while handling six or seven other issues at the same time. When you join a Bloomberg team, you’re expected to become a close collaborator and partner to everyone on it—and that gives you even more reason to be proud when your team succeeds. 4. Knowing Your Customer “To be able to put yourself in a client’s shoes and actually visualize their perspective, that’s very important,” Miki, a Customer Support representative, tells us. This is especially true for entry-level hires at Bloomberg, because most of the roles are centered on supporting clients and other Bloomberg employees who have questions and issues with the company’s flagship product: the Terminal. Grasping their issues quickly is the first—and most important—step in the problem-solving process. Empathy might seem like a strange fit for a business profile, but it’s absolutely essential at organizations like Bloomberg that requires so much collaboration between clients and fellow members of a cohort. Essentially, empathy allows Bloomberg employees to gain real knowledge of the industry by understanding customer needs in any given moment. That industry knowledge translates into the ability to anticipate issues, provide value, and build long-lasting relationships. And doing all of that is the way that Bloomberg got to where it is today. Sound like you? Check out open opportunities at Bloomberg on WayUp right now! The post The 4 Top Traits Bloomberg Values in Its Employees appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  4. You’ve probably heard about Bloomberg. Maybe it’s because of the Bloomberg Terminal, which provides financial data and insights to the global capital markets’ most influential decision-makers. Or maybe it is because of its comprehensive business news network. However, it’s not just the company’s products—or even its incredible story—that have made Bloomberg a household name. It’s the values that drive Bloomberg forward—and have done so since the beginning. Here’s a brief list of the principles behind the brand that truly set Bloomberg apart. 1. Strengthening Communities Philanthropy at Bloomberg isn’t just another company initiative. It’s a vital part of the organization. Not only do the employees of Bloomberg undertake countless service and philanthropic projects every year, the company donates nearly all of its profits back into the communities in which its employees live and work. Bloomberg Philanthropies utilizes the profits of the innovative financial information and technology company and applies the same analytical rigor and administrative savvy to pressing problems. Whether it’s global issues like combating the opioid crisis and climate change to more local issues like access to education and clean public parks, Bloomberg Philanthropies is the embodiment of the company’s mission to strengthen communities and to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. Through Bloomberg’s philanthropic initiatives, each of its almost 20,000 employees can take part in countless volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Bloomberg will even match employee donations and make donations on behalf of its employees after completing a certain number of volunteer hours. So, no matter your role at Bloomberg—from engineering to customer service— the chance to make a difference is a core part of its cultural DNA. 2. Innovation Is Essential And Happening Constantly Bloomberg started out with a huge leap forward in financial technology. From the very first Bloomberg Terminal, the company has always raised the bar for one of the world’s most important industries. Today, that same spirit of curiosity and constant improvement makes By leading the industry in the application of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and natural language processing, Bloomberg delivers tools and automated workflows that help the world’s business and financial decision-makers find the data that matters—and then act on it. Bloomberg also leads the business media world in market-moving news. By utilizing the world’s largest network of business reporters and integrating non-traditional sources—like Twitter—into products, the company has rapidly changed the ways newsrooms work. Technologists even leverage AI technology to help reporters provide essential context about major events, companies and topics before users ask for it. 3. Diversity And Inclusion Are Central To Success—And There Are Benchmarks In Place To Ensure It aren’t side projects at Bloomberg. They’re the main event. Diverse, dynamic teams produce the kind of breakthrough ideas that power change across industries. The company works to cultivate a climate of healthy competition and ego-free collaboration—that means welcoming a wide array of perspectives and experiences. That’s no accident, either. The company’s search for the best and brightest is designed to build better, smarter, more creative teams—and diversity is an essential ingredient in that process. Diversity and inclusion principles are embedded at every level of the company, from the top down. Teams at Bloomberg develop annual diversity and inclusion plans that challenge the organization and its people to not only build more diverse teams, but also to foster an inclusive workplace environment to move the business forward. The company’s eight employee-run resource groups bring together employees with shared identities and experiences to help spread a message of allyship and inclusion throughout Bloomberg’s global workplace. These groups are the breeding ground for culture leaders who serve as role models to everyone in the company and provide practical solutions to company leaders that help move the needle towards equality. 4. Proving The Business Case For Sustainability The global financial markets are responding to the climate crisis and the changing social landscape —and Bloomberg is uniquely positioned to lead the industry, and the society at large, towards a more . The company integrates environmental, social and economic considerations into everything they do — and it is the full ecosystem of its efforts that distinguishes Bloomberg. Bloomberg’s growing suite of sustainability-related offerings, as well as its work on climate finance and climate disclosures, helps clients make more informed decisions. In addition, the company continues to reduce its environmental impact and improve its operational efficiencies, while giving back to communities around the world. Through these efforts, Bloomberg has helped demonstrate the responsibility and urgency that companies must have in addressing sustainability issues in today’s world. Above all, it is proving the business case for sustainability. As of 2018, the company had avoided 1M metric tonnes of CO2e emissions and $116M in operating costs due to environmental initiatives since 2008. But, this all should be no surprise. Bloomberg is a company that’s driven by values—and operated by people who truly believe in what those principles can do. Want to see what else sets Bloomberg apart? Check out open opportunities at! The post appeared first on .
  5. Standardized tests were designed to level the playing field, hence the “standardized.” They should be equal opportunities for students from around the country to demonstrate their abilities and potential. However, given how much better students who prepare for the test do than their less-prepared counterparts, it should come as no surprise that the ability to pay for test prep has become a major advantage. And Varsity Tutors—a leading online platform connecting students with top instructors—is helping to balance the scales once more. With their “Test Prep 4 All” initiative, anyone can get access to high-quality ACT and SAT prep courses, free of charge. To learn more about the transformative effort, we spoke to the Chief Academic Officer of Varsity Tutors, Brian Galvin, who also happens to be leading the charge—and the ACT lessons—of Test Prep 4 All. Everyone Deserves A Shot At Getting Their Best Score “One of the big things is that standardized testing is such a hurdle for so many people,” Brian explains. “But if you do well, it’s a springboard. Your score can take you places. When you do well, it can open opportunities.” And given how critical test preparation is to performance, “doing well” has become increasingly cost prohibitive, which is why Varsity Tutors introduced the Test Prep 4 All initiative. So how does the program work? For six weeks (leading up to the test date), students take classes led by Varsity Tutors’ resident SAT and ACT experts. They’ll go over essential basics like grammar and math rules, discuss important test-taking strategies, and do practice problems as a group. The best part? The whole class is done online. While it started as a local partnership with a few schools in lower-income neighborhoods, they soon expanded to a totally free, totally public online model. “We’re in a world where only people who can afford it are actually able to get test prep,” Brian says. “Now it’s available for everyone.” The real challenge for Brian and the Varsity Tutors team though wasn’t teaching an effective online test prep course—it was doing it for classes that were quickly going from tens to thousands. How Varsity Tutors Used Education Tech To Make A Solution For A Real-World Social Issue “We can have a thousand students or more in the ‘room’ at a time,” Brian explains. “And we needed to build for that. It was a real engineering challenge.” The solution wasn’t as simple as streaming a video of a class to that many people. Interactivity and digitization of the real classroom learning experience are essential parts of the Varsity Tutors mission. Their online platform allows teachers to send out polls to their students and to answer questions live. Students can also take notes and do practice problems on digital scratch paper that is saved for reference in later lessons and study sessions. This type of problem wasn’t actually much of a problem for a company like Varsity Tutors, Brian tells us. “Some would say we’re an education company, but most people here would say we’re a technology company,” Brian explains. And all of that technology serves a single purpose for the company: making online tutoring not just the same, but better than the alternative. “Everything we do is predicated on ‘How can we make online not just a substitute, but a superior learning experience?’” Brian tells us. Whether that means scheduling tools and text message reminders to take busy-work off of their tutors, or online learning tools like a virtual white board where students can draw with phones and tablets, the technology component of Varsity Tutors is what truly sets them apart for both students and instructors. And using that same tech-enabled approach to tackle inequality in standardized testing is some of the most satisfying work they’ve done yet. “I’m so proud to work for a place that uses technology to really do some good in the world,” Brian says. “It’s had an impact on hundreds of students’ lives so far, too. And that’s something we’re hoping to expand.” Know someone looking for SAT/ACT test prep? Tell them to check out Test Prep 4 All. Want to become a tech-enabled tutor? Check out open opportunities at Varsity Tutors on WayUp! The post How Varsity Tutors Is Levelling The Playing Field With ‘Test Prep 4 All’ appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  6. Freddie Mac—also known as the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation—is an essential facet of the U.S. economy. They help millions of America’s families realize their goal to own or rent a home. But it doesn’t stop there: the company places a priority on helping their employees realize their goals too. Here are five reasons to make this mission-driven company your destination employer. 1. There Are Plenty Of Functions And Departments—So You Can Find Your Dream Role Marisa joined Freddie Mac after college in their Financial Analyst Rotational Program. She had an interest in finance and a desire to make an impact. Beyond that, though, she wasn’t sure exactly what she wanted in her job. And that actually worked out perfectly. Freddie Mac has a wide variety of departments, offerings and functions, so no matter where your interests and talents lie, you can find a role that works best for you. In her rotational analyst program, Marisa was able to experience many of those facets of Freddie Mac in just two years. “Being able to ‘test drive’ four completely different jobs was a unique opportunity that helped me narrow down exactly what I wanted to do,” Marisa explains. “I sat down and thought about what I liked best about each of my four rotations and sought a job that encompassed all of those things. This helped me find a fulfilling role that matched my skill sets and interests.” Throughout her time in the program, she learned a ton from hands-on experience and Freddie Mac’s FMYou program, which offers personalized continuous learning opportunities on all aspects of employees’ professional and personal growth. Now, Marisa is a Multifamily Real Estate Underwriting Analyst, continuing to deliver on Freddie Mac’s mission and making a tangible impact in the communities they serve. 2. You Can Contribute To An Amazing Mission (In More Ways Than One) Making homeownership and rental housing more accessible and affordable is a noble cause. And it’s not just through their core functions in the secondary mortgage market of the financial services industry that Freddie Mac accomplishes this goal. The company (and their employees) are also dedicated to giving back through community service. Take the company’s decades-long partnership with Habitat for Humanity, for example. Freddie Mac folks don’t shy away from picking up a hammer, climbing up a ladder and, quite literally, building a home. In 2018 alone, employees dedicated more than 9,000 hours serving the communities in which they live and work. And if you’re like most people at Freddie Mac, then you’re probably wondering what other opportunities there are to help out. That’s where the company’s volunteer group, the Community Crew, comes in. 3. They’re Serious About Inclusion & Diversity (And Many People Agree) When you serve a coast-to-coast constituency like Freddie Mac does, inclusion and diversity is a mission-critical must. The company’s efforts to cultivate a diverse, inclusive environment are well-documented—and well-recognized. It starts with the numbers: Freddie Mac is a majority-minority company, women and minorities make up nearly half their workforce. They’ve been recognized many times for their emphasis on diversity and their inclusive practices –Working Mother magazine named them a top spot for multicultural women, the National Association for Female Executives recognized them as a leading location for female executive talent, and the Human Rights Equality Index and Disability Equality Index have repeatedly awarded the company a top, 100% score for their inclusive practices. Recently, Freddie Mac was also recognized by the Profiles in Diversity Journal with two Innovations in Diversity Awards for their Autism Internship Program and LGBT & Housing Insights report. These initiatives can help people far beyond the boundaries of the company and are just two examples of how Freddie Mac fosters an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. 4. Start Paying Down Student Loans, Getting That Graduate Degree, And Even Buying A Home As a financial services company, Freddie Mac is acutely aware of the financial burdens recent graduates are facing. That’s why they have their student loan assistance program. Over a five-year period, eligible employees receive contributions totaling up to $9,000 toward their student loan payments. And if you’re already thinking about your next educational endeavor, the company also provides up to $10,000 a year for eligible tuition expenses. So, if you have your sights set on an MBA program, working for Freddie Mac could be the perfect opportunity to help make that happen. Thinking one step further down the line, Freddie Mac offers financial assistance for first-time homebuyers too. As a member of the Freddie Mac team, you can qualify for up to $12,000 in assistance when you’re buying your first home. How’s that for a long-term plan? 5. Be Well, Live Well (With Amazing Benefits) It’s not all learning and working. Taking time off is an essential part of employees’ total well-being too. And at Freddie Mac, every entry-level employee at the company gets at least 15 days of paid vacation every year. (That number gets bigger over time too.) But the policy isn’t just about giving you time to relax; it’s a commitment to your physical and emotional well-being. Get in your steps or daily workout at the on-site gym, which is open 14 hours a day during the work week. And you can rest easy knowing that the Wellness Center is there for you, offering free on-site health care services and advice, including free yearly flu shots. Whether you’re in the office or taking time away from it, Freddie Mac has your back. From your total well-being to transformational work, it’s a dynamic time to join Freddie Mac, where you’ll break through boundaries, learn to take calculated risks and see your ideas take shape. Want to find your home at Freddie Mac? Check out open opportunities from Freddie Mac on WayUp! The post 5 Reasons To Start (And Grow) Your Career At Freddie Mac appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  7. Not every story in the fintech world is the same. Even though most people who work in finance roles generally studied something like accounting, economics, or business, it doesn’t mean everyone did. In fact, some of the best people in the field are polymaths, with interests in both finance and technology. Prudential—a financial services leader and a household name in the insurance industry—is full of stories like these. Their CEO and Chairman Charles Lowrey actually started his career as an architect. And that kind of intellectual diversity and entrepreneurial spirit is what makes Prudential so successful. Here are a few stories of people who broke away from what they studied in college and found a new path for themselves—and their passions—at Prudential. Bernardine: From Accountant To Developer Bernardine started as an accounting major, but found that one of her favorite parts of the craft was the growing number of ways to organize and analyze data with digital tools. When she took an internship with Prudential, she found the perfect way to make this into a career. “As someone with a non-tech background working in technology, I feel that the best thing I did was start at Prudential with an internship,” she says. “During this time I learned Tableau, the data visualization application for which I’m now a developer. I sat down with my mentor multiple times per week and learned a lot that way. I’m very grateful for that.” This combination of informal and formal learning—through classes and training tools—allowed her to become a full-fledged technologist. Now, she works as a Tableau Developer on one of Prudential’s innovative Agile teams. “Just knowing that my skills can span different parts of this business and that I can aid customers, customer service reps, wholesalers alike by displaying data insights in a visually creative way is really exciting,” Bernardine says. And none of that would have been possible without the open and supportive culture she found during her internship. Shannon: From Economics To Tech Talent Development “When I attended Villanova University, I wasn’t someone who went into college knowing exactly what I wanted to do,” Shannon, who’s been at Prudential for almost three years now, tells us. And while she didn’t know exactly where her career would go, she knew what she wanted it to look like. “I knew that I wanted to make a difference and serve as a resource to people. I ended up majoring in Economics and minoring in Communication. I thought this combination would prepare me well for working in the ‘business world,’” she explains. While it wasn’t necessarily the “business world,” Prudential gave her an opportunity to do just what she set out to. After an internship in the Office of the CIO at Prudential, she found that she actually had a passion for technology talent development. Thanks to her supportive team, she was able to hone the skills involved and secure a full-time job offer. Her current role puts her on the frontlines of talent development, where she places aspiring technologists into the right roles in the company’s summer internship program. Now, she’s a resource to both others and the business as a whole. Abhinai: From Mechanical Engineering To Project Management Abhinai did start on the tech side of things, but that’s not exactly where he ended up. He studied Mechanical Engineering during college and planned on pursuing a career in the field. However, after a few internships across industries, he found that his interest in business was just as strong as his passion for technology. As you might be able to guess by now, Prudential gave him an opportunity to combine these and turn them into a career. Abhinai now works on the business side of tech, implementing and managing new technologies that make life easier for his colleagues and the work they do more effective. “I work on improving the employee experience by introducing and implementing new technologies,” he explains. “So this includes everything from building chatbots to help employees find information quicker or implementing the right survey tool to measure the employee experience.” Despite his experience with business and tech, moving up on the Project Management team took a lot of learning on his part. But Prudential had his back the whole time. “A major reason I decided to stay with Prudential was the supportive culture. My team and manager took the time to mentor and coach me. I took training and development courses offered to all employees, but the guidance from people I worked with helped me learn much more than I could have on my own,” he says. Prudential Culture Is Built For Learners, Growers, And Doers It’s no accident that Prudential is packed with stories like these. They seek top talent—not a predetermined list of skills and experience—especially when it comes to interns and early-career folks. And that’s a sentiment that goes all the way to the top. Want to carve your own path at an innovative fintech firm? Check out open opportunities at Prudential on WayUp! The post I Started Out As An Accountant, And Now I’m A Developer (And Other Non-Traditional Paths Into Finance & Tech) appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  8. After graduation, Sara worked in finance within the aerospace industry. While she loved the specifics of her role, she wanted more interaction with clients. She had identified skills she wanted to develop, but the opportunities she wanted just weren’t available at her old job. One thing was apparent: It was time for the next step. That’s when she heard about the Bloomberg Analytics and Sales program. She was able to land a position in an upcoming training class by displaying her interest in the financial industry, her desire to interact with clients, and understanding of Bloomberg. After going through the interview process, Bloomberg recognized her hunger for knowledge and matched it with an opportunity to learn right away. The company is known for a lot of things—like their world-class training programs, but what was really exciting was their year-round hiring cycle, which meant they were always looking for new employees to join the team. Here’s how all of these factors made Sara’s “next job” her best job—and how that became the first step toward the career she really wanted. Bloomberg’s Training Program Helps Everyone Learn Fast – And Keep Learning Sara’s training focused on utilizing Bloomberg’s flagship product, the Terminal, to assess different financial products, decisions, and interactions. The combination of classroom learning and on the job training covered topics like the financial markets, Bloomberg’s products and clients, and customer service. Basically, she was learning what she needed to assist Bloomberg customers with specific financial questions. At first, she was learning basic Terminal navigation across all asset classes, which enabled her to start helping clients with more general questions. Sara then specialized in equity and fixed-income products. After several months in the role, Analytics representatives have the opportunity to focus on a specific asset class and become subject matter experts. They receive additional training so they can be best equipped to assist clients. “The training is the most wonderful part, because you learn so much and they put so much time and effort into you,” Sara says. “It’s really great knowing that a company wants to invest in you that much.” Bloomberg Encourages Employees To Create Their Own Career Path Bloomberg’s training programs are continuously available to employees looking to expand their skills and develop professionally. The firm is focused on not only hiring top talent, but also nurturing it and making sure that everyone has a goal and a way to get there. For example, employees in the Analytics department typically transition into a Sales 18-24 months after joining Bloomberg. At this point, the company recognizes Analytics representatives have become experts on the products and services, and are well equipped to support clients more directly by becoming Account Managers. Within Sales, Account Managers develop new skillsets such as maintaining relationships with existing clients on a daily basis to ensure that clients utilize the products in the most efficient way. Depending on the team’s coverage, Account Managers have the opportunity to travel and meet with clients in person. Bloomberg’s career development opportunities come in a variety of different formats so employees can create their own path, from the structured training programs place to launch a career, and later the ability to grow through different areas within the organization. “You’re never going to get bored in the same position. You’re constantly going to be learning new things. You’re constantly going to be asked to do new things,” Sara explains. “You’re always looking forward to something new, that next step, that next role. And you know that it’s within your grasp.” Interested in finding your next step (and the step after that)? Check out open opportunities at Bloomberg on WayUp! The post This Company Wants To Give You Your Next Job—And They’re Hiring All Year Round appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  9. If all you want for the holidays is a job, it’s not going to come in your stocking — but that doesn’t mean getting hired shouldn’t be on your wish list. As 2015 comes to a close, employers want to ensure that their leftover hiring budget isn’t allocated elsewhere, and they’re eager to fill up positions before the New Year starts. Additionally winter is coming, which means winternships are coming: many students have longer winter breaks — some lasting anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks long, and employers want to capitalize on their free time. Here’s why you should ramp up your efforts this holiday season. Less competition Because of the common misconception that no one is hiring during the holidays, many job seekers will relax their job search even though the number of open positions hasn’t decreased. If hiring needs haven’t been met by the holidays, then employers are still looking to place candidates in open roles. Continuing your job search when other candidates are stalled means that the odds are in your favor. Not to mention, January and February mark the strongest hiring periods of the year. Even if you don’t get hired by Christmas, making sure your materials (resume, cover letter, references and letters of recommendation) are updated and ready to send to employers will allow you to be a more competitive candidate when the new year arrives. Holiday parties Spirits are high, and people are ready to mingle – what better way to leverage your job search needs than attending a holiday party? While you shouldn’t go around shouting, “Do YOU want to hire me?!” before anyone’s even had a chance to sip some eggnog, holiday parties are a great way to network with friends and friends of friends who may be able to put in a good word for you at their respective companies. You may even have the opportunity to get your face and name in front of the decision-makers. At WayUp, we often use our parties to pitch our company to potential candidates so that they can’t wait to apply! Employers are human too. Not everything can be planned ahead of time, which means that employers may be faced with unexpected hiring needs this season. This past summer on WayUp, we saw companies posting summer internships well into July, and we’re expecting the same pattern for winternships. As a job seeker, you should be ready at all times: Don’t let anything hold you back when the perfect opportunity comes up. Happy Holidays! Keep your eyes peeled for all the incredible jobs and internships coming in this season. The post Hired for the Holidays: Your Job Search Strategy for the Season appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  10. Sometimes a full-on job or internship during the semester is just too much. Or maybe you want to take advantage of your upcoming holiday break, but can’t commit to a gig at the movie theater or the coffee shop. You need to make more money, get more experience, and be productive, but it can’t become your whole life. That’s when you know: It’s time for a side hustle. Here’s a list of four side hustles that will help your wallet and your resume grow. 1. Tutor @ Varsity Tutors What better way to show that you’re not only ambitious and driven, but also really, really smart than to be a tutor in your spare time? Well, that’s exactly what Varsity Tutors offers you the opportunity to do. Varsity Tutors pairs you, a subject-matter expert on [insert talent/specialty here], with someone who needs help preparing for an exam, a class, or a standardized test in that field. You could be an SAT math tutor or an Organic Chemistry tutor. As long as you’ve got the basic teaching skills and the knowledge, you can start making bank by helping others learn. 2. Pet Sitter/Dog Walker @ Care.com Care.com is a leading online marketplace that connects millions of families around the world with caregivers (including dog walkers and pet sitters). They put people like you (eager to make extra cash while doing something you love) in contact with owners who need their pets walked, watched, or otherwise cared for. Walk dogs. Watch pets. Be the animal lover you know you are. Get paid. It really is that simple. Plus, you’ll gain exposure to 1) running your own pet services business and 2) working for a gig economy startup, which will make for valuable talking points when you apply for a summer internship or full-time job. 3. Proofreading @ Grammarly Are you proficient with prose? Great at grammar? Excellent with elocution? Then you might be the perfect person for a proofreading role with Proofit by Grammarly. You’ve probably heard of Grammarly, the incredible, AI-assisted tool that helps you write emails, essays, and everything in between. Now, Grammarly offers people-based proofreading services with Proofit. And in classic side-hustle-style, the hours are entirely flexible, the work is always available, and you get to connect with a global community of users and professionals. 4. Barista @ Starbucks It’s an iconic college job: Barista at Starbucks. You know the uniform. You know the drinks. Now it’s time to serve them up. With flexible hours and amazing perks like discounts (and a college degree through Arizona State University’s online program), there’s a lot to love about a part-time position at Starbucks. Get Your Side Hustle On So, go on, and get applying. Whether you’re tutoring, teaching, dog-sitting, or serving up caffeinated deliciousness, you’ll be hustling. And hustlers are the ones who make it big. Don’t see what you’re looking for but still want a side hustle? Check out even more amazing part-time jobs and internships on WayUp right now! The post 4 Side Hustles That Rock For Your Resume (And Your Wallet) appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  11. Field Engineers design and deploy the networks and technologies that make things happen. And when it comes to T-Mobile—a wireless leader that’s spent the past decade totally disrupting the industry—making things happen can mean some pretty amazing stuff. To get a better look at this less-understood engineering specialty—and life at a leading tech company—we spoke to Terry, a Senior Manager in field engineering at T-Mobile. Here’s what he told us. 1. T-Mobile Wants To See You Succeed—And Do It On Your Own Terms What makes T-Mobile different? Well, aside from their game-changing no-contract, no-hidden-fee wireless plans, Terry says it’s the way they approach success. It’s not just what’s good for the company. It’s what good for their people, too. “We sit down with people and figure out what they want to do,” Terry explains. T-Mobile will work with you to accomplish your professional goals, even if that means going off the beaten path. “Do they want to go into management? Do they want to go on a more technical track? Do they want to try a different part of the business? Maybe we’ve got an engineer that wants to do a stint in sales,” Terry says. “We want to support those things, because it ultimately makes them a better engineer and provides them personally with a sense of satisfaction.” 2. T-Mobile Is Going To Invest In You, Seriously How does T-Mobile help you accomplish your goals? They invest in you through education, new opportunities, and training. That’s actually one of the things that Terry has enjoyed most about his time at T-Mobile. As a manager, he’s seen countless employees take advantage of T-Mobile’s training programs and generous reimbursements for outside education. Not only does this make the organization stronger, Terry says, but it gives him a sense of pride to know that he’s helping his team accomplish their dreams. “It’s actually one of the best programs I’ve heard of in the industry,” Terry says. “We’ll pay for schooling up to $5,200 a year. We have a number of people that are engineers going in to get their MBAs. That helps them become better engineers, because they understand the technology part of it, but it’s still a business, so understanding that side of it leads to better decisions on the technology side.” In fact, Terry’s wife—who also works for T-Mobile—just finished her MBA. And, he says, she didn’t have to pay a cent out of pocket. 3. You’ll Become An Expert On Emerging Technologies—Like 5G But it’s not just the formal education that helps people at T-Mobile grow. They’re leading the charge to 5G. And that means everyone on the team is learning quickly about the technology that will come to shape the next wave of innovation. “A year ago, none of us really knew about 5G or the technology behind it. We didn’t quite understand the capabilities of it,” Terry says. “As we’ve progressed through this year, we’ve all become really good at building, managing, and optimizing 5G networks.” 5G networks will allow for a new type of hyperconnectivity that can enable long-sought-after breakthroughs like fully autonomous vehicles, smart cities, and seamless communication. As a Field Engineer at T-Mobile, you’ll work directly with the implementation and design of the 5G networks that’ll make all of these breakthroughs possible. This is great news for your career, because you’ll become an expert on one of the most important technologies of the next few decades. 4. You’ll Never Get Bored You’ll never get bored as a Field Engineer because, according to Terry, you’re always tackling something new. “It’s not like you sit in a cube and do a bunch of math. It’s really about communication. It’s really about consulting with your peers and with your teams. It’s about making the best decision possible for the network and the customers,” he explains. Field engineers are the ones actually designing and implementing new networks, technologies, and capabilities for T-Mobile. There are new challenges and constraints posed by every project, and you’re constantly working with the latest technology. This also means field engineers can go a bunch of different directions professionally. “One quote we have up on the wall is, ‘Wow, I didn’t learn this in school.’ And we take a sense of pride in that. It’s not just about using what you learned in school. If it was just about that, then this would be a boring job,” he says. “You’re learning something every day, and it keeps us motivated and entertained and on the cutting edge of what we’re hoping to deploy.” 5. They Want Work To Be Your Happy Place All of these elements of the T-Mobile culture, Terry explains, are just part of the company’s commitment to making work a positive experience. “I want my team to be completely satisfied: personally, professionally, educationally. I want this to be their happy place,” Terry tells us. “And that kind of feeling goes all the way through the company.” Terry’s team—and many others at T-Mobile—find success by learning from each other, counting on each other’s talents, and supporting each other personally. The environment at T-Mobile is just different, Terry explains. “This is a family. It really is. I know people say that and it’s cliché,” he says. “But we depend on each other. The whole idea is to make this a happy place to work, and I feel like we’ve done a good job of that.” Want to join the field engineering family? Check out open opportunities at T-Mobile on WayUp! The post 5 Things I Love About Being A Field Engineer At T-Mobile appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  12. David Chung has one of the coolest jobs you can think of: He designs basketball shoes at one of the world’s leading athletic apparel and performance footwear brands, Under Armour. We sat down with David to find out what it’s actually like to have a dream job like his—and how Under Armour’s company culture makes it even better. How did you get started in design? I wanted to design cars, but even though I loved all of the sketching, it was a lot of aesthetics and I wanted something where the design was more functional. So, I switched majors to product design. For footwear, there’s still a lot of sketching involved, but you’re able to think a little more about the function of things for athletes and the construction of how things are built. And once you start to introduce the color, material, and finish of the shoe, it starts to get really intriguing. And how did that lead you to Under Armour? I grew up playing soccer, and I always wanted to have the coolest cleats. So, I kept drawing different shoes and opportunities started to come up. One was a design competition hosted by Under Armour. I didn’t win but from there I built a lot of relationships, which led to me getting an internship in the Portland office. And there I did two internships and then landed a full-time job a year later. David started as an intern at Under Armour.What was it like interning as a Footwear Designer and what kinds of projects did you work on? My first shoe was in the basketball category, and I was really able to learn a lot from everyone around me. It was more of a blue-sky project, so my team was really pushing to see what I could do and what my creative limits were. But it also taught me a lot about how to do things in the real world. It’s not just all about sketching or making things look good, but more technical things and how you actually make the product. What are some of these real-world designer skills that you learned on the job? I was able to work with our materials teammate to try to formulate different materials that would work for the shoe. Plus, the designers showed me how to make a tech pack, which is what you would send to the factory to have them build your shoe. That includes stuff like the material map, too, which is a template to show the factory which materials you’re choosing. So, would you say it’s true that some of those key skills that you might not have learned in school you were able to pick up by working closely with your team at UA? Definitely, because at school we focus a lot on execution like model-making, storytelling, and sketching, but when it comes to tech packs, material maps, and thinking about manufacturing and working with developers, you need to learn through experience. Luckily, the environment I was in was a teaching one, and I was able to really learn a lot about the industry. A sketch concept of a shoe designed by David.How has life changed as a full-time employee? Are you doing a lot of the same stuff? Some of it is the same, but it has a lot more weight to it now. The stuff you’re making is definitely going to come out, so there’s a bit more pressure, but it’s exciting because you’re able to really express your creativity through a product that’s going to be out in the market for people to see. The culture has been awesome as well. I’m able to not only talk about work and shoes with my co-workers, but really be a part of their lives. Some of my closest friends are from Under Armour. And they teach me a ton about shoes! What was it like to wear the first shoe that you designed? My first shoe hasn’t come out yet, but I was able to get my first official sample a little while ago. And since I’m in the basketball category, I was able to actually play in them. I learned a lot about what I would do differently, which is the point of the sample. But at the same time, it was just so rewarding knowing that I made this shoe and it’s really coming out. What advice do you have for creatives who might be intimidated by working for a big company? It can be intimidating, but working at a developed organization like Under Armour really helps you grow not only as a creative, but also as a businessperson. There are a lot more things that go into design than just a pretty sketch or a good-looking shoe. Working in a big company allows you to really get exposure to that and learn a lot. And I’m not the most outspoken person, but this job can push you to go out of your comfort zone and assert yourself. You really become a leader and a better teammate that way. What’s it like working in the Portland Design Office? It’s a big brand, but the Portland office is a lot smaller. It’s only 80 to 100 people, and you know everyone in the office. We’re all designers, developers, and materials teammates, so it’s a great culture. Our work-life balance is awesome as well. Under Armour’s Portland office is designed for creative professionals like David.What’s something everyone who’s considering a design role at Under Armour should know? We haven’t been in the game as long as some of our competitors, but coming to UA as an intern and really seeing what people are working on and seeing how great the end product is, it’s really exciting and inspiring to be a part of that. Ready to start designing your future? Check out open opportunities at Under Armour on WayUp! The post Q&A With An Under Armour Footwear Designer (Who Started As An Intern) appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  13. Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) President and co-owner Eren Ozmen first came to the United States by herself at age 23 to earn her MBA after graduating from college in Turkey. When she arrived in the United States, Eren spoke little English and had no financial resources, but she did have a driving entrepreneurial spirit and BIG dreams. To pay for her tuition and support herself during her MBA at the University of Nevada, Reno, she worked night shifts, even cleaning offices at SNC for a few months, and made baklava for a local bakery during her first year at UNR. Eren believed in herself and the American Dream, and she worked very hard to earn her MBA and advance her business career. Although incredibly determined even at that young age, Eren never imagined she’d own and operate SNC one day—or that it would become one of the largest female-owned space and aeronautics contractor in the United States. Her husband, Fatih Ozmen, has an equally incredible story. A year before Eren came to the United States, Fatih—a former Turkish cycling champion—came to America to pursue his graduate degree in electrical engineering. Later, he started at SNC as an engineering intern. Fatih and Eren became good friends while supporting each other during these difficult first years. Their friendship grew and they married in 1989. Then, in 1994 they had the opportunity to acquire SNC and, together, grew the company into a global leader in aerospace and defense. Here’s a quick look at Eren and Fatih Ozmen’s staggering success story and why that makes SNC an ideal place to start your career. Making Their Multibillion-Dollar American Dream Come True SNC wasn’t always the multibillion-dollar industry leader it is today. The story of the Ozmens really begins in Turkey, the country they both emigrated from in the early ‘80s. Eren first met Fatih in Ankara, Turkey during her senior year of college studying journalism and public relations. Fatih was an electrical engineering student there, but they both had plans to head to the United Sates to earn their master’s degrees. Fatih came to the U.S. in 1980, and the couple reconnected when Eren also came independently to the United States in 1981 for an English language program at UC Berkeley. Fatih was pursing his master’s degree at the University of Nevada, Reno at the time and suggested Eren apply for the MBA program at UNR. She took his advice and moved to Reno to begin the program. The pair became best friends before they even considered dating each other. Fatih was rising through the ranks at SNC, and Eren was working in the finance department of a local sprinkler system company. She learned the company was completing its financial reports by hand –which took weeks–and she put in a request for a personal computer. Eren’s request was denied. So, she spent her next paycheck on a new PC, brought it to work and generated the next set of reports in a matter of hours. Eren was immediately promoted to manage financial reporting. A few years down the line, Fatih and Eren were married and working at SNC, but the company was struggling. Eren was working in the finance department to convert SNC’s accounting system to an automated platform. She discovered that SNC was on the verge of going out of business and she knew the owners were not fully aware of the situation. Because of her determination to fully share the company’s current situation with the owners, the leadership team was able to turn the company around and stay in business. In fact, her honesty earned her a promotion and she became SNC’s first controller in 1988. Later on, in 1994, Eren and Fatih had the opportunity to acquire SNC. They took a significant risk and leveraged their house as collateral to purchase the company. Since then, they have grown SNC from a small electronics company with just a team of 20 to a trusted, multibillion-dollar leader in aviation, national security, and space with 4000 employees across the globe. How The Couple’s Strategic Decisions Made SNC an Aerospace and Defense Leader Eren speaking at an aerospace industry conference focused on the International Space Station.Upon acquisition of SNC, Eren took over as CFO and Fatih became CEO. They developed an entirely new strategy for the company, one that focused on innovation, resourcefulness and exceeding customer expectations. Given the company’s smaller size and limited resources, Eren and Fatih knew they couldn’t compete with major players in the industry by acting the same way and selling the same product. So, they innovated and decided to offer scaled down products, but at a far lower cost than their competition and at five times the speed. This innovative strategy not only enabled the couple to take on major aircraft projects while saving the U.S. government millions of dollars, but also drove them to develop a myriad of products across the defense and aerospace industries. Smart and frequent acquisitions and a resourceful approach also enabled the couple to obtain abandoned projects and make them a reality for their clients. In 2008, the Ozmens made their highest acquisition yet: $38 million for a space company called Space Dev, which included rights to the Dream Chaser® spacecraft—a reusable orbital vehicle designed to replace the retired space shuttle. Dream Chaser is now set to service the International Space Station starting in 2021 as part of a multi-billion contract with NASA. This was something of a dream come true for the Ozmens. Fatih told Forbes: “Space is more than a business for us. When I was a young child, on the other side of the world, I watched the moon landing on a black-and-white TV. It gave me goosebumps. It was so inspirational.” Their Hard Work Carried Them to the Top — And At SNC, So Could Yours The Ozmens dreamed of space—and they made that dream come true.The journey to the final frontier is far from the only inspiring thing about the Ozmen’s story and SNC. At SNC, the belief that great leaders and great ideas come from anywhere and anyone comes from the top down. Remember, Eren started at SNC working night shifts while pursuing her MBA and Fatih began his career as an intern at the company. Perhaps that’s why SNC’s internship program is known for its emphasis on both long-term and short-term career development. While the company has grown considerably, teams are still tight-knit groups of top industry talent and experts. That means mentorship, close collaboration and high-impact projects are always a part of the SNC experience. (You might even get to learn from an astronaut or two.) At a company like SNC, impact is everything. Whether you’re an intern or the CEO, there’s no limit to what you can accomplish—not even the sky. Want your career to blast off? Check out open opportunities at Sierra Nevada Corporation on WayUp right now! The post From a Young Age, Eren and Fatih Ozmen Dreamed of Space—Now They’re Co-Owners of a Global Leader in Aerospace and Defense appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  14. A business doesn’t have to be a giant corporation. Some businesses are places where people in a community can go for advice, for help, and for real connections with people who care about them. That’s the kind of vision Edward Jones has for its Financial Advisor offices. And it was the same desire to become a part of her community that drove Dalsey to study business in college. Less than a year out of college, the Financial Advisor Career Development program at Edward Jones gave her the opportunity to do just what she set out to: help others while building a business of her own. Here’s a look at Dalsey’s journey with Edward Jones, from development program to financial advisor with her own branch, and how she uses her new position as a platform to help her community and the people in it. From New Grad To Investment Professional Dalsey began her career in the FACD program at Edward Jones.The FACD program at Edward Jones aims to take new grads, with less than five years of professional experience, and turn them into the type of knowledgeable, genuinely beneficial Financial Advisors upon which Edward Jones has built its reputation. The FACD program has two paths: In-Market or On-Campus. The On-Campus program provides training at the Home Office either in St. Louis or Tempe, Arizona, and the In-Market program enables participants to experience their training with an actual Edward Jones Financial Advisor in their branch. “I heard about the In-Market FACD program from the person whose office I would actually end up learning and working in,” Dalsey tells us. “I was in the first group for the In-Market program. The In-Market program worked really well for me; having a tie to the community and building my business while training meant so much.” With either program, everyone starts with six months of intensive training. You start by studying for the SIE (Securities Industry Exam), Series 7 and Series 66 licenses. During your study period you are partnered with an academic training leader, a class of other program members, and a variety of resources designed to help you pass your exams. Once those are squared away, you head to in-person training to master a variety of skills from understanding client needs to building and analyzing portfolios. “The beauty of the training aspect is that you get to focus on exactly how to do the job,” Dalsey says. “We got to talk to actual people every day. Learning about products and how they work was one part of it, but we really got to dig deep with people.” And the mission of all this training, she explains, is to accelerate the growth of Financial Advisors at the firm. Edward Jones wants to prepare them to take on their own branch, start building their own practice, and to make them the most effective partners to the clients in their community. As lofty as that goal may sound, the program has seen a lot of success doing just that. Building Her Own Business—And Becoming A Pillar Of Her Community Dalsey cutting the ribbon at her new branch opening.After the completion of the program, Edward Jones gave Dalsey the opportunity to open her own branch. “My role now is a Financial Advisor here at Edward Jones,” Dalsey tells us. “I have my own branch office that I run along with my Branch Office Administrator, Sarah. Together we really strive to provide deep and meaningful service to clients in our community. We meet with them face to face to understand what their ‘why’ is, their unique situation, and how we can help them accomplish their complex goals.” Dalsey’s branch is now a part of her community. And she has a ton of freedom not just to grow her business, but to connect with her clients in the way that she sees as most effective. “From the very beginning, I refuse to talk financial-ese with them. I love when people walk away from our meetings feeling like they’ve been heard and listened to rather than just instructed,” Dalsey explains. With this approach—and the types of human-centered, growth-centric investments offered by Edward Jones—Dalsey’s business has truly blossomed. In fact, they hit a major milestone goal just last week. And to Dalsey, that’s not just a sign of personal success. It’s a signal that her community is growing—and she’s a part of that. “What we do is really so much more than just investment,” Dalsey says. “We partner with them to help them achieve their goals and their dreams.” What could you make happen for your community? Ready to become a pillar of your own community? Check out open opportunities at Edward Jones on WayUp! The post This Development Program Changed My Career—Now I Get to Help People Reach Their Goals appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  15. Whitney Hammel has changed more than a few lives—and in more than a few ways. Growing up in a small town in Oregon—“like, a 500-people-small town”—Whitney’s dreams were fairly humble for someone who has and continues to accomplish so much. After graduating into a tough economy with a degree in early-childhood development and special education, she wanted to find a stable job that would help her get her master’s degree. That’s when she found The New England Center for Children—one of the world’s leading autism education and research institutions—and started a journey that would lead to so much more than just her own development. How NECC ‘Opened Doors’ For Whitney—And Taught Her To Do The Same Like so many of the teachers at The New England Center for Children, Whitney was attracted to the ability to start her career alongside some of the preeminent experts in the field of autism education and applied behavior analysis (ABA), the scientific discipline upon which NECC’s evidence-backed, effective approach is based. “The opportunities for growth and learning are just huge,” Whitney tells us. “You have the top people in the field in one place. And these experts are accessible. You can speak with these individuals and you can learn from them.” Plus, the ability to get her master’s degree—for free—while working at the center was also a huge draw. “The opportunities for continued education are just amazing. To go on to get your master’s is quite expensive and it can be a painful process,” she explains. “But to be at a place where you’re working and then right after you’re taking classes in the same building while also having financial support was incredible.” But it wasn’t just the education that helped Whitney grow at NECC, she was also given opportunities that she couldn’t have gotten elsewhere. When the organization expanded abroad, she was able to consult with the new Abu Dhabi center. “I learned to work in different cultures and work with families who come from different cultures,” she says. “Plus, I was able to start traveling. All of this really opened my eyes to the world. It was such a huge opportunity.” Over the next few years Whitney became a foundational member of NECC’s Abu Dhabi team and finally took on a leadership role in their new India center when she was given the opportunity. This was where her story really began. Bringing Compassionate Autism Education To West Africa Whitney and her co-founder saw a huge opportunity to make an impact in Ghana.Working in India gave Whitney the opportunity to help a region access an entirely new standard of care. As one of the few practitioners of ABA—NECC’s evidence-based approach to autism education—in the area, she was able not only to help a new set of children and families, but also to see what it takes to build a program. “One thing that I learned during my time with The New England Center for Children is how important it is to build capacity and to support others in continuing their education to further themselves in the field of ABA to make that bigger impact,” Whitney says. “Because if I’m the only one there doing this work, then we can only work with so many children. But if we can help build capacity, bring more people in, and also build capacity at a local level, that’s how we can spread ABA and make a greater impact.” And this gave her an idea of what she might want to do next, but she didn’t have any concrete plans…yet. However, when she took a trip to Ghana with a friend from college, they both had the same thought: They could do what NECC had done in India, but in West Africa, starting with Ghana. Whitney and her Autism Compassion Africa team.That’s how Autism Compassion Africa (ACA) came to be. “I had gone for a visit and really loved it, but I realized that services were really limited in the country for children with autism. And there were no Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) in Ghana at that time. It seemed like this great opportunity for us to work together and really make a difference,” she says. And they’ve done just that. Since moving to Ghana a few years ago, Whitney and her team at ACA have grown from just two students in their day program—modeled after NECC’s day program in the US—to more than 15 students. Whitney also consults with clients in different West African cities to help support the ACA programs and staff. And it’s not just Whitney working hard to help children with autism lead better lives. Her team is also receiving ABA-based training. Plus, they’re helping to drum up support, raise awareness, and spark public concern with their outreach programs. That last part can be particularly difficult, because in many parts of Ghana, autism is an unfamiliar concept. This can lead to more than just a lower standard of care. In some cases, serious mistreatment of children and adults with autism can occur. Whitney and her team have made ACA a beacon of hope for children with autism in Ghana.However, by focusing on building capacity and reaching out to people in the communities they serve, Whitney’s team at ACA have managed to improve the lives of so many children with autism. Plus, they’ve paved the way for others to do the same. “It’s kind of like planting a seed. The New England Center started with just six kids in Boston, and they planted that seed and it continued to grow,” Whitney says. “The same goes with the work we did in India, and these staff members were able to go on to get certified and they help others do the same. All of this just leads to more opportunities for families to get the help they need. And that’s what we’re doing in Ghana now, too.” Looking to grow with an organization that makes a huge impact? Check out open opportunities at The New England Center for Children on WayUp! 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