Business Management Students Hold Alumni Panel Discussion

Business Management AlumniThird-quarter¬ Business Management¬†students¬†in¬†their¬†Management Practice Lab 1¬†planned an end-of-quarter event–a panel discussion, where NEIT Business Management alumni were invited to share their success stories¬†and advice¬†with¬†current¬† MGT students.¬†Students in the lab were¬†divided into two teams, each with a¬†project¬†manager,¬†who assigned¬†various tasks¬† to their teams from booking a room¬†in which to host the event,¬†devising a list of¬†people¬†to invite,¬†to writing the¬†biographies of the panelists and the¬†thank-you letters¬†to send¬†to the panelists¬†after the event.

Among the¬†panelists was¬†Yrleni¬†(Leni) Garciaadministrative¬†assistant in the Automotive Technology at NEIT.¬†A¬†¬†Phi Theta Kappa honor society¬†member,¬†who is¬†working towards her bachelor‚Äôs degree at NEIT, Leni received her associate from New England Institute of Technology in 2002.¬†Employed¬†at¬†NEIT¬†for nine years, her job includes working for three departments,¬†which¬†she says while hectic at times, is extremely rewarding. Leni stressed¬†the importance of image, from the way you speak to the way you dress. She¬†advised the students to¬†keep¬†a¬†‚Äúbusiness management attitude” at all times.

Suzanne¬†Caldeira, vice president¬†of¬†Shamrock Financial,¬†graduated from NEIT with her¬†associate¬†degree in business management in 1994. In her¬†position¬†as a mortgage broker,¬†she helps buyers obtain financing to purchase¬†various types of homes¬†as well as to refinance existing properties. When asked what the most rewarding part of her job was,¬†her answer was simple, ‚ÄúChanging people‚Äôs lives. Buying a home is a dream to¬†many¬†people.”¬†¬†She is excited to be a part of that dream.¬†When asked¬†for¬†advice about¬†entering the workforce, her answer resonated with all the students, ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt see failure as a failure; see it as¬†a¬†step¬†forward.”

Keith Thompson earned his bachelor degree from NEIT in 2008 and works as an IT Training and Development Specialist in the Computing & Information Services at Brown University. Keith, understanding the value of education, earned his Professional Training Certification from Bryant University, as well as an ITTL Foundation Certification in IT Service Management in 2013. In 2014, he went online to earn an Instructional Design Certification from University of Wisconsin-Stout. Keith is presently pursuing an MSE in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout (online). He hopes to one day return to NEIT to teach, providing the students with the valuable education that was given to him.

When asked¬†how the MGT¬†curriculum¬†prepared¬†him, he responded,¬†‚ÄúThe foundation prepares you for anything;¬†it depends on how hungry you are. Anyone can get a degree, it‚Äôs what you do with it.”¬†Keith went on to ask the audience,¬†‚ÄúBy a show of hands, how many of you are afraid of what‚Äôs next?‚ÄĚ All the students in the audience raised their hands, and he responded,¬†‚ÄúIf you‚Äôre not afraid, your dreams are not big enough! You‚Äôre all where you should be.‚ÄĚ

Paul Pinto, vice president of Client Engagement for¬†Atrion¬†Networking Corporation,¬†earned his¬†bachelor degree from NEIT in 2005.¬†Paul said the biggest rookie mistake¬†graduates can¬†make¬†when entering the workforce¬†is to¬†‚Äútake¬†opportunity for granted.‚ÄĚ He also gave valuable advice¬†about going¬†through the interview process.¬†He said,¬†‚ÄúPresentation! First impressions are¬†important.¬†Convey what‚Äôs important to you, and let the potential employer know what you bring to the workplace. Be yourself! Do your homework, and know the company. Know where you see yourself in the future.”¬†He went on to say,¬†‚ÄúThings don‚Äôt happen overnight;¬†be disciplined. Take steps every single day to get to your goal and¬†measure it.‚ÄĚ

Bob Larrabeesenior account executive in the Center for Technology and Industry at New England Institute of Technology, graduated in 2006 from NEIT with a bachelor’s degree in MGT. When he was asked what the most rewarding part of his job was, he told the audience that seeing students come to NEIT, learn skills, earn a degree, gain confidence, and ultimately become employed is the biggest reward of all.

MGT students were impressed with the panelists’ stories, which gave them¬†insight into what’s next for them once they earn their degrees.