The "Bolzies" are an impressive group of individuals. I am constantly in awe of the achievements of our alumni base, which includes managing directors to presidents to CEOs. Yet, as a student, it is not always easy to see the path from ICA to 401K. Fortunately for us, our alums are here to help.
Last Friday, recent Bolz Center students visited with us in Grainger for a full day of mentoring. Our first event included a panel that featured recent graduate perspectives on careers. The four-person panel shared their post-Grainger experiences and offered a wealth of information about what to expect upon leaving business school. From interviewing to salary negotiation, there was no topic that was off limits. They shared stories, offered advice, and provided candid answers to the myriad questions we threw their way.
And, later that day, the tables were turned as we began the mock interview process. I’ll admit that I was skeptical going into the interviews (how often are you interviewed by someone who you also consider a friend?). Despite the initial hesitation, I found the experience to be invaluable. I was made brutally aware of how long it had been since my last interview. The curveball questions and résumé tips were welcome reminders of the importance of that first impression. And, of course, it was wonderful to have one-on-one time with the alums.
At the Bolz Center, we specialize in the arts, and no Bolz Center event would be complete without the art of food and beverage. Later that evening, we reconvened at the Fluno Center and were joined by the alumni and our advisory board members (also alumni!) who were in town that day. After a very full day, it was fantastic to catch up with everyone in an informal setting. As I go through the program, I am increasingly grateful for the support of not only the Bolz Center itself, but also the alumni who are always willing to lend a helping hand. It truly is a remarkable place.