April 4, 2018

Business Students Connect with Minneapolis Employers

Business Students Connect with Minneapolis Employers
Students visit a variety of companies from different industries such as Thrivent Financial.
Eleven students from the College of Business at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln traveled to Minneapolis on a career expedition hosted by the Business Career Center during spring break. Throughout four days, students networked with multiple professionals and alumni, and visited eight different employers.

“We take these trips to expose students to a new city and have them learn about its culture. It also gives us an opportunity to introduce them to a wide range of industries,” said Dr. Chris Timm, associate director of employer experience and outreach. “We want to develop additional opportunities for the students. These expeditions give them the chance to build their own network, not only with the employers, but with the Career Center and their fellow classmates as well.”

The students visited a variety of companies in Minneapolis, some of which included Ameriprise, Colle McVoy, Thrivent and Travellers. They also toured Target Field, home to the Minnesota Twins. Students go on these trips for a variety of reasons.

Hong Nguyen, freshman actuarial science major from Nha Trang, Vietnam, said, “I went on this trip to seek potential opportunities for myself with the employers we met with. I also looked to expand my network, something I believe to be one of the most important factors as a business student. Having a network filled with diverse people opens my future up to a lot of different possibilities.”

Students connect with professionals like Phil Johnson ’77, COO of Colle McVoy, during the Minneapolis trip.
Students connect with professionals like Phil Johnson ’77, COO of Colle McVoy, during the Minneapolis trip.
Students had the opportunity to network with local Minneapolis professionals and alumni from the College of Business during both a welcoming dinner and a closing day breakfast.

“The professionals selected to network with us for the dinner and breakfast were great. The discussions we had were informative, all while having a relaxed feeling to them,” said Emily Wiebeck, senior management major from Lincoln, Nebraska. “A piece of advice that stuck with me from one of the professionals was to stay open to the opportunities around you. Even if you know what your end goal is, you might end up taking a different route to get there or even find a different end goal. All the conversations I had with the professionals and alumni helped me in developing my professional self.”

The following students participated in the Minneapolis career expedition:

William Chamberlin, senior finance major from Lincoln, Nebraska
Katherine Fox, freshman international business major from Lakeville, Minnesota
Leah Haiden, senior management major from Lincoln, Nebraska
Braden Lienemann, sophomore actuarial science major from Omaha, Nebraska
Riaj Mahmud, MBA student from Dhaka, Bangladesh
Michael McDonald, MBA student with a specialization in finance from Denver, Colorado
Hong Phuc Nguyen, freshman actuarial science major from Nha Trang, Vietnam
Quan Hoang Nguyen, freshman international business major from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Meagan Potrzeba, freshman business administration major from Pierre, South Dakota
Bailee Smith, sophomore accounting major from Salem, South Dakota
Emily Wiebeck, senior management major from Lincoln, Nebraska

To learn more about the Business Career Center, visit: https://business.unl.edu/careers