Career & Professional Development

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Stuck at what to do post graduation? Needing to figure out an internship for the summer?

Consider joining us on the Portland (Jan. 4th) or Seattle (Jan.6-7th) Treks!

All majors and years are welcomed and encouraged to participate.

To Register for either Portland or Seattle, simply go to: https://gonzaga-csm.symplicity.com/events/register.php?&

The treks are a unique opportunity to experience corporate culture first hand through corporate excursions.  In addition to the corporate visits, the plan on attending Career Fairs and networking socials.  (Great way to meet other Zags!)

Portland, January 4th

Excursion #1: Nike/Columbia  (Space is LIMITED)

Excursion #2: Regence/adidas (Deadline to Register is Tuesday Dec. 21st)

Excursion #3: Trailblazers/Widmer Brothers

Excursion #4: HP/Kraft Foods  (Deadline to Register is Tuesday Dec. 21st)

Seattle, January 6-7th

Excursion #1: Boeing

Excursion #2: Microsoft (Deadline to Register is Tuesday Dec. 21st)

Excursion #3: Nordstrom

Excursion #4: Experience Music Project with Non-Profit Panel

Excursion #5: PACCAR/Turner Construction

Excursion #6: Mercer/Accenture  (Deadline to Register is Tuesday Dec. 21st)

Excursion #7: F5 Networks/Amazon.com

Excursion #8: Redhook/Wizards of the Coast

Excursion #9: University of Washington Medical Center (Deadline to Register is Tuesday Dec. 21st)


What is a corporate excursion? A corporate excursion typically includes a tour, Q&A with recruiters and alumni while learning about hiring processes. An excursion is first hand approach to gaining insight to corporate culture, products, mission and career paths of current employees.  This event is exclusive to Gonzaga students only.

What is a deep dive excursion? We have been fortunate to have excursion hosts which request more time with our students.  When this occurs, we structure our excursion to give more flexibility and time with hosts to richer experiences for participants.  The deep dive excursions are intense and are recommended for students.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact the Career Center at careercenter@gonzaga.edu.

Get Ready to Trek!

The GAMP/Career Center is proud to announce the 9th & 10th Annual Portland/Seattle Treks!  The treks are a unique opportunity to experience corporate culture first hand through corporate excursions.

What is a corporate excursion? A corporate excursion typically includes a tour, Q&A with recruiters and alumni while learning about hiring processes. An excursion is first hand approach to gaining insight to corporate culture, products, mission and career paths of current employees.  This event is exclusive to Gonzaga students only.

Portland

Excursion #1: Nike/Columbia

Excursion #2: Regence/adidas

Excursion #3: Trailblazers/Widmer Brothers

Excursion #4: HP/Kraft Foods

Seattle

Excursion #1: Boeing

Excursion #2: Microsoft

Excursion #3: Nordstrom

Excursion #4: Experience Music Project with Non-Profit Panel

Excursion #5: PACCAR/Turner Construction

Excursion #6: Mercer/Accenture

Excursion #7: F5 Networks/Amazon.com

Excursion #8: Redhook/Wizards of the Coast

Excursion #9: Providence Health Services/ University of Washington Medical Center

In addition to the visits of corporations, the Treks also consist of career fairs and networking socials with local alumni.

Overall, this is one fantastic event for overall career development process.  For more information or to register, http://tiny.cc/gamp2011.

Announcing the Spokane Trek!

The Career Center/GAMP office is excited to announce the first annual Spokane Trek!  If you can’t join us for Portland or Seattle, consider this your introduction to the program.  This year the Spokane Trek will feature visits to three regional employers who have various career paths for liberal arts students.  If you are interested learning more about internship and full-time opportunities at these sites, while gaining insight to corporate climate plan on joining us!

Mark your calendars now!  November 10th, 1:30-3:30.

Note: Space on these excursions is limited first come first serve.

To register for the Spokane Trek, simply go to: http://tiny.cc/1ni3r

Inland Northwest Health Services, 1:30-3:30

Visit St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute to learn about INHS’ various cutting edge technologies, patient care and more.  Meet staff members from various sectors of the INHS business to learn more about  career opportunities in fields in health care.

Focus on Academic Majors: Nursing, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Human Physiology, Computer Science.

(Note: Students interested in the general field of health care are highly encouraged to attend this Trek track.)

For more information, go to: http://www.inhs.info/

Desautel Hege Communications, 1:30-3:30

Learn about the brand of Desautel Hege Communications in a presentation aimed at highlighting the communication agency function as well as pro/cons of different professional avenues within the field.

Focus on Academic Majors: Public Relations, Applied Communications, Advertising, Marketing, Liberal Arts

(Note: On this excursion, space is extremely limited.  Per request of host, students who have not been exposed to the brand of Desautel Hege are encouraged to participate.)

For more information, go to: http://www.desautelhege.com/

Next IT, 1:30-3:30

Have you asked Spike a question on Gonzaga’s website?  Or asked Jenn a question on Alaska Airlines site?  If so, you have been a customer of Next IT’s innovative real-time customer service interface using their Human Emulation Software.  On this track learn how Next IT recruits all majors from business to psychology to form a cutting edge service.

Focus on Academic Majors:  Computer Science, Communications, Business, Marketing, Computer Engineering or any liberal arts degree.

For more information, go to: http://www.nextit.com/

Not Your Usual A.S.K.

Last night’s event for the Spring Alumni Sharing Knowledge (A.S.K.) was a packed room of students learning best tips and tricks for working a room!  Students were joined were hosted by Margel Kaufman who lead the students in various ways to think about networking.  She urged the students to practice networking as if they were learning to ride a bike.

All in all, a great event!  Thanks for all who attended…..

Curious How GAMP Works?

You’ve probably seen the acroynm “GAMP” around the blog as well as on campus… curious what it is and how to get involved?  Well, you have come to the right blog post!
GAMP stands for the Gonzaga Alumni Mentor Program, a network of 2,500 alumni, friends and parents of Gonzaga who have volunteered to help coach and mentor current students.
To gain access to the network of mentors there are three simple steps:

  • You’ll first have to fill out a registration form.  You can swing up to the Career Center (2nd Floor of Crosby) or simply click here.
  • Then attend a simple 30 minute GAMP orientation, to explain guidelines of program as well as levels of expectations.  To the orientation, you’ll need to bring a letter of introduction as well as a resume.
  • From there, you’ll be matched with mentors in the fields/industries you have requested.

It really is that simple!

Frequently Asked Questions about GAMP:

1. Is this program just for business students?  I am a liberal arts major, how can it help me? This program is designed to help all students regardless of major or academic program! We have a wide variety of mentors in a great spectrum of fields ranging from non-profit to government, business, higher education and more!  The GAMP team is happy to work with students one on one to find the best mentor match for you!

2.  I have already been matched, is it possible to be matched again? I have changed my mind of where I want to work or my future plans.  Yes!  We welcome mentees to contact our office if your needs for mentoring change and you’d like to contiune to expand your professional network. We strongly encourage however the you are able to properly maintain relationships with mentors.

3.  I have contacted my mentors, but I haven’t heard back…what should I do? Contact them again!  Do not be a pest or a bother, but remember…these mentors are typically very busy professionals.  Keep e-mails brief but well thought-out and be considerate of their time and needs.

Yes, they are HIRING!

The Career Center and the Gonzaga Alumni Mentor Program would like to invite you to an outstanding networking opportunity! NextIT, a local company with strong Gonzaga connections, is hosting an open house and networking event for students and alumni on March 23rd. They anticipate hiring 50 people in the next six months and that includes interns and new hires.  Check out the personal invitation from David Pendergraft’s invitation to the event!

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March 23, 2010

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

421 W Riverside Ave, 5th Fl

Spokane, WA 99201

Please join us for an opportunity to learn more about Next IT Corporation – a ground-breaking technology company with a culture of excellence – and the career opportunities available now. Hear from Next IT Founder, CEO and Gonzaga Alum Fred Brown, and meet with other current Next IT employees and Gonzaga Alumni.

Please RSVP no later than Friday, March 19!   E-mail gamp@gonzaga.edu

Also, please join us for an alumni and student social immediately following the Next IT networking event at:

Jimmy ‘Z Fine Food Spirits

521 W Sprague

Spokane, WA 99201

Another Great Trek!

So, how did you spend your Spring Break?  Was it filled with sunshine and basketball watching in Vegas?  Or did you get the chance to visit numerous Fortune 500 companies like Google, McAfee, Wells Fargo and Marsh in the Bay Area, hosted by Gonzaga friends and alumni?

Last week 35 students and recent alumni joined up in San Jose and San Francisco to participate in the 3rd Annual Bay Area Treks.  Participants were given the chance to visit corporate offices of Google, McAfee, Stryker, Wells Fargo, Blue Shield and more.

In addition to visiting the corporate offices of these esteemed companies, students were given the chance to network with enthusiastic alumni who offered advice and knowledge.

Interested in joining us?  Let us know!  E-mail: gamp@gonzaga.edu that you are interested in more information about the 2011 Treks to Portland, Seattle and Bay Area.

Next Trek?  New York City!  Applications coming soon.

Trek Deadline Approaching!

Here are the top three reasons why you should consider attending this year:

  1. Tours specifically designed for Gonzaga students at industry leaders in both Silicon Valley and San Francisco.
  2. Insight to recruiting and hiring processes for both internship and full-time positions.
  3. Networking opportunities with key alumni and friends of Gonzaga.
  • Silicon Valley Excursions will take place March 11th with visits to Google, McAfee and Stryker Endoscopy
  • San Francisco Excursions will take place on March 12th with visits to: Wells Fargo, Marsh, Blue Shield of California, Deloitte, Baker Street Advertising

Cost: $35 per day or $60 for both Treks.  If you refer a friend to join you on the Trek you receive a $10 cash referral bonus!

Bay Trek Registration Deadline is Quickly Approaching!

Deadline for registration and payment is Friday, March 5th

To register, simply go to: https://gonzaga-csm.symplicity.com/events/BAT2010

If you have questions or concerns regarding this amazing career development opportunity, please contact the GAMP office at gamp@gonzaga.edu or 313-4048.

We hope you join us for the 3rd Annual Bay Area Trek!

Have you Googled Google?

We all know that Google is the world’s best search engine, but have you ever considered them as an employer?

Although it may seem odd to run a search engine on the world’s largest search engine, you may be surprise at what you come up with.  For example, did you know that Google has been ranked in the top five as “Best Place to Work” by Forbes Magazine. (4th place in 2010 and 2009 and 1st in 2008 and 2007)  Curious why Google has those outstanding rankings? Among other things like flexible work time (20% of staff time is spent on projects of their choice.)  but the benefits to employees are incredible both on and off campus.

Nervous about applying?  Sure it’s pretty competitive, but Google makes available information on putting together a polished resume or acing the dreaded interview. (Just a tip from me to you…most companies don’t make information available so opening to potential applicants.)  If you are curious on what type of opportunities are open right now, they have that easily accessible too!

Curious to see what a day in the in the life a googler looks like?  Check out a cool video from Google’s YouTube Channel!

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Are you dying to see the Google campus for yourself?  Join us for the 3rd Annual Bay Area Trek March 11 & 12 where Google is a excursion host company.  Our visit to Google will be hosted on March 11th along with visits to McAfee and  Stryker Endoscopy.

The event for single Trek day is $35, to participate in both days the cost is $60.  To register, go to:

https://gonzaga-csm.symplicity.com/events/BAT2010

And the Answer is….

What is the only moving national landmark?

Answer: The San Francisco Tolley Car!

Are you interested in seeing this national landmark in person, while visiting corporate offices and networking with Bay Area Alumni?  Well, you are in luck! Join us for the 3rd annual Bay Area Treks featuring visits in Silicon Valley and San Francisco.

Gonzaga University Silicon Valley Trek

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Corporate Excursions 11:00 AM-5:00 PM
Excursions to four different corporate headquarters will allow students to gain an inside perspective of these dynamic companies:  Google,  McAfee and  Stryker Endoscopy

The Networking Social with Keynote Address 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
Santa Clara University, Nobili Hall
Students, alumni, and area employers are invited to join us for a hosted social on the Santa Clara Campus.

Gonzaga University San Francisco Trek

Friday, March 12, 2010

Women in Leadership Symposium 9:00 AM-10:00 PM
San Francisco Downtown Marriott Courtyard, Rincon Room

Corporate Excursions 10:45 AM-3:00 PM
Excursions to various different corporate headquarters will allow students to gain an inside perspective of these dynamic companies.

The Networking Social with Keynote Address 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
Bechelli’s Flower Market Café
Students, alumni, and area employers are invited to join us for a hosted networking social

Cost: $35 per day or $60 for both Treks.

https://gonzaga-csm.symplicity.com/events/BAT2010

(Note: If you are a Young Alumni (Class of 2008 or 2009) in the Bay Area and would like to participate in the Trek program, please contact the GAMP office at gamp@gonzaga.edu.)

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