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How can I give myself a clear and direct path towards landing a job in my field with my degree?

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I want to get a nice job as a business banker when I graduate from SLU, I currently am on a path for a dual Accounting/Economics major, and I want to know what will help me get the job I want using my degree as a tool. Which clubs or organizations will help put some padding on my resume? Which clubs or organizations should I stay away from because they won't support my resume? #accounting #economics #slu #banking #business #college

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Trisha’s Answer

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Hi Alexander!

I agree with everything said above! Another tip for finding a job is to network. I went to career fairs/club events and made it a point to introduce myself to the professionals in the room. Just strike up a friendly conversation, and often times you can exchange contact information. Asking professionals to meet up for coffee or a 30 minute phone call lets you have 1 on 1 time with them to (1) answer career-related questions (2) potentially connect you with an available opportunity at their company.

Professionals(especially recruiters) meet so many students, it is hard to stand out as a candidate. Establishing a 1 on 1 connection through a phone call or coffee meetup will help them keep you in mind when a position becomes available!



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Eric’s Answer

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Alexander, Good question. in addition to the other comments provided, I recommending going Beta Alpha Psi or another accounting group as most companies will recruit out of a program like that. If that is not available at your school, I would recommend going a group and becoming an active leader in that group so that you can demonstrate some leadership abilities. Lastly, I would focus on developing your technology and analytic skills (utilizing something as simple as excel). That will be important in any accounting career going forward.
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Samantha’s Answer

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Hi Alexander! Sounds like you're already on the right track with your double major choices! What helped me when I was in college as an Accounting major and Economics minor, was joining a business fraternity within the business school of my university. I was able to take a leadership position within that group which taught me valuable skills that were helpful to me once I graduated, and it provided me with examples of how I demonstrated those skills, which I was able to use on my resume and in job interviews.
I also attended the annual business school career fair, and was able to get a summer internship with a company in my desired field.
Overall, I think any organization you join that will help you demonstrate the skills necessary for a career in business banking would be valuable to you. These skills include such things as leadership, organization, critical thinking and analytical skills, teamwork, etc.

Good luck!
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Elise’s Answer

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Hello Alexander, Solid job on your double major so far! I think the best advice I could give is to get an internship. It demonstrates that you're motivated, hardworking, and looking to succeed and gain experience. I also recommend getting any leadership position in any club/organization that you're passionate about (if you're passionate about it, it will show). Just showing that you're trying to get involved in leadership positions in something that you love will definitely enhance your resume.
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