Category Archives: Career Center

Walton Career Services Introduces Tech Month and New Programming

Walton Career Services will close the spring semester with a wide variety of speakers and professional development opportunities as students prepare for their summer internships and full-time roles.

Students of any major will have the opportunity to participate in the events listed below and in various Tech Month activities that celebrate the role technology is playing in changing the workforce.

Walton Career Services will also introduce the new S.A.M. Talk speaker series. S.A.M. Talks – Students Achieving Milestones – is meant to inspire and foster an environment of continuous learning and growth through short, influential talks by either professionals or fellow students that empower students and motivate them to achieve more during their college experiences.

Walton Career Services will host the following events in April:

  • B. Hunt – Company of the Day: April 2, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • B. Hunt Tech Talk: April 2, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • PepsiCo Distinguished Lecture: April 4, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Introduction to Retail Link – Beginner Level: April 6, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Buckle – Company of the Day: April 9, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
  • S.A.M. Talk with Anupam Strivastava: “Birding and the future of work.”: April 9, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Business, Tech and Creative Careers in the Arts & Entertainment Industries Panel: April 9, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. 
  • Business, Tech and Creative Careers in the Arts & Entertainment Industries Panel Post Reception: April 9, 4:45 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Academy Sports + Outdoors Corporate Spotlight: April 10, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
  • UA Employer Partners BBQ: April 11, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Retail Link Advanced: April 13, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Escape Room: G.R.I.T. Challenge with Schmieding Product: April 15, 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Abbott – Company of the Day: April 16, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • S.A.M. Talk with Buster Arnwine, VP of Global Health at RB: “Going off Script: Building the plan to differentiate yourself from peers and get the career of your dreams.”: April 17, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Are You Ready? Pop-Up Shop: Every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

For more details and to register for events, use Handshake at uark.joinhandshake.com to see the complete list and newly added events.

 

Walton Career Services Prepares Students for Job Readiness

Walton Career Services at the Sam M. Walton College of Business hosts events year-round to prepare students for careers.  Activities and services include workshops with industry professionals, professional development skill enhancements and internship/job search strategies.

2016 Career Fair Walton College
Walton College students find leads for internships and full-time jobs at the Walton College Career Fair.

In addition to traditional career fairs, professional development sessions, informational sessions and interviews, this semester’s events will include weekly Are You Ready? pop-up shops, as well as its Company of the Day program. A summary of events is included below.

February Events:

  • RB Outperformance Challenge: Feb. 7, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sam’s Club Lunch & Learn: Feb. 11, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
  • Schneider Corporate Spotlight: Feb. 13, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Sales Competition: Feb. 21
  • Resume Rescue: Feb. 26 & 27
  • Are You Ready? Pop-Up Shop: Every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

March Events:

  • Business Career Fair: March 5, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Enterprise – Company of the Day: March 26, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Are You Ready? Pop-Up Shop: Every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

April Events:

  • J.B. Hunt – Company of the Day: April 2, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 – 3 p.m. 
  • PepsiCo Distinguished Lecture: April 4, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Buckle – Company of the Day: April 9, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
  • Careers in the Arts & Entertainment Industries: April 9, 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. 
  • Academy Sports + Outdoors Corporate Spotlight: April 10, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • UA Employer Partners BBQ: April 11
  • Abbott – Company of the Day: April 16, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • SAM Talk with Buster Arnwine of RB: April 17, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Are You Ready? Pop-Up Shop: Every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

For more details, visit walton.uark.edu/career/, email CareerServices@Walton.uark.edu or sign into Handshake  uark.joinhandshake.com to see the complete list and newly added events. You can also register to attend at uark.joinhandshake.com.

Taking the RB Challenge

RB, a multinational consumer goods company, challenged students at the Sam M. Walton College of Business to think about the corporation’s product in totally new ways. While the challenge competition lasted only two days, the winning team continues to reap the benefits.

Last fall, Lindsey Wagaman, a junior at the University of Arkansas double-majoring in marketing and supply chain management, teamed up with fellow students — Sydney Brooks, a senior majoring in marketing, and Dylan Seelye, a senior majoring in finance — to accept the two-day RB business challenge: present a solution on how to increase market share of MegaRed Krill Oil, an omega-3 supplement.

On the first day, student teams reviewed sales and research on MegaRed, a Schiff Vitamin brand that is a subsidiary of RB, a multinational consumer goods company. RB executives coached teams and delivered feedback on presentation strategy and approach.

Wagaman, Brooks and Seelye gathered information, collaborated on ideas and developed a presentation.

“My team agreed that the majority of people who took krill oil pills were affluent middle-aged to elderly adults. We decided to position MegaRed products as a preventative measure for the whole family in order to expand the target market,” Wagaman said. “To do this, we proposed krill oil gummy vitamins for kids, biscuits and oil for dogs and subscription boxes. We highlighted different marketing aspects such as a heart mascot on the gummies and connections to popular nonprofit organizations like the American Heart Association.”

On the second day, student teams presented solutions to RB. While Wagaman, Brooks and Seelye’s team won the challenge, they received more than just bragging rights.

“Hands-on experience is one of the most valuable skills students can have. Having the opportunity to work on a real problem faced by a company helps students change their perspective and think about issues differently,” Wagaman said. “Many of the questions recruiters ask in interviews are about past experience in particular situations. Being able to draw on these experiences as answers to interview questions is a simple way to highlight hands-on experience and give students an upper hand when job hunting.”

Jordan Fry was the RB representative I gave my executive pitch to. As I was going through my involvement and experience he continually asked me why I do the things I do, and what I’m passionate about. I had never taken a step back to think about what I was really passionate about from a professional standpoint before. This question was asked throughout the two-day competition. Because of the push to connect the personal aspect to our professional careers, my group and I incorporated personal stories and experiences into our presentation.”

My group and I have remained in contact with RB representatives since the challenge,” Wagaman said. “We have been able to meet with them to further develop our solutions from the challenge and receive executive mentorship. I’m looking forward to maintaining my relationship with RB and continuing to work with them on our ideas.”

RB Challenge Benefits
“The most impactful part about RB’s Challenge to me was the amount of direct feedback each student received. On the first day of the challenge we each gave our executive pitches to an RB representative. Students received one-on-one feedback including tips for interviews and professional advice. Direct feedback is not something most employers or representatives give to students seeking internships or careers,” Wagaman said. “I would recommend all students apply for the spring RB Challenge because it’s a valuable opportunity that not many students get.”

Students have the opportunity to take the RB Challenge on Thursday, Feb. 7, by registering on Handshake no later than Thursday, Jan. 31. 

Find out more about the RB Challenge through the Career Development Services at theSam M. Walton College of Business by emailing Catherine Beasley, corporate programs manager, at cbeasley@walton.uark.edu.

About RB 
RB — the world’s leading consumer health and hygiene company — never tires of challenging the norm, and keeps giving people innovative solutions for healthier lives and happier homes. Visit RB.com for more information on RB’s career opportunities and graduate programs.​

Diversity Is EPIC at Walton College

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Walton Career Services at the Sam M. Walton College of Business are hosting a picnic and networking event, panel discussion, recruiting information session and doughnut giveaway Oct. 8-11 to promote diversity in the workplace.

Students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

A Diversity in the Workplace discussion will take place in the Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 4-5 p.m. with senior leaders from Walmart, General Mills, Academy Sports + Outdoors and J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. Panelists will discuss diversity and inclusion, thought processes and perceptions, and changes in mindset. Pre-registration is required.

Other activities include:

  • Picnic on the Plaza– Find free food and corporate recruiters Monday, Oct. 8, on Shollmier Plaza from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.Bring your resume and your appetite!
  • Women’s Leadership in Business Coffee Chat— Join a small group discussion about women’s leadership in the business world and career development on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 9:30-10:30 a.m., in WJWH 501. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.
  • Pitched Perfect– Deliver an elevator pitch to corporate recruiters and get their feedback on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 3-5 p.m., in WJWH 203. Pre-registration is required.
  • Company of the Day: Academy Sports + Outdoors– Talk with corporate recruiters about career opportunities and diversity hiring on Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the WCOB second floor atrium 9 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3 p.m.  Info sessions will also be held in WJWH 203 starting at 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Diversity Doughnut Day– Grab a doughnut on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 8:30 a.m. until they are gone!
  • Pop-Up Shop on Global Intercultural Fluency– Join Walton career coaches on Thursday, Oct. 11, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in the WJWH atrium for career advice on the go. Multicultural partners will share global engagement opportunities.

Visit Handshake to pre-register and learn more about each event.  For additional information, contact Catherine Beasley, manager for Corporate Programs at CBeasley@Walton.uark.edu or visit Walton Career Services online at walton.uark.edu/career.

Walton Career Services Hosts Student Events Throughout the Fall

Walton Career Services at the Sam M. Walton College of Business will host a variety of events this fall to help prepare students for career readiness through engagement with industry professionals, professional development skill enhancement and internship/job search strategy.
 
In addition to traditional career fairs, professional development sessions, informational sessions and interviews, this semester’s events will include weekly Are You Ready? pop-up shops, as well as its Company of the Day program. A summary of events is included below.
 
August Events:
 
  • Corporate Comes to Campus: Aug. 23, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • General Mills – Company of the Day: Aug. 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

September Events:

  • Walmart Career Fest: Sept. 5, 12 to 4 p.m.
  • Aldi Corporate Spotlight: Sept. 11-13
  • Walmart Networking Event: Sept. 12, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Resume Rescue: Sept. 18 & 19, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
  • The Kraft Heinz Company – Company of the Day: Sept. 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Leadership Walton Pre-Career Fair Networking Event: Sept. 24, 5 p.m.
  • Business Career Fair: Sept. 25, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
  • Are You Ready? Pop-Up Shop: Sept. 4, 11, 20 and 27, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

October Events:

  • WACO Title – Company of the Day: Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Walmart Trivia Night: Oct. 3, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Diversity is EPIC Week: Oct. 8-11
  • Pitched Perfect: Oct. 9, 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Academy Sports + Outdoors – Company of the Day: Oct. 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Reckitt Benckiser Professional Outperformance Challenge: Oct. 24
  • Are You Ready? Pop-Up Shop: Every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

November Events:

  • CBIZ – Company of the Day: Nov. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Inceed – Company of the Day: Nov. 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Are You Ready? Pop-Up Shop: Every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more details, visit walton.uark.edu/career/, email CareerServices@Walton.uark.edu or sign into Handshake at uark.joinhandshake.com to see the complete list and newly added events. You can also register to attend at uark.joinhandshake.com

Walton Career Services Preps Students for Career Readiness

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EPIC Spotlight: Ross Lawrence

Many fresh college graduates look for exciting careers in big cities like Chicago or New York.

Ross Lawrence was one of them. With a bachelor’s degree in finance, he applied to more than 70 jobs in the Windy City and Big Apple. Then he decided he’d give Nevada, Missouri, a try.

It changed everything.

Less than five years after earning his degree, he became CEO and owner of Hoffman Financial Resources LLC, a dually registered affiliate with LPL Financial, the largest organization of independent financial advisers in the United States. He manages four full-time employees and about $120 million in investment assets from clients in 34 states.

He has a huge responsibility to his clients. “They literally entrust me with their life savings,” he says.

When Lawrence began applying for finance jobs with big banks, he became keenly interested in owning a firm. Walton College’s Career Center posted an ad for an associate wealth adviser with a firm in a Missouri town of about 8,000 people. Lawrence applied for the job with a mission in mind: he wanted to buy it.

He wasn’t shy about it, either. At age 22, during the interview process, he announced his intentions to the firm’s founder and owner, Greg Hoffman, who was entertaining the idea of retiring within the next ten to fifteen years. He took Lawrence seriously. The two worked out a purchase plan and, as of January 2016, Lawrence assumed ownership.

Now he tells students and new graduates to not be shy. Many firms are owned by baby boomers – those born between 1946 and 1964 – who are retiring and need someone skilled to take over and make sure their clients are taken care of. They’re often in cities and towns where there’s little competition for financial planning, which makes for good opportunities, Lawrence says.

A Fayetteville native, Lawrence initially majored in biology with the idea he would be an oral surgeon. He soon switched gears, however, when he received a tip for a promising stock. Though he ended up not making the investment, it got the wheels spinning. He Googled “finance,” grabbed his best suit and began asking for internships at area firms. He found one at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Rogers, where he worked for two years while finishing his degree.

The decision to change majors also delayed his graduation. To catch up, he went to summer school while working two business-related internships and at the Olive Garden restaurant.

During this time, the Great Recession took hold. Lawrence saw bad financial advising at this time, as well as good. The bad, in fact, was so awful he vowed to be an adviser who always puts his clients’ needs first.

With motivation in place, Lawrence took advantage of his Walton education. Mark Zweig’s entrepreneurship class proved to be very important and was where he learned the differences between the types of business ownership and the tax advantages of each. He says he still uses the Excel spreadsheets from his financial modeling class. And, of course, without the Career Center, he might have never known about Hoffman Financial Resources.

Since taking over, Lawrence is expanding his firm to Fayetteville and spends at least a couple of days a week there. His goal is simple: to keep growing the firm by providing the best client experience possible.

“When it comes to financial planning and investing most people just hope that they are doing things the right way, we make sure that it’s not just ‘hope’ that’s guiding them” he says.