Using University resources to re-launch career

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Matt Weber ’08

Using a word that may well fit the situation of many during the nation’s economic downturn, Matt Weber ’08 describes the last six months of 2008 as “stressful.” The holder of a new master’s in business administration (MBA) said that the period after he was laid off and before he completed his degree and locked in a new job was, in fact, “very, very stressful.”

Weber had been working toward his MBA in a program offered by St. Cloud State at the Schwan Food Company in Marshall when, after three years with the frozen food company, he was suddenly laid off in May 2008. After a few months of futile job searching, he took a different tack and sat down with staff at the G.R. Herberger College of Business. “They helped me create a plan to finish my master’s,” said Weber, who then moved with his wife and two children to Sartell to complete the St. Cloud State degree he received in December.

Would Weber have better luck in the job market with a master’s? To make sure, during fall semester he called on the Career Services Center for a resume review, posted it on the center’s Web site, and participated in the center’s dining etiquette/speed networking event in late September. Because of that opportunity to meet and visit with a variety of employers, Weber said, he already knew many of the employers who turned up at the fall career fair a few weeks later. Within a week of the fair, IBM called him for an interview that was followed by a job offer that he declined in favor of a consulting position with an employer he met at the career fair, Genesis 10.

”Not only did Career Services and the Herberger College of Business make it easy to transition into the master’s program full time,” said Weber, “they made sure I had the resources I needed once I was ready to tackle the job market again.”

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