Finals week, a student’s perspective on ACCT 201A

For all you non accountant majors and even future accountants, let me tell you…Accounting 201A is hard! Unfortunately I have to admit, this class is definitely necessary for the future, no matter what major you are in, so it is absolutely necessary that you take it. It will depend on the professor you get but the workload for this class is not really heavy if you base it on homework, however you will probably have to read the book many times to get an A in the class. I went around and asked those that got an A in the class and how they did it. The one answer I got is read, read, read. Class is typically based on power points and examples and I highly recommend that you read the chapter for that class BEFORE you go to class….or likely you will not understand what the professor is talking about. So read and study hard! The good news is we’re all honors students so an A is definitely attainable! And if self studying isn’t really your thing, I would recommend tutoring which is very helpful! I have utilized the tutoring center a couple times myself and found it very helpful for homework or before a test. And if you ever find yourself having a hard time, just know that you are not alone and there are many of your peers that would be willing to help. And now that we come to an end about this class, all I have to say is, good luck!!

~Caroline

Food drive ~ holiday spirit

Talented, motivated, and dedicated. These are all words that describe the Business Honors students. And this coming week, we have decided to dedicate our time to people in need of help. The holidays are close and in the spirit of the season, millions of people will be holding canned food drives to distribute to families.  In the coming weeks Business Honors will also be holding a canned food drive as well as getting involved in philanthropy events to do our part. On November 3rd Business Honors will be working with Project Buddies, an on campus organization that holds events for special needs college students. We will be taking a trip to Disneyland and spending a few hours with these students. I have worked with them before and know for a fact that all the students have a lot of fun and it really means a lot to them. We will also be having decorated boxes in the Business Honors Center SGMH 1407 next week to collect canned food for donations. The boxes will be separated between the four years for a little competition since we are competitive business honors students! This is the first year that Business Honors will be holding this event, so come out and give your support and hopefully we will be able to turn this into a tradition!

~Caroline

Andrew Cavish, our Boeing intern

After a very interesting Careers at Boeing workshop, Caroline interviewed Andrew Cavish, senior Business Honors student about his 12-week internship at Boeing. Here’s what they discussed:

Caroline: How did you find out about the internship and what process did you go through to be selected?

Andrew: I’m a very proactive person so instead of waiting for internships to come to me I did some research and found this one. I applied online and they contacted me to go through several levels of interviews that were more behavioral based down at Seal Beach. After many follow ups I went through two final rounds of interviews and got a call from them two weeks later informing me I got the internship position.

Caroline: What type of responsibilities did you have as an intern at this company?

Andrew: I took the lead on a LEAN implementation. LEAN is a process of identifying ways Boeing can save money or make a task more efficient. DD250 notes were what I worked on the most, which is used when selling to the US government or any government. I also co worked with one other person to estimate job proposal hours for work orders on the C17, the P8, the international space station, and the F18 Super Hornet. I also worked on a team of pricers to negotiate prices on an order for Australia.

Caroline: How did this internship help prepare you for your career after graduating?

Andrew: I learned a lot with this internship and got some experience working for one of the largest businesses in the United States. I was also able to get accustomed to workplace etiquette which is really important in any company regardless of where you work in the future.

Caroline: Did you receive any additional opportunities or connections from the internship?

Andrew: I received plenty of connections including 60 professional contacts. I interviewed for one of their rotational programs and was able to get a job with the BCFP (Business Career Foundation Program) which is a 2 year, 4 rotation program. It is a highly competitive program, hiring only 10 college grads per year.

Caroline: What advice would you give to other students looking for an internship?

Andrew: Be proactive, go out there and look for what you want. Go to career fairs and search online for opportunities, internships aren’t going to just come to you. Have an awesome resume and cover letter ready to go. A good strategy is to think of five places you want to work and visit those websites and see what you have to do to get an opportunity with them. And finally, don’t just take something if it’s not what you want; make sure you go for what you want. Know your value and what you have to offer and never settle for anything less than your goals.

 

 

BH Speaker Series V: Careers at Boeing

On Friday November 9, we had an awesome guest speaker: Mark Tiffany with The Boeing Company. If that name doesn’t sound familiar to you, then the name Boeing might! Since CSUF just had a week of Boeing case study competitions, we thought it would be great to have someone from the company speak with the Business Honors students.

If you weren’t there, you definitely missed out on some great food and opportunities! The first thing that caught my eye as we sat down for the presentation was the slogan on the front page of the power point: “What others dream, we do.” And Boeing does just that. Anyone ever dreamt of flying? Well if you don’t know a single thing about Boeing, then one thing you should know is that Boeing makes airplanes! And not just airplanes, they make anything from satellites to aircrafts for the military.

How would you like to work for one of the leading companies in the world? Well you can! Our speaker shared with us many opportunities that business students can acquire with their company and what you should do to get started. So if this is something you’re interested in, I would definitely get on top of the information right now! If you happen to have missed the meeting, no worries. The information shared with us is all on the Boeing website – so feel free to check it out!

~Caroline Liang

Boeing Case Study Competition: Part II

So you all remember the Boeing Case Study you read about earlier, right? Well the results are in, and two of the top three winning teams are from our very own Business Honors Program! Taking first place was the “Boeing The Distance” team: Eric Don, Natalie Chau, and David Peterson. Following close behind in third place was the “Number Navigators” team: Irina Arora, Tyler Stewart, and Steven Rodriguez.

Now let’s find out what some of them got out of this experience. Senior Eric Don explained that he “learned how to capitalize on each team member’s strengths.” Eric and his group were invited to a private luncheon with top Boeing executives at their El Segundo facility. Not going to lie, but I’m pretty jealous.

After hearing about these student’s experiences, I definitely want to participate in this case study next year.

~Paayal Bhakta

BH Speaker Series IV: Internships and Community Engagement

How many of you know about the process you have to go through for internships? See, this is why you should come to our workshops! Last Friday, November 2, Robert Pierce with the Center for Internship and Community Engagement came to talk to Business Honors students about the steps to take for an internship.

First of all, you have to start looking for internships a couple months before you want to take the class. For those of you that need help looking for one, you can go to your student portal and look under Titan Connections, or you can always go to the career center. Just make sure your internship is in your concentration. The internship course that you have to take is 3 units and the professor in charge is most likely the department chair.

For those of you who are juniors and seniors, you better get on this internship ASAP! As for freshmen and sophomores, you might as well start early. So start applying and make sure to apply for multiple internships. You want to keep your options open when it comes to an internship.

~Paayal Bhakta

Project Buddies and Canned Food Drive

Talented, motivated, and dedicated: these are all words that describe the Business Honors students. And this coming week, we have decided to dedicate our time to people in need of help. The holidays are close and in the spirit of the season, millions of people will be holding canned food drives to distribute to families. During the next few weeks, Business Honors will also be holding a canned food drive as well as getting involved in philanthropy events.

On November 3, Business Honors will be working with Project Buddies, an on-campus organization that holds events for special needs college students. We will be taking a trip to Disneyland and spending a few hours with these students. I have worked with them before and know that all the students have a lot of fun and it really means a lot to them.

We will also be having decorated boxes in the Business Honors Center (SGMH 1407) next week to collect canned food for donations. The boxes will be separated between the four years for a little competition since we are competitive Business Honors students! This is the first year that Business Honors will be holding this event, so come out and give your support and hopefully we will be able to turn this into a tradition!

~Caroline Liang

Communication Skills Workshop: “FREE TO B”

So who doesn’t know Professor Clark? Of course we all know her because she’s the director of our program! On Friday October 26, the speaker at the weekly Business Honors Workshop was none other than our very own, Professor Clark.

Let’s take a look at what we learned about communication skills. One thing to remember is FREE TO BBE. What does that even mean and why is be spelled wrong? Don’t worry, it’s not wrong. Focused, Relaxed, Energetic, Expressive, Tone, Organize, Body language, and be what. When you introduce yourself, focus on your objective and relax. Engage with the other person by bringing energy and expression. Explain your current situation with your tone and make sure you’re organized. Present your request with your body language and what you want to be (what characteristic you want to express).

Professor Clark made the students put these new pointers to use by pairing everyone up and having them take turns in conversations with a “local business person.”

This last workshop had the highest turnout number yet, so keep it up Business Honors students!

~Paayal Bhakta

Meet Breta Hedges, Business Communications Professor

1. What inspired you to become a professor?

Mostly my mom, she taught at Orange Coast College all her life and I loved having her home during the summers so we could travel. Her schedule was always accommodating to my school schedule and I always thought it would be the perfect job if I decided to become a parent myself, which I did, almost 5 years ago. Most of my extended family is highly educated and most of them across the country are teachers or researchers at colleges. My dad also teaches in his field, so I guess I would have to say, teaching is just a large part of who I am; I come from a teaching family! 

2.  What do you love most about teaching?

I love working with students who REALLY want to learn. I have a lot of valuable information that I love to give to students who are interested. To be honest though, what other career can you have where you only go to work two to three days per week and only “work” 32 weeks per year? I do love the free time!  Teaching is great for my family, my students and myself!

3. What was your goal in life as a teenager?

I always wanted to teach from the time I was 5 years old, but I was shy and terrified of public speaking, so I didn’t think it would ever be feasible. It wasn’t until I turned 30, went back and got my MBA and started doing more teaching as part of my job, that I started applying to schools to be a professor. I never knew what I wanted to teach; I was interested in many topics, but my degrees were in psychology and business. I never thought I would teach business writing, and I never knew I could enjoy it so much.  Business Writing is, in my opinion, one of the most useful classes students can take to help in their business careers, and I love being a part of that.

4.  What is the hardest thing about being a professor?

Watching students that truly try very hard, but are still unable to do the work to a standard acceptable to pass the class. Some students will spend every week with me in my office hours and improve so much over the course of the semester, but their writing is still not where it needs to be when it comes down to passing the class. It is very hard to give a non-passing grade to a student who tries so hard, it has brought tears to my eyes on many occasions.

5.  What interests and hobbies do you have outside of school?

My family and I spend most of our weekends camping. We have an RV and will camp most anywhere; we love to be outside, at the beach, at the lake, riding bikes, playing family games. My life outside of school is all about my family; we do everything together and make fun for ourselves wherever we go!  Most of our life is about travel though.

6. Do you think students should treat their professors like friends? Or is it necessary to maintain a disciplined environment to create a good classroom environment?

This is a tough question that each individual professor has to make their own decision on. I personally like to treat my students fairly, honestly, and maintain what I consider to be a fun learning environment.  In order to have an open and fun classroom environment where students can approach a professor, and enjoy learning, I think you have to be open to a “friendship” of sorts. I tend to talk freely about my life if students ask me, but don’t readily volunteer too much about my personal life. I may like the idea of being “friends” with students, but I don’t join social networks with my students or “hang out” with them on the weekends.  I do feel like I am “friends” with many of my students by the end of the semester, and I always know I will miss them the following semester, but I rarely keep contact with students once the class is over.

~Caroline Liang

BH Speaker Series III: “Careers In Finance” with Miles Kendall (VONS)

Ever wonder what it would be like in the life of a top Finance Executive at a big company? Well, if you came to our Business Honors Speaker Series on Friday October 19, you would have had the chance to hear from our guest speaker Miles Kendall, Vice President of Finance at VONS, about what living life big is like. And if you were there, you definitely gained some valuable information about his life experience and filled your tummies with delicious Mediterranean food! For those of you that missed this opportunity, luckily, I will share with you some of the tips that he gave us.

We all know that our grades are very important, but in the work force, work experience is just as important. Many employers will pick students with good grades plus work experience over students with just a really high GPA. Our speaker was a person who had great work experience with satisfactory grades. This just goes to show how far we can go as Business Honors students with work or internship experience! One more important thing is that we should not switch jobs too often. Commitment is a problem that many people have. It is understandable that sometimes things can get boring, but when it comes to careers, you can’t just switch it like it is nothing. It’s important to let employers know that you will be a worthy investment and, just like you wouldn’t buy something if you knew you were going to lose it or it was going to break soon, employers don’t like to hire people that will leave soon. If you remember these two key factors, they will be valuable to your decision making in the future. And if you want to get more tips like these, make sure to come out to our future speaker series events!

~Caroline Liang