Through my cohort, international experience, events and guest speakers, Portland State University has introduced me to a lot of people I would not have met otherwise. Some of these people have helped me discover career possibilities that I did not know existed.
PSU offers many opportunities including internships, mentors and guest speakers from local companies that it helps to focus on establishing relationships within the local business community. This network has had the largest impact on my career path post-graduation.
The support from faculty, my cohort, my study abroad cohort, and my capstone team were integral to my success. The most important skills I learned were deeper emotional intelligence and a greater capacity for vulnerability. Being more vulnerable increased my confidence and risk tolerance, which are essential for entrepreneurship.
My position at the School of Business has opened doors and allowed me to shake hands with people I maybe never would have met. Most recently, the door was to Jama Software, and the hand I was shaking was Scott Roth’s, CEO of Jama and one of Portland Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. Scott welcomed me into his office and we had a great conversation: Read >