Epsilon Recap

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On Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, recruiter Lauren Kent came to the herNetwork x BU Marketing Club meeting to introduce Epsilon and provided ideas of the various opportunities that the company offers. Not only did Ms. Kent present us a glimpse into Epsilon’s work environment and culture, but also she brought two boxes of Insomnia cookies for students to enjoy.

Epsilon is one of the largest data-driven marketing companies in the world and also the largest U.S CRM/direct marketing network. Epsilon works with many well-known companies, such as American Express, Staples, or Dunkin Donuts, and helps these companies refine their marketing techniques. Epsilon has analysts, statisticians and consultants to help each individual company “target, convert and retain more customers.” Along with this, Epsilon utilizes its powerful technology and digital service to assist companies in marketing through emails, SMS, and other means of communication methods.

Overall, Epsilon is a global company and is open to recruiting individuals with diverse skills and talents. Ms. Kent explained that she will be assisting with the recruitment process, seeking potential interns for a full 11-week internship program for this upcoming summer in either the Wakefield, MA or New York City location, as well as candidates for the New Grad Program. If you are interested to be a part of Epsilon, all the opportunities are listed on HandShake.

Feel free to reach out to Lauren Kent at:  LAUREN.KENT@EPSILON.COM — and mention herNetwork!

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PwC Recap

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The info session with PwC was a great experience, because attendees did not only get to learn about career opportunities at PwC but also interact with the recruiter and some employees, who are also BU alumni. 
PwC has many initiatives to help make their employees live a better life and build a healthier work culture. For example, the “Be well, work well” is the new wellness initiative that aims to energize and empower employees to focus on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Although it is true that employees tend to work long hours at PwC, they can use the “Habit Bank,” a quiz that scores how well they are taking care of themselves , to better their work-life balance. So if a break is needed, they should take it. PwC also values community service, because they believe that responsible business leadership is an expression of their purpose. Their commitment is to take care of their people in the community and make an impact simultaneously. Not to mention, a great piece of news is that PwC is the first in its industry to create a new employee benefit that helps students pay back student loans. PwC will pay $1,200 / year for up to 6 years to help eligible recent graduates pay back their college loans.
 
Most importantly, PwC has unique career programs for all grades. For example, freshmen, can apply for the Career Preview and Explore programs. For more information, please contact campus recruiter Allison McCartney at allison.mccartney@pwc.com.
 
A fun fact about PwC:
Since they have offices all over the world, employees will always try to find the local PwC office when they visit a new city.

Kylie’s Internship at TripAdvisor

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Hi! My name is Kylie Wilson and I’m a rising Senior in the Questrom School of Business
concentrating in Marketing. I’m from Palo Alto, California, but my home away from home is Boston. This summer I had the amazing opportunity of joining TripAdvisor’s Intern class of 2018 on the Search Engine Optimization team. TripAdvisor’s beautiful office, collaborative work environment, and friendly employees immediately attracted me to the company. The fact that they are a travel company, and I love to travel also made me interested in applying.

My internship allowed me to dive deeply into data analytics, but also let me explore my
creative side when I would come up with test tactics for how TripAdvisor could change their titles in Google to increase the number of consumers landing on their Hotels page booking hotels. One of my test ideas successfully gained $700,000 in revenue, which made me really proud I could positively impact the company. In addition to working projects on the SEO team, I had the flexibility to reach out to other teams that peaked my interest. I found TripAdvisor employees to be very open, so I was able to contact the Senior Director of Product Design for a one on one meeting to learn about his career. This open and friendly atmosphere really showed me how invested employees were in the internship program.

When I wasn’t working I was exploring the office, looking for a new spot to sit at. The office has 6 floors, and each floor theme is based off of a continent (not including Antarctica). You can really get a sense of how passionate the company is about travel because the decorations and furniture are based off of the floor’s theme, which made exploring the office an adventure every time. I’d always find some cool new snacks in each floor’s kitchen, or pastries and local food laying around from someone’s trip. There is also free lunch, and the options are endless! The best perk by far though was how employees could bring their dogs (I lost count of how many puppies I met).

I highly recommend people interested in working in the travel/tourism tech industry to apply to work at TripAdvisor. The internship program makes sure every intern is well taken care of by their manager, so we end the summer knowing our work contributed to the company. My internship allowed me to expand my network and make new connections with full-time employees and the other students in my intern class. I’m very grateful for the work I got to do because the skills I gained can’t always be learned in the classroom. As for graduation, I fully plan on applying to TripAdvisor where I hope to continue growing my career and exploring my passions.

Finance Panel Recap

by Hima Kethu

One of the breakout sessions for the Her Network conference was a finance panel. The speakers of this panel included Morgan Cappetta and Jacqueline Galichon from Wellington Management who were VP and President, respectively, for Her Network during their time here at Boston University. The panel also included Carolyn Arida from GE energy. All three women talked about their usual work days and how they got to the position they were in. While they were all in finance, each were in a different sector and they each had very unique work days and experiences to contribute to the panel.  They also spoke about their college experiences, internships that they had and also gave basic interview tips for the students who attended the panel.

One of the highlights of the panel was the open conversation everyone had about the discrepancy between the number of men and the number of women in the finance industry. There is a gender gap, which they all noticed when they started their job but they mentioned that it didn’t bother them and it just made them work harder. They gave us the advice that we had to be louder and more confident with our opinions so we would be heard as females in a male-dominated industry. Hearing their perspective and their experiences with this issue was really eye-opening and showed that while it may be male-dominated there are women that can and do succeed in the field. We ended the panel on an optimistic note with the fact that in the recent years the gender gap has been getting smaller within the industry and slowly more and more women are holding higher job positions and are now able to compete on even playing field.   

Engage at Questrom, Connect, Network

By Minna Tang

Sunday was the super bowl, but what were you doing this past Saturday?
herNetwork’s  annual Women Mean Business was held at Questrom on Saturday, February 3rd. The all-day conference featured a number of breakout sessions where attendees were able to attend discussions and speaker panels from all different fields, backgrounds and professional experiences – Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Fashion, Law and Consulting. Speakers and panelists shared their experiences as professionals in diverse and competitive industries and offered invaluable advice about what it “takes” to get to where they are today. Those women are sure to inspire other women to consider launching their dreams in the business world.
This was the third time for me to attend the conference and I still cannot believe how much good advice I heard throughout the day. One of them was the importance of thank you note. During the Q&A session, all the marketing panelists agreed that it is important for people to drop a thank-you note after an interview. They said that employers are expecting the thank-you note nowadays because it shows not only professionalism but also humanity – after all, everyone wants to work with people they can get along. One example was one manager told the panelist to drop one candidate due to the fact that he/she failed to send a thank-you email after the interview.
Therefore, lesson learned: Always send a thank-you note after the interview!

 

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The trial and error of my work life balance

By Minna Tang 

Hi all, my current GeoFilter tells me I am at South Kensington, London. Yes, William, Kate, Harry and Meghan are sort of my neighbors, but unfortunately I have not had the chance to meet them in person.

I am working at TAIT Stage Technologies as a HR Intern. I walked in thinking no one would take me seriously and now consider myself a part of the big family. People here are absolutely welcoming and willing to help. I have learned a lot through my job and found it absolutely rewarding when the result became useful for others. Since my company works with various productions locally, I was able to get some free tickets to see Broadway shows and get on the stages and backstages of theaters to see all the efforts behind a successful show. I don’t want to bore you with my job, so feel free to talk to me if you want to know more about it.

fullsizeoutput_46e6.jpegAlthough there is not much a cultural shock for me, there were still some hilarious incidents. My coworker asked me to get her some squash when I went downstairs for coffee. I came back with a cup of squash and everyone in the office burst into laughter. Apparently I had mistaken squash for regular juice since I thought it was something like ‘chips’ and ‘fries.’ However, squash is actually “a non-alcoholic concentrated syrup.” I learned then that the right way to drink squash is to add a lot of water and a little bit of squash. Therefore, if you think studying, working and living in London is exactly the same as home, you are probably should come here and check out the squash, Yorkshire pudding, toad in the hole and bangers and mash. No, you cannot just google them, you have to try them HERE.

Traveling was one of my favorite and least favorite parts. No one had told me about the tight schedules I would experience here, so I had to decide between red-eye flights to my checklist destinations and a more relaxing life schedule overall. Unsurprisingly I chose the traveling before the experience made up for everything. Oh, I cannot forget to give credit to all the coffee I had at 3am on the way to the airport.

Anyway, why are you still reading? Just click “apply” and submit your application NOW!

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Info Session with Andersen Tax

Last Tuesday we had the pleasure of hosting two professionals from Andersen Tax, an independent tax firm, come and talk about the firm. Andersen Tax was formed in 2003 by 23 public accounting partners and is one of the largest independent national firms in the United States. It was a great opportunity for those interested in accounting and tax to learn about the business of it all.

If you are hired as an associate, you go through various training sessions and spend two-weeks learning alongside new hires. Learning your role is crucial to your success at Andersen Tax. Some of the tasks you might have to do as an associate could be:

  • Helping prepare tax returns at the local, state and federal level
  • Gather client information
  • Understand the space
  • Participate in tax planning

Andersen Tax is looking for someone who is a self-starter, internally motivated, and passionate about tax preparation, with a willingness to learn and try new things.