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.
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.
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!
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.
Although 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!
Written by: Ly Phan
Title: 5 Movies that Help You Find Your Inner Feminist
Mid-terms period just finished. You only have a little time to catch a breath before finals period begin. Of course, there is not enough time to start and binge watch a new TV show. But, you definitely deserve a movie break. Today, we curated a movie list for you to relax, enjoy and find your inner feminist power.
- Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
I’m sure you have heard a lot of buzz from this movie. It was nominated for several Oscars last year and the costume designs are just unforgettable. But my favorite part about this film is the female protagonist Furiosa. The movie sets in a time years after the collapse of civilization. At this time, women are treated like properties but Furiosa’s mission to liberate these women is refreshing and admirable. It shows acknowledgement of frustration and how to stay open to change which is surprising relevant to our current time.
If action movie like Mad Max: Fury Road is not your type, then here is a more relaxing drama/romance option. Mona Lisa smiles sets in 1950s. It tells a story about a college professor and how she guides her female students to choose their paths after graduation. She showed them that marrying a rich husband and becoming a housewife is not the only path; they can strive for better. There are other ways to make use of their education at UCLA. Seeing these women at their cross paths in life is so relatable since we are at that stage of our life as well.
Starring Brie Larson (my favorite actress, feminist), Short Term 12 tells the story of a supervisor while dealing with her personal crisis but still refuse to ignore the needs of others in her community. Brie Larson is known for her Oscar winning performance in Room (2015), but her performance in this movie is no less good. Seeing her in this film is definitely just the motivational girl power boost you needed.
- How to Be Single Single (2016)
If the above 3 films are too heavy for you, How to Be Single is just the kind of rom-com you are look for. What we love about this movie is that you will find a piece of you reflected in one of the 4 women in this movie and the dilemma that they face. The film is relatable but also teaches its audience one important lesson about feminism. It is that women have control of their lives and can make their own decision whether that is being single and doing things for themselves or allowing a man to come into their lives.
Today, we are ending the blog with a classic movie. Frida, starring Salma Hayek, features the true story of Frida Kahlo, a Mexican painter who became one of the most acclaimed artists in Mexican history. For us, there is no better way to channel our feminist than celebrating the life story of a talented woman with a beautiful artistic mind like Frida Kahlo.
Written by: Minna Tang
Thank you to everyone that came to our event this week!
Andersen Tax was founded in 2002 by 23 former public accounting partners and is now one of the largest independent national firms in the United States. The firm dedicates considerable resources to find the most talented professionals who are “high achievers, motivated, and enjoy a dynamic environment.” They hand pick top students across the country.
As a tax associate, you will go through a series of training, such as case studies, to make sure that you are prepared for your role. Your responsibilities are to enhance and protect clients assets and wealth, and serve as a member of clients service team
- Help prepare federal, state and local tax returns
- Participate in tax planning
- Prepare 10099’s and quarterly estimates
- Assist in gathering client information
- Prepare technical memoranda
Andersen Tax recognizes and value curiosity and willingness to learn. They provide a reimbursement for the CPA and/or other career development opportunities. They also have a summer leadership program. You will be able to find more information on HandShake.
Who are they looking for?
- Self-starter: who takes initiatives and willing to take challenges
- Positive attitude: excited to be there for the opportunities
- Willingness to learn and interest
Written by: Yuriya Miyako
As midterm season attempts to take over our lives and the semester is half way over, all students must be drowning in work. Here are some tips to get through the rough times and have a more productive time.
1.Set timers for study sessions: Break up your study session into several time slots. It will allow you to concentrate easily.
2. Make a check list for the day: This will help you organize tasks into even smaller tasks.
3. Don’t forget short study breaks: Study breaks will help you regain your motivation.
4. Turn your phone off: “Just checking Instagram” can always turn into scrolling for two hours.
5. Do not multitask: Focusing on one task at a time improves the quality of the work and helps you shift smoothly from one task to another.