10 Pieces of Advice for New Graduates: Business Leaders Share Experience

Minnesota School of Business’s Blaine campus celebrated the commencement of 58 graduates on Friday, June 21. We asked business leaders from the community to offer their advice to the new graduates as they begin their new chapter of life after college. We asked them, “What do you know now that you wish you would have known when you graduated from college?”

Here’s what they had to say.

Jeanne Schilz, Property Manager at The View at Long Lake: “Do what you love! If you pursue a career in an area that really interests you, it won’t feel like workgraduation, Minnesota School of Business and you will enjoy yourself along the way! Congratulations!”

Gerry Tietz, Owner, IMPACT Consulting Services: “Build an extensive professional network, within and outside your employer. Do what you love, and follow your instincts!”

Amy Wakem, Agent at State Farm Insurance: “Network, network, network and never stop, you never know when you will need the advice or name of someone. Oh, and never throw a business card away!”

MaryAnn Bawden, Outside Sales at Resolution Graphics: “Whether leading or following, wear the cloak of servant-hood.
“Always hire or work for someone smarter than you are.”
“Either make a permanent habit of integrity, or figure out how to become comfortable with failure.”

Jess Robertson, Office Manager at PTL Tire & Auto:  “Your success is totally dependent on drive and passion. Passion about your career will guide you down a long, successful path.”
“To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work.”
-Sister Mary Lauretta   

Glenna Dibrell, Senior Vice President/Account Supervisor at Risdall Marketing Group: “Now you are ready for your post-graduate studies in the University of Life. With every job, paid or volunteer, feed your curiosity by continuing to learn and finding mentors who will help you grow. Work to find ways to add value in all you do—you will be valued yourself as a result.”

Valerie Johnson, Principal Strategist at Roundabout Ventures, LLC:  “Be kind. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake.”
“Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them so much.” (Oscar Wilde)

Mandy Meisner, Director of Community Outreach at Financial One Credit Union: “Instead of focusing on getting a ‘perfect job’ or promotion, focus on doing your job well. There is honor in all work, and new skills to be learned in every task. You now have a good education; combined with a good attitude and willingness to work hard, you are guaranteed opportunity.”

Susan Ager, CEO at Benedictine Health System: “Get all of the experiences and learn as much as you can in the first years of your career. Don’t stay where you are not happy and fulfilled, unless you are learning something. Dream big. Don’t be afraid to make a move if you are in a bad place – you have many undiscovered talents and gifts. Don’t do it just for the money especially if you hate it. Give back to whatever is meaningful to you – a life without giving back is not really worth living. Enjoy. Have gratitude and tell people about it. Keep smiling – it makes everyone a bit happier and helps you feel good, too!”

Cor Wilson, Executive Director at NSCC/CTV North Suburbs: “Spend some time each day to savor the moment.”

“Honesty and integrity in business and personal relationships. I can’t think of a better standard for business ethics than the Rotary 4-Way Test: Is it the truth?  Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

 

Congratulations to the Class of June 2013 Graduates!

 

Jose Amaya, Bachelor of Science, Paralegal*

Marlene Ballis, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration

Marlene Ballis, Bachelor of Science, Business Management

Miranda Bechner, Associate in Applied Science, Business Administration

Kimberlee Bever, Bachelor of Science, Accounting*

Ashley Bower, Associate in Applied Science, Veterinary Technology

Jessica Bruzer, Bachelor of Science, Accounting

Emily Carlson, Associate in Applied Science, Veterinary Technology*

Chelsea Chilson, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration*

Nicole Clarke, Associate in Applied Science, Medical Assistant

Jessica Clemmer, Associate in Applied Science, Veterinary Technology*

David Desormey, Associate in Applied Science, Information Technology

Dustin Dorr, Diploma, Massage Therapy

Laura Downs, Associate in Applied Science, Information Technology*

Andrew Dreissig, Associate in Applied Science, Information Technology*

Elizabeth Dreissig, Associate in Applied Science, Information Technology**

Toni Eishen, Bachelor of Science, Forensic Accounting**

David Erickson, Master of Science in Management, Managerial Leadership **

Joan Erickson, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration*

Sydney Gale, Bachelor of Science, Accounting

Sarah Gibb, Bachelor of Science, Information Technology*

David Hammac, Bachelor of Science, Business Management

James Hemken, Bachelor of Science, Business Management

Laura Holzapfel, Bachelor of Science, Accounting

Michael Kallberg, Associate in Applied Science, Massage Therapy*

Jason Kluenenberg, Associate in Applied Science, Information Technology

Emily Konczal, Bachelor of Science, Business Management

Tanya LaFrenier, Associate in Applied Science, Management Accounting*

Jamie Lanske, Diploma, Massage Therapy

Kyle Lechleitner, Associate in Applied Science, Massage Therapy

Stephen Lewis, Associate in Applied Science, Business Administration

Erin Little, Associate in Applied Science, Criminal Justice

Jenna Louiselle, Bachelor of Science, Accounting

Evan Lowe, Bachelor of Science, Business Management

Ashlie Matthews, Bachelor of Science, Business Management

Amber McCollow, Bachelor of Science, Health Care Management

Joseph McNamara, Bachelor of Science, Information Technology

Thomas Mehr, Associate in Applied Science, Information Technology

Michele Mithaugen, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration*

Jennifer O’Brien, Associate in Applied Science, Medical Administrative Assistant

Breanna Peek, Associate in Applied Science, Veterinary Technology

Amanda Petrowitz, Bachelor of Science, Information Technology

Nicole Piette, Associate in Applied Science, Paralegal

Heather Ramstorf, Bachelor of Science, Paralegal

Sandra Reeves, Associate in Applied Science, Business Administration

Nicole Schoenhals, Bachelor of Science, Health Care Management

Angela Shackle, Associate in Applied Science, Medical Administrative Assistant

Amanda Skoriuchow, Diploma, Medical Assistant

Becky Snyder, Associate in Applied Science, Massage Therapy

Charles Spawn, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration*

Melinda Stoneberg, Associate in Applied Science, Information Technology*

Rebecca Stuckey, Associate in Applied Science, Business Administration

Daniel Taddeo, Bachelor of Science, Information Technology*

Ryan Vesall, Bachelor of Science, Accounting

Melanie Victorian, Bachelor of Science, Business Management

Brittany Wendorf, Bachelor of Science, Health Care Management

Abigail Williamson, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration*

Brittany Witte, Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice*

 

** Denotes Highest Honors

* Denotes Honors

 

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One Response to 10 Pieces of Advice for New Graduates: Business Leaders Share Experience

  1. Kevin Hathaway says:

    These are great comments that everyone can benefit from! Thanks for sharing.

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