UBWA strives to bring together all students interested in empowering women by encouraging personal and professional growth. Three core pillars of empowerment are furthering ourselves and others, being in the know about the issues, news, and advancements in the world, and communicating to start a conversation about how we can change and better the world. The UBWA Blog, The UBWA Post, strives to further this mission by sharing professional development materials and women’s news, advancements, initiatives, or issues in the world of business, to equip all students interested in empowering women with the knowledge and tools to do so! Communication and knowledge are essential to start conversations and to take action to change and better ourselves, others, and the world and The UBWA Post serves as a tool to get students one step closer to doing that.
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February 17th, 2019
Make Your Dream Job a Reality
Many times in the modern workplace, women get discouraged. Women in business are often defeated by being rejected for certain positions or for not “measuring up” as a result of their gender. Women are frequent recipients of discrimination. They are often thought to be less efficient or dedicated than a man. It is important to realize, however, that women in the workplace are a force to be reckoned with. One prime example of someone who persisted while facing failures is none other than Anjali Sud. Anjali Sud is the face of a non-traditional career path and is someone who let all of her initial employment struggles fuel her desire to achieve the career of her dreams.
Anjali Sud left college with one goal: to get a job with a big bank in America. However, she soon found that companies were not interested in hiring her due to her gender and heritage. While many investment banks rejected Sud, she was still determined in her endeavors and eventually climbed the corporate ladder to become the CEO of Vimeo. She said during a Forbes interview that she has felt imposter syndrome many times in her career. Instead of dwelling on that, though, Sud simply focuses on the various accolades she has going for her, rather than against her. Many obstacles stood in Sud’s way on her rise to CEO of Vimeo, but she did not let that stop her. She’s the youngest chief executive for any IAC company. Sud said that though she never would have imagined being in the position that she is in today, it had always been a dream of hers.
Anjali Sud embodies a lesson that women and aspiring young professionals should listen to. No matter your background, there will be things that stand in your way. She persuades us to ask ourselves whether we want to accept an easily-acquired position or chase after our dream job. Would you rather give it your all to chase after your dream job or would you rather settle for less than what you deserve? Not every career path is going to be a straight shot to the top. Sud’s career path was definitely not a linear one, but she did not let that affect her overall go-getter attitude. Sud took her career in stride and so should we.
Anjali Sud said, “You don’t have to follow a traditional career path. There’s no rule book or playbook for success. Write your own roles. Don’t take people’s paths as the way that you have to do things. You have to do it yourself.” The moral of the story is, work hard to find your own success. Women are often underprivileged in the business workplace, but we don’t need to accept that as the norm. Each of us can fight for ourselves and our careers just like Sud did. Anything is possible for men or women. Women can achieve whatever they set their minds to - even in a “man’s world”. If you don’t believe me, just look at Anjali Sud.
Author: Nicole Egel
Editor: Hannah Grayem
February 3rd, 2019
Interviews: Showing What Your Resume Cannot
Communication and interview skills are a common area of focus when it comes to your college career. Most internships, jobs, and leadership positions require an interview. Many times, students do not understand that an interview can make or break an application process. By the time that you have a scheduled interview, the interviewer has already read your resume which means that they know your GPA, involvements, work experience, etc. What they are now looking for is how you present yourself and what sort of interpersonal and communication skills you have. Many bosses have said that if an applicant can demonstrate strong communication skills and a passion for their field of interest during an interview, a lower GPA does not play a huge role in their decision making. This is a common misconception among college students as many assume that employers are focused strongly on GPA. Your grades are very important, but how you present and sell yourself in an interview can get you the internship and the job of your dreams!
How to Have a Successful Interview Mindset
When it comes down to going out into the world and finding internships and careers, employers are not just looking for people who are book smart with a 4.0. Interviews are a time to showcase your skills that do not get conveyed on your resume. Even if you have all the requirements and accomplishments on paper, if you don't have the personality and the communication skills that they are looking for, you won’t get the position. They can see your accomplishments on a resume, but they can’t tell what kind of person you are and how you interact with others. Even for positions where you mostly work alone, at some point you will have to collaborate with others. Employers need to know that you have had experience with leadership, solving problems, and successfully communicating and collaborating with others.
Tips to Ace Any Interview
Here are some beneficial tips to help you ace an interview:
- Taking on any leadership position in a club or program at OSU will help you better understand how to be a part of a team. When you are put in charge of making decisions that affect other students, you will learn a lot about yourself and how to successfully communicate and work with others. To explore all of the different opportunities within Ohio State’s student organizations, click here.
- Going to career/internship fairs and meeting with your professors can also help better your communication skills because it puts you in situations dealing with employers and professionals.
- Make sure to dress appropriately for the interview. This is not a fashion contest; however, it is very important that you are dressed professionally to make a good impression.
- Make sure that you research about the company and that you prepare yourself for different questions that may be asked, so that you are not unprepared for any topic that may come up. Some great questions to look over can be found here.
- If you feel that you need extra help, you can apply to the program called QUIC right here at the Fisher College of Business that focuses on interview preparation. This program allows you to have the opportunity to dress up and go through the motions as if you were at an actual interview and it is a great tool to use if you are nervous or unsure of exactly what to say and how to act during an interview. For information about QUIC, click here.
Overall, it is important to understand that having good interview and communication skills will take you a long way. These skills are just as important as your grades and involvement. When going into an interview, be confident and be yourself. You want the employer to see who you genuinely are, what you stand for, and what kind of impact you would have on their company. Don't play the part of someone else, show them the real you. If you really want to make an impact on employers, never underestimate the power of an interview.
Author: Kylie Gambone
Editor: Lindy Behling
January 20th, 2019
It’s Time for the Gender Pay Gap to End
The gender pay gap is a stranger to no one. Although the Equal Pay Act was signed by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, the gap still stands, surrounding each and every one of us and extending to all corners of the globe. It silently hovers above us, however its repercussions are as strong as ever. Women are earning just 80 cents for every dollar men are earning. That means $513 billion is lost in wages for women each year. If we are all so familiar with this inequality and the disadvantages are clear, why aren’t companies taking more action?
What we know about the gender pay gap…
A stunning fact of this matter is that there is only one job where women earn more than men. That’s right, one. It’s as a wholesale or retail buyer and in this job women earn about $4,000 more on average. Though, the largest gap is in financial services where women earn $40,000 less than men on average. California boasts having the smallest pay gap overall, but there is still a $6,000 difference on average. Women, men, companies, and governments should not and cannot settle for a $6,000 gap.
Taking a look within 462 companies that include 19.6 million people during a four year study conducted by McKinsey & Company, it is clear that women are underrepresented. Additionally women of color are the most underrepresented group of all. When taking a look into managerial positions, women hold only 38% of manager positions and only 79 women will be promoted to a managerial position for every 100 men. These are facts that cannot be denied, so it’s time that change and action stop being delayed.
…and what we know about the awesome things women are doing
Although the gender pay gap still exists, that isn’t stopping women from fighting back. This past year, women spoke out on social media about their personal experiences with sexual harassment by using the hashtag, #MeToo. The #MeToo movement was impactful and necessary considering the fact that a shocking 35% of women in the American workforce and 55% of women in senior positions have experienced sexual harassment. This movement even reached Beijing, where software engineer Luo Xixi experienced sexual harassment first hand from her Ph.D. thesis advisor. Just like countless other women, she turned this tragedy into change. In just one day she gathered 3,000 signatures on a petition that asked her Beijing university for an anti-sexual harassment mechanism. Stories like Luo’s are the ones that are driving others to demand for more respect for women in professional settings.
Actions that we can all take today!
The data presented earlier makes it clear that significant action needs to be taken now and we can all do a small part that will make a huge difference. Just like with any other issue, writing to your state and local legislators can make a difference. Let your own voice be heard and together we cannot be silenced. Raising awareness is the first step towards action, so sharing articles and research that you find about the gender pay gap could be a strong step towards equal pay. Learning how to negotiate your salary could also be a direct and impactful way to combat the gap in gender pay. You can take each of these actions to make a better world for women tomorrow. It’s time that these facts about gender pay are no more, and it can start with you.
Author: Lindy Behling
Editor: Nicole Egel
January 9th, 2019
Resumes: The Importance of Involvement
All of your involvements should be considered when making a resume! I’ve seen students who have had years of volunteering experience, and have never considered including it on their resume. Even though it’s not paid experience it’s still experience. If you’re just creating a resume, think about what you do on a weekly basis, in terms of non-academic commitments. Your resume can be broken down into 3 categories: Academic, Involvement, and Work/Professional Experience. These will be the 3 main portions of a resume. If you’d like to view sample resumes to get started, check out this great Fisher resource!
How should I include involvement in my resume?
When including your involvements on your resume, you want to write 2 or more bullets about each involvement experience. These bullets are supposed to describe what you specifically did, whether that be attending weekly meetings, serving on a committee, or something else. You want to start each bullet with a verb. Did you work on a team? Perhaps you want to begin the bullet with, “Collaborated on a team of 5 to…”. The key word here is to. What did you accomplish? Did you successfully implement a program? Did you plan an event? The to portion of your bullet will specify exactly what you did. The best advice that I can give when creating these bullets is to ask yourself, “How does this add value to my resume?”
How should I include UBWA in my resume?
UBWA is a great thing to put on a resume! There have been countless times in interviews where employers have honed in on this involvement. In a world where women’s rights and equality are being recognized and voiced in the professional space, recruiters love to see people’s passion for the cause.
So what if you only attend weekly meetings? First, I’d say you’re missing out on a lot of what UBWA has to offer. Our weekly meetings are only a small bit of our agenda as an organization. Regardless, you should definitely put your commitment to our meetings on your resume. Perhaps it’d look something like, “Committed to attending weekly meetings, learning about…”.
How else can you get involved? Our committees and other programs are the best way to further your involvement! For example, the exec board has prioritized the growth and involvement of our members this year by creating more opportunities for you all to get involved! We have a mentorship program, a philanthropy committee, a blog committee, and a Women’s Week committee this year. Maybe your bullet for this would be something like, “Developed marketing strategy to reach UBWA’s Buckeyethon goal of…”.
Even if you aren’t a part of any of these committees or programs, there are still a lot of ways to get more involved. You can sign up for volunteering opportunities, go to our professional development events, attend our socials, or even develop your own ideas. Freshman year, I launched a book drive for UBWA. If there’s something that you’re passionate about, we want to support you in achieving it!
Are you still unsure about how to get involved or how to incorporate involvements on your resume?
If you are wondering about how you can get further involved, whether that be within UBWA or outside of it, the Undergraduate Leadership and Engagement Office has Peer Impact Consultants that can help you. Their job is to meet with students to help them get involved. You can learn more about this offering here. If you’re still wondering about how you can incorporate your involvements on your resume, I invite you to stop by the Office of Career Management to see me or one of the other Peer Career Coaches. You can learn more about this offering here.
If you have any specific questions, or if you would like to chat further about professional development or getting involved, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author: Alli Esker, VP of Professional Development
Editor: Elizabeth Kazemi, VP of Communication