Mid-Way Student Comments


We’re half way through our 2016/2017 Career Coaching Program, and some of our students have already attested to a career-altering experience with their mentor. Here are some of their comments:

We talked about career choices, interview, and many topics of marketing. The conversation was wonderful, and I wrote down a lot. [My career coach] tells me what it is like in the real world through his perspective. I am so glad he is my career coach!” – E.D.

I had just recently completed my resume for some internships and felt it was perfect until my mentor and I went over it. I was able to revise it with better action verbs when describing myself and past experiences.” – S.W.

I LOVE informational interviews. I feel so much more comfortable going to them and shining. I have made so many contacts, and these meetings are quite important to my growth.” – B.A.

One thing [my career coach] said that I think will be beneficial is not to get stuck in a job once you start receiving a decent paycheck – still keep working for the job I want.” – J.H.

Everything is going very well. I get along really well with my coach, and I look forward to our meetings because I know that I will learn something new every time.” – M.P.

I learned that I can integrate two jobs within the same company into one entry on my resume. I also learned that I can tailor my resume for the career path that I want.” – C.W.

Loving this program. It is a bit of time crunch trying to fit it in between working full-time and doing school full-time, but I love that I have been paired with [my career coach] as she gives me full view of what to expect in the ‘real world’ as I move towards a career in HR.” – G.W.

[My mentor] is great because he knows how the industry works, so he gives me helpful suggestions and allows me to receive his personal opinions on certain aspects. I wouldn’t want to be paired with anyone else because he is what I strive for in the industry when I get there. His advice is something I will always take with me and I value it tremendously!” – A.R.

I found out how many different ways one can go in accounting, I thought it was mainly just audit and tax. I learned more about what the differences are in large and small firms and what firm would best fit me.” -Z.Z.

[My career coach] has stressed to me the importance of balancing your personal life with that of your professional.” – T.C.

I learned that it’s okay to not have everything all planned and figured out yet because it will come with time and experience.” – A.R.

[My career coach and I] really connected, and he provided me with a lot of ideas for how to better myself and what steps to take.” – K.R.

There may be opportunities to do different jobs over the course of my lifetime. Deciding on what I want to do after graduation doesn’t necessarily mean I am stuck there for the rest of my life. Also, it can be better to do something you find value in than just choosing a job that pays the best.” – J.H.

We talked a lot about balancing life and work, and the importance of remembering facts about someone to establish a relationship with them. I plan on applying this to my life by prioritizing between work, school, and life.” – L.R.

[My career coach] really helped me map out how I can obtain my goals through the use of a timeline and how not all of the goals have to be something professional.” – H.M.

I learned more about the importance of being flexible and how to build an expansive network that can help me pivot if my initial career plans do not work out. I plan on applying these lessons to my career.” J.H.

We talked about how it may be difficult working with small businesses that have unrealistic goals and finding a balance with emotions and expectations but how rewarding it is to share a dream and a vision and working with a business to accomplish that.” – L.C.

We are so glad to get to offer this program to UCCS College of Business students and look forward to the second half of the program in spring 2017!

Happy New Year!

Area Business Tour: Ford Credit

Our most recent Area Business Tour took place at Ford Credit, which has been located here in Colorado Springs for 18+ years. This large corporate finance company services both individuals and business clients throughout the United States and around the globe.

During our tour and panel, we learned that 85% of car buyers finance their purchase, so Ford Motor created a division to provide loan services to these people. Employees of Ford Credit benefit from the ability to transfer to other branches worldwide and quick promotions, usually under 18 months for new hires.

This particular Ford Credit employs about 30 UCCS graduates and plans on hiring 50-60 new employees in 2017. We are thankful to our career coach, Todd Kolchinsky, for arranging our tour, breakfast, and panel. The panel included:

  • Mark Rickey – Business Center Director
  • John Anslow – Dealer Services Manager
  • David Sellmayer – Select Regional Manager
  • Tim Campbell – Center Operations Manager Dealer Credit
  • Todd Kolchinsky – Customer Service Manager

We are grateful to Ford Credit for opening their doors to us so we can see what’s it like to work in a large corporate environment.

Personality Profile Seminar

We had the pleasure of hearing about the scientific research behind personality testing and how it related to the workplace from our very own Dr. James Van Scotter and Dr. Jill Bradley-Geist. Prior to the event, students and Career Coaches were invited to complete two personality tests – the Keirsey Temperament Sorter and another based on the “Big 5” personality traits (openness to new experiences, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism). Read more about the meaning of each trait here.

As part of our luncheon, we also did a new exercise that had everyone get into groups of four in order to create their dream house. Groups were assembled based on the Keirsey results, meaning people of like mind were working together. We analyzed the houses and discussed how different personality types shape decision making.

Area Business Tour: Titan Robotics

On Friday, October 21, student and Career Coaches embarked on their first field trip of the program to Titan Robotics, which is a local tech manufacturing company specializing in building 3D printers from the ground up.

Clay Guillory, a mechanical engineer, started this company in his garage just three years ago at the age of 26. Today, the company resides in a 5,000 square foot industrial building and employs over 10 people.

Our group had the opportunity to tour their facility and learn more about how they engineer each 3D printer specifically for each client, what their current challenges are, and how they are preparing for the future.

Thank you to Titan Robotics for your hospitality and showing us around!


*Photo Credit: Norman Morse

Individual Portraits – 2016/2017 Class


We are thrilled to welcome these beautiful faces into our 2016/2017 Career Coaching Program! 29 Student and mentor pairs will start meeting one-on-one this month and will continue through April 2017. We are so excited to see growth in everyone as we all seek to become better professionals. Here’s to the start of what is going to be a great program!

1st Year of New BBB Fellowship

Shawna Rogers, Dean Venkat Reddy, Tatiana Loa, Samantha Wood, Rashell McCann, Melinda Hagemann

(from left to right: Shawna Rogers, Dean Venkat Reddy, Tatiana Loa, Samantha Wood, Rashell McCann, Melinda Hagemann)

We are excited to announce a new partnership with the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado! Our students have an exclusive opportunity to apply for a year-long fellowship the year following their completion of the Career Coaching Program.

The fellowship, which awards the winning student with a $2,500 stipend, is a way for students to further develop their network and hone their soft skills in a real professional environment. In addition to being enrolled as a full-time students (undergraduate or graduate) during the time of the fellowship, the student is asked to participate in a series of BBB and UCCS College of Business events as well as prepare and present a BBB educational training for current students.

The 2016/2017 fellow was recently announced…Tatiana Loa! Tatiana is currently a senior studying International Business and Finance and completed the Career Coaching Program last year. She’s a proud first-generation student and is excited to make an impact in the professional world once she graduates in May 2017.

Just last week, Tatiana was recognized among hundreds of business leaders at the BBB’s annual ‘Night of Excellence’ Awards Gala – complete with a big $2,500 check! This fancy affair marked the beginning of her fellowship and is just a hint of what’s to come working with the BBB, an incredibly valuable asset to our local community.

We just accepted 29 new students into the 2016/2017 Career Coaching Program and are excited to see how applies for the fellowship next year!

But until then, we are excited for Tatiana and are sure that she will pave the way as our inaugural BBB fellow.

Etiquette Dinner with Liz Moore

On February 24, 2016, our group experienced one of our favorite events of the year – the Etiquette Dinner! Facilitated by College of Business staff and instructor Liz Moore, this night was full of valuable and practical experience around the dining table.

Beginning with a period of networking, students and career coaches alike learned how to juggle jackets, purses, business cards, water glasses, and appetizers. Once seated, the group enjoyed a four course meal including a salad, intermezzo (palate cleanser), entree, and dessert. Not only was it delicious but it was educational, too!

Thank you to Liz for her expert instruction – not matter the stage of our career, we all walked with something new to integrated into our next professional meal!