How has UBA impacted its members in realizing and achieving their dream careers? Read below to see what UBA alumni have to say about their professional development within our organization.
I joined UBA my second year of college and was active in UBA until I graduated. I remember right after I went out to the first UBA meeting, I knew UBA would be the club for me. UBA was very welcoming, informative, and just what I needed to figure out what I wanted to do with my life career-wise. By going out to all of the UBA events, I learned which industries were right for me and which industries were not. Because I was able to explore all my career options with UBA, I now know that the job that I currently is actually where I want to be.
UBA was a great avenue that helped prepare me in many ways. It gave me the confidence to contact, meet and network with working professionals. Furthermore, UBA and its events was a comfortable environment to socialize with other driven students and get exposed to what people were doing after graduation. Having to dress professionally and work on my delivery skills paid off when I landed an internship with Boeing Defense Security after my third year. Fast forward 2 years, I now work as a supply chain specialist in Huntington Beach. I would recommend any student who wants to learn how to enter and succeed in the corporate environment, to join and take full advantage of UBA. I am passionate about entrepreneurship and am working on the next phase of my career now. UBA was a great foot into the world of business and an awesome part of ny college experience.
UBA laid a strong foundation for my academic and professional career. I became involved in UBA during my first week of freshmen year. The wide range of events and industries that the organization brings allowed me to develop a strong foundation during my first year of college. Towards the end of my freshman year, I was chosen in a leadership position as Finance Director, later on also serving as the Executive Vice President through 2013. These roles allowed me to practice and develop my leadership skills with a highly successful board.
I currently work at Deloitte Consulting since August 2014. UBA was my first and continued interaction with Deloitte and drove my interest in the Consulting career, while also bringing internship and full-time opportunities. The Deloitte recruiting event is where I networked and applied for my internship as a Summer Scholar at Deloitte also. If it were not for UBA and its Deloitte events, I may not have explored a career in Consulting. Especially, since the majority of consulting firms come to UBA throughout the year. I would recommend being involved in the organization as much as possible since you get a wide-range of insight to many careers. The UBA board delivers support, mentorship, and excellence to all of its members and guests. The opportunities are endless, but you have to reach out and be active to reach those opportunities. One person, one event, and one organization can make a difference.
“The Undergraduate Business Association (UBA) is a prestigious club known by the university's faculty, students, and the outside business community. Early into my undergraduate career, I knew I wanted to enter the business field, but was unsure as to what branch of business I wanted to pursue. I joined UBA because I heard I would be able to learn about different industries and branches of business, which would help in deciding my career path choice, but to my surprise, I was able to gain much more out of the experience.
UBA attracts successful driven, business-minded students similar to myself and through UBA, I was given the opportunity to not only learn about different industries and business emphases, but I was also able to strengthen my communication skills, more specifically my interview and networking skills, through useful workshops and presentations the club held. The peer-to-peer feedback and conversations with other club members also helped me grow. I found being surrounded with individuals with similar goals and drives not only challenged and affirmed my opinions, but also strengthened my passion for business.
The success I experienced as a club member eventually drove me to join UBA's executive board. As a board member I was involved in securing the club's finances, planning presentations and events, collaborating with other clubs, and recruiting local businesses. These are all responsibilities that help build on skills useful in my day to day responsibilities at the office, as well as in my MBA program. These skills acquired from UBA would help me land many internships and jobs, which would contribute to my overall success as a professional today. I very much appreciate the knowledge learned, the things experienced, and the individuals met during my time with UBA.”
-Alexis Salas, Class of 2008
Major: Business Economics, Minor: Accounting
Currently at YP
“I entered UCI undecided but knew I wanted to do something business related, which, to any freshman, is a confusing career that covers a variety of industries. UBA saved me from that confusion – it was the perfect foundation to clarify and learn about all the different industries I could explore within business. I found out about UBA through friends my freshmen year, and immediately tried to get as involved as possible to build relationships with like-minded individuals, and many who I looked to as mentors. Upon completion of freshmen year, I took more responsibilities as an executive board member, and eventually became the Senior Advisor my junior and senior years.
Today I’m thankful of my time in UBA – I developed some key professional and interpersonal skills, which I flex on a daily basis in the real world. UBA allowed me to learn how to properly network, manage with patience, and resolve obstacles in a timely manner. I felt with my knowledge gained from UBA, I was able to not only approach professionals with ease at UBA’s events, but also walk into an interview with confidence.
I strongly encourage UBA-ers both current and past, to continue nurturing their relationships within their network whether it’s practicing with classmates on how to approach professionals or identifying someone as your mentor to help guide you through the process. A career in business requires a lot of fieldwork, and I’m proud to see how UBA has continued to bring great events that help foster the skills necessary to succeed and advance in the long run.”
-Sonal Agarwal, Class of 2008
Major: Economics, International Studies
Currently at AOL/Huffington Post
“After being introduced to the UBA board by another classmate, I came on to the executive board as the Financial Chair for my sophomore and junior years at UC Irvine. Learning how to manage finances, both personal and professional, is absolutely one of the most important things someone can learn. UBA helped me to not only learn the basics of managing an organization's finances, but also gave me the opportunity to practice the skill, improve upon processes, and develop systems for better budget management. These skills are something I use in my daily life as I manage my own budget as a young professional.
Outside of money management, UBA was a great platform to work with a diverse group of people, become acclimated to the business environment, and learn the best ways to network and collaborate with people from across the industry. I advise those who have a chance to participate in the UBA events or become involved on the board to really capitalize on the time you have, and invest yourself into the skills and lessons you can learn from this organization. It will benefit you for years to come!”
-Shaheen Sayani, Class of 2009
Major: Film and Media Studies
Currently at Netflix, Inc.
“I had spent my first two years at UC Irvine thinking I would end up working in accounting after college. After a few accounting jobs, I realized that it was not a career path I wanted to pursue. During my 3rd year at UCI, I attended several UBA meetings and was impressed with the broad exposure to many different industries. I decided to take a leadership position with UBA during my 4th year as an External Chair. It was my responsibility to recruit speakers and industry leaders for our events. By speaking with experienced professionals, UBA gave me the opportunity to network and develop my “soft” skills. While working with companies from many different industries, UBA allowed me to pinpoint my interest in Investment Management and helped me find a career that I see myself in long-term.”
-Ken Baba, Class of 2009
Currently at Dimensional Fund Advisors
“During my sophomore year, I joined the Undergraduate Business Association to expand my knowledge of the various industries within business and to meet students with similar interests. Looking back, joining and taking a leadership role at UBA was a great way to learn about different aspects of business and begin building my career.
As a board member, I served as one of the two Corporate Relations Directors. In this role, I had the opportunity to help the organization forge strong relationships with companies including Deloitte, Bank of America, Capital Group, Nordstrom, Target, and many others. As a direct result of the vast networking opportunities within UBA, I received many internship offers including Deloitte Consulting. The following year, I continued on the board of UBA as a senior advisor and enjoyed my experience working and spending time with the members of UBA.
During the summer of 2010, I interned at Deloitte Consulting for three months and worked on a SAP implementation at a large Fortune 500 electronics/semiconductor distributor. I accepted my offer to join Deloitte full time and have worked there since August of 2011.”
-James Shen, Class of 2011
Currently at Deloitte Consulting
Lauren de Rosas
“I joined UBA during winter quarter of my junior year at UCI. As many members will tell you, UBA is a great organization to be a part of because of the exposure to many different industries and companies. This appealing aspect of UBA is what encouraged me to become a Company Relations Director during my senior year. I absolutely loved being a part of the process of connecting great companies with UBA members, as well as providing career advice to members through workshops, onsite presentations, and Corporate Campus Tours.
My advice to current and prospective UBA members is this: Go to as many UBA events as possible – even if you are not particularly interested in a featured company and/or industry – because you never know what you will learn or who you will meet! I attended a UBA meeting that featured Nordstrom’s regional recruiter, and the insight I gained helped me land a spot in Nordstrom’s summer internship program that year. The knowledge I gained from UBA not only helped me launch my career, but it has also helped me build a foundation for success for the years to come.”
-Lauren de Rosas, Class of 2012
Major: Business Economics, Management Minor
“A nervous and shy freshman in 2007 is where my story begins with UBA. I was walking aimlessly
through the campus organizations jungle known as Anteater Involvement Fair when the President of that time, Vik L. came up to me and marketed UBA to me. Although here is where most people’s stories end, mine continued on. I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the ambiguous field of Business but was not too sure exactly how and in what. I began attending more and more events in which I was introduced to a multitude of Board Members, one of which later became my mentor, Sonal A. who truly transformed my UBA experience. Her guidance and thoughtfulness inspired me to succeed, as Capital Group Companies was recruiting for their Trust Account Representative (TAR) positions, and me being the scared freshman hesitated to give the recruiter my resume, but due to Sonal’s insistence, I spoke with my first corporate manager at 17.
Throughout my year as Co-President I learned about myself along with how I could inspire those around me, as Sonal had done for me. After completing my year as Co-President I went on to take on the role of Senior Advisor, which focused primarily on Finances. Through this experience, I was able to develop long lasting friendships that I hold dear till this day. After graduating in 2011, I began interning in the Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Development Department, later on, transitioning into the Catering Coordinator at Patina Restaurant Group for their Cultural Centers in Costa Mesa and Cerritos. Through UBA I learned about the importance of networking and how post-college life isn’t always an easy road to success. I hope UBA proves to be as an amazing of an experience as it was for me, for you! If you’re lost and are just looking for an UBA alum to help you, feel free to contact me at email@example.com!”
-Mosmi Bhakta, Class of 2011
Major: Political Science, Management Minor
Currently at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
“During my sophomore year, I started attending Undergraduate Business Association (UBA) weekly meetings for the purpose of seeking out a desirable career path. UBA was helpful in that sense because they invite professionals to share insights on their jobs and industries.
For the following year, I served as Vice President. In that role, I helped the president of the club facilitate weekly professional meetings as well as board meetings. In addition, the president and I worked together to achieve membership targets and resolved a budget deficit by setting a new vision for UBA. In my final year of college, I continued to serve as an advisor for the club. With the leadership experience I gained through UBA, I landed an internship at Kia Motors America, which also extended to a full-time offer upon graduation.
UBA has given me the opportunity to meet different individuals with various backgrounds and skills and has also taught me the importance of relationship building, the main driver of business. UBA is an invaluable supplement to classroom learning and extrapolates the college education to real world experiences.”
-Jason Cheung, Class of 2012
Major: Business Economics, Accounting Minor
Currently at Kia Motors America
I joined UBA in my sophomore year because of the inclusive environment and the welcoming board members. UBA is a place where students have the opportunities to explore different industries and practices and find out what they are passionate about. It is important to find something you are truly passionate about; you will be much more successful in the long run.
I attended events every week to learn about different companies and most importantly, how to network. Business is all about people. I truly improved my interpersonal skills by talking to as many people as possible during the events. Never be afraid of asking questions! People are here to help and we want each and every member to gain the most out of UBA. Be open-minded, and be curious! If you are given a chance, try it! You will never know what you like or what you don’t like until you try.
I am glad that I was able to be on board as a finance director with an awesome team in my junior year. I learned and improved many soft skills that are important in the accounting profession through UBA: communication, teamwork, problem solving and time management. Everyone has done something above and beyond for the club, which makes UBA a great place to work and to build lifelong relationships.
UBA has definitely had a large impact on my career. I joined the organization during my sophomore year at UCI, and throughout my three years with UBA, I was able to attain a significant amount of professional and personal growth. The organization’s networking events and workshops greatly strengthened my ability and confidence to handle myself in various professional settings and situations.
During my junior year, I was eager to get more involved with the organization and took on the role of Co-Marketing Director of UBA. In this position, I was able to gain first-hand experience marketing many of UBA’s professional events to club members and students from various majors and backgrounds. Furthermore, this position solidified my interests in marketing, ultimately encouraging me to pursue a full-time career in this field.
During my final year at UCI, I served as Senior Vice President of UBA. This role allowed me to significantly develop and strengthen my leadership skills. I worked closely with the President to plan and manage UBA’s board meetings and weekly events. Helping manage an executive board of 11 and a club of over 100 members was no easy task, and it took a great deal of organization and determination. Today, I am thankful for these experiences because I am able to apply many of these skills when planning and coordinating corporate meetings and events.
I am appreciative of all the opportunities that UBA gave me over my 3 years with the organization, including the opportunity to meet great people and build lasting friendships. I encourage all current members to take advantage of as many UBA events and workshops as possible. The skills learned during professional networking events are a necessary addition to what is taught in the classroom and are an invaluable opportunity to realize your career goals and interests.