Arjun Gupta recently graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in December 2013. He completed the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree at the Daytona Beach campus. He was an active campus leader, part of the Honors Program, on the Dean’s List, a tutor and more. He completed two internships, one at Lufthansa Systems and one at Capgemini S.A. He also completed numerous projects while on campus and made sure he participated in career development activities. Arjun was an example student and job seeker. He took advantage of many opportunities while in school while maintaining excellence throughout this campus experience. Arjun recently accepted a Revenue Analyst position with United Airlines in Chicago, IL. He made plans to continue his education and complete a master’s degree while working and to keep flying for fun.
As a graduating student, Arjun successfully navigated the career development and job search process. He had some advice for current ERAU students about their time in school.
Open to Change
When Arjun started Embry-Riddle, he had many ambitions, from being a pilot to working in sales. It took a while, but he was able to single out what he wanted using the campus resources available. Several of the opportunities he took advantage of were the Industry/Career Expo, company information sessions and College of Business activities. It was one of the United Airlines company information sessions that first caught his attention. He was sold on the discussion about their corporate culture. Even though he came in with a goal in mind, he researched and found what he wanted, which was not exactly what he entered school considering. Arjun emphasized the importance of being open to other ideas since students never know what they might come across while in school.
Arjun actively participated in many campus activities. He took advantage of speaking to industry contacts, making friends with alumni and going to company information sessions. He also attended the Industry/Career Expo, met employers, got business cards and followed up with them via email. He enjoyed talking to them about topics of personal and professional interest. Arjun was consistently involved. He went to open house forums hosted by his college. He was a member of the student Advisory Board for the College of Business, where he served as a student host to the Industry Advisory Board members. Arjun felt he was, “lucky enough to get to do these things,” but he was diligent enough to take advantage of the opportunities presented to him.
During his Business 101 class, he was recommended by the professor to be a part of the College of Business Student Advisory Board. He participated in Business Eagles, a program for high performing College of Business students. He consistently volunteered; he was the Vice President of the Humanitarian Advisory Board. Arjun emphasized that it was important to do more than just academics; it showed that he was good with time management and focused on supporting others.
Arjun also recommended several skills that he felt were useful for his success.
- Time management: must come to college putting time management as a top priority
- Organization: know your personal abilities and how to use them to keep yourself organized
- Relationship building: get to know your professors, make friends and hold conversations
Arjun offered several additional tips for job search success.
- Focus on getting recruiters to remember you, starting your freshmen year; Arjun stayed in contact with his connections and went back to say hello every time they were on campus
- Create a target company list and continually evaluate the targeted companies; he looked at each company he pursued for fit, culture of the organization and how it related to who he was and what he wanted