This Is Why You Go To College

Posted by on April 24, 2013

Sometimes, when the going gets tough—midterms, snowstorms, family issues, money problems, etc.—it’s easy to lose sight of the end goal. Why are you staying up late to finish homework when you’ve worked all day? Why did you drive through an April snowstorm to get to class? You wonder: This can’t be worth it, can it? It can. It is. And here’s a little reminder of why: Jobs. You are doing this to get a job, to improve your skillset, to make you a better candidate, to improve your lot in life. To help remind you of what you’re working so hard for, here’s Tu’s story. Tu graduated with an associate degree in accounting in March and got a job from the very first interview he had in 12 years.

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Tu Nguyen graduated in March with an accounting degree and is already working in his field.

Tu Nguyen had been working in a factory for the past 11 years. For the last five years, he was the production foreman. He was laid off for six months, and it was during that time that he decided it would be a good idea to go back to school and get his accounting degree.

Sarah Loe in Career Services learned of an accounting position available with a company called SOMI that she thought would be a good fit for Tu.

“She sent in my resume and I got a call for an interview two weeks later,” said Tu. “Sarah took time to meet with me and prepare me for the interview two hours before the interview. With her help, I was able to be more relaxed and confident for the interview.”

One of the things that Career Services always stresses is that it’s important to begin your job search prior to graduating. Tu did just that.

“Tu was very proactive in his job search, which helped him obtain a job in his field,” Sarah said. “He met with Career Services before his graduation to talk about the kind of accounting job he was looking for. His proactive approach was very valuable in helping him get a job in his field.”

His first job interview in more than 10 years turned into a new job in which he’ll apply the education and skills he learned at Minnesota School of Business. Tu is responsible for doing the accounts payable, accounts receivable, and bank reconciliations for 28 clients.

“Tu did everything right in his interview,” Sarah said. “He arrived on time, dressed professionally, and presented his polished resume. He knew that the skills he had were relevant to the job, and he discussed his qualifications with confidence. After the interview, he sent professional thank-you emails to each interviewer, which really impressed them.”

Jo Elling, at SOMI, was the person who selected Tu for the interview. She echoes Sarah’s praise.

“We were referred to MSB by our CFO’s daughter who highly recommended using MSB as a resource, as she has hired [graduates] from Minnesota School of Business,” Jo said. “We hired Tu because he had great accounting knowledge.  He interviewed well and is very personable.”

Tu received a job offer within a few days following his interview.

“MSB was a great help to me,” Tu said. “Without them, I don’t think I would have been able to find such a great job.”


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