Minnesota School of Business (MSB) students have a unique opportunity to join an organization that can provide them with relevant experience and practice demonstrating their skills and knowledge in a professional setting before they graduate. Collegiate DECA gives our students the chance to network with influential people in a variety of fields and be critiqued by these individuals in several areas.
DECA offers students an opportunity to present on various topics which include business management and administration, communications and technology, marketing and sales, finance and accounting, hospitality and tourism, and entrepreneurship. They can choose to focus on business simulations, case studies or prepared business presentations.
Rachael Mueller, business administration student, wishes that she would have joined DECA sooner in her program.
“It’s a great opportunity to test your skills and knowledge for real world situations in the business world,” Rachael said. “It is a great way to network with people and provides an opportunity to receive tips and advice from successful entrepreneurs.”
MSB-Elk River’s recent DECA success story is about Mueller and Alyssa Alleman, business management graduate, who recently attended the DECA State Conference. Both competed successfully and are advancing to DECA Nationals.
Alleman has been actively involved with DECA since she was in high school.
“I really enjoyed networking and hearing from people in the industry on what they are looking for from current graduates and how to improve your soft skills and work your way up,” Alleman said. “This is my second and final year being president, and I couldn’t be more proud of my time for taking a chance and reaching success!”
Brian Stewart, business and accounting program chair, supervises DECA at the Elk River campus. He continuously urges students to get involved in the club because of its benefits.
“The recent state conference was a huge opportunity. I saw students who got job interviews because of how well they did,” Stewart said. He learned from a conversation that he had with a representative from T-Mobile, a major event sponsor, that they use DECA conferences as a recruiting tool to hire for their business.
Mueller and Alleman are also strong advocates for DECA on campus and beyond. Mueller encourages students to join because of its impact on a resume and the skills that the experience helps students to develop.
Keep an eye out for a follow-up blog on Mueller and Alleman’s trip to DECA Nationals at the end of April.