Business & Entrepreneurship Career Community

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Welcome to the Business and Entrepreneurship Community! You'd be a great fit for joining this community if you answer yes to any of the following questions:

  • Do you enjoy working with and developing relationships with people?
  • Skilled in critical thinking, analytics, or project management?
  • Good working with numbers?
  • Interested in business development?
  • Interested in a role in management (e.g. event management, sport management)
  • Consider yourself a self-starter? 

This community is a great way to explore a wide range of jobs that complement these interests and skills. Examples of jobs you may learn about in this community include social media marketer, human resources generalist, accountant, financial analyst, sales representative, event planner and more. In addition to jobs, you’ll receive information on event opportunities, internships, industry trends, and professional development resources. To receive a monthly newsletter with targeted career information related to this community be sure to join the Business & Entrepreneurship Community!

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Business & Entrepreneurship Areas to Explore

Accounting, Finance, & Operations

There are many ways to enter the fields of accounting, finance and operations. Here are a few major guides with information about internship/volunteer sites, job titles, and skills relevant to these areas. A complete listing of major guides can be found at www.gvsu.edu/careers/careerguides.

Human Resources, Marketing & Sales

There are many ways to enter the fields of human resources, marketing and sales. Here are a few major guides with information about internship/volunteer sites, job titles, and skills relevant to these areas. A complete listing of major guides can be found at www.gvsu.edu/careers/careerguides.

Event Management, Hospitality, & Sports

There are many ways to enter the fields of event management, hospitality and sports. Here are a few major guides with information about internship/volunteer sites, job titles, and skills relevant to these areas. A complete listing of major guides can be found at www.gvsu.edu/careers/careerguides.


See what alumni are doing

Business & Entrepreneurship Career Community

Michael Peuler '77 Spotlight

Michael Peuler '77

My favorite Grand Valley memory is walking between buildings holding a rope during snow storms.

Lance Kibiloski '07 Spotlight

Lance Kibiloski '07

There were so many exciting moments being a new Freshman in college, and on top of that, the football was incredible on Saturday nights.

Taylor Farella '10 Spotlight

Taylor Farella '10

My favorite memory was the 2008 HTM Study Abroad Program in Italy!

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Attend events to learn more

Career Community- Business & Entrepreneurship

GVSU Accounting Career Fair

September 9, 2022 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Accounting Career Fair provides Grand Valley State University accounting and finance students and alumni with an opportunity to connect with recruiters from companies and local, regional, national,...

10-Minute Resume Reviews with Employer Partners

September 16, 2022 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Sign up to have your resume reviewed by an industry professional! This is your chance to get valuable feedback from experts in your field including tips on formatting, content, and how to translate...

Finance Career Fair

September 29, 2022 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Meet alumni and professionals in the field of Finance. Learn about the different career areas of Finance as well as internship and study abroad opportunities. Employers will discuss the necessary skills...

10-Minute Resume Reviews with Employer Partners

September 30, 2022 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Sign up to have your resume reviewed by an industry professional! This is your chance to get valuable feedback from experts in your field including tips on formatting, content, and how to translate...

JC Penney Suit Up

October 2, 2022 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

All Grand Valley students and alumni are invited to attend a GVSU/JCPenney Suit-Up Event! This event will include options to participate virtually or in-person. In person: Come to JCPenney at RiverTown...

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Student Organizations and Professional Associations - Business and Entrepreneurship

On-campus student organizations with a professional goal are an excellent way to explore your future career and get involved in your field. For more information on the organizations below use the GVSU LakerLink.

  • Advertising Club
  • American Marketing Association (AMA)
  • Association for Operations Management (APICS)
  • Beta Alpha Psi (Accounting Honors organization)
  • Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)
  • Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization (CEO)
  • Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)
  • Enterprise Systems Student Union (ESSU)
  • Delta Sigma Pi (Professional Business Fraternity)
  • Economics Club of Grand Valley
  • Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
  • Institute of Managerial Accountants (IMA)
  • International Justice Mission Club
  • Investment Portfolio Organization (IPO)
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE)
  • Phi Chi Theta (PCT)
  • Professional Association for Design (AIGA)
  • Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
  • Professional Sales Association (PSA)
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Seidman Leadership Development Program
  • Seidman Investment Portfolio Organization (IPO)
  • Seidman Supply Chain Management Association (SSCMA)
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Seidman Supply Chain Management Association (SSCMA)
  • Sport Management Club

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Meet Your Business & Entrepreneurship Career Advisors

Amy Pierce-Danders

Amy Pierce-Danders

Office Address: 101B DeVos
Phone: (616) 331-6708
Email: [email protected]

Amy is a Career Advisor and works with students, faculty, and employers in the Seidman College of Business, as well as HTM and Sport Management.

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Lori Staggs

Office Address: 101B DeVos
Phone: (616) 331-6708
Email: [email protected]

Lori is a Career Advisor and works with students, faculty, and employers in the Seidman College of Business, as well as HTM and Sport Management.


Be career ready!

Regardless of what you do and where you land, employers across industries and disciplines all agree that it is important for learners to be career ready. Below are 8 key competencies that can help you get to where you want to go. For further information on these, please visit the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Career Readiness Competencies

Proactively develop oneself and one’s career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and without one’s organization.

SAMPLE BEHAVIORS

  • Show an awareness of own strengths and areas for development.
  • Identify areas for continual growth while pursuing and applying feedback.
  • Develop plans and goals for one’s future career.
  • Professionally advocate for oneself and others.
  • Display curiosity; seek out opportunities to learn.
  • Assume duties or positions that will help one progress professionally.
  • Establish, maintain, and/or leverage relationships with people who can help one professionally.
  • Seek and embrace development opportunities.
  • Voluntarily participate in further education, training, or other events to support one’s career.

Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.

SAMPLE BEHAVIORS

  • Understand the importance of and demonstrate verbal, written, and non-verbal/body language, abilities.
  • Employ active listening, persuasion, and influencing skills.
  • Communicate in a clear and organized manner so that others can effectively understand.
  • Frame communication with respect to diversity of learning styles, varied individual communication abilities, and cultural differences.
  • Ask appropriate questions for specific information from supervisors, specialists, and others.
  • Promptly inform relevant others when needing guidance with assigned tasks.

Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.

SAMPLE BEHAVIORS

  • Make decisions and solve problems using sound, inclusive reasoning and judgment.
  • Gather and analyze information from a diverse set of sources and individuals to fully understand a problem.
  • Proactively anticipate needs and prioritize action steps.
  • Accurately summarize and interpret data with an awareness of personal biases that may impact outcomes.
  • Effectively communicate actions and rationale, recognizing the diverse perspectives and lived experiences of stakeholders.
  • Multi-task well in a fast-paced environment.

Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures. Engage in anti-racist practices that actively challenge the systems, structures, and policies of racism.

SAMPLE BEHAVIORS

  • Solicit and use feedback from multiple cultural perspectives to make inclusive and equity-minded decisions.
  • Actively contribute to inclusive and equitable practices that influence individual and systemic change.
  • Advocate for inclusion, equitable practices, justice, and empowerment for historically marginalized communities.
  • Seek global cross-cultural interactions and experiences that enhance one’s understanding of people from different demographic groups and that leads to personal growth.
  • Keep an open mind to diverse ideas and new ways of thinking.
  • Identify resources and eliminate barriers resulting from individual and systemic racism, inequities, and biases.
  • Demonstrate flexibility by adapting to diverse environments.
  • Address systems of privilege that limit opportunities for members of historically marginalized communities.

Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.

SAMPLE BEHAVIORS

  • Inspire, persuade, and motivate self and others under a shared vision.
  • Seek out and leverage diverse resources and feedback from others to inform direction.
  • Use innovative thinking to go beyond traditional methods.
  • Serve as a role model to others by approaching tasks with confidence and a positive attitude.
  • Motivate and inspire others by encouraging them and by building mutual trust.
  • Plan, initiate, manage, complete and evaluate projects.

Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.

SAMPLE BEHAVIORS

  • Act equitably with integrity and accountability to self, others, and the organization.
  • Maintain a positive personal brand in alignment with organization and personal career values.
  • Be present and prepared.
  • Demonstrate dependability (e.g., report consistently for work or meetings).
  • Prioritize and complete tasks to accomplish organizational goals.
  • Consistently meet or exceed goals and expectations.
  • Have an attention to detail, resulting in few if any errors in their work.
  • Show a high level of dedication toward doing a good job.

Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.

SAMPLE BEHAVIORS

  • Listen carefully to others, taking time to understand and ask appropriate questions without interrupting.
  • Effectively manage conflict, interact with and respect diverse personalities, and meet ambiguity with resilience.
  • Be accountable for individual and team responsibilities and deliverables.
  • Employ personal strengths, knowledge, and talents to complement those of others.
  • Exercise the ability to compromise and be agile.
  • Collaborate with others to achieve common goals.
  • Build strong, positive working relationships with supervisor and team members/coworkers.

Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.

SAMPLE BEHAVIORS

  • Navigate change and be open to learning new technologies.
  • Use technology to improve efficiency and productivity of their work.
  • Identify appropriate technology for completing specific tasks.
  • Manage technology to integrate information to support relevant, effective, and timely decision-making.
  • Quickly adapt to new or unfamiliar technologies.
  • Manipulate information, construct ideas, and use technology to achieve strategic goals.



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