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Target Your Future

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Contact Greta Fenley with any inquiries.

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Please click here to access the Fall 2014 Target Your Future Application.

Target Your Future (TYF) offers a small, group setting to BBA students for those “off the record” questions with industry professionals, professors and upperclassmen. The seven-week program covers career topics designed to increase your knowledge, experience and confidence. This new insight will broaden your perspective on potential industries and employers, and help build your professional network. TYF strengthens your career decision-making skills through personal exploration, mentorships and networking.

Building Connections, Fostering Success

Seminar Series

The weekly seminar series offers an opportunity for small roundtable discussions on a variety of career-related topics. Panel sessions include industry professionals, professors, mentors, and upperclassmen. Students are able to connect with employers recruiting undergraduate business students, and learn what it takes to be their ideal candidate.

Student Mentors

Students are divided into small groups and matched with mentors, who are typically former TYF participants. Student mentors offer valuable insight on career development to their mentees, and they organize networking and social activities for the group.

Professional Mentor Program

Students are matched with professionals in an industry area of their interest. Professional mentors share personal experience and knowledge through a phone and email conversations.

TYF Kick-Off

Get to know the Leadership Team and participants in a fun, relaxed environment! 

TYF Networking Social

TYF Mentors lead a fun evening of friendly trivia competition over dinner.

Etiquette Dinner & Networking Reception

TYF shares an evening with BBA Women’s Council, McCombs Diversity Council and industry professionals. Participants share a three-course meal where students and professionals learn the dos and don’ts for professional dining etiquette.

TYF Trek

Employers host on-site visits to expand each participant's understanding of various industries and company cultures. Students observe first-hand how majors transition into career opportunities.

Application Process

Who Can Apply

Any BBA student who can commit to the seven-week series of events.

Events

  • TYF Kick-Off: September 25 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the CBA Events Room, CBA 3.304.
  • Seminar Series: September 30, October 7, 14, 21, & 28, November 4, & 11 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the CBA Events Room, CBA 3.304.
  • Networking Social: October 7 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the CBA Events Room, CBA 3.304
  • Etiquette Dinner & Networking with Corporate Sponsors: October 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • TYF Trek to Houston: November 7 from 5:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

    Application

    Please click here to access the Fall 2014 Target Your Future Application. The application will close September 16 at noon. You will be notified of your acceptance by September 19 before 5:00 p.m.

    Leadership Team Spring 2014

    TYF Leadership Team Photo 

    Target Your Future Leadership Team: (From Left to Right) Tyler Selaiden, Accounting; Amanda Stoll, IB/French; Brandon Roye, Unspecified (IB); Clarissa Gondoprawiro, Finance/Economics; Julia Xu, Finance; Selina Khwaja, Accounting; Emilu Mata, Unspecified (MIS); Lauren Sanders, Marketing; Kevwe Mowarin, Finance; Pooja Raman, Finance; Max Carduner.

    Target Your Future Leadership Team

    Brandon Roye

    Program Manager Intern

    Brandon Roye is a first year sophomore from Spring, Texas and plans to declare a major in International Business. Brandon started the Target Your Future Program Fall 2013 and is currently interning to be the Program Manager for the Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 school year.

    Brandon has experience as an entrepreneur, running both a pet-care service and power-washing service for the past twelve years. He has coordinated an International Baccalaureate Programme service project, raising $1,600 for the charity LIMBS International. This donation provided the resources to donate prosthetic limbs to five recipients in Bolivia. Additionally, Brandon has experience waiting tables, catering, and training new employees in a community retirement home.

    Brandon plans to study abroad Fall 2015 in Madrid, Spain through the BBA International Program and aspires to become fluent in Spanish before graduating. Brandon is involved in the McCombs Leadership Program, University Securities Investment Team, and plans to join an undergraduate law organization. He hopes to pursue a graduate degree in law at the University of Texas to become a corporate lawyer.

    Brandon’s passions include music, piano, and traveling. He has traveled to ten countries and hope to continue in his professional career.

    Clarissa Gondoprawiro

    Peer Mentor

    Clarissa Gondoprawiro is a second year finance and economics major with a minor in MIS. She has gained so much from TYF as a mentee last fall, especially through the Professional Mentorship Program and networking events. She could not be happier to be a part of the TYF leadership team, serving as a peer mentor.

    Last summer, Clarissa went back home to Indonesia to do an internship at a local securities firm and law office. Clarissa hopes to do an internship in Indonesia this summer to at a multinational firm in either consulting or the financial services industry.

    Clarissa is also a co-founding member of “Garuda Bisa”, which is an organization that is working on providing mentorship to Indonesian high school students which will begin this coming February. Garuda Bisa provides Indonesian students with prerecorded lectures of distinguished UT professors such as Dr. Howard Prince and professor Hamermesh who talk about their fields of expertise. Clarissa recently recorded a lecture about Shakespeare by professor James Loehlin wherein she was able to learn about Shakespeare and literature in Indonesia. She enjoys being active in Garuda Bisa because it allows her to be in touch with Indonesia, as well as learn about many different fields and how they are applicable in Indonesia.

    Clarissa was born and raised in Indonesia, and hopes to eventually return to pursue her career. Clarissa enjoys watching Modern Family, playing video games, and working out during her free time.

    Julia Xu

    Peer Mentor

    Julia Xu is a second year Finance major with a minor in Management. She is excited to continue serving as a TYF peer mentor after joining the leadership team in Fall 2013. On campus, Julia is a resident assistant and a member of the University Securities Investment Team.

    Last summer, Julia interned in Dallas, TX with Chase Paymentech, a JPMorgan Chase company and the industry leader in credit card processing. During her internship, she worked alongside the Integrated Solutions Group in their R&D and solution management efforts. Her internal audit projects focused on improving compliance and operational controls for the company’s third party relationships.

    Julia will be working with Dell Inc. in Round Rock this summer as a financial analyst intern. She is excited to learn more about strategic change and innovation through her internship. Julia plans to pursue a career in the financial services industry after graduating in Spring 2015.

    A Mavericks fan, Julia grew up in Frisco, TX. In her free time, she enjoys trying new food, swing dancing, and volunteering for her church’s kids’ ministry.

    Kevwe Mowarin

    Peer Mentor


    Kevwe Mowarin is a second year Finance major. She is currently the Student Assistant for McCombs Alumni Relations. Kevwe started in TYF in Spring 2013 during her second semester in McCombs. Kevwe is a member of the University Finance Association and a Director for the UFA Investment Team.

    Kevwe has gained a lot of experience networking with alumni through her job with Alumni Relations. She has also served as team lead on multiple case competitions hosted by McCombs and partnering companies. She hopes that through competing in the case competitions and networking with other professionals she will develop skills that will prove invaluable when she enters the banking industry.

    Kevwe has many goals for her future career. This summer, she will be interning at Credit Suisse in their Investment Banking Division in New York City. Kevwe also hopes that the internship will further fuel the passion she already has for banking and investments.  

    Kevwe was born in London and briefly lived in Nigeria, but she spent most of her life growing up in Allen, Texas. She is passionate about African culture, traveling, and art. 

    Lauren Sanders

    Peer Mentor

    Lauren Sanders is a second year Marketing major at McCombs. She couldn’t be more excited to continue with her second semester as a peer mentor for Target Your Future.

    In the summer of 2013 Lauren held an internship with Sterling Associates, a non-profit consulting and management firm in Houston, TX. She participated in a rotational program to various organizations within the Houston area, focusing heavily on fundraising and internal development. This experience solidified both her passion for business as well as her strong affinity towards philanthropic missions. During the upcoming summer of 2014, Lauren will study International Marketing abroad in Paris, France. She looks forward to the unique cultural and educational experiences that await her there.

    Lauren was born and raised in Houston, Texas. In addition to Target Your Future, she is also involved in the Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity, UT Campus Crusade, and tutors underprivileged children through Reading Aces. Her passions include baking, fitness, fashion, and traveling.

    Max Carduner

    Peer Mentor

    Max Carduner is a third year Finance major pursuing an Undergraduate Real Estate Certificate. Max started in TYF in Fall 2012 after externally transferring into McCombs from UTSA. This spring will be Max's first semester as a peer mentor in TYF.

    Max has had experience working as an intern at a commercial real estate brokerage firm. In his last week at this position, he put together a training module for future interns to increase efficiency for future new hires. Currently, he works at the biggest home healthcare software provider in the world, Kinnser Software, as an accounting and finance intern. At this position, he is responsible for assisting in collections from over 150,000 clients which resulted in $40,000,000 in revenue last year.

    Max is currently undergoing further recruiting with multiple companies in hopes of gaining more experience. In addition to Max's interest in Real Estate, he is also interested in energy or consulting.

    Max is also an active brother in a professional fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. After pledging last semester, he currently serves as a rush chair. In addition to this organization, Max is a member in URES (Undergraduate Real Estate Society).

    Max was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His passions include sports, listening to music, and writing lyrics for his own songs.

    Tyler Selaiden

    Peer Mentor

    Tyler Selaiden is a junior studying Accounting and he hopes to be admitted into the iMPA program in the fall. Tyler was apart of TYF last semester and is honored to be back as a mentor.

    Before coming to The University of Texas, Tyler spent his freshman year at St. Edward’s University playing soccer and studying business. In the summer before his sophomore year, Tyler had an internship with Rockwall Indoor Sports Expo, an indoor sports complex based in Rockwall, TX. He rotated around the company, learning about the various aspects to running a sport facility such as budgets and contract agreements. This contributed to his passion for sports and love of business.

    Tyler was born and raised in Carrollton, TX. He loves numbers and sports and hopes to be working with both of those in the future.

    Emilu Mata

    TYF Connect Coordinator

    Emilu Mata is a first year Unspecified Business major leaning towards majoring in Management Information Systems.  She is currently the freshmen class representative for the Texas Hispanic Business Student Association. Emilu recently completed TYF in the Fall of 2013 during her first semester at UT. She is excited to serve as the TYF Connect Coordinator this semester. She is also a member of the EY Ambassadors Program. Emilu is a graduate of the McCombs Future Executive Academy and The LeaderShape Institute.

    Emilu hopes to accomplish many of her goals for her future career in information technology. She hopes to land an internship this summer that will further her knowledge and skills in MIS. 

    Emilu was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She is a big fan of both the Dallas Cowboys and Mavericks. Her passions include reading, hiking, traveling, and trying new things.

    Pooja Raman

    Public Relations Coordinator

    Pooja Raman is a second year Finance major. She started TYF as a participant in Spring 2013 during her second semester at McCombs. She was the Lunch Connections Coordinator in Fall 2013 and is currently the Public Relations Coordinator. Pooja is a member of the McCombs Leadership Program, Freshmen Leadership Organization, and she is a Social Dance Teaching Assistant.

    Pooja has gained a lot of experience working at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. As the Front Desk Ambassador, she is required to communicate effectively to the guests while ensuring a complete check-in. She has also emceed Gone to Business, McCombs’ welcome to the freshmen students. She hopes that through her experience in the hotel and networking with other professional she will continue to move on up in the hospitality industry.

    Pooja has many goals for her future career. She hopes to fuel her passion for delighting people by continuing her work at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. Pooja also hopes to get an internship in the hotel’s finance and accounting department so she can fulfill her dreams of working in both the financial and hospitality industry.

    Selina Khwaja

    Historian

    Selina Khwaja is a second year Accounting major with a minor in MIS and started TYF as a participant in fall 2013. Selina is a member of the McCombs Leadership program, the Director of Recruiting for DemTex, and part of the McCombs College Tuition and Budget Advisory Committee. Selina has many goals for her future career. She hopes to fuel her passion in auditing with an internship next semester. Selina also hopes that the internship will also serve to help her pinpoint the exact sector of banking that she will eventually pursue. Selina was born and raised in Texas. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new food, volunteering, and traveling.

    Corporate Partners

    Special Thanks to our TYF Corporate Partners

     Spring 2014

     

    Altria Group Distribution Company
    Chevron Corporation
    ConocoPhillips Company
    Epsilon
    GE
    Goldman Sachs
    Phillips 66
    PricewaterhouseCoopers
    Shell Oil Company
    Wal-Mart
    Wells Fargo

     Fall 2013 Altria Group Distribution Company
    Chevron Corporation
    ConocoPhillips Company
    Deloitte Consulting LLP
    Epsilon
    Google
    Marsh & McLennan Companies
    Macy's
    Phillips 66
    PricewaterhouseCoopers
    Shell Oil Company
    Stage Stores
    Wal-Mart
    Wells Fargo
     Spring 2013 Altria Group Distribution Company
    Cardinal Health
    Chevron Corporation
    ConocoPhillips Company
    Epsilon
    General Electric
    Macy's
    Phillips 66
    PricewaterhouseCoopers
    Shell Oil Company
    Spectra Energy
    Wal-Mart
    Wells Fargo
     Fall 2012 Altria Group Distribution Company
    AT&T Inc.
    Chase
    Chevron Corporation
    ConocoPhillips Company
    General Electric
    Macy's
    Phillips 66
    PricewaterhouseCoopers
    Shell Oil Company
    Spectra Energy
    Wal-Mart
    Wells Fargo
     Spring 2012 AT&T Inc.
    Cardinal Health
    Chevron Corporation
    ConocoPhillips Company
    Dell
    General Electric
    General Motors Foundation
    Macy's
    PricewaterhouseCoopers
    Shell Oil Company
    Spectra Energy
    Target
    Wal-Mart
    Wells Fargo
     Fall 2011 AT&T Inc.
    Chevron Corporation
    ConocoPhillips Company
    Dell
    General Motors Foundation
    Macy's
    PricewaterhouseCoopers
    Shell Oil Company
    Spectra Energy
    Target
    Wal-Mart
    Wells Fargo
     Spring 2011 Accenture
    AT&T Inc.
    ConocoPhillips Company
    General Motors Foundation
    Goldman Sachs
    Macy's
    PricewaterhouseCoopers
    Shell Oil Company
    Spectra Energy
    Target
    Wal-Mart
    Wachovia
    Wells Fargo
     

    TYF Alum

    Learn more about the TYF experience by clicking on the photos to the left.

    Andrea Tapia

    “As a second year, internal transfer student, Target Your Future was one of the first programs to welcome me to McCombs. Transferring from another college into McCombs, I felt overwhelmed acclimating to the new environment. Through TYF, I got the chance to meet peers, upperclassmen, McCombs staff, and most importantly professionals in a small setting. I would definitely recommend the program because it provided me with numerous resources including career exploration and mentorship. Furthermore, I created lasting friendships and memories because of TYF!”

    Anuj Khandelwal

    “Target Your Future blends everything McCombs has to offer - teamwork, mentorship and dedication - into an action-packed learning adventure. My favorite part was definitely the Corporate Sponsored Trek. Visiting companies is a great way to meet potential employers and learn about career opportunities.”

    Ezequiel Calderon Jr.

    “Target Your Future was one of the most beneficial programs I was involved in that developed me professionally my freshman year. As a first-generation college student, I did not know much about life at the university level, especially life after college . The way that the program is structured is brilliant: it's a time to learn about what being a business professional really means and how we, as students, can shape it to best fit us.

    Through TYF I created my personal views on networking, recruiting, and career paths. Thanks to the multiple panels and interactive workshops, I began to understand how to navigate my time at McCombs successfully to secure a bright future. The trek was most memorable for me because I got to see a “day-in-the-life” of several professionals ultimately clearing many questions and concerns I had. In addition, I met various recruiters and other company representatives that communicated a myriad of opportunities with their companies. I am very grateful for TYF as it played an instrumental role in helping me develop my connections and eventually led to two internships. I recommend all students become involved with the program – you definitely will not regret it!"

    Jackie Flores

    “I will always attribute my success in McCombs to TYF and everything I learned from the program while serving as a student mentor. The etiquette dinner and corporate sponsored trek were by far the most beneficial components of the program for me.

    These events offered the opportunity to meet professionals in smaller, more personal environments without the pressure and challenges that students encounter at the career expo and other similar events. I highly recommend this program to underclassmen because it provides an advantage in getting recruited. Many of our students also get recruited by our corporate sponsors, so it's a great way to get a head start on the internship search!”

    Khurram Kabiruddin

    “Target Your Future is a fantastic avenue for personal development. The program’s motto of ‘Building Connections. Fostering Success’ exemplifies what the program is all about. As a first-year student, I joined TYF as a participant. Through that experience, I gained a lot of confidence about my career goals and recruiting came much more naturally to me. I returned to the program as a mentor and then led the program as the first Program Manager.

    Throughout the years that I have been involved with TYF, I have developed my leadership skills, grown my network, and had a lot of fun in the process. I am a huge proponent of TYF’s Professional Mentor Program (PMP). Networking is not a buzz word; it is an actual skill. The PMP allowed me hone my networking skills while I connected one-on-one with a professional from industry. Learning about my professional mentors experiences was invaluable knowledge. As I begin my professional career, I feel confident that I’ll be able to take the skills I have gained and continue to apply them when meeting colleagues and clients.”

    Nick Navarro

    “What really made Target Your Future beneficial for me was the unique combination of student mentors and professionals. The combination of these two resources made it possible for me to get a student perspective while learning what prospective employers were looking for in potential candidates. Making career decisions can definitely be daunting, but it was so helpful to be able to ask a peer or a professional for advice through the channels setup by TYF.”

    Rebecca Harrison

    “TYF is one of the most influential programs I have participated in. Through it, I've learned the importance of networking, maintaining professional relationships, and building my personal brand. TYF offers various outside events, my favorite being the Etiquette Dinner, where you learn the nitty-gritty details of table manners.

    I enjoyed being able to interact with professionals in a relaxed environment where we all learned skills that were both beneficial and entertaining. Through the connections I made in Target Your Future, I was able to secure an internship with a firm I love. I truly cannot emphasize how priceless this experience is. You'll meet amazing individuals, build important relationships, and get the inside scoop from recruiters. Having served as both a participant and a student mentor, I can confidently say that this is a program where the people truly care about you–and that is something I would encourage anyone and everyone to take advantage of!”

    Ryan Gray

    “Being a mentor in TYF was a great experience. Though I was there to pass on knowledge, I learned a great deal as well. My favorite experience in the program was the company field trip to Houston. Networking on this trip helped me land my full time offer with Macy's. Plus, it was such a pleasure getting to know all the people in the program.”

    Shelby DeMuth

    "TYF allowed me to understand and explore different business career opportunities each week. I increased my confidence with employers and my fellow peers through informational interviews and group interaction. Most importantly, TYF equipped me with the skills I needed to land an internship and full time job in my chosen business field. "