In the video above, Pete Beard ’04 offers advice to those seeking to start their career.
Westminster College is known for its successful graduates: 96 percent of Westminster graduates start their first job or enroll in graduate or professional schools within six months of graduation, with 88 percent of grads reporting. Alumni networking and support offer a significant boost to alumni seeking to start their careers or move up in their fields.
Pete Beard ’04 visited campus during the spring 2015 Assessment and Aspiration Day to talk to juniors and seniors about preparing for their futures.
Offering advice on how to connect the dots from the Columns to career, Beard says, “Be prepared, be confident, and be determined.”
Beard’s 5 tips for successful job interviews
- Be ready with questions.
- Have an elevator pitch to sell yourself to recruiters.
- Confidently deliver the message of who you are and the value you bring.
- Do your homework before you show up for an interview.
- Follow up after the interview to show you are really interested and excited about the opportunity.
Currently, Beard is a Program Manager for Central Technology Services (CTS) in Jefferson City, Missouri. A resident of Columbia, MO, he serves on boards for the University of Missouri’s Trulaske College of Business and Capital Region Medical Center. He also serves as a mentor with the University of Missouri’s alumni mentoring program and is involved with the United Way and Coyote Hill Children’s Home. While attending Westminster, Beard majored in International Business. He received an MBA from the University of Missouri in 2008.