What has one of our Delta class members been doing since her graduation?
Rachel Shabtai was the first Hospitality (HRT) major to join PSE! She graduated in Spring 2015 and she is currently working at the Doubletree in Anaheim and Hilton Hotel in Irvine as a Revenue Analyst. Read all about Rachel's career and much more!
What are you up to now?
"Aside from working, I made the decision to go back to school. It sounds crazy (especially only being out of school for 6 months), but I wanted to continue challenging myself. I am currently enrolled in UCLA’s Extension Program working towards a Certificate in Finance with an emphasis in Credit Analysis and Management. I hope this will help me in the future when I apply for Graduate School."
How PSE has impacted you?
"At the time, Delta class was the largest class PSE had seen. It is amazing to see where PSE is now, especially as alumnae. It is even crazier to know that here are more HRT students in PSE today. I was the first HRT major and I hope I can serve as an asset to current and future HRT students in PSE. I learned much about professionalism and it helped me grow overall as a better person."
Do you have any advice for current PSE members?
"My advice for current PSE members: You’ll have the rest of your life to be professional among your peers, so learn how to take a break and relax every now and then."
We hope you enjoyed learning more about what one of our PSE alumni have been up to since graduation. Thank you so much to Rachel for sharing her experiences with us. Until next time!
Kicking off Spring Quarter with a Member Spotlight on Carmen Ng! She's currently a 4th year studying Computer Information Systems and from our most recently initiated class, Eta. Carmen is interning at Aflac in Pasadena as a Web Development Intern. Read about her internship experience and how PSE taught her to never pass up on any opportunity!
"I started as a Web Development Intern for Aflac’s Pasadena location in January. Throughout the past couple of months, one of Seattle’s offices and our Pasadena office have been piloting the rebranding of our offices from Aflac to Everwell. Everwell is Aflac’s own private exchange program that is aimed towards small businesses over a portable, paperless, and web-based business platform. Rather than operating as Everwell under the brand of Aflac, our goal is to have Everwell operate independently. Being thrown in to the middle of this process as an intern is quite challenging, but I have learned a lot in the time that I have been here thus far. I was able to participate in meetings with the District Coordinator, create and build web designs, and take a role in a huge project that we are currently working on.
When I applied to this internship, I did not get a response until an entire year later. At first, I was hesitant about accepting their interview offer because it seemed so sudden. One thing that PSE has taught me is to never back down from an opportunity. So I showed up for the interview and received the internship offer the next week. Being surrounded by hard-working and driven individuals in PSE really influenced me to push myself harder. Had I not joined PSE, I might have never stepped out of my comfort zone and gone for the interview. Although this internship is only a fifteen-week program, I am grateful to have gained these experiences and will continue to build upon them."
What's your experience?
"I was born and raised in China, and I have been enlisted in U.S. Army for over five years now after high school. During my service time period, education was also one of my focuses. While in school, I was involved in different organizations which was one of the highlights of my college years at Cal Poly Pomona."
How has PSE impacted you?
"I was lucky enough to witness Pi Sigma Epsilon expand from only a few people to a full classroom of brothers. Along with its growth, PSE also had a significant impact on both my personal and professional growth. Personally, getting out of my comfort zone was the biggest challenge for me, and PSE helped me to face and overcome it by encouraging us to work with different people in every project. Professionally, holding positions and taking responsibilities helped me with a better understanding of how a company operates. Being involved in various workshops, projects, and events made me more comfortable working with others and better understand the professional world."
One of our Gamma class members, Oscar Wu, graduated in Spring 2014 with a degree in Computer Information Systems and a minor in Management. He's currently working at Baxalta Incorporated as a Technical Project Manager in Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) support and infrastructure. Oscar shares wonderful words of advice for current PSE members below.
"Having a job secured well before your college graduation is the ideal scenario to be in. Shortly after graduating, I joined Baxalta Incorporated (now spun-off from Baxter International) as a member of the IT Development Program (ITDP). Baxalta makes biopharmaceutical products that save and sustain patients’ lives. The ITDP is a three-year rotational program for recent college grads, in which you will have 3 different jobs in 3 years; this is a very attractive and unique opportunity to cultivate growth and become well-rounded in tangible and intangible skills. I’ve really come a long way since I started. My first rotation consisted of being a project manager for a $1.4 million hardware refresh project for Enterprise Platforms at Baxter. I’ve experienced the highs and lows, but was ultimately able to lead the project in a favorable direction, and complete various milestones. For my 2nd rotation, I’m working at our Los Angeles manufacturing plant supporting Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) software as well as our local infrastructure/networking team.