Business Career Services, alternative to competitive UCIB, launches

By Anne Nazzaro

The University introduced a new undergraduate Business Career Services (BCS) program this quarter, running alongside the more competitive UChicago Careers in Business (UCIB) program.

Amanda Thompson, the director of BCS, said that the program is meant for anyone with an interest in business, regardless of their major. BCS is open to any student of any year; all students are always welcome to use its services. This differs from UCIB, which is a three-year program to which students must apply at the end of their first year. According to BCS’s website, the non-selective format of the program allows students to have more flexibility in their schedules while still giving them access to business career counseling.

The BCS program will offer advising, walk-in consultation hours, workshops, treks, and more, according to an e-mail sent out by Thompson to the student body. Walk-in hours are from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on most Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

As one of its activities, BCS held a lunch workshop on networking on November 24. Thompson and Jesse Meyer, the manager of UCIB, gave tips on how to dress professionally, how to make contacts, and how to present oneself during career fairs. During this quarter the program hosted trips to Metropolitan Capital Bank & Trust and Accenture, and will host a trek to New York City this month.