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8B - The Mikan Daily - Fall Outlook - ursday, October 24, 1996 *




* The Michigan Daily -01 outlook - Thur

Going to Work
Entrepreneurs make it work

Back to School
Future professionals search for schi

By Heather Miller
Daily Staff Reporter
As a University undergraduate, Patrick Sarkissian worked
at Maude's Restaurant making salads. But while he was mak-
ing $30 a night, the waitstaff could be pulling in $150.
Sarkissian said he knew he was equally intelligent and had
worked just as hard, but he was earning far less pay. So he quit.
And he never worked for anyone again.
Sarkissian now owns Web Elite, a web site design compa-
ny, with fellow University alum Jacques Habra.
"I developed a belief in myself, which is quintessential to
everybody who wants to start their own business," Sarkissian
The company, which is based in Ann Arbor, now has 15
employees and has a wide range of clients.
Habra, who turned down a position to work as a program-
mer analyst for Ford Motor Company, said the corporate
world can be limiting, whereas "in an entrepreneurial endeav-
or you don't have a ceiling or a floor."
Tali Edut, a 1994 University graduate and one of the co-
founders of HUES magazine in Ann Arbor, agreed.
"It's not my dream (to work for other people)," she said.
"There's always a ceiling over you."
Owning your own business can offer more freedom, but also

contains risks.
"(You have) more control over what you're doing and
where you're going," said 1968 University alum Tom Porter,
who is a general partner for Enterprise Development Fund.
However, owning a business does have a risky downside.
"You never stop thinking about the business," Edut said.
"It's like having a kid."
Habra agreed. "The worst aspect is that there's no time off.
It's a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week job."
But Kirkland Teeple, owner of the Mainstreet Comedy
Showcase, warned of the risks of starting a business.
"Be afraid. Be very afraid," he said. "It's not what people
make it out to be."
Sarkissian said there is a myth that becoming an entrepre-
neur means a successful career.
"Success doesn't equal your own business and vice versa,"
he said. "It's your attitude and the way that you work that
equals success."
Debbie Taylor, assistant director for multicultural ser-
vices for Career Planning & Placement, said a successful
entrepreneur needs to possess a number of versatile skills,
which can range from marketing to working with clients.
"Small business owners have to wear many different hats,"
she said.

By Heather Kamins
Daily Staff Reporter
Four years of work and play are over.
Grab a cap and gown, and get ready to
face the real world. After graduating, it
may be time to enter the job market.
But for many who aspire past a bach-
elor's degree and see themselves as a
doctor, lawyer or business executive,
professional school is the next step.
This path is competitive, very costly,
and full of hard work - but skills
learned may bring a more secure future.
Each year, thousands of college grad-
uates apply for entrance into the coun-
try's best medical, business and law
schools. They face stiff competition as
they struggle to gain a spot at a top uni-
versity, and when the responses arrive
in the mail they witness the results of
four years in college.
"Applications are at an all-time high,
but the number has seemed to plateau,"
said David Trabilsy, Johns Hopkins
Medical School associate dean for
admissions. Johns Hopkins placed sec-
ond in this year's U.S. News and World
Report rankings for medical schools.
"There are basically three applica-
tions for each position in medical
school. All U.S. med schools are highly
competitive at this period in time,"
Trabilsy said. "We are looking for stu-
dents that have not only done well aca-

demically, but that have experience in a
number of areas, that did more than just
being good students.
A medical degree, which usually
takes four years to earn, provides many
opportunities during a time when the
medical profession is being redefined.
"There are lots of changes in medi-
cine right now. But
Medical the changes will
result in opportuni-
SchoOls ty," Trabilsy said.
1. Harvard Trabilsy spoke
2. Johns Hopkins of the short-term
3. Yale sacrifices and the
4. Washington U. long-term rewards
5. Duke that medicine has
to offer.
education is a long period of time. One
does have to make sacrifices in relation
to time and money. There is a delayed
gratification; medical school does take
longer than business school or law
school," Trabilsy said.
"Most medical schools have very
good financial aid programs, and the
long-term income of a physician, even
though it has not been going up as it did
before, should enable most to comfort-
ably pay off their loans," Trabilsy said.
Many graduates choose to pursue a
master's degree in business administra-
tion in order to improve their chances in

the job market. An
program at most
schools, offers
many opportuni-
ties and options of
"Since I don't
have a business
background, an
MBA provides me
with the skills that
I will need," said
M a r t h a
Masterman, a

MBA, a two-year already gained in the workplace."

are at an all-time
high ...
- David Trabilsy
Johns Hopkins assoc. dean
for medical admissions

Students at
MBA pro-
grams are
heavily recruit-
ed by corpora-
tions across the
"Getting a
job is part of
the program
from day one.
You have to
consider it

Business graduate student. "If you have
a BBA (bachelor's in business adminis-
tration), you probably could excel just

Ann Arbor Climbing Gym owner Cortland Coene plays with his dog. Coene started
the business after graduating from the University in 1993 with an MBA.

as well as you can
with an MBA."
The University's
graduate business
school was ranked
second in the
nation in this
m o n t h' s
Bus i ness Week
"Many compa-

1, Stanford
3. Penn-
4. Northwestemn
5. Harvard

almost as another class. Opportunities
for employment are really good. Just
look at the number of recruiters who are
already here," Masterman said.
Many companies offer programs that
allow their employees to get an MBA
degree after working for a few years.
"Microsoft looks for and recruits
employees with a variety of back-
grounds, including candidates who
have completed an MBA degree or are
currently working towards an MBA
degree," said Microsoft recruiter
Pamela Sprague.
"Employees are encouraged to seek
out opportunities which'will help them
grow professionally. For those who
want to pursue an MBA degree,
Microsoft offers a tuition reimburse-
ment program," Sprague said.

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Employment agencies can connect can 1 ate
By Brian Campbell hire employes and said she has had pos- mediaries between employers and job But for those that don't, Patrick
Daily Staff Reporter itive ex eriences with them seekers Sheetz director of the Collegiate

In today's job market where opportu-
nity can be scarce, many college gradu-
ates are using employment agencies to
match their skills to companies' needs.
Kate Zawodni, a technical recruiter'
for Manpower Services, once used
employment agencies like her own to

"I liked working with employment
agencies because they did screening
with the individuals for their education
and references," Zawodni said. "I knew
I was getting a qualified candidate in
those respects."
Employment agencies serve as inter-

It can take only a few days or up to
several years to find a match - usual-
ly, higher salary positions take longer to
fill. Agencies can connect students with
temporary or permanent positions.
Some employment agencies charge
fees only to the employer.

Employment Research Institute at
Michigan State University, said it's a
burden for graduates to pay for a job.
"As a college student you usually
don't have a lot of money to spend and
you're not going to want to pay to get a
job," he said.

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Policy offers graduate
training for careers in the
public sector, non-profit
organizations and

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Sheetz said students should use many
different methods in searching for jobs
and recommended they seek employ-
ment using the following resources in
order: career placement offices, then
Internet listings, followed by want ads,
job fairs, networking, direct letters to
employers and finally, employment
But Sheetz said many students don't
begin searching for jobs until after they
graduate and find themselves taking
whatever is left after those who apply
early have entered the work force.
"I've seen a lethargic attitude among
many current graduates," he said.
"They don't think they have to worry
about it until after they graduate -
prior planning isn't on their agenda."
LSA senior Bret Danow said he used
an temporary employment agency to
find an excellent summer job.
"I was working for a Fortune 500
company - I had my own office,
phone and fax line:' he said.
Job hunting is here and now, Sheetz
said. "I encourage students to get active
right now," he said. "I'd use whatever
sources necessary to find a job."
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nies want employees with a BBA
because they are cheaper. Many MBAs
come at a much higher cost," Masterman
said. "But when companies hire MBAs
they are hiring someone who is more
mature. An MBA builds on the skills


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