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ROTC builds life-long career

By Jennifer Yachnin
Daily Staff Reporter
To follow the sun or stay in the cold?
As graduates enter the real world, they are faced with the
terrifying question of finding not only a job, but a new home.
Many graduates chose to make their new homes in Michigan.
"The state of Michigan tends to be a large area where stu-
dents tend to stay," said Kerin Borland, senior associate direc-
tor of the Office of Career Planning and Placement.
Borland said many graduates from the state of Michigan stay
after graduation and take jobs in the southeastern area, while
many out-of-state students return to their own home states.
"We tend to find students are attracted to major metro
areas," Borland said. Popular spots include New York,
Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, San Francisco, Los
Angeles, Washington D.C. and the entire state of Ohio.
Janice Nuttle, manager of student and young alumni pro-
grams for the Alumni Association, said more than 51 percent of
graduates stay in Michigan, the home state for most graduates.
Borland said Michigan's thriving economy encourages gradu-
ates to stay. "In recent years, there have been more local offer-
ings for employment,' Borland said.
Where students move depends on "graduate schools,
career choices, jobs. A family support network can be very
important when (a student) first gets out of school, especial-
ly if they don't have a job," Nuttle said.
Al Kotrone, associate director of the office of career develop-
ment for the Business School, said 53 percent of 1996 graduates
stayed in the Midwest.
"More than 1/2 of that 53 percent is in Chicago, which is
really more of an international city," Kotrone said.

Kotrone noted an overall 2% e urs
decline in Business gradu- t
ates staying in the Midwest ele
over the last several years. 5% New York
"The continued growth 3% C-~nnt
of the (Business) school's
reputation has made it eas-
ier for ... students to get more on-campus interviews," Kotrone
said, noting campus interviews often lead to work opportunities
at locations outside of the Midwest.
The second-largest draw for Business School students is to
the Northeast and New York City, Kotrone said. He added
that Business graduates can generally find work anywhere in
the country with a fair amount of ease.
LSA keeps no official records of its graduates' destina-
tions. However, LSA senior Joe Burak said many students are
likely to stay in the Midwest.
After graduation, Burak plans to work as a leadership con-
sultant for his fraternity's national headquarters in Iowa City.
Adam Marcus, spokesperson for the College of Engineering,
said the West draws many engineers, but so do other regions.
"Our numbers show an increase in alumni living in the West,"
Marcus said. "You can look at our strengths in computer science
and aerospace engineering. It probably has a lot to do with that."
Marcus said there are many Midwestern businesses that
hire engineers after graduation.
"3-M (in St. Paul) draws a lot of Michigan alumni," said
Marcus, who added that many graduates will stay in
Michigan to work for a Big Three auto company.
The third draw for engineers may be developing on Wall Street
with the growth of the finance engineering program, Marcus said.

By Katie Plona
Daily Staff Reporter
As the number of companies expand-
ing and entering the global market
increases, diversity among employees
is essential, many businesses claim..
Numerous job forums and presenta-
tions each year, students of all back-
grounds can discover the plethora of
opportunities open to them.
"I certainly think diversity in the work-
place is important for everybody," said
Career Planning and Placement Senior
Associate Director Kerin Borland. "It is
certainly something we value on campus."
Borland said a diverse workforce
helps companies better serve and relate
to their customers.
One of CP&P's largest events is the
Multicultural Career Conference, which
will be held on Jan. 2. Although the event
targets minority students, all members of
the student body are welcome to attend.
In addition to CP&P resources,
Crimson & Brown Associates, a diver-
sity recruiting firm, hosts a regional
Minority Undergraduate Career Forum.
"Employers who a looking to diversify
their workforce turn to us," said Melanie
Sinche, Crimson & Brown Associates
candidate services associate.
Like Borland, Sinche said that in
"today's global market place it is imper-
ative" for employers to have a employ-
ees who can conduct business relations
with a variety of people.
LSA senior Talal Arimah said he
applied for his current job with AAA
Michigan by attending CP&P's 1997
Multicultural Career Conference.
Arimah said employers note the
University's diverse population and are
therefore attracted to its students.

"I think it's recognized as having a
qualified diverse student body," he said.
AAA Michigan _ professional;
Technical Recruiter Maureen Farquhar,
who represented AAA Michigan at the
CP&P conference last January, said it is
essential and beneficial for employees
to mirror the community they serve.
"That is very important because our
customers are obviously representative
of the communities that they live and
work in," Farquhar said. "We're looking
for that diverse group."
School of Information graduate stu-
dent Yabin Liu, who is preparing for
graduation in December, said some
companies may have programs to
recruit minority students, but that these
channels are not always easy to find.
Borland said that although intention-
ally seeking minority applicants is a
positive way to diversify any work envi-
ronment, she encourages employers
who contact CP&P not to fall into the
trap of only seeking minority students,
which could limit their applicant pool.
LSA senior Jennifer Fried, who will
also be graduating in December and is
currently applying to Law schools, said
she understands why employers may
intentionally recruit minority students.
"I do think it's absolutely a good
thing to have representatives from each
group," Fried said. "I guess I just take it
as a given as a non-minority. I won't
have the same opportunities as a minor-
ity student, but it makes sense to me."
University students who would like to
register for the 1997 Minority
Undergraduate Career Forum, which will
take place on Nov.21 in Chicago, should
fax their resumes to Crimson & Brown at
(617) 577-7799 by 5 p.m. today.

By Reilly Brennan
Daily Staff Reporter
The University's Reserve Officer
Training Corps isn't for everyone.
But for those who can withstand four
years of undergraduate school while
fulfilling vigorous ROTC requirements
and who are then willing to serve four
mandatory years after graduation, it
does have its rewards.
"I know I'll have a lot more opportu-
nities for jobs than other students when
I get out," said Engineering senior Air
Force ROTC cadet Darlene Gines.
The main difference between an
ROTC cadet and an average college stu-
dent is the leadership aspect, said Capt..
Wayne Doyle, an Army ROTC officer.
"Our students come out better than
most at U of M at the end of four years.
If you spend time in the army you get
leadership training that you can't get
anywhere else," Doyle said. "It's a skill
that translates well into virtually every
aspect of the private sector."
Each of the University's ROTC pro-

grams - Army, Navy, Air Force and
Marine Corps - have their own require-
ments -and specifics, but all require stu-
dents to participate in one ROTC class
and one-ROTC lab per term.
Classes fit into academic courses as
electives, and labs consist of activities
such as military skills training and rifle
Financial benefits are what originally
draws most students to ROTC, Giles said.
"I first signed up to ROTC because
of the scholarship money, but then I
ended up really liking it," she said.
When an incoming first-year student
receives a scholarship, he or she has a
one-year trial period. If after one year
the cadet decides to drop ROTC, no
monetary compensation is expected to
ROTC, said Naval Com. Steve Roper.
However, cadets are required to sign
a contract prior to their junior year,
which commits them to completing
ROTC activities and serving four years
of active service after graduation.
"But the nice thing is, you're guaran-

teed ajob after graduation," said Air Force
Capt. Patrick Lozon. "Also, some of the
things you learn here you can't even get ...
at the U of M business school."
ROTC cadets acquire leadership and
discipline through their everyday duties
and training.
"Throughout their time here, they are
constantly learning leadership training.
Upon graduation, our 23-year-old offi-
cers are put in positions where they are
sometimes responsible for looking after
100 people or more," Lozon said. "How
many large companies do that? How
many young people right out of college
get to do that?"
After graduation, average citizens seek-
ing to enter a military branch must join at
the private rank and must go through the
rigors of basic training. ROTC students
enter as officers and bypass requirements
such as basic training.
Education for the cadets does not end
after a bachelor's degree is obtained. In
most cases, all military branches fund
an officer's graduate and doctoral

ROTC students engage In official activities
scholarships while in college, and serve foi

degree as well, Lozon said.
"We're on the cutting edge of tech-
nology," Lozon said. "If you want to fly
airplanes, if you want to be an engineer,
or if you just want a military back-
ground, we are good for you."

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Lee Palmer
For the Daily
While a pair of University graduates
have traveled as far away as the moon,
thousands of others prefer to circle the
Earth every year seeking international
In fact, the University consistently
sends more recent graduates abroad
than any other university in the nation.
These individuals work, travel and vol-
unteer, said Bill Nolting, director of the
University's Overseas Opportunities
Office, a branch of the - Michigan
Union's International Center.
"U of M graduates have interned in
foreign embassies, volunteered in remote
villages and obtained work permits to
work in pubs abroad," Nolting said. They
also backpack in far-away lands, content
to put off the job-search or thoughts of
graduate school until their return.
Those who lived or studied in foreign
countries said it broadens their education.
"Regardless of the experience, after a
trip abroad you see everything so dif-
ferently, with a totally new perspective,"
said LSA senior Eric Raymond, who
recently studied in Quito, Ecuador.
Located adjacent to the Michigan
Union, the International Center may
explain why so many University gradu-
ates choose to go abroad. Hosting an
extensive travel book library, on-line ser-
vices, and a collection of hundreds of

personal student accounts of experiences
overseas, the center receives almost
12,000 student inquiries a year. It also
offers about 30 international travel and
work-placement seminars annually.
"Before I knew about the overseas
office I was scared to go abroad," said
senior Melinda Anderson of the School
of Architecture.
"But, the people in the office, made
me feel more at ease, especially
because it gave me the opportunity to
talk to students who had already been
abroad," said Anderson, who traveled in
Italy last Spring.
Anderson is now one of almost 30
student volunteers with extensive inter-
national work and travel experience
who serve as peer advisors at the center.
"Once a student decides where they
want to go, how long they have to trav-
el, and whether they need to be paid, the
best idea is to come to our office and
talk to our volunteers," Nolting said.
"They can often answer many of the
important questions."
Though the task of finding the ideal
work arrangements or planning the perfect
trip may seem daunting, Nolting encour-
ages students to explore all options, using
both print and electronic resources.
Because of University students' strong
reputations, Nolting suggests that they
look to some of the larger international
service programs. Two popular options

among University graduates include
teaching English abroad with the
Japanese Exchange and Teaching pro-
gram or volunteering anywhere in the
world through the Peace Corps.
The center stresses that if a student
can not find what he or she wants in one
of the larger organizations, it is always
possible to design one's own trip, intern-
ship or study situation. While this option
takes more planning and often more
money, several national travel and study
scholarships are available to University
graduates to aid in this process.
One well-known scholarship is the
federally funded Fulbright Fellowship.
The Fulbright eases the strain of expen-
sive travel by awarding graduating
seniors money for graduate study at for-
eign universities.
To learn more about the Fulbright and
other travel and study abroad grants,
graduating seniors and graduate students
should go to the University's International
Institute located in Lorch Hall.

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