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How to Land a Job in a Tight Economy.

What goes up must come down and the job market is no different. After several robust years of job unemployment rates and jobs abound, the market is experiencing a deceleration. Hiring freezes became evident at the start of the year as the economy slowed and the dot-com fallout left many highly talented professionals in its wake. No doubt, as the U.S. economy continues putting on the brakes, those companies that are hiring will be very selective, With the playing field now getting crowded, how can you stand out from the rest and land the job you want?

First, you must change your mindset about the job search. Traditionally, most managers or executives seek positions of more responsibility and loftier titles. "However, if you are looking for a position in today's market, you must be willing to come in at a manager or director level," says Dawn Rivera, director of human resources at Media Solution Services in New York. "Don't be title hungry because responsibilities vary: A vice president at one place could be the equivalent of a director at another." Try to get a copy of the job description from human resources or the executive recruiter and compare, advises Rivera. "If the job does not fulfill all your expectations, then look at It as a foot in the door and bargain for the benefits or salary that will make the job worth it."

You should also not rule out the possibility of relocating. Often, a move out of state or even the country can offer better career opportunities. For example, low to no corporate taxes has made Las Vegas attractive to many companies seeking to relocate, but it's not so popular with job seekers, particularly those already established in the Northeast or South.

Networking should be an ongoing throughout your career track whether you're seeking a job or not. That means attending conferences, doing volunteer work, and not being to big to mingle with subordinates or those outside your department who may have leads or a heads up on internal or outside job opportunities, adds Rivera. You should also stay in touch with recruiting managers at companies you've interviewed with as well as executive recruiters. If your name is fresh in his or her head, then you stand a good chance of being tapped when an opportunity arises.

Upgrading Your Skills

Sometimes a career move may involve looking on the inside rather than only on the outside. "Reflect on what you majored in at college." says Rivera. "Perhaps you were an accounting major, but you've spent most of your career in marketing. It might be time for a career change." If you need to advance your education, now is the time to do it! It can be as little as upgrading your technical skills to earning an executive MBA. "Most midlevel professionals have secretaries and are not familiar with programs that can increase their value such as Word, PowerPoint or Adobe Illustrator. When asked in an interview why you don't have the requisite technical skills, offer to learn them after hours, adds Rivera. It shows the recruiter your flexibility and that you're serious about getting the job.

Depending on your career pursuits, an executive MBA program -- a part-time but intensive version of the traditional M.B.A - might be the ticket. An executive MBA allows busy professionals who must juggle work and family with their studies the opportunity to earn a degree on the weekends or after work. The main difference between a traditional and an executive MBA is that the latter prepares professionals for senior-level positions. Students in executive programs--who are generally older (often in their late 30s and 40s)--get a broad view of management issues and situations where they can apply and share their own experiences. Most executive MBA programs require five to 10 years of practical business experience.

Beyond the spread of executive MBA programs, the greatest boom has been in the area of executive education. Many corporations are willing to invest $1,500-$25.000 to upgrade their managers' business and leadership skills. These increasingly popular training courses, which can range from a few weeks to several months, are designed to offer managers a quick way to gain the skills necessary to compete in today's eve changing workplace. Certificate-rather than degree-based, they are, once again, developed to fit the schedule of a busy professional.

All in all the road to a new Job is paved with steadfast rules: continually upgrade your skills, craft a blockbuster resume, network with determination, dress professionally, and ace the interview: However, it's the fortitude, foresight, and finesse you apply in paving that road that make the differenee.

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Your chance for maximum impact is at PricewaterhouseCoopers, the world's leading professional services firm. As you deliver the best solutions to an unrivaled client list, we'll help you take your career as far as you want to. We believe that different life experiences, cultures, and backgrounds are the key to focusing the strength of our firm. We will help you tailor your personal career path, provide coaching and mentoring and offer life-long learning opportunities.

Assurance and Business Advisory Services

Our global Assurance and Business Advisory Services (ABAS) practice offers a broad range of innovative solutions to our top tier clients. We provide Assurance on the financial performance and operations of our clients' businesses. Our Global Risk Management Solutions team helps clients manage the totality of risks-financial, operational and systems, and strategic-thereby improving financial and business performance. We provide Transaction Services as a core part of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, spin-offs, and strategic alliances.

Financial Advisory Services

The FAS team works with clients who are setting the pace in their industries. They are the companies whose successes are reported everyday in major business journals and broadcast media. FAS business units include: Business Recovery Services, Dispute Analysis & Investigations, Corporate Value Consulting. Corporate Finance, and Investment Banking.

Tax and Legal Services

In TLS, you'll be part of a team of highly knowledgeable consultants, helping to solve the complex tax problems of top-tier multinational corporations, organizations and prominent individuals around the world. Our key service areas include: International Tax Services, State Tax Consulting, Tax Products Delivery Group, Personal Financial Services, Transfer Pricing, and International Assignment Solutions.

Interested college students should complete our Online Career Profile at www.pwcglobal.com/ocp. Experienced professionals can view current openings al www.pwcglobal.com/uscareers. PricewaterhouseCoopers is proud to be an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employers.

America's Job Bank

America's Job Bank (AJB), America's Career InfoNet (ACINet), and America's Learning Exchange (ALX) comprise the nation's largest online career center. These career resources are developed and maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor in partnership with state workforce agencies, local service providers, education and training institutions, and private sector organizations. America's Job Bank offers custom searches and real-world career resources you won't find anywhere else. At last count, America's Job Bank boasted 1.4 million available jobs and 2.4 million job seekers. Using America's Career InfoNet, people can access employer profiles, relocating tips, and research wage and cost-of-living information in regions across the country. America's Learning exchange guides individuals to career and education resources; helps small businesses design and provide training and career opportunities to build the skills of employees; and provides educators and human resource professionals with a centralized database to help them deliver the training their resources need. To access this suite of career resources go to www.ajb.org.

Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation

These are exciting times at Internal Revenue Service--Criminal Investigation. For several years, IRS was under a hiring freeze and was unable to replenish our work force as employees retired. For years, we have maintained a presence at various college and other career fairs with precious little information regarding when we would be able to actually hire new employees. Well ... all that has changed. The IRS is now in a hiring posture again! The Criminal Investigation Division alone will be hiring over 800 new employees over the next three years. "We're really excited about that," says Michele Hamilton, Director of EEO and Diversity, Criminal Investigation. "The Special Agent position is an excellent career choice, and we are really happy we've gotten the green light to fill so many positions nationwide." Although we're excited about it, we know that the job market is tight, and that we'll be competing for the best and brightest with several other public and private sector companies.

The Special Agent position is very unique in that it combines the skills of an accountant with the investigative skills of a law enforcement position. We're looking for people with an accounting background who want to do more than just sit behind a desk all day. Accountants who will take an active role in enforcing the federal tax codes by conducting surveillance, undercover work, and other law enforcement techniques. "Diversity brings new experiences, new ideas, and new ways of doing things that can only improve the way we do business," says Hamilton.

For more information about this exciting and challenging career, visit our website at www.treas.gov/irs/ci/. Request an application online at our Internet site, or call us at (214) 436-1403 or (214) 436-1436. Applicants with master degrees may qualify for direct hiring without taking the Treasury Enforcement Agents exam. Look for us at a career fair near you.

Johnson & Johnson

Diversity improves work environment and business results for Johnson & Johnson.

When it comes to corporate reputation, few companies have the trust equity that Johnson & Johnson enjoys. As an American-born company whose history reaches back 115 years, you might wonder where diversity fits into its success formula. The fact is, as with many of the company's shared values, diversity is woven throughout the fabric of Johnson & Johnson's culture-not just because it's fair and ethical, but because it adds value for customers as well as employees.

Respecting employees as individuals by honoring their differences and similarities is a value deeply embedded in Johnson & Johnson's Credo, a document of shared values that has been a major part of its unique corporate culture for more than fifty years.

Johnson & Johnson's decentralized organization is diverse in its own right. With more than 195 autonomous operating units in 51 countries, the company strives to maintain the local culture in each workplace. "The result," says Woody, "is an environment that feels more like that of a small company, yet with the big-company impact and resources that people expect from a company like Johnson & Johnson."

Johnson & Johnson works hard to reflect a broad cultural mix in Its hiring. In addition to its extensive community programs that support minority education, Johnson & Johnson supports numerous minority-based professional organizations, such as the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), the NAACP, the National Urban League, and Able to Work (for individuals with disabilities). Where possible, the company lists career opportunities on association web sites to promote employment application from its members.

For more Information on careers at Johnson & Johnson. as well as the company's efforts to establish a diverse work environment, visit www.jnj.com/careers.

Mirant

Mirant is a global energy company that develops, constructs, owns and operates power plants and sells wholesale electricity, natural gas and other energy commodities. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with over 10,000 employees worldwide, Mirant owns and controls more than 20,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, with another 9,000 megawatts under advanced development.

Mirant is meeting the challenge of balancing aggressive growth and a commitment to providing a work environment that brings out the best in people with its Mirant Spectrum program. The program targets areas such as attracting and retaining diverse talent; establishing vendor networks that are representative of our communities; and fostering community involvement that really makes a difference.

Through its diversity recruiting effort, the company has established corporate partnerships by working with professional organizations such as the National Urban League and the National Black MBA Association. Additionally, Mirant is forming relationships with minority political and civic organizations, supporting community service initiatives, and strengthening relationships with minority organizations and key schools offering MBA programs.

Mirant also has a supplier diversity program that is aimed at working with small businesses, minority-owned businesses, and women-owned businesses in an effort to help the company support the communities it serves.

See the Opportunity

We are seeking experienced professionals who are driven, inventive and genuine to join a dynamic team-oriented environment that has a winning attitude. We currently offer career opportunities in areas such as Corporate Finance, Information Technology, Trading, Accounting, Venture Capital, Construction Management and Engineering. Please visit our website at www.mirant.com and look your future opportunity right in the eye!

Pitney Bowes Inc.

Years ago, only a handful of companies took a serious look at diversity and made it a priority. Few companies incorporated diversity initiatives into their strategic planning process. Pitney Bowes was one of those that did and is now a leader in corporate diversity. Its work has not gone unnoticed. The company has been nationally recognized for its diversity programs, including being named to FORTUNE's "America's Best Companies for Minorities" list for four consecutive years.

One critical factor to the success of Pitney Bowes in the area of diversity is linking objectives to performance reviews and compensation. Pitney Bowes' functional staff groups and its business units submit annual diversity strategic plans. Each plan is evaluated for its impact on employees and the company, including the communities served and its business partners. The departments are then measured on results such as the hiring and promotion of women and minorities, as well as qualitative deliverables including employee development and retention.

Diversity works at Pitney Bowes because it is inherent in the way the company does business and is a core value. Pitney Bowes has a long-term commitment to address the needs of an increasingly diverse global marketplace, and the personal involvement of management of all levels. The company also recognizes the significance diversity plays in the new economy, and the impact it has on its bottom line. As the leading global provider of integrated mail, messaging and document management solutions, Pitney Bowes recognizes that this practice makes good business sense, now and in the future.

For more information about the company, visit www.pitneybowes.com.

Edward Jones

For Edward Jones, diversity isn't just a good thing to do; it's the right thing to do. Last year, the firm identified growth and inclusion as two of its top three initiatives, ensuring a continued array of opportunities for talented individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Edward Jones' inclusion effort was initiated by Managing Partner John Bachmann and Is being led by Darryl Pope, Principal of the firm's Service division, who commissioned diversity consultant Simmons & Associates for a long-term relationship. CEO Terrence R. Simmons Is a well-known diversity expert who has helped several Fortune 500 companies develop strategic plans. Simmons called Edward Jones' initiative aggressive and forward-thinking, and he says the pace at which the firm Is progressing on the mandate is impressive.

In the initial stages of the inclusion effort, Bachmann, the firm's 17-member management committee and Simmons & Associates met for two days to develop a strategic plan for inclusion, marking the first time the group focused its entire quarterly offsite meeting on a single topic. From this meeting, the management committee created the firm's inclusion vision, business case, objectives, and philosophy, which, stated simply, is:

At Edward Jones, we recognize and value the uniqueness of each Individual and believe that an organization that excels at including capable people of different backgrounds and perspective will be stronger and more competitive.

Edward Jones' inclusion training began in November 2000. Since then, all top-level managers and more than 90 percent of the leaders at headquarters have completed this training. The firm's inclusion training provides awareness and understanding of inclusion-related issues, as well as the skills and tools to leverage inclusion in the workplace. Training for all headquarter associates and field representatives Is under way.

Edward Jones, which for the past three years has been listed in Fortune magazine as one of America's top 11 companies to work for, Is among the fastest growing financial-services firms in the nation. Because of the organization's desire to expand its services to a growing population of consumers, Edward Jones must continue to create and sustain a workplace that attracts, welcomes, supports, and develops a diverse team of outstanding and talented individuals.

For more Information about career opportunities at Edward Jones, visit our Website at www.jonesopportunity.com, or contact us at 1-800-852-5812.

Verizon

Verizon recognizes the power of the diverse minds, experiences, cultures and perspectives that our employees possess and believes that diversity is one of the company's key competitive advantages. When diversity is leveraged, Verizon employees are empowered to contribute to their fullest potential, and as a result both the business and the employees benefit. In short, a diverse employee body, supplier chain and community commitment have a direct impact on the corporation's bottom line.

Verizon is committed to hiring and promoting the most talented individuals. We actively recruit qualified women and minorities for all open positions. We work with diversity recruitment channels and form strategic partnerships with local and historically Black colleges and universities, professional and community-based organizations. Casting a wide net in recruitment efforts enables us to hire the best people-employees with diverse styles, backgrounds and skill sets.

Verizon's large and diverse customer base demands that we also employ individuals who interact effectively with people of different backgrounds. We have needs for employees who can speak more than one language, who understand and can be sensitive to differences in societies and customers; who are able to manage a diverse workforce; and who can work collaboratively in multicultural teams.

Verizon Communications is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 125 million access line equivalents and approximately 28 million wireless customers. Verizon is also the largest directory publisher in the world. A Fortune 10 company with about 260,000 employees and more than $65 billion in annual revenues, Verizon's global presence extends to 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information on Verizon,visit www.verizon.com.

Clark Atlanta University

Dean's Executive Lecture Series

Although it is known for its high-caliber faculty. Clark Atlanta University has one more edge in the MBA educational marke-- "The Dean's Executive Lecture Series." The series allows the nation's top corporate executives and entrepreneurs to address students on global business developments. However, the speakers give students a more personal outlook on success and becoming a member of America's business enterprises.

Leaders in their fields, the lecturers hail from a variety of industries. During the Series, Catherine Hughes', chairwoman and owner of Radio One, Inc., central theme was "Partnership and an Entrepreneurial Mindset," stressing the importance of networking while in school, instead of waiting until one has earned an MBA.

Other speakers, like Managing Director Raymond McGuire, formerly of Merrill Lynch, explored the major issues of merger and acquisition activity since 1890. McGuire, one of the few African-American executives on Wall Street, is just one of the high-profile professionals discussing personal fulfillment in business. "Don't go with the highest bidder," advised McGuire. "Go with a company whose goals and purpose you can embrace."

The School strives to provide an academic perspective on joining the nation's business force, and to rewrite it by utilizing the students' varied backgrounds, personal beliefs, and strong work ethics. Lecturers recognize this agenda and acknowledge it by incorporating recent business developments with life-learned lessons. As the Inaugural lecturer, Ann Fudge, former President of Maxwell House Coffee Company, Kraft General Foods, advised students to stay on top of business trends and developments, and urged them to market "a brand named you" by using the same strategies used to market a product.

With a more parental approach, American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault Informed students on the fundamentals of business, like making a grand impression. "When a company is undergoing change and may be in trouble," warned Chenault, "that

provides the best opportunity for those willing to pitch in and work."

Clark Atlanta takes pride in the Series' two-fold agenda, giving students an inside connection with business leaders and allowing 'Fortune 500 companies to remain connected with their community and business professionals in the making.

The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management

The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1966, is an alliance of fourteen schools of business in partnership with corporate America that provides a full tuition fellowship and required fees for underrepresented minorities to study for the MBA.

The mission of the Consortium is to encourage and enable the largest possible number of African American, Hispanic American and Native American citizens who are college graduates to pursue successful business careers. This mission is executed by attracting and recruiting candidates for graduate business education, funding them through Consortium Fellowships and offering ongoing professional development opportunities.

Applicants may use the Consortium's application to apply to up to six of the following fourteen member schools:

* UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA -- BERKELEY (HAAS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)(*)

* CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY (GRADUATE SCHOOL OF INDUSTRIAL ADMINISTRATION)

* DARTMOUTH COLLEGE (TUCK SCHOOL OF BUSINESS) * EMORY UNIVERSITY (GOIZUETA BUSINESS SCHOOL)

* INDIANA UNIVERSITY (KELLEY SCHOOL Or BUSINESS) * UNIVERSITY of MICHIGAN (BUSINESS SCHOOL)

* NEW YORK UNIVERSITY (STERN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS) * UNIVERSITY or NORTH CAROLINA - CHAPEL HILL (KENAN-FLAGLER BUSINESS SCHOOL)(*) * UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER (SIMON SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

* UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (MARSHALL SCHOOL OF BUSINESS) UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS - AUSTIN (McCOMBS SCHOOL or BUSINESS)(*) * UNIVERSITY or VIRGINIA (DARDEN GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

* WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS (JOHN M. OLIN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

* UNIVERSITY of WISCONSIN - MADISON (GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

In 2001 we will enroll more than 250 Consortium students with corporate sponsorship from 130 companies and more than 4,000 Consortium graduates in leadership positions in the workplace. To find out more about the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, visit our website at www.cgsm.org.

(*)Applicants must apply directly to the school. For more information, contact the Consortium office.

The FSU MBA

The Florida State University College of Business's accelerated MBA program prepares students to excel in business. In just one calendar year, full-time students can earn an MBA. Our program offers a broad foundation in effective business strategies and solutions with a choice of three specializations: Finance, Marketing and Supply Chain Management, and Global Entrepreneurship. Full-time students may jointly pursue a law degree in partnership with the College of Law. During the yearlong program, students progress as a part of a close-knit group, developing lifelong personal and professional ties. Students learn firsthand from guest lecturers representing major corporations and consulting organizations. Course work focuses on building students' analytical and communication skills and challenging them to apply these skills. Through our Career Management Center, Computer Research and Technology Center, Bruning Distinguished Speaker Series, and other opportunities, MBA students at FSU make career connections in worldwide business and industry. Located in Tallahassee, Florida's capital city, the Florida State University provides a unique environment for networking with leaders in government, business, and politics. FSU, with nearly 34,000 students, is among the nation's top 100 research institutions.

Small Classes Emphasize Individual Attention

Small and selective, FSU's finely tuned MBA program offers each student individual attention not available in most larger programs. With an emphasis on team building, a sequence of core courses and concentration electives provides a strong background while bringing into sharp focus each specialization. A Corporate Survival Skills course offers students in this program a practical guide to navigating the changing field of business operations.

Admissions

Basic requirements for admission to the program are five undergraduate prerequisite courses: accounting, statistics, calculus, finance and economics, an excellent academic record and GMAT score, and at least two years of full-time work experience in a professional or supervisory capacity. For more information, visit www.cob.fsu.edu/grad/mba.

Haas School of Business and the University of California Berkeley

Established in 1898, the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading producers of new ideas and knowledge for all areas of business, and provides forward-looking management education to outstanding men and women from around the world. The Haas School emphasizes three strategic themes that are central to managing successfully in the evolving, technologically driven global economy. They are: management of technology; entrepreneurship and innovation: and international business management.

The Haas School is widely known for its superb, diverse faculty, students, and alumni, who have created a distinctive academic culture that stresses working cooperatively in teams, developing entrepreneurial instincts. and aggressively pursuing new ideas. The school is profoundly shaped by interdisciplinary research and teaching efforts with faculty from throughout the Berkeley campus, and by its strong connections with business in nearby Silicon Valley, the world capital of venture creation and technological innovation. The Haas MBA Program leverages its location through a series of creative programs that connect the local business community to courses and extra-curricular activities.

As one of the smallest of the nation's leading MBA Programs, and the third most selective, Haas attracts achievement-oriented, high-energy students who take an active approach to their own studies and extra-curricular activities. The curriculum is simultaneously comprehensive and flexible-offering Haas students an unusual degree of freedom to customize their own learning experience to prepare for a future career. Finally, the Haas School opens doors to any career choice, whether it be working for one of the world's most selective, established firms or launching a fast-growth business of one's own.

The University of California Berkeley has long been one of the world's top universities in rank and reputation. With 17 Nobel laureates, Berkeley is internationally renowned for the pioneering scholarship of its faculty members, who work in one of the 14 schools and colleges of the university. With over 30,000 students from 102 countries, Berkeley has about 350,000 alumni world wide-a huge and influential network.

Executive MPA, Baruch College, School of Public Affairs

A career is like any destination: how quickly you arrive depends on how much fuel you give it. Whether you're looking to move your career forward, give it a jump-start, or make a change, Baruch's Executive Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a sudden burst of acceleration that gets you to your goals, fast.

Constant changes and challenges in the workplace often mean unpredictable hours, making the commitment to traditional full-time or part-time MPA programs impossible. But today's busy professionals must be lifelong learners, acquiring skills and broadening their horizons throughout their careers.

For these reasons we have created the Executive MPA program, which meets the needs of mid-career professionals who are working full time. The program is designed for a select group of managers who work either in or with the public sector. Classes meet on Saturdays, and all incoming students receive a schedule for the entire two-year program (35 Saturdays per year) in advance. We believe that the program's rigorous curriculum and its hands-on approach to problem solving will be of great use to managers in the nonprofit sector, government, education, and the parts of the private sector that work closely with governments and nonprofit groups.

The Executive MPA is built around small class size--about 25. Often working in teams, students learn from one another, build strong relationships, and progress more quickly.

With the Executive MPA, students can take what they learn in class and immediately apply it in the workplace, or take what they learn on the job and immediately test it out in class. It's a practical education connected to the issues managers face today.

For more information about our Executive MPA or other programs at Baruch's School of Public Affairs, call (212) 802-5912 or visit www.baruch.cuny.edu/spa.

Virginia State University

All for you ... Virginia State University is the place to get the "Education of Your Life."

Located on a bluff overlooking the Appomattox River from Ettrick, VA, in Chesterfield County, just 25 miles south of Richmond, Virginia State University offers the ideal "living and learning" community.

Its scenic campus includes over 50 buildings of modern and historic architecture, including 16 classroom buildings all of which are "wired," a 280,200-volume library and 15 residence halls.

An 1890 Land Grant institution, it also houses a new Cooperative Extension facility for hosting educational and legal forums for citizens throughout the state and a 416-acre farm for conducting agricultural research.

Founded in 1882 by a prominent African American attorney and state legislator Alfred W. Harris, VSU is home to more than 4,400 students within five schools: The School of Business, The School of Agriculture, The School of Engineering, Science and Technology, The School of Liberal Arts and Education and The School of Graduate Studies, Research and Outreach.

The University offers 45 majors at the bachelor's and master's levels and a Certificate of Advanced Study.

As a liberal arts institution with an increasing focus on today's technology, the University advances a student's critical thinking skills and communicative proficiency as well as technological aptitude.

Virginia State recently added five new academic programs to its curriculum offerings. As of Fall 2001, Bachelor of Science degrees will be offered in Manufacturing Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Criminal Justice, and a Bachelor of Arts degree will be offered in Mass Communications.

These new programs will have a major impact on the opportunities afforded to our student population and will be especially important to the longevity of the careers of these students as they enter a competitive work force.

Come expand your horizons at Virginia State University.

For more information, contact the VSU Admissions Office at 1-800-871-7611 or visit our web site at www.vsu.edu.

Goizueta Business School of Emory University

The Goizueta Business School of Emory University is located in Atlanta, Georgia, a hotbed for entrepreneurial activity and ranked among the best cities in the world for conducting international business. The MBA program offers students the opportunity to pursue an MBA in a flexible, Innovative environment. Students are encouraged to work closely with professors, to individualize a course of study, and to customize career goals.

The core curriculum includes the "flex-core," allowing students to take electives earlier in the program. In addition, our new seminar, Goizueta Plus, is designed to enhance entrepreneurial leadership skills, which help students become more technologically savvy, flexible and team-oriented. Faculty members use leaching methods best suited to the course material, including cases, lectures, class discussions, student presentations, team and field projects, and computer simulations with a balanced emphasis on quantitative and qualitative approaches. Students have the opportunity to develop an area of concentration in finance, marketing, management, accounting, e-commerce or global management.

Each of the four semesters of your Goizueta experience will be jump-started by the innovative Lead Week activities; a week-long business simulation in the fall and in the spring, a "mini-elective." With locations and specific modules that vary from year to year, focus modules may involve trips such as to Wall Street, India, and South Africa. In addition, students have the opportunity to study abroad in exchange currently offered with twenty-seven universities in such countries as Austria, Costa Rica, England, Finland, France, Germany. Italy, Mexico. Venezuela, Korea and China.

Admission to the MBA program is highly selective. Each candidate is evaluated on the basis of his or her ability to perform in an academically rigorous environment as well as contribute to classroom discussions based on work and/or life experiences. Leadership, diversity and international perspectives are valued in the admission process. Goizueta recently has been inducted as a member of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management. For more information about Goizueta and our MBA programs, please call (404) 727-6311 or visit our website at www.goizueia.emory.edu.

UC Irvine's MBA Program

UC Irvine's MBA program is known internationally for a distinctive approach to management education that prepares students to face the challenges and embrace the opportunities of the networked economy. The school's Information Technology for Management (ITM) focus is integrated throughout the MBA curriculum, giving students a thorough understanding of how to use information and technology strategically to lead change in the way business is conducted. The strength of this ITM focus has been recognized with top-10 rankings in such leading business publications as Financial Times, Computerworld and U.S. News & World Report.

An MBA education at UCI combines core courses examining the fundamental theories and challenges of management with electives and ITM labs. We actively encourage students to pursue their ideas for new companies or innovative business practices. Through the Irvine Innovation Initiative (I3), the Graduate School of Management has established a 24/7 facility of new venture development that is housed, initially, in a small trailer on campus. Each year, we also hold a New Venture Business Plan Competition that enables students to pursue their ideas with help from business leaders and investors who serve as advisors.

The UCI Graduate School of Management is one of the most technologically sophisticated business schools in the country. Each year, we quip hundreds of students with the necessary tools-notebook computers, networking and software-for their course work. We have created a web-based intranet site called Catalyst that enables faculty and students to continue their dialogue outside of class. Catalyst is so progressive that it has been named one of the top 50 intranet sites in the nation by CIO magazine.

We are located in Southern California's Tech Coast, which has one of the largest concentrations of technology firms and talent in the world. For more information, please call our MBA Admissions Office at (949) UCI-4MBA or visit our website at http://www.gsm.uci.edu.
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