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International competition prepares students for real world

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Hannah Vollmar, second to left, at the NIBS competition

Dean's Fund student success series: International competition prepares students for real world

Could you imagine doing a school project or paper without the internet and with only textbooks? In today’s world of electronics and interconnectivity, it seems almost unbelievable.

But Hannah Vollmar (Marketing '14) and her team had to do exactly that for the Network of International Business Schools competition in the spring semester of 2014. With the help of the Dean’s Fund for Excellence, Vollmar’s experience stretched beyond her imagination when the competition took her and the team to London. The Dean’s Fund is made possible by donors to UNIBusiness.

“We got to build our knowledge and compete against the best of the best and also network and meet people from all around the world and learn about different companies and different schools,” Vollmar said. “That was a really cool experience.”

The case competition was tough, Vollmar remembered. To get into the final in London, Vollmar and her team had eight hours to write and submit a paper creating a marketing strategy for a company looking to expand overseas in the United Kingdom. They had no internet and could only bring one textbook per person.

“It was pretty intense,” Vollmar said with a laugh.

Pretty soon, Vollmar and her team found out they had made it to the final. There were 16 teams from all over the world in that competition, including from China, Canada, and Germany.

The competition was even more intense. Instead of a paper, the group had to present in front of a room full of people. The group had to put the PowerPoint presentation together in four hours. Still no internet. Still only one textbook per person.

The team’s strategy was to bring textbooks that covered a wide variety of materials. One person brought a textbook that focused on economics and finance, another focused on management, Vollmar brought a global marketing textbook, and the last one covered a variety of topics in general business.

They didn’t win, but the experience and relationships Vollmar gained and built were invaluable.

“I think it helped with my public speaking, it helped with my confidence to speak intelligently about something that you aren’t as intimately familiar with,” she said. “It was just a huge experience to draw from for examples in interviews.”

The Dean’s Fund had a large hand in Vollmar’s ability to get a job after college. She works as a channel marketing manager at John Wiley and Sons, focusing on advanced textbooks in physics, chemistry, veterinary medicine and other high-level science fields.

In her first position with the company, Vollmar traveled across the globe. But thanks to her international competition experience, along with a few other study abroad opportunities at the University of Northern Iowa, she was well prepared.

“Traveling was a key part of my first job, and I had already traveled extensively, thanks to Dean’s Fund, so I wasn’t scared of business travel. It was just something I had done,” Vollmar said. “[The Dean’s Fund] gives you foundation and puts you one step ahead of your competition while you grow from there.”

UNIBusiness thanks the countless donors who make real-world experiences like the Network of International Business Schools competition possible through their contributions to the Dean's Fund for Excellence.

Posted on 15-Mar-18


  






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International competition prepares students for real world

International-competition-inline.jpg

Hannah Vollmar, second to left, at the NIBS competition

Dean's Fund student success series: International competition prepares students for real world

Could you imagine doing a school project or paper without the internet and with only textbooks? In today’s world of electronics and interconnectivity, it seems almost unbelievable.

But Hannah Vollmar (Marketing '14) and her team had to do exactly that for the Network of International Business Schools competition in the spring semester of 2014. With the help of the Dean’s Fund for Excellence, Vollmar’s experience stretched beyond her imagination when the competition took her and the team to London. The Dean’s Fund is made possible by donors to UNIBusiness.

“We got to build our knowledge and compete against the best of the best and also network and meet people from all around the world and learn about different companies and different schools,” Vollmar said. “That was a really cool experience.”

The case competition was tough, Vollmar remembered. To get into the final in London, Vollmar and her team had eight hours to write and submit a paper creating a marketing strategy for a company looking to expand overseas in the United Kingdom. They had no internet and could only bring one textbook per person.

“It was pretty intense,” Vollmar said with a laugh.

Pretty soon, Vollmar and her team found out they had made it to the final. There were 16 teams from all over the world in that competition, including from China, Canada, and Germany.

The competition was even more intense. Instead of a paper, the group had to present in front of a room full of people. The group had to put the PowerPoint presentation together in four hours. Still no internet. Still only one textbook per person.

The team’s strategy was to bring textbooks that covered a wide variety of materials. One person brought a textbook that focused on economics and finance, another focused on management, Vollmar brought a global marketing textbook, and the last one covered a variety of topics in general business.

They didn’t win, but the experience and relationships Vollmar gained and built were invaluable.

“I think it helped with my public speaking, it helped with my confidence to speak intelligently about something that you aren’t as intimately familiar with,” she said. “It was just a huge experience to draw from for examples in interviews.”

The Dean’s Fund had a large hand in Vollmar’s ability to get a job after college. She works as a channel marketing manager at John Wiley and Sons, focusing on advanced textbooks in physics, chemistry, veterinary medicine and other high-level science fields.

In her first position with the company, Vollmar traveled across the globe. But thanks to her international competition experience, along with a few other study abroad opportunities at the University of Northern Iowa, she was well prepared.

“Traveling was a key part of my first job, and I had already traveled extensively, thanks to Dean’s Fund, so I wasn’t scared of business travel. It was just something I had done,” Vollmar said. “[The Dean’s Fund] gives you foundation and puts you one step ahead of your competition while you grow from there.”

UNIBusiness thanks the countless donors who make real-world experiences like the Network of International Business Schools competition possible through their contributions to the Dean's Fund for Excellence.

Posted on 15-Mar-18







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