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About Emily Vedaa

Emily is in year two of the part-time Master of International Management experience. She brings a great amount of world travel and professional experience to the program. After two years of living in Taiwan, Emily returned to her native Portland to start the MIM in 2010. Emily currently works in global logistics for a Portland-based footwear company and is passionate about the burgeoning outdoor industry in the Pacific Northwest. Emily has pursued the supply and logistics specialization of the MIM, and is currently studying Mandarin Chinese.

Living out of a Suitcase for 3 weeks?! The Asia Trip Packing Guide

One of the most exciting aspects of the MIM experience is the Asia Trip that we take between Winter and Spring terms. We spend three weeks traveling through Japan, Korea and China. It is a thrilling experience (so I hear) that draws people to the MIM year after year. Continue reading

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Networking in the MIM—Connect 2 Community Alumni Mixer

During my MIM orientation back in 2010, I remember Dr. Cliff Allen mentioning several times that one of the most important aspects of a graduate business degree is the network that a student develops during their time in the program. He went as far as to say that if you felt that a networking opportunity seemed important, that it might even be justifiable to skip class! I have never worked up the guts to miss any of Dr. Allen’s classes, but I was lucky enough to have been free last week for the PSU School of Business Administration’s Connect 2 Community alumni event. This mixer is held quarterly at a local establishment and is open to all SBA alums from all graduate disciplines.Current and prospective students are also permitted to attend the event. Continue reading

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PSU Career Exploration: Jobs in Supply Chain

As we discussed in a previous post, the PSU Graduate Business School Career Services group is ramping up its efforts to expose students to career perspectives and information about the various career paths available to them upon graduation. An exciting addition to the regular workshops and resume building sessions are the career panels that Career Services have assembled. Last week, a number of graduate students from all SBA programs had the opportunity to meet and ask questions to several local supply chain professionals. The panel consisted of a supply chain innovation director at Nike, a technology and supply chain consultant with Clean Future,  an inventory control and procurement manager from Johnstone Supply, and a strategic customer manager from DHL Global Forwarding. It was encouraging to know that three or the four were PSU alums who have enjoyed exciting careers since leaving their respective programs. Each panelist came with their own perspectives and backgrounds, but all had amazing insights into what it takes to be a success in the industry.  Continue reading

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Welcome to the Year of the Dragon!

As today is the beginning of the Lunar New Year, all of us at the MIM want to wish all of our cyber-followers a happy and prosperous Year of the Dragon!

As a course in global leadership, Portland State MIM students have the opportunity to study not only Japanese or Chinese language, but we also have the opportunity to be immersed in East Asian culture in many ways.  To celebrate, both the Chinese and Japanese language learners will be singing traditional songs for our friends and families! Details below…
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Embarking on a New Career Path: The Career Changer Seminar

One of the many benefits of enrolling in Portland State University’s graduate business school is the ever-evolving career development efforts of Portland State University’s Career Center and the career development group, provides tools for students embarking on new careers. The month of January is full of opportunities designed specifically for job seekers in the Graduate Business School.

A recent seminar in the growing series focused on strategies for changing one’s career path, perhaps to a new industry, or a new job function within one’s current industry: the Career Changer Seminar. The seminar was a unique opportunity for part-time, mid-career graduate students from all SBA programs to share common experiences and learn about how to advance their careers in the direction they desired. Continue reading

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Presenting: MIM Class of 2011!

Photo Courtesy of Rana Basal

It’s hard to believe that 15 months have come and gone for the 2010-2011 Master of International Management full-time cohort, and a short 27 months for the 2009-2011 part-timers! Continue reading

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An Economic View of Asia-Pacific: MIM 513, Pacific Rim Economies, Trade and Financial Markets

Fall Term is a busy one for the Master of International Management. The incoming cohort is settling into their hectic schedules, while the part-time students get to add language classes to their already busy lives. Amidst the madness of settling in and increasing workloads, we all get to convene in Dr. Cliff Allen’s MIM 513: Pacific Rim Economies, Trade & Financial Markets. As part of the core curriculum, Pacific Rim Economies is a stepping stone for the rest of the program. Continue reading

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