Tess Surprenant

Director, Bloch Career Center

Tess Surprenant

Education:

B.S. Technical Communications, M.S. Management of Technology, University of Minnesota.

Professional background:

Marketing and business development in variety of industries including high-tech, medical products, consumer products, and higher education. 10+ years’ experience in career development strategy and training, and leadership and professional development training.

About Tess:

I am a Minnesota native and moved to Kansas City in 2012. There is so much that I love about Kansas City: BBQ, craft beer, mild winters (relative to Minneapolis), and walking distance to campus, the Plaza, Brookside, and the Peanut. This is an exciting time for Kansas City, full of energy, change, growth, and creativity, and it is fun to be a part of that.

First job:

My parents started a consulting engineering firm when I was 11 years old and it really was a family business.  My first job was running blue prints (back when they really were BLUE prints) of plans and spec books. The printer hung on the wall but I was too short to reach it so my dad had to build a platform for me to stand on, but nonetheless my arms and shoulders would get sore from continually reaching up to insert and remove the large sheets of paper. I loved that job because I loved the opportunity to work with my parents and be a part of what they did for a living.

Her advice to students?

Connect with the career center early to understand hiring timelines for internships and career positions.  There are so many more opportunities available to you if you start the preparation and process in your first or second year as opposed to waiting until your final year.

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How to Praise Someone Professionally | Compliments for Co-Workers

In a profession marked by challenges and change, both praise and recognition can have a powerful impact in the workplace. Knowing how to praise someone professionally has the potential to keep workers engaged, improve retention, boost performance, build trust, and …

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Career Guidance for First-Generation Students

First-generation college students are learners from households where neither parent (or guardian) has obtained a Bachelor’s degree. In other words, they are the first ones in their immediate family to attend college.

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After slogging away as an analyst and associate, working 93-hour workweeks, making under a measly $247,000 per year, you finally make it to VP. And that’s when the big bucks start rolling in. As a vice prez, you spend a …

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The Essential Guide to Negotiating a Job Offer

Your contract with a new employer defines your position, earning potential, and career trajectory within an organization. It attaches expectations to the role and establishes your position within the corporate hierarchy. From the job title to the compensation package and …

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A Faculty Guide to Ethical and Legal Standards in Student Employment

Published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

PURPOSE OF THIS GUIDE

As a faculty member, you can support the career aspirations of your students and graduates and complement the work of career services offices on your campus. …

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5 Hot Jobs for MBA Graduates

Despite the pandemic, the median starting salary for 2020 MBA grads exceeded $100,000.

 
 

Business school graduates and second-year MBA students should identify industries that are growing and consider applying for jobs …

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