Arjun Dhalla, The Real World Experience
Santa Clara University truly prepares each and every student for the challenges that are typically faced in a business setting. Each student is required to take BUSN 179, Effective Communication in Business, which is a business school communication and writing class. A requirement for this class across all sections is a community consulting project. You and your group are tasked with finding a local company, act as a capable consulting group that can solve a problem, and conduct the necessary steps to complete a project report and final presentation.
This quarter, my group and I partnered with Provident Credit Union and worked closely to solve their issue of lacking engagement with the youth. We conducted market surveys and proposed a financial literacy course as well as marketing strategies for Provident to use. A requirement when picking your company is that a representative of the company must be present during the final presentation on the last day of class. We were lucky enough to have the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance in attendance. They were extremely impressed with our presentation and proposal, and said they would be in contact further.
Completing this project and each step along the way simulated the real experiences and expectations that a job would require. Santa Clara University truly prepares each and every student for the everyday intricacies of a full time job. Having to connect with an outside organization, establish communication, hit deadlines and present high quality work is extremely great practice for years to come.