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October 30, 2023


Meet Ustina Molyanova, a sophomore finance major!

Recently she had the opportunity to work in the Venture Capital industry as a Summer Associate at Florida Funders. Ustina’s role primarily involved evaluating market trends, growth margins, and risk profiles to generate comprehensive investment desirability reports of potential investment opportunities centered around B2B SaaS startups.

Now she currently works as a Venture Consultant at The Launchpad, where she advises clients on refining business models by leveraging market analysis tools and technology to boost their key success metrics. Ustina also serves as the Vice President of the Canes Finance Association – a club that prides itself on mentorship and professional development.

During her first year at UM, Toppel has been a crucial part of her early career journey. To fuel her professional development, Ustina is always taking advantage of Toppel's resources by attending resume workshops, practice interview sessions, and company events that they host. Ustina says that the practice interview sessions significantly refined her interviewing skills, and the company information sessions helped her make invaluable connections and broaden her professional network.

Piece of Advice:

“Regardless of your professional journey, cultivating a genuine passion for your work is one of the most beneficial things you can do. Incorporating a routine of engaging in daily activities that foster personal growth is absolutely essential. This consistent dedication to self-improvement has the potential to bring about the most amazing transformations in your life.”


Teacher Accelerator Program | In-person Coffee Chats @ 1 PM
Crafting Your Grad School Application - Presented by the Princeton Review @ 5 PM
CohnReznick: Boca Raton, FL, Office Visit @ 11 AM
Disney Auditions - A World of Opportunity @ 12 PM
Lunch With The CNO | Mount Sinai @ 12 PM


10 Red Flags to Watch Out for in a Job Interview

Red flags don’t have to just apply to your personal life, they can also apply to your professional life as well. Toxic work environments do exist and are a lot more prevalent than you’d expect. So it’s best to spot some of the red flags before you decide to get more involved and end up in an unhappy situation

The first place where you might be able to spot some red flags is during the interview. Although hey may not all be evident during the interview, this article goes over ten red flags to watch out for that could give you an idea of what to spot when it comes to your interview.


Downloading the Handshake App

Apps have made a lot of the simple things in life a bit easier. From shopping, to ordering food, to meeting people, to finding a job. With the Handshake app, you have the power to search for jobs and internships right in the palm of your hand! All you have to do is download the app from your respective app store and log in.

If you have a completed profile, you’ll receive opportunities and events specifically tailored to you right on your feed. But if you’re looking for any specific opportunities, you can also click on the “Jobs” tab at the bottom where you can search for jobs by using any relevant filters. Not only can you search for opportunities that might be right for you, but it also automatically shows you the latest job postings in your field so that you can be one of the first to apply!

Also, don’t forget to browse the events on Handshake by clicking the “events” tab at the bottom so you can stay up to date on all the events on campus and virtually. Because it’s an app, you’re able to stay fully connected to ways on how you can advance your career!


Activate Your Free WSJ Account

Did you know that you have a free Wall Street Journal account as a student? Aside from having easy access to free news, a WSJ subscription provides you with curated newsletters, podcasts, and articles that can help with your career development.

To activate your account just use this link and follow the instructions and then you’ll have full access! Their careers, workplace, and work-life sections are great resources that provide you with career advice to help prepare you for the future of the working world. Another great resource is their weekly challenges which you can sign up for to help you in different areas of your life such as:

And of course, a free subscription to a newspaper is beneficial in and of itself. Because information is valuable and new outlets are one of the main credible sources in which you can gather said information, it's a great idea to activate your account today!


Internship Opportunities

Job Postings

Hands-On Coding Experience With LinkedIn Learning

Toppel Spotlight

Tribal Health Experiential Student Internship Seminar (THESIS)
Southern Plains Tribal Health Board

2024 Summer Sophomore Summer Analyst Program – Global Markets

Investment Banking Summer Analyst (Full-Time & In-Person Internship)
The Peakstone Group

Interior Design Intern
AR Franchising, Inc.

Spring 2024 Fox Internship Program – Fox News Media Technical Operations
Fox Corporation

Political Podcast – Research & Writing Intern

Robotics Software Intern
KCL Robotics

Business Development Internship
Choice Media & Communications

Email Design Intern
CL Corbin & Co.

Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Intern
Invictus Property Advisors

Clinical Research Coordinator I or II - Infectious Disease
The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF)

Sports Photojournalist
The Villages Daily Sun

Medical Technologist
Hurley Medical Center

Finance Manager
Procter & Gamble (P&G)

Graphic Designer
Markati Group LLC

Case Manager (STAR)
Citrus Health Network, Inc

Accounts Payable Clerk
Dunwody White & Landon, P.A.

HR Specialist, Payroll & Benefits
WPLG, Inc. Local 10 News

Catholic High School Theology Teacher
Immaculata-La Salle High School

Financial Analyst
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

Coding skills are in hot demand, and with advances in AI and tech, these skills are changing fast. Learning through hands-on practice is the best way to stay current, to up your skills. That’s why LinkedIn Learning is partnering with CoderPad to launch over 30 new coding courses in Python, Java, SQL, JavaScript, C#, and Go, designed to help learners at all levels build today’s most in-demand coding skills through interactive exercises and real-time feedback.

With these courses, you'll be able to solve real-world coding challenges in an interactive environment, designed by our industry expert instructors. Get immediate real-time feedback on your code. Submit your solution and click next to watch the instructor explain how they solved the challenge. LinkedIn Learning Code Challenges, powered by CoderPad, give you industry-standard hands-on practice for the skills you need to stay current, move forward, and prepare for what’s next.

Taking these Code Challenges, you get to stand up generative AI models, cut your teeth on advanced JavaScript, solve real-world data problems in SQL, and practice skills across top programming languages from Python to Java to Go for free through Dec. 18, 2023.

Daniel Perez

Career Coach

Meet Daniel Perez, a sophomore majoring in International Studies, Political Science, Business Law, and Italian from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania!

Daniel is a Funday Staff Chair, and is also involved with the Caribbean Student Association, First-Gen Students, and is a Hammond Scholar.

By remaining attentive to a lot of the objectives that he had set for himself last semester, he was able to devise a plan. This eventually led him to a new path under which he could plan his career goals and be successful in the future.

Piece of Advice:

“Have a good character and be open to new experiences. Sometimes individuals apply a close-minded perspective to a lot of the things we do in our daily lives, but it's always good to remain open as a person and listen to what others have to say because in the long-run you learn so much.”



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