Soaring Beyond: Jennifer Matehuala

MEET JENNIFER! She graduated in Spring 2020 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with a minor in Legal Studies. She is currently working for True Partners Consulting as an Unclaimed Property Consultant. 

We asked Jennifer some questions, advice for current students, and how UNT helped her to succeed and SOAR BEYOND!

When you started at UNT, what were your plans after graduation? How have these plans changed? My goal when I started at UNT had always been to graduate and find a full-time job in my career of interest where I could learn, grow, and succeed. Four years later, my plans have not changed. I found a strong desire for the markets and analytical data which led me to declare my major in Finance. In addition, I realized my passion to help others in all aspects but most importantly in growing confidence in themselves and how they can make an impact. To this day, I hope to apply my strengths and prior experiences in a successful future, both in my career and personal life.

What advice do you have for prospective or current students as they decide what they want their next steps to be? Set time in your schedule to really learn yourself, your goals inside and outside of school, and how to achieve them. Take online skill assessments; This will not only prepare you when interviewing for internship/full-time roles but also gets you familiar with what you bring to the table and the skills you can work on. Take advantage of all the resources available with being a UNT Student (Clubs/Organizations, Career Services, Workshops, Networking events, etc.).

How did your program(s) at UNT help you to feel prepared for this role?  UNT’s College of Business has many knowledgeable and generous professors. Really take the time to know the faculty/staff; I learned so much from staying after class, stopping by the professor’s office hours, and conversing about the lecture. In addition, most are very open about sharing their background and sharing their personal advice about “what to do after graduating.” Professors are truly there to make sure students get the most out of your college experience and prepare them for a successful career.

How did you find your current role? Handshake

What was the toughest interview question they asked you? “Name a time where you work with a team and ran into an obstacle. How did you overcome it?” The best thing to do when asked a tough interview question is to be prepared, get to the point, and respond with confidence. Follow the STAR method.

How, if applicable, did the Career Center help you? If it weren’t for the career center, I would not be where I am today. They helped me with anywhere from revising my resume, ordering business cards, preparing for interviews, to understanding my offer letters. I can’t thank Amy Hicks, UNT Career Development Coach, enough for all her help and for mentoring me through-out the past two years. I successfully accomplish two internships with two amazing companies which prepared me to start my full-time role with True Partners Consulting in September 2020.

Share anything else about your story/experience if you would like to that you haven’t already.  I can’t go without mentioning UNT at Frisco. Not only was I able to experience a different setting from the main campus but I too was able to make an impact in my role as a student assistant. I helped students, prospective students, and faculty lives easier, but I also took part in their advertising committee in spring 2019. I was showcased as one of UNT Frisco’s “spotlights” and used for various advertising campaigns, both online (social media, UNT Frisco website, online ads) and printed formats (newspapers, flyers, and billboard). The overall campus is truly amazing, and I am forever grateful for the impact they made in my college experience.

 Would you like to be featured in our Soaring Beyond Success Series? Email Jeanette Hickl. We’d love to share your story!

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