The Global Grind: A Proposed Career Readiness Course

This letter was sent to Das Tor sent by Blair Imbody, class of ’88. We absolutely welcome any articles that almuni would like to have published in Das Tor.

As an alumnus of Thunderbird, I had the privilege of attending the Mock Interview Friday at Thunderbird in late August. Thank you to Helen Wu, Angelique Tatum, the entire staff and the students. Great job! I am looking forward to the next event.

During “Mock Interview Friday”, I was able to connect with a number of alumni, staff and students and I was happy to see that the Thunderbird spirit is still alive and well. The new location is going to be a much different campus but it will serve a new generation of students well with a state-of-the-art
building set to open in 2021 on the ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus. ASU is definitely working to
engage and develop the Thunderbird tradition and spirit which is heartening.

Thunderbird students are a talented group and show great promise for the future. They are entering a very competitive job market that will challenge them, but they will certainly be up to that challenge. In line with that, a group of alumni and students have had discussions both during and after the event.

That group felt there needed to be an addition to the curriculum with a mandatory course (The Global Grind) in career preparation, career management and applied networking. The Global Grind would be created by a committee of staff/administration, professors, alumni and students. Alumni teachers and students would lead discussions and the process for the class which would develop much deeper relationships between students and alumni and lead to guest speakers, internships, consulting gigs, jobs, donations and endowment. Thunderbirds will be engaging with the Thunderbird School of Global Management and Thunderbirds will be organizing and hiring Thunderbirds.

We strongly encourage Thunderbird to make this addition to the curriculum and give Thunderbird
students the absolute best chance for career success by engaging a network of over 44,000 alumni with active chapters in over 140 countries.

Thank you again to the staff and students for a job well done at the Mock Interview Friday! Know that the Alumni are there to help you.

Best,

Blair Imbody, Class of ’88

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