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Meet Becky Einolf, Career & Academic Advisor
Meet Becky Einolf, Career & Academic Advisor

Becky’s first career was in business. After nine years in international banking in Chicago, she moved with her family to Portland and discovered Portland State. She’s been with the School of Business working directly with students now for over 15 years. Read more about Becky…

What brought you to PSU and how long have you been a SBA advisor?

I began working at PSU in the fall of 1999 teaching business finance. I was recruited the following year to work with the Business Internship Program, which led to career advising. I’ve been doing career advising ever since, but now I’m very much enjoying combining that with academic advising.

Where did you attend college and what did you study?

I have a Bachelor of Arts in German from Johns Hopkins, an MBA in Finance from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from PSU.

What's your favorite thing about PSU's School of Business?

I love working with students and helping them to master the tools they need to succeed. My favorite thing is when they finally really "get" something they've not understood before and you can literally see the light bulb go on inside their heads.

What’s your best advice for students to make the most of their SBA student experience?

Don't go to school with blinders on: Pay attention to the world and the people around you and become involved. Your classmates will become your professional peers. Your faculty and advisors can be a great resource. Talk to them. It's not just about passing tests. It's about developing a solid base of skills and knowledge and making connections that will help you get to the next step. Of course, if at any time you’re not sure about something, be sure to connect with your SBA advisor!

What should students expect in an advising appointment and how should they prepare?

What you can expect in a meeting really depends on what sort of help you are seeking. Like my advising colleagues, I can help you with all aspects of career and academic advising. This could mean helping you to choose your major, plan your courses, file petitions, review your resume or cover letters, or give you a practice interview. Preparation? In general, the best way you can prepare is to jot down any questions you would like me to cover during the appointment. Share these with me up front. If this will be your first appointment with an SBA advisor and you’re a recent transfer student, it’s often helpful if you can bring a copy of your prior school’s unofficial transcripts with you to our meeting. If you need me to review your resume or cover letter, you can help me prepare by emailing me copies a day or two ahead of time.

What do you like to do when you’re not advising students?

Good times with friends and family is the most important, but I very much enjoy music, literature, films, art, and travel.

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