Michael Balp

Michael Balp

Michael Balp

Class of 2012, Energy Management and Finance

I am a 2nd-year Energy Management and Finance student at TU. Being a business major asks for professionalism and eloquence. One, however, is not born with such abilities to naturally thrive in the business world. There are people around us who simply watch every move, good and bad; but there are also people who, besides watching, assist us to hide all bad moves to make them seem eloquent in a simplistic manner.

The newly-formed position at TU’s Collins College of Business, Business Career Development aids students in becoming professionals. This office helped me create, expand, and extend my resume and its appropriate cover letters to network with many different companies locally and nationally. Business Career Development provided me with extensive information about different companies and which could suit me best. Their networking provides internship information and opportunities, rewarding us with the business experience dedicated towards our areas of study.

Furthermore, this office goes beyond in providing help in looking professional. Seminars have been held at TU with the help of Tulsa Etiquette School to inform us of the great importance of looking sharp, clean, and professional when at interviews and rendezvous. Much beyond is when the director of the Business Career Development, Caroline Franklin, agrees to help in business attire shopping for an interview. I also had mock-interviews that gave me an idea of questions that would be asked at interviews and to promptly give an adequate response.

Nevertheless, Business Career Development has increased my opportunities in the business world. Caroline Franklin and her graduate assistant, Brittani Teague, have made a great positive impact on my career. They not only help me be a professional, they made me a polished professional.