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Barb Lindquist Retires, Shares Parting Career Advice for MBA Alumni

After 10 years as corporate relations manager in the Scheller College Jones MBA Career Center, Barb Lindquist retired from Georgia Tech in May. Barb was an incredible asset, helping hundreds of MBA students prepare for and succeed in their internship and job search. She’ll be greatly missed by the entire Scheller College community.

Although part of Barb’s role was enticing new companies to recruit Scheller MBAs, she was most passionate about coaching and mentoring students.

“My favorite part was watching students transform during their time in the program, watching their confidence grow as they mastered the job search process,” Barb shared.

Many MBA alumni kept in touch with Barb so she understands the challenges alumni face as they continue to advance their careers post-MBA. Barb suggested that alumni remember that strategies for career advancement many years after earning the MBA look very similar to the methods used to land the first post-MBA job.

“Keep networking to ask questions about other opportunities and keep scheduling informational interviews with professionals in different companies and industries,” Barb shared. “Networking should never stop,” Lindquist added, “Do it before you’re really trying to change jobs.”  Barb shared that informational interviewing is still the best way to continue to advance throughout your career. She advised using these meetings to learn about the skills needed to be competitive for new roles and then taking steps to gain the skills needed.

A passion for helping students and new employees succeed has propelled Barb throughout her career, including her roles of coaching and mentoring new employees at IBM for more than 21 years and her roles in career services at Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Scheller College. It was her role at IBM, managing a program designed to develop and retain new consultants, that inspired her to transition to academia where she could help students with career development.

“I’ll most miss the camaraderie with the Jones Career Center team,” Barb shared, “and the great relationships with students” built during several years of working together. But, she is now looking forward to new adventures, traveling with friends and family, constantly learning new things and keeping in touch with the Scheller College family she developed during her time with the MBA program.

Barb enjoys staying connected with MBA alumni to hear about their career successes so consider connecting with Barb on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/barbara-lindquist-8250a54

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