The Fall term at PSU is officially underway now, which means that a new MIM cohort has started the program! Classes in the Fall term include Global Marketing, Global Financial Accounting, Pacific Rim Economies, Global Strategy, and Chinese or Japanese language courses.
Halfway through the first week, new MIM student Terry Donahue said that the program already felt like it was moving very quickly. Terry is studying Japanese in the program, and although he felt a little daunted by the fact that some classmates had had previous experience studying Japanese or living in Japan, he was excited to begin learning the language. He also recognized though that the packed schedule of the MIM program really forces students to develop good time management skills.
Time management and good organizational skills are things that many current MIM students also recommended for incoming students. In a poll of what their biggest advice was for incoming students, almost half of all respondents said that managing time well is the most important thing in the MIM program. Others said that networking in the community is important, which is true especially for those who are trying to find jobs in and around Portland after they graduate.
Other pieces of advice were to participate in the SBA Mentor Program, an opportunity that matches PSU graduate business students with professionals in the local business community, who act as mentors for their students throughout the academic year.
Jason Carnahan, a MIM alumnus from years past, suggested finding classmates with similar goals, who could act as study partners and help motivate you throughout the program.
Whether you are a new or a continuing MIM student, good luck with the new term!
Josh is a full-time student in the Master of International Management program. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in Japanese, he taught English in Tokyo for 3 years, before moving to China and teaching at a university in the city of Zhengzhou. Inspired by his experiences in Japan and China, he was drawn to the MIM program because of its regional focus on Asia, as well as for Portland State University’s reputation as a leader in the field of sustainable business. He is studying Chinese in the MIM program, but tries to keep up his Japanese whenever he can.