Troy Caber is majoring in Management Information Systems and is graduating in May 2018. After graduation, Troy will be working as a Management Associate at MGM Resort International in Las Vegas, NV.
What is the position you have accepted? Management Associate in Corporate Guest Strategy.
How did you find this position? Last summer, I completed the Hospitality Internship Program (HIP) in MGM’s Corporate IT department in Las Vegas, Nevada. The next step that MGM suggests in order to reach your full potential within the company is to be a part of the year-long leadership development program called the Management Associate Program (MAP). This immediately became my top goal.
Tell us about the process of interviewing with this company. I received a direct offer for the Management Associate Program back into the Corporate IT department that I was a part of for my internship. However, since I chose to apply for a different department, I had to complete additional interviews with the new department. The first step was a pre-recorded video interview in which I self-recorded responses to a set list of interview questions. The second interview was a video teleconference with a panel of two Directors and a Vice President. I was thrilled when I received the job offer shortly after, and quickly signed and accepted it.
What previous experience have you had that you think contributed to your success securing this position? (ex. campus involvement, leadership, past internship): My past internship with MGM was the best opportunity to showcase my skillset, passion, and determination that I had for coming back to work for them post-graduation. From Eller, the most important class that I took for professional development was Business Communication 314. This class developed my presentational, writing, and communication skills more in a semester than I had ever developed before. Being involved working part-time at Target for three years and at Eller’s Undergraduate Front Desk for two years, also supplemented my problem-solving and customer service skillset. Finally, being actively involved in Eller Ambassadors, the Management Information Systems Association (MISA), and the Eller Service Society, helped to express that I was also willing to go above and beyond outside of the classroom.
What are you most looking forward to about your position/company? I am most looking forward to working for my dream company, one that I have followed and pursued for over two and a half years. I worked extremely hard for an opportunity to be in MGM’s Management Associate Program. I am excited to directly report to a Corporate Vice President, who was recently name one of Las Vegas’s 40-Under-40 Most Influential Leaders.
Any word of advice you could give to your fellow Eller Students? Research early and often. Take time to discover your dream industry, city, or even company. Once I found MGM, I used Google News to consistently research and stay up-to-date with the company. I found MGM my Sophomore year by reading the weekly “Eller Suit-Up Sunday” emails, where I saw that they were having an information session. When I attended it, I made sure to network and make a few contacts. Over the years, I stayed in touch with them and reached out to other Eller students who had gone through the Hospitality Internship Program as well. While at MGM for my internship program, I further investigated the Management Associate Program to make sure that it was what I truly wanted. But the best advice I can give is to go all in for pursuit of your dream. Go for it, you never know what happens next!