Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Over the summer, junior business administration major Anthony Akoto learned he was returning to the States from his home in Ghana earlier than anticipated this semester. After putting countless hours into his application for the Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) Career Prep program, Anthony received the great news he patiently waited for all summer— a position in the program! Soon after, he was invited and attended the MLT opening ceremony in Texas.
According to their website, “MLT equips African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans with the skills, coaching and connections they need to lead organizations and communities worldwide.” Anthony decided to apply after being approached by Katy DeMedal, director of career services, and Jeannette Hubbard, director of diversity and services, about the amazing opportunity.
“The career center in particular was really instrumental during the application process,” says Anthony. “They helped get my important documentations in and assisted me in the application interviews as well.”
At the opening ceremony, Anthony attended a wide range of workshops hosted by the partners of the program and met representatives from companies such as S&P Global, Goldman Sachs, LinkedIn, Google, and eBay. As part of the career prep program, Anthony has access to an ever-expanding network of industry leaders and like-minded cohort members who are more than willing to help steer him towards his career goal of becoming a business analyst, preferably in the tech field. The program is partnered with a host of prominent firms who tend to put “MLT’ers” pretty high on their priority lists when considering potential candidates for internships and job positions.
Anthony hopes to gain what every MLT’er wants out of the program—a guaranteed job role at the end of it.
“I personally want to leave the program with a repertoire of leadership skills and bit more confidence to step out of my comfort zone.”
When researching colleges, Anthony searched for a place that matched his reserved demeanor. He wanted to find a place where he could easily fit in and receive undivided attention from his professors when he needed it.
“It took me a while to open up to the Westminster community and the various opportunities it offered,” admits Anthony. “The opportunity to enroll in MLT, and a host of other things including attending classes, networking events, and being able to hold leadership positions in my extracurricular activities have also aided me along the way.”