By Hannah Gebresilassie
Rejection was the inspiration behind a new startup.
After getting turned down by over 50 employers, Thomas Ma had enough and created Career Podium.
Career Podium is an interactive platform designed to help students successfully land internships and jobs. Ma, 22, is a senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago set to graduate in May 2016.
“I was turned down so many times and started to feel bad about myself,” Ma says. “So, I don’t want students to go through that process.”
“If students are involved on campus and engaged, they make better employees,” says Savannah Hill, IGS Energy recruiter and branch coordinator.
UIC celebrates its twenty-third National Student Employment Week by providing resources for career development and recognizing student workers.