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Consulting, Finance, Operations, and Sales


Operations is a great fit for several majors. In an organization, operations create the infrastructure of a company and develops efficient and effective processes to achieve the organization’s goals. Operations employees help determine where an organization should be based, its employment policies, accounting practices, distribution channels, and more. (Source: Wetfeet)

Areas of operations include:

  • Administration/human resources
  • Facilities/distribution/transportation
  • Engineering
  • Purchasing/procurement
  • Trend analyst/marketing
  • General management
  • Technology infrastructure

Candidate Profile/Recruiting

Sample job titles:

  • Accountants/auditors
  • Marketing specialists
  • Logistics/supply chain analysts
  • Purchasing agents
  • Wholesale buyers
  • Mechanical/product engineers
  • Materials engineers
  • Human resource specialist/managers
  • Business/management analysts
  • Product development actuaries

Candidate profile:

  • Must possess strong customer service and active listening skills
  • Ability to be analytical and think critically; math skills are important
  • Creative at problem solving and demonstrates good judgement
  • Excellent communication skills: interpersonal, verbal, and written
  • Organizational and time management skills; adaptable and flexible
  • Experience with enterprise resource planning (ERP) software (ex: SAP, Oracle, and i2)
  • A master of business administration (MBA) if often needed to move into leadership positions

Noteworthy employers: Wegmans Food Markets, Thermo-Fisher Scientific, PepsiCo, Samsung, General Electric, Gap, Inc., L’Oréal Corp., DHL Supply Chain, ESL Federal Credit Union, Google

Operations Recruitment Cycle


Full-time, post-graduate Jobs:

  • Recruiting deadlines typically occur on a rolling need basis, from September - May

Summer internships:

  • Recruiting deadlines typically occur on a rolling basis need, from February - May

Student Organizations

  • Alpha Kappa Psi
  • Society of Undergraduate Math Students
  • Undergraduate Finance and Economics Council
  • Meliora LaunchPad

For more information about these groups and to see the full list of student organizations within University of Rochester, see Campus Community Connection.

Resources for Researching Industries and Professions

Career Insider by Vault is your one-stop career resource to help you research career fields and employers, plan your best career path, and prepare to land that competitive position. The links to create a free Vault account and access the guides referenced above is located within Handshake in the Resources section. If it is your first time accessing Vault, create an account with your UR email on the login page, and then click the link again to access these specific resources.