Office of Communications
470C Wohlers Hall
College of Business
November 21, 2002 -- News Brief
You know you are wanted when someone makes a special effort to get -- and keep -- your attention.
Motorola is raising the stakes in the annual competition to hire University of Illinois students. Their latest endeavor is a website specifically designed for soon-to-be Illinois graduates.
Curious what fellow alumni think of their jobs at Motorola? The website lets students ask their questions of alums. Want to review the job opportunities in countries from A (Argentina) to V (Venezuela)? The website has that information too. The site also offers details about how to submit a resume, relocation support, the Motorola corporate culture, and the university relations program. This latter page has a 60-second Flash presentation aimed at current students. Most pages also link to the major product groups at Motorola: embedded systems, wireless, broadband, semiconductors, and networking. Illinois alumna Jennifer Lipschultz helped develop the site as part of the Global University Relations Team.
"This is an innovative approach for building stronger relationships with our students," said Lois Meerdink, Assistant Dean and Director for Business Career Services. "A particularly interesting feature is the 'Ask an Illinois Alum' section where our students can be matched with an Illinois alum who is a current Motorola employee to learn about products or services or to find out what it is like to be a Motorolan."
Byron Foster, campus manager for Motorola, is pleased with the positive feedback he has received from career services staff and is awaiting comments from the target audience. "You can't have enough different communication channels," he commented. "This is another way to enhance the already strong relationship we have with the Urbana-Champaign campus."
The website contains a page labeled "Motorola at Illinois," which references the company's presence in the Research Park on the South Campus (the photo of the Motorola building includes the Assembly Hall peaking through the trees). The same page also highlight's the company's participation in various events and support of student organizations at the College during the fall 2002 semester. Motorola was also a sponsor of GAMES (Girls' Adventures in Math, Engineering and Science) that took place on the Urbana-Champaign campus last summer. Eight Motorola employees assisted with the program that gave 88 6th-8th graders sessions on the fundamentals of structures and computer science.