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Linda asks…

Getting an MBA from a regular state university?

I am interested in earning an MBA from San Diego State or San Francisco State. The 25th-75th GMAT for SDSU is 570/650 and the average GPA is a 3.3. The 25th-75th GMAT for SFSU is 540/620 and the average GPA is a 3.4 according to Princeton Reviews. Both are rated “moderately difficult” to get into. I plan to either specialize in Finance or Accounting.

I graduated with a degree in Psychology (finished with a 3.36) and have found it so difficult to secure satisfying employment. There are virtually no professional jobs for Psychology graduates. Will an MBA be the pickup that I need to get a secure job?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Some MBA programs accept students right out of college if they have good grades and a high GMAT score. Your GPA is just average for MBA applicants and you don’t give your GMAT score, but it should be well above 600 to qualify. Some MBA programs are designed specifically for new college graduates without work experience. But in those programs you don’t get the benefit of learning from other students who have work experience. A lot of valuable learning takes place through class interaction. Also when you graduate your job offers will be about the same as a business undergraduate gets because you have no work experience, and you’ve been two years out of your undergraduate field so it’s hard to get work in that area. You get a lot more value from a graduate degree if you have a few years of work experience before you start it.

MBA programs prefer students with 2-4 years work experience after the first degree. It does not have to be what you call “satisfying employment.” The job has to show that you can handle responsibilities, make decisions, satisfy your supervisors and customers, and in general understand the work environment. You should advance in the job and not remain at the same level after several years.

With a degree in psychology, you should be able to find work that uses your background. Have you looked for work as a car salesman, retail store employee, or retirement home assistant? There may be jobs in the service industry. Thousands of people are unemployed right now, but many businesses are looking for help. There is nothing shameful in working for a minimum wage. You need work experience for the MBA, so your goal should be to get some.

Consult the Official MBA Guide. It’s a comprehensive free public service with more than 2,000 MBA programs listed worldwide. It allows you to search for programs by location (US, Europe, Far East, etc.), by concentration (finance, marketing, aviation management, health management, accounting, etc.), by type of program (full-time, distance learning, part-time, executive, and accelerated), and by listing your own criteria and preferences to get a list of universities that satisfy your needs. Schools report their accreditation status, tuition cost, number of students, class sizes, program length, and a lot of other data. Schools provide data on entrance requirements, program costs, program characteristics, joint degrees, and much more. You can use the Guide to contact schools of your choice, examine their data, visit their web site, and send them pre applications. You can see lists of top 40 schools ranked by starting salaries of graduates, GMAT scores, and other criteria.

Helen asks…

Is there a loan I can apply as first-time business owner that offer from government or state of Calfironia?

Hi all,

I have question regarding to startup a business (maybe a fast food restaurant, around 100k – 150k). Since this is my first startup business, my first question is money. I wonder if there loan from government or state that I can qualify as the first-time business owner? If there is loan available for fist-time business owner, do I have to be solo owner to qualify or I can be partner with friends and still qualify for the loan? BTW, I plan to have business in southern California.

Thanks in advanced,


AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I have not heard of “first time business owner” loans, but SBA can lead you to low-cost loans that you can check


Given that this is your first foray into entrepreneurship, I suggest you consult with your local Small Business Development Center. Part of the assistance they can give you is to help you find low cost loans and financing for your business. In many cases, they even help in preparing the loan application documents.

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Susan asks…

How do I start my own nonprofit/volunteer program for teens?

When I was 13 I started my own teen volunteer group in my hometown. It was very successful and I was very good at organizing it and actually loved what I was doing. It’s been more than 10 years now and I’m living in Austin TX. I would really like to start a legitimate volunteer teen outreach program to get kids involved with their community but don’t know what steps I need to take to get this idea off the ground. Any suggestions?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

1) Arrange for the local newspaper to run a story about your new community volunteer program. Provide them with your plans and arrange a date for an initial meeting of interested parties.

2) Determine which projects you want to pursue first. A volunteer program can exist to support a specific venue, like a hospital or a home meal-delivery program, or it can expand to offer services in many areas, even in school classrooms and animal shelters. Make a list of your top 6 choices, then whittle it down to the 3 most important. Start there and diversify as your numbers grow.

3) Elect officers from the parties that show up at the first meeting. You will need a secretary, a treasurer, a president and vice president. You may want to serve in one of those positions, or remain as an active coordinator that oversees the progress at this point. Set tentative dates for regular meetings once or twice a month, and determine where they will be held.

4) Start recruiting volunteers. You will need to provide clear and concise training and guidelines to follow. Screen candidates for your community volunteer program carefully, making notes about the time they have to donate, and their background in volunteer services. You need to determine the level of their commitment to your volunteer program.

5) Thank everyone who offers their time and plan an end-of-the-year awards ceremony to honor the top volunteers. As your membership grows, so will your program’s good name in the community.

Ruth asks…

How do I look up people that died in the areas?

Ex: Somebody died around the area awhile back and want to find out how they died. Tried researching but did not find anything. It is located in Austin, TX. Is there a specific words I have to use in order to get an accurate info.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

If you know when they died, your best bet is to go to the local public library and look up the dead person’s name in the local newspaper’s obituaries page.

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Susan asks…

what is cultural imprints?


AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Cultural imprints

Who we are
We are an international organisation, with offices in the UK, USA and Australia and representative offices in Sweden and Brazil. We have been operating in the United Kingdom since 1988.

What we do
We offer a specialised service that provides key knowledge for: brand building, new product development, identifying new segments, tailoring messages to consumers and organisational change and integration.
Our process fulfils two roles; one is to provide key knowledge for companies’ strategic planing process. The other is to develop client teams who will implement this strategic knowledge on an ongoing basis.

How we do it
We have developed a systematic process that translates the contradictions of human behaviour into something concrete, identifying people’s emerging needs with remarkable accuracy. During a project the members of the client team become experts in using this strategic knowledge. The ‘core competence’ remains within the client’s organisation.

Scientific Background
We draw on the latest discoveries in the neural sciences, linguistics, psychology and anthropology and apply them in the world of business.
Recent discoveries in the field of the neural sciences teach us that:

• Emotion is the trigger to action
• The rational system follows the emotional system
• Present actions are driven by past experiences
• Present experiences dictate our emerging needs

The Imprint analysis incorporates this knowledge of the human mind to determine people’s emerging needs and ‘entry-points’ for effective communication.

What makes Cultural Imprint unique

• We have a systematic process to identify people’s emerging needs and ‘entry points’ for effective communication
• ‘People say one thing and do another.’ We find out what they really want!
• The process serves as a ‘truth detector’ to reveal how consumers feel about brands
• Client participation allows companies to reconnect with their audiences
• Development of a client team enables the results to be implemented on an ongoing basis


Cristina Afors – President and Founder
Cristina is a graduate in economics from Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Brazil. She studied social psychology at the London School of Economics and psychoanalysis at the Tavistock Institute, London. Cristina founded Cultural Imprint in 1988 and has extensive experience working with large multinational companies across a wide range of industries and services

John Evans – Vice President
John obtained a PhD in psychology from the University of Western Australia. He has taught in psychology departments at several Australian universities, and has also lectured in personnel management, business and human resource, micro computing, management science and business related courses at the David Syme Business School. He began consulting in 1981, where he worked with a number of corporations, providing an array of consultancy services. John joined Cultural Imprint in 1993

Marilyn Zuckerman Michaels – Vice President
Prior to joining Cultural Imprint in 1999, Marilyn led AT&T Solutions’ Management practice, where she provided consulting services for Global 2000 companies. She specialised in building and managing worldwide change management initiatives, enabling successful business transformation. Marilyn has also held management positions in AT&T Bell Labs, American Hoescht, ITT and RCA, and is the author of the successful book ‘Incredibly American’

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Sandra asks…

Why System Design, UML ?

Hi friends,

I have a project in .NET ( VB.NET & ASP.NET ) for which I am supposed prepare an effort estimate, convince why .NET is the best option to the client (because I know only Microsoft technology! :) , design the system into HLD & LLD, prepare the schedule & assign it to the team. All these days I was more into programming and now I have accepted this new responsibilty. Though there are few colleagues who can help me, I would first like to know the following in lay man’s language:

a) What is UML ? Why should I use it ?
b) How to prepare an estimate for a project based on the requirement specifications ?
c) What tool should I use for HLD & LLD ? How should I design the database ?
d) First of all, why design is required ? Cant we code directly from the requirement specification ?

Please help me. Advance thanks to all ..

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Whats UML?
The Unified Modeling Language (UML) is a standard language for specifying, visualizing, constructing, and documenting the artifacts of software systems, as well as for business modeling and other non-software systems.

Why Use UML?
As the strategic value of software increases for many companies, the industry looks for techniques to automate the production of software and to improve quality and reduce cost and time-to-market. These techniques include component technology, visual programming, patterns and frameworks. Businesses also seek techniques to manage the complexity of systems as they increase in scope and scale. In particular, they recognize the need to solve recurring architectural problems, such as physical distribution, concurrency, replication, security, load balancing and fault tolerance. Additionally, the development for the World Wide Web, while making some things simpler, has exacerbated these architectural problems. The Unified Modeling Language (UML) was designed to respond to these needs.

How to prepare an estimate for a project based on the requirement specifications ?
The estimate should made from manpower used, time taken, consultancy charges, hardwares required and etc…


HLD may content ‘use cases’ up to ‘structural’ classes may be with operations but without ‘true’ details (unavailable to generate code) available to define sequence diagrams. A (part of the) deployment may also be given at this level.

LLD give the design and may be used to produce source code, to give the deployment etc …

Depending on the HLT level the classes defined at the HLD may exist or not in the LLD.

In the design phase the architecture is established. This phase starts with the requirement document delivered by the requirement phase and maps the requirements into an architecture. The architecture defines the components, their interfaces and behaviors. The deliverable design document is the architecture. The design document describes a plan to implement the requirements. This phase represents the “how” phase. Details on computer programming languages and environments, machines, packages, application architecture, distributed architecture layering, memory size, platform, algorithms, data structures, global type definitions, interfaces, and many other engineering details are established. The design may include the usage of existing components.

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Helen asks…

what are some of your favorite country songs?

im burning a cd and i need a few more songs to put on it. im open to all kinds of country songs, but i like 90s country the best, and the more twang in their voice the better :)
feel free to name as many as you want!
i like all the ones that have been mentioned so far but theres only a few i havent already downloaded so keep em comin, thanks! :)
wow, i think im gonna have to make a cd just for the ones you all have mentioned, thanks! im gonna keep the question open for a little while longer and hope i get some more suggestions :)

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

You Won’t Ever Be Lonely – Andy Griggs
Stuck – Ash Bowers
Destination You – Austin Cody
Achy Breaky Heart – Billy Ray Cyrus
Goodbye Says It All – BlackHawk
Good Little Girls – Blue County
They Don’t Make Them Like That Anymore – Boy Howdy
Pull Up A Tailgate – Brian Davis
Carolina Rain – Carolina Rain
Yes! – Chad Brock
The Man I Want To Be – Chris Young
Makin’ Hay – Clay Davidson
God’s Up To Something – Clay Underwood
If I Could Make A Living – Clay Walker
A Good Run Of Bad Luck – Clint Black
Little Red Rodeo – Collin Raye
Tight Fittin’ Jeans – Conway Twitty
Redneck Yacht Club – Craig Morgan
Honky Tonk Heartache Of The Year – Daron Norwood
Too Much Fun – Daryle Singletary
Sweet Distraction – David Adam Byrnes
Boys Will Be Boys – David Kersh
9 To 5 – Dolly Parton
It Must Be Love – Don Williams
In A Different Light – Doug Stone
Countrified Soul – Emerson Drive
Two More Bottles Of Wine – Emmylou Harris
Hang On To Your Heart – Exile
Friends In Low Places – Garth Brooks
Workin’ On Ten – George Canyon
Twang – George Strait
Blame It On That Red Dress – Gord Bamford
It’s A Man’s Job – Greg Hanna
Exception To The Rule – Greg Holland
Redneck Woman – Gretchen Wilson
Eight Second Ride – Jake Owen
I Knew I’d Need My Heart Someday – James Bonamy
100% Cowboy – Jason Meadows
I Can Sleep When I’m Dead – Jason Michael Carrol
Harper Valley PTA – Jeannie C. Riley
Lovin’ Like That – Jeff Bates
Shine On – Jeff Carson
All I’ve Got To Say – Jerry Kilgore
Bye Bye – Jo Dee Messina
Prisoner (Of The Honky Tonks) – Jody Jenkins
Pickup Man – Joe Diffie
Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off – Joe Nichols
Sold – John Michael Montgomery
Nothin To Lose – Josh Gracin
Firecracker – Josh Turner
Back That Thing Up – Justin Moore
She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy – Kenny Chesney
Dumas Walker – Kentucky Headhunters
Pound Sign (#?*!) – Kevin Fowler
Again – Lane Turner
Houson (Means I’m One Day Closer To You) – Larry Gatlin
Sumter County Friday Night – Lee Brice
God Bless The USA – Lee Grenwood
May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose – Little Jimmy Dickens
You Gotta Kick A Little – Little Texas
Here Comes Summer – LoCash Cowboys
Amazed – Lonestar
Rain Is A Good Thing – Luke Bryan
Bubba Shot The Jukebox – Mark Chesnutt
From Here To Eternity – Michael Peterson
Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda – Michael Stacey
Lucky Man – Montgomery Gentry
Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On – Neal McCoy
Fishin’ In The Dark – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Diggin Up Bones – Randy Travis
Why Haven’t I Heard From You – Reba McEntire
Cotton Eye Joe – Rednex
I’m Gonna Find A Way – The Remingtons
Kiss My Country Ass – Rhett Akins
Daydreams About Night Things – Ronnie Milsap
Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On – Sammy Kershaw
Suds In The Bucket – Sara Evans
The Race Is On – Sawyer Brown
Next To You, Next To Me – Shenandoah
Real Good Man – Tim McGraw
Get Drunk And Be Somebody – Toby Keith
Honky Tonk Badonkadonk – Trace Adkins
Baby Likes To Rock It – The Tractors
I’m From The Country – Tracy Byrd
Irresistible You – Ty England
Steam – Ty Herndon
Sweet September – Williams Riley

Laura asks…

Name these lyrics! Hard!?

1. He stood there lost in her eyes
2. When that heart inside is crying out for love
3.To hear the words I’m scared she’s gonna say
4. If you get an ear pierced, some will call you gay.
5. Like a clown I put on a show
6. They’ll be shootin marbles in the back of the store
7. She let the law take it from there
8. I held a picture of our wedding day
9. I’m fighting back the tears as she fights for her life.
10. Ive heard thunder talkin up a storm


AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

1.tim mcgraw- somebody must be praying for me hill- when you cry
3.Blackhawk- I Sure Can Smell The Rain
4.Pirates Of The Mississippi – Feed Jake
5.Kevin Sharp, also sung by Tony Rich Project – Nobody Knows
6.Headhunters Kentucky – Dumas Walker
7.Dixie Chicks – Goodbye Earl
8.Patty Loveless or Laura Branigan – How can I help you to say goodbye
9.Sherrie Austin, Streets of Heaven
10.Chad Brock, also sung by R Kelly – Lightning Does The Work

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Ruth asks…

What colleges are within my reach?

I know this question is asked a million times but please bare with me. I want to know what colleges I should apply to (just a rough estimate, I understand nothing is confirmed and decision also depends on lots of other factors).

GPA: Unweighted 3.67 Weighted 4.34
ACT: 31 (33 Math best one) the first time. I’m taking it again in a week.

SAT: 1940 first time (not going to send to colleges, might retake)

Senior year course load: AP English Lit, AP Spanish Lit, AP Micro/Macro, AP Physics C, AP Chemistry, and Abstract Math/ Linear Algebra (I took Calc 3/ Diff EQs last year as a junior).
Ive taken 12 APs (senior year included) and two college courses (calc 3/ diff eqs and abstract math/ linear algebra)

Extra Curriculars:
Tennis 3 years as well as USTA this year.
Swimming 4 years and year round USA Swimming two years. Going to be captain this year.
FBLA: Went to Nationals this summer but did not place.
NHS: Member
Played the Clarinet since 4th Grade, not in school band anymore, only private lessons.
I play in Chess tournaments monthly and a state tournament once a year. I come within 1st-3rd in district level and around 8th in state level. I also play online tournaments and games daily.
I am a Youth Secretary for my Indian Cultural Committee here in Colorado and I raise awareness of the importance of my language to kids who grow up here.
I am trilingual.
I work at Kumon and a place called Simply Mathematics where I tutor little kids in math as it is the only thing I am good at.

I want to major in Petroleum Engineering or Nuclear Engineering or Engineering of some sort if I get into a good college that does not have either of those. I want to minor in Business.

Can someone give me an idea of what colleges I can have a good chance at with my stats? I”m looking into UT austin, Texas A&M already.

Thank you soo much

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Nuclear engineering is a challenging academic field, however, you seem to have the skills to do well in it. There aren’t many universities in the U.S. That offer nuclear engineering as an undergraduate degree, you are fortunate that Texas A&M is one of them and appears to be in your state. Be warned, though, nuclear engineering is not a particularly broad field. There are limited specific locations where it can be pursued such as nuclear power plants, federal laboratories or other sites. Unfortunately the South Texas Project near Bay City which was planned to add two new reactors has been cancelled. There are still two reactors there, so there are always options. Also, the Pantex nuclear weapons facility is near Amarillo and definitely needs nuclear engineers. Just over the western border into New Mexico, the National Enrichment Facility recently opened in Eunice and they might need nuclear engineers.

The good news is that you can make 60,000 per year with a four year degree, the bad news is that you might have to move out of state to land that job. Many of the places where nuclear degrees are most marketable are somewhat rural, so if you really like the big cities, you might want to consider something else.

You seem to have the skills and the right mind set to go into engineering. However, you need to decide what you want to do with your life before you select a college major. If your only concern is making a comfortable living, then any engineering field will allow that. If your concern is “helping mankind” then I don’t think nuclear is the way to go because mankind doesn’t like nuclear power, generally speaking.

Laura asks…

Where should I go first – University of texas or Airforce ???

I’m in a bit of a predicament here. You see I have everything to go to college, grades, gpa(4.25) , sat (1330 or 1990), but it’s the money that holds me back. I really want to pursue finance out-of-state in University of Texas at Austin, but I know that fin aid won’t cover everything and eventually i’ll be stuck with the debt. On the other hand Airforce seems to be the place where I can not just earn decent money while being fully covered, but also i can get an education, making most of my time over there, and later get my bachelor. So do u you think airforce would be a good start for me to later graduate from UT or I should go straight to UT? Also do u think the experience in finance that they promise in airforce is really worthwhile joining?
*Side question: Are the recruiters trustworthy about the benefits that airforce has or they significantly distort the reality?
Thank you and airforce veterans’ answers are welcome.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

If I were you with the grades you have, I would go straight to UT.
I was with a guy that was in the airforce and it ended up changing him into a cold person because of the stress involved and the way the military treats you. I also have a few friends who have joined other military branches and so I will give you what I haev heard.
The recruiters are not trustworthy about the benifits, they say things and twist their words inorder to get you in and once they do the lies reveal themselves. My ex told me about all the lies that had luured him in and if he had a choice he would be out right now, but unfortunately once you are signed in you have to serve your 4 years.
You also will have to be deployed overseas for at least 4 months while you are in the airforce, which can be a dangerous experience especially with the War going on right now.
You won’t be able to start college until your 3rd year in the airforce which is a lot of wasted time plus you will be juggling a time/energy-consuming job while trying to make good grades in your classes.
Yes, you won’t have to pay for college and you could gain a lot of experience in terms of learning how to work under a lot of stress.
Joining any military branch is a real commitmemt that could affect your lifestyle, health and sanity. Everyone is different and it can look good on your resume especially if you also do college. But if I were you I would stick to college.

With y9our GPA and SAT scores try applying to other colleges some out of state colleges would also give you scholarships for your grades.
Also look into Financial Federal Aid, they could end up giving you money or grants.

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Donna asks…

What kind of services do accounting firms provide?

I’m an accounting major, and just took my first class. I’m thinking when I graduate, I’ll open a firm and be self-employed, but I have to think of what services to provide. Obviously, accountants are known for providing tax services. They also create balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, and statements of stockholder equity.

I’m curious what OTHER services would an accounting firm expect to provide?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

A big 4 accounting firm provides the following services. If you’re a one-man operation, just pick those you’re good at (don’t forget to do your own risk management):

Audit and assurance
* Actuarial insurance services
* Assistance on capital market transactions
* Corporate reporting improvement
* Financial accounting
* Financial statement audit
* Sustainability reporting
* IFRS reporting
* Independent controls & systems process assurance
* Internal audit
* Regulatory compliance and reporting
* Sarbanes-Oxley compliance

* Strategy
* Finance
* Technology
* Governance, risk and compliance
* Operations
* People & change
* Revenue growth
* Shared services and outsourcing
* Sustainability
* Delivering deal value
* Investigations

* Business recovery services
* Corporate finance
* Delivering deal value
o Post deal services
o Structuring services
* Financial due diligence
* Strategy
* Valuations and economics
o Valuation consulting
o Tax valuations
o Economics
o Independent expert opinions
o Accounting valuations
o Modelling and business planning
o Post deal services
o Structuring services

Human resources
* International assignments
* Reward
* HR management

Legal services
* Asset management
* Corporate and commercial
* Corporate secretarial
* Dispute resolution
* Employment
* Financial services
* Immigration
* Public law
* Real estate

* Global compliance services
* Indirect taxes
* International tax services
* Mergers & acquisitions
* Sustainability & climate change tax
* Tax accounting services
* Tax function effectiveness
* Transfer pricing

Robert asks…

How can I start a residential construction firm?

I’m currently majoring in accounting at a top 20 university. When I first enrolled I knew that being an accountant was not my primary goal, merely an education that would leave me most flexible in the business world when I graduate. As my classes continue toward my junior year I’m faced with choosing what type of business to enter. I like the idea of residential design and construction. The various aspects all interest me and I can see wonderful economic growth opportunities once I’m established.

This leaves me with a question of what I need to do to enter the field to start and how to build my early reputation. I know that being in an industry with your ears open to people interested in leaving their niche can offer opportunities for growth once established, but I don’t know the first steps to take to begin.

What would you all suggest as the steps while I’m still in college to prepare for a career in construction, and my early steps to start the business itself?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:


Absolutely, positively number one. Ask around at your university … Mention your goals to your financial advisor, your accounting professors, and anyone else you think might be able to point you in the right direction. If your college offers any kind of real estate courses, consult with those professors. There are so many avenues to explore for ideas and contacts! Find people who do what you want to do, and ask them about their career paths – how did they get to where they are? Why did they want to be in construction? Who can they recommend as mentors? Where can you intern while you’re still in college? Where are the areas in which construction is booming and where fresh, new talent can get a good start? Every contact you make knows other people who can help you find your way. Never underestimate the power of connections! Make friends in all the right places. Enjoy the process … It’s absolutely a power game, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a game, and that it can’t be fun for you and your contacts! Be a good guy, the one everyone wants to know at parties.

Don’t get complacent – keep current on trends and goings-on in your intended industry. The more you know, the more you’ll make a good impression on your contacts.

The more people you know in the field, and more important, the more who know you, the better your opportunites for breaking into the business in a big way. It takes a serious investment of your time and effort, but it’s the best way to get where you want without having to “start from the ground floor” … Get your start while you’re still in school, and you’ll be three times farther than you would be if you got moving after graduation.

Good luck!

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Robert asks…

Are any construction companies hiring around Austin, Texas?

My husband has been working out of town for the last several months and is wanting to get back closer to home. We live east of Austin. He can do all types of construction work and run all types of equipment…dozers, backhoes, blades, loaders, you name it. He has experience as a supervisor and project manager as well. He can read blue prints, lay pipe, almost anything you can ask. So I was wondering if anyone knows any construction companies hiring for any position. Thanks!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Search ‘construction jobs’ on and – enter in Austin, Tx as your location.

I just searched both of these and a few dozen listings appeared.

Mary asks…

Moving to a new city (Houston, TX). Find a job first or an apartment?

I am relocating to Houston with one child. Lately I’ve been looking for apartments. But which is best to do as far as looking first…a job or an apartment?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I’d strongly recommend finding a job first, then relocating ASAP. Houston is huge–fourth largest city in the US, best economy among largest cities (in terms of job growth), relatively low cost-of-living. But public transportation is extemely limited, and almost everyone relies on a personal vehicle to get around. Depending on what sort of job you land, you could be working downtown, the Galleria area, the ‘burbs, NASA, etc., and you don’t want to have to drive from one end of Houston to the other if you can help it during rush hour (and dealing with day care or schools, depending on the age of your child). Also, the sort of job you land will relate directly to what you can afford for housing, utilities, etc. Check out the Houston Chronicle online ( for job listings, apartment rentals, and other news.

For the record, Austin is a great city but extremely expensive, compared to just about anywhere else in Texas, and traffic is a nightmare. Dallas is ok, but like Houston you might have great distances to travel to get from one place to another. Good luck with the move–you’ll find Houstonians friendly and willing to help you get settled.

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Charles asks…

Would this be a good mix for Strategy Consulting?

I am currently an undergraduate transferring to the University of Florida. At the college I am receiving my associates degree, my focus was on finance which is to what I applied for to UF. I was accepted. After some significant changes in my life I want to change my major to something that is more challenging and stands out compared to finance. I want to switch my major to Industrial Engineering (IE). This major is perfect for me because it is very quantitative and it focuses on business aspects.

The dilemma is that I might not be able to transfer to IE because of the lateness in my undergraduate career. Alright so here are my two options I am considering:
1. I make the switch to IE, stay at UF about one year longer more or less and of course graduate Magna Cu m Laude, (or else it is pointless, not to be conceded but I am smart). Then I would receive some experience in the field followed by appling to Boston Consulting Group (my target firm). Or just apply straight to BCG.

2. This option I would finish my degree in finance at UF. Then I would receive a masters degree in IE from a top notch school. Then apply straight to BCG.

Basically which option sounds better? I’m on the fence leaning more towards two because it sounds better on paper etc.

By the way I intentionally placed a space between Cu and m because Yahoo replaces it with stars because of its explicit meaning in other contexts.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

BSG is perhaps the most prestigious Consulting Group in the world. They get thousands of applicants,
What make you think they won’t just toss your application at first glance?

Few reputable schools will allow you to take a Master’s in Industrial Engineering without an undergraduate in Engineering or at least a year of bridging course. You would be more likely to get into a Master’s in Technology Management (MSTM).

James asks…

I want to be a Management consultant at a management Consulting Firm and then go on to my own company?

I want to be a Management consultant at a management Consulting Firm and then go on to my own company?
I would like to double major in Business Administration, and International Business and then get a job as a Management Consultant. I would also like to one day open my own Strategy/Management Consulting Firm and then spread Internationally. Does it really matter what four year college I attend? How much can I expect to make in this job?

And please dont come at me with the “it shouldnt matter what you make” line because that just isnt how the world goes round ok… Be realistic. I care about what kind of life I’m going to live financially so I can care less about your feelings on how much you should love your career even if you dont make alot of money. Id rather not live in a one bedroom apartment… Thanks in advance for any information on this job. Hey can someone also provide me with a website that shows this career in detail….? Thanks…

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

You ask some good questions, and your goals are not unrealistic. Now, I would have to say that it will be very hard to expand your company internationally, but it is not impossible. What I would do instead is this:

If you want to double major, I would major in business administration and Communication Studies or Public Relations. Most universities lump PR in with business, but the reality is that it is completely different. I say this because, as a business major, you will take courses in global business and international studies. Most colleges have international professors teaching courses here to offer the intercultural perspective of business. They know that in today’s age that international relations is a necessity.

Communication will open up the doors to PR and marketing, which is a hot commodity for a consultant, for you will be able to help a client market a product that will be beneficial to them. A Communication degree will also teach you the aspects of organizational communication, which is absolutely essential for a consultant. If the communication in an organization is off, that is when a client will outreach to make sure that their company runs smoothly, and just where the problems lie.

As far as what college you attend, I would say that it does matter. Work really hard in high school, and make sure that you have a choice of top tier schools. I would suggest University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Harvard Business, Princeton, and any other Ivy League school. If this is unattainable, do not stress where you go. I went to Longwood University in a small town in Virginia, and they have an excellent business school, and Communication Studies program. I am starting Grad School at Virginia Commonwealth University, where I am taking courses in strategic Public Relations, Organizational Communication, and Global PR. Just make sure that wherever you go for college, make sure you do well enough to graduate with a really good GPA.

I would go to any undergraduate school you choose, do really well there (join organizations that with a business background and maintain at least a 3.7 GPA), then go to the best grad school that you possibly can. This will greatly increase your chances of making your dream a reality.

Also, be aware that this is not something that you will be able to start and get the ball rolling right away. You have to network with everyone. Remember: your friends in high school and your friends in college, well, everyone you meet is a potential client. Keep in tough with those that will help you, and those that may need your service down the road.

You will also need to join a firm in this line of work first to help you build these relationships and networks that will allow you to start your own firm. I would look at McKinsey & Company at

I would also read the following books on the subject:

The McKinsey Way by Ethan Rasiel

The McKinsey Mind by Ethan Rasiel and Paul Friga

The McKinsey Engagement by Paul Friga.

McKinsey is the most popular PR firm in the world. They have ways of solving problems that will greatly help your career. No matter where you go after college, these books and lessons learned will greatly benefit you to realizing your goal.

As far as money, at first you will make about 50,000-60,000 with another company. You will only go up from there, if you are good. You just have to have the credentials so people believe that you are, and if you don’t make them realize it!

This is the same field of which I am seeking job opportunities. I am wanting to start my own consulting business on the side while working.

I hope that this answer will help you, anything else, just e-mail me, I will be glad to help.

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Entry Level Business Consulting Jobs

Thomas asks…

What others careers could someone with a BA in History obtain, besides a teaching position?

Where could they be found?
What would the job description be?
How much would it pay?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I’m a college professor going for his PhD in Marketing. I have taught over 800 undergraduate students marketing and promotions over the last 4 years. I will tell you what I’ve told them:

I have a BA in History. Initially, I thought about a history teaching job on the high school or collegiate level. Then, I saw potential salaries. You don’t make much money teaching. So, I got a sales job, which led to a better sales job, which got me into a top B-School. After, I worked in management consulting before going back to school for my doctorate.

Here’s the main idea: your undergraduate degree doesn’t dictate your eventual career. Only 15% of the students in the top 15 business schools have an undergraduate business degree; most were good students in liberal arts, math, economics, and the social sciences. The one thing they ALL have in common is at least 5 years of real-world business experience.

Your liberal arts background is extremely valuable. You’ve learned how to research and write. The historical perspective is critical to effective managerial decision making to avoid repeating past mistakes. I laugh when I say this because hundreds of top corporations continue to do the same dumb things over and over again. We need more history majors in the business world!!!!!!

The first thing you need to do NOW is LEARN ABOUT BUSINESS. Read the WSJ, or Fortune Magazine. Learn about the business side of your favorite activities. Choose a favorite brand and learn its history. Once you learn the vernacular, you’ll be better equipped to apply for an entry-level job in sales, marketing, PR, advertising, investments, etc. Network with friends and family. Check an online job search engine. Starting pay varies.

Past liberal arts students of mine are currently working across the country in many different industries, and in many different jobs. It doesn’t matter where you start your career, the key is to start now! Fortune favors the Bold! Carpe Diem!Good luck.

Ken asks…

How much does a Financial Analyst make? How do I become one?

Is there a big demand for Financial analysts? How does a programmer become one?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Financial analysts gather information, assemble spreadsheets, write reports, and review all non-legal pertinent information about prospective deals. They examine the feasibility of a deal and prepare a plan of action based on financial analysis. Being an analyst requires a vigilant awareness of financial trends. Analysts have a heavy reading load, keeping abreast of news stories, market movements, and industry profiles in financial newspapers, magazines, and books. Most analyst jobs are in banking houses or for financial-advising firms, which means following corporate culture and wearing corporate dress. If a deal demands it, they must be prepared to travel anywhere for indeterminate lengths of time. Those who wish to rise in the industry should note the necessity of significant “face time,” attending social events and conferences and spending downtime with people in the profession, which can be expensive; this social circle tends to gravitate to high-priced attire and costly hobbies, habits, and diversions. Analysts sacrifice a lot of control over their personal lives during their first few years, but few other entry-level positions provide the possibility of such a large payoff come year’s end.
Many employers use bonuses, which can be equal to or double the beginning analyst’s salary, to attract and hold intelligent personnel. Successful financial analysts become senior financial analysts or associates after three to four years of hard work at some firm. Those with strong client contacts and immaculate reputations start their own financial consulting firms. Many work as analysts for about three years and then return to school or move on to other positions in banking. Financial analysts work long hours, and deadlines are strict. “When you have to get the job done, you get the job done. Period,” emphasized one. The occasional fifteen-hour day and night spent sleeping in the office is mitigated by the high degree of responsibility these analysts are given. The long hours breed a close kinship. Over 65 percent called their co-analysts extremely supportive, and many labeled them a “major reason” they were able to put up with the demanding work schedule. Most people become financial analysts because they feel it is the best way to immerse themselves in the world of finance and a great way to earn a lot of money. They’re right on both counts, but be aware that the immersion is complete and somewhat exclusive, and although people earn a lot of money, few have the free time to spend it all how they’d like to.

Paying Your Dues

Entry-level positions are highly competitive. A bachelor’s degree in any discipline is acceptable, so long as the potential analyst’s course of study demonstrates an ability to understand and work with numbers. Those with computer science, physical science, or biological science backgrounds may find the field more welcoming than do liberal arts majors. Business majors don’t necessarily have an advantage; each company trains the incoming class of financial analysts before they begin the job. To become a financial analyst you need to have a strong sense of purpose-it is not a job for those who are uncertain that their future lies in the financial world. Candidates must be able to meet and interact with clients, handle a heavy work load, prioritize and complete work under strict deadlines, work as part of a team, and work with computer spreadsheet and valuation programs. Many find the travel stimulating initially, but “after your third week in Jopbsug, Tennessee, at the ball-bearing plant, it gets old.”

Associated Careers

Those who progress along corporate financial-analyst tracks can expect to eventually find different jobs in the financial community, perhaps as investment bankers, investment advisors, or financial consultants. Those who enjoy the more interpersonal side of finance move into management consultant positions, where they can use their people skills as well as their financial skills. Over 45 percent head to business school within five years and another ten percent go to law school. A few become in-house financial advisors or officers in the industries they covered as financial analysts.

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Austin Texas Weather

Steven asks…

What are the pros and cons of living in Austin, TX?

I am considering moving to Austin, Texas for a variety of reasons, mostly around quality of life. I currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area and am experiencing the high traffic and high cost of living (price of home-ownership, electricity, gas) among other things..and am searching for a place where both are lower. I love the Bay Area weather, but have heard Austin‘s weather is comparably mild, esp in the Hill Country. And of course, the fact that there’s no state income tax is a definite plus…but it’s offset by the high property taxes.

Thanks in advance for your input!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Austin is one of my favorite cities.
As is san francisco, but you are is outrageously expensive!
I’ve lived in houston my whole life, but i go to austin when i can.
And my cousin lived there for about 6 years and my brother lived there for a couple as well.
I hope this helps
-you are right..austin’s weather isn’t bad. Of course coming from san fran it would take getting used to. But it’s much better than houston. Winters are lovely and not bone cold but perfect. There are days when it feels really hot but most of the year you just wanna sit outside all day.
-it is such a cute city. Neat little shops and nice buildings. Its nice walking around the capitol and old buildings.
-if you are a bike rider austin is great.
-good public bus system.
-music festivals and lots of fun festivities, that are sometimes free. Exa. Austin city limits. There was a battle of puns.
-great culture
-beautiful houses
-i think cost of living is reasonable. Some parts are expensive, but there are some areas that are pretty cheap..esp. Compared to san fran
-not as touristy as san fran
-nice trees
-i could go on forever
-well i get annoyed with all the crazy UT longhorn stuff, but you can learn to avoid it.
-traffic can be bad but can also be avoided

i just love it. And i think if you like san fran you will like austin.

Maria asks…

Which is the best State to live in Texas or California?

I am moving from Ohio in 2 months and have decided to move to either Texas or California. The Sacramento area seems to be cheaper than South Cal, but I’m not sure if the weather is as nice in Sac. I here wonderful things about Austin, Texas, but I know it gets very hot there in the summer. Where In Southern California could I find a middle class area where everything is new, such as housing developments, restaurants, malls and so on? Is California really all it’s cracked up to be, or is Texas better. Thanks for your answers!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

California is EXTREMELY expensive!

A middle class area where everything is new, such as housing developments, restaurants, malls and so on can cost you $1,000,000+ in Southern California.

Something decent (a small 2bd 1ba old house) can cost you around $600,000+.

Other parts of California it’s only slightly cheaper but STILL expensive.

And plus California is getting really ugly right now because of the economy and it’s only going to get worse. This is what these people forgot to mention.

I would move to Houston, TX. VERY BEAUTIFUL area! Lots to do. Endless amounts of fun might I add! And CHEAPER too!!

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