Amanda Durrant listens to her own advice. As one of the two Executives in Residence for the Parker Career Management Center, she tells MBA students that "you can only plan for so much in your career; the key is to take opportunities as they arise." Durrant left her 20-year career at British Petroleum for UCLA Anderson, to help students make smart career decisions.
Thanks to private funds, the Parker Career Management Center added two recent executives, Durrant and Rob Weiler ('91), as industry-specific career counselors for students. Weiler's 17 years in finance has equipped him with inside knowledge of the financial services industry. His advice to students: "Talk to people. When I was a student, I didn't know the position I would later acquire even existed," Weiler says. "I tell students that their 660 classmates, who come from diverse backgrounds and industries, are their best resources."