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T-bird hired to help alumni with career services

As a certified career coach and Senior Professional in Human Resources, Michael Seaver ’10 welcomes the challenge of helping business professionals unlock their potential. “I help people see themselves as the CEO of their own brand,” said Seaver, named by the Arizona Republic as one of 35 top Arizona entrepreneurs 35 and younger in fall 2013. “I help people identify their strengths, and then we figure out how to sell that on a piece of paper or on LinkedIn.”

Starting on March 3, 2014, Seaver will focus full-time on helping Thunderbirds worldwide as Director of Career Management, Alumni Services and Engagement at the school’s Career Management Center in Arizona. The position is part of the school’s broader commitment to provide career services for life for all Thunderbird alumni. “This opportunity in many ways has brought me home,” Seaver said. “It feels good to come back to Thunderbird and build the brand that changed my life.”

Seaver’s path to Thunderbird started in small-town Montague, Michigan, where his family operated a landscaping, lawn maintenance and snowplowing company launched by his grandfather. When Seaver graduated from high school in 1998, he spent two weeks touring Scotland with a golf team, and the experience opened his mind to international possibilities. “I felt like I was meant to do things on a global scale,” he said.

After finishing an undergraduate degree in Michigan, he moved to Arizona and landed a job at Four Seasons Resort in Scottsdale. “Every day I was able to work and interact with folks from all over the world,” he said. The experience led to an opportunity to be the first operations manager at Cibola Vista Resort and Spa, which opened near Arizona’s Lake Pleasant in 2007. Within two years, the resort earned its first 5-star rating.

When Seaver decided to pursue an MBA, he initially chose a Thunderbird competitor — until a Thunderbird alumnus persuaded him to attend Thunderbird Preview Weekend. “When I stepped onto campus, it felt much closer to who I was deep down in my heart,” Seaver said. During his time on campus, he attended a Thunderbird Winterim in China and started learning Chinese. He also landed a summer internship with Banner Health that led to full-time employment as Director of Talent Sourcing.

This is where Seaver discovered his passion for career coaching, a skill he has refined as CEO of Seaver Consulting and Assistant Director of the Graduate Career Center at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. “I have had a lot of success helping master's degree students and alumni uncover their life's mission and align it with their chosen careers,” he said.

To contact Seaver after March 3, 2014, call 602-978-7080 or send messages to michael.seaver@thunderbird.edu.

Incorporate You
Michael Seaver ’10 is the author of Incorporate You,  a how-to guide for the major components of career transition full of resources, templates and ideas that readers can use to unlock their potential.

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