Taking a bite out of the Big Apple: NYC City Trek
Posted 10.7.16This September, a group of Weatherhead graduate students participated in a City Trek, sponsored by the Career Management Office, to New York City. City Treks give students an internal glimpse of American business operations while networking with alumni and potential employers for future career opportunities.
Pradeep Sahukar, candidate in the full-time MBA program, participated in a City Trek to New York City in September, coordinated by Weatherhead’s Career Management Office. City Treks give students an internal glimpse of American business operations and offer students the opportunity to network with alumni and potential employers for future jobs and internship opportunities.
Our visit started off with informational interviews with alumni we were matched
with and I wanted to make the most of it. It was great to meet and get to know Vikram Tuscano (MBA ‘11) from Deloitte. We had a great conversation, centered around my experience and career focus post-graduation. His tips on how to prepare for career fairs and interviews were invaluable. It was comforting to talk to someone who had been there in my position, and hear about how he made use of the resources available at Weatherhead and what worked for him.
We then attended the alumni reception at Aretsky's Patroon Townhouse. During this great event we had the opportunity to interact with many area alumni and learn about their experiences, current job roles, do’s and don’ts of job search, how to get an internship and more. From a networking point of view, what is better than making connections with Weatherhead alumni? It was so satisfying to see that every one of them was willing to help and guide us. After the event, our small group of current students then headed to one of the most visited places in NYC--Times Square--and it was just crazy. Huge billboards, hundreds of travelers clicking pictures and videos, local artists performing in the street…it was magical.
The second day of the trip was all about visiting three diverse companies. With our Program Director Simon Peck, we started off with Morgan Stanley in the morning. Sitting in a board room on the 27th floor of their office was beyond belief. As much as I was trying to focus on the conversation, I couldn’t resist looking at the view of the Manhattan Skyscrapers. Joe Sabatini, Charlie Visconsi and Andrew Medvedev hosted us and shared their experience on ways to master the job search, what works and what doesn’t, how to tell your story, and more. We will never forget Joe’s “Ten Practical Steps to Landing a Job” advice.
We then headed to Secaucus in New Jersey to visit the Dream Fulfillment Center of Rent the Runway. Nora Dicky hosted us and explained how two MBA graduates came together in 2009 and founded this company, which is disrupting the fashion, retail, and e-commerce industry and growing each year.
Our last stop was at the Design & Innovation Center of PepsiCo. A horse sculpture welcomed us, a signification of innovation to PepsiCo. We were hosted by Steve from the design team and he talked to us about how PepsiCo is using design thinking and innovation as a strategy to differentiate itself in the market place. He took us on a tour of the design center and discussed how different functions have come together to co-create different products. You can read more about how PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi has led the way in turning design thinking into a successful strategy.
The opportunity to talk to the company hosts from different areas of their organizations (finance, operations and innovation) was an enriching experience. It gave us insight into how business functions are run and how the individuals we met are making a difference in their organizations. It was an experience that I will always cherish.