MBA students connected with companies, business leaders and Weatherhead alumni in the Big Apple.
In business, the more connections you have, the farther you’ll go—and a little inside scoop doesn’t hurt either. That’s exactly what Weatherhead School of Management’s MBA candidates got at this fall’s NYC City Trek organized by the Career Management Office. For two full days, students connected with fortune 500 companies, top business leaders and Weatherhead alumni in the Big Apple.
The itinerary included stops at industry giants such as Deloitte, JP Morgan and Google along with rapidly growing startups like Bluecore and Center for Social Innovation. Students gained valuable insight on how to navigate both the current job market and the business world. “All the people I spoke to handed me their business cards and asked that I get in touch via email and LinkedIn before applying for jobs at their companies,” said MBA candidate Namrata Nagdev who attended this year’s trek. “They were happy to forward my resume and help me with the application as well.”
In addition to all the networking and business card swapping, the trip included an evening reception with Weatherhead Dean Manoj Malhotra and Associate Dean Simon Peck where students were able to connect one-on-one with Weatherhead alumni based in New York. “The reception proved to be the most beneficial for me because I made strong connections with alumni there,” said Nagdev. “I learned about our alumni’s career journeys, job positions and got the inside scoop on the application process.”
Peck was pleased to see, once again, the continued dedication and involvement of Weatherhead alumni. “Though we are far from the largest program, I am always impressed by the loyalty and passion of our alumni,” he said. “They take time to meet the students and talk about their post-Weatherhead experience.”
Harsh Ranjan, another MBA student who attended, agreed that the alumni reception was valuable. “They shared lessons on the dos and don’ts from when they used to give interviews and what they look for now while conducting interviews themselves,” he said. “Flying into NYC with no idea what their jobs were about and what it took to get there, and flying out with the answers and connections to guide me on pursuing these jobs, was the most beneficial aspect of the trip.”
This spring, the Career Management Office will invite MBA students to a second City Trek in San Francisco.
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