Career Development Center Kicks Off Career Fridays
Posted 9.14.06The Career Development Center kicked off its Career Fridays sessions on Friday, September 8th with a panel of second-year MBA students as well as another panel of Weatherhead alumni. The two groups gave advice and answered questions from an audience of about forty-five first-year MBA students. Career Fridays will continue on the 15th of September with a session on case interviewing with Mark Cosentino, author of Case In Point.
Career Fridays kicked off last week on Friday, September 8th with a brief introduction to the Career Development Center (CDC) Staff. Regina Olbinsky, Director of the Career Development Center, is joined this year by JT Neuffer and Maria Selos, both Managers of External Relations, and Kim Orndorff and Amy Lucal, both Career Development Managers. This introduction was followed by a second-year student panel that shared their internship experiences and advice with a crowd of about forty-five first-year students. On the student panel were Matt Evans, Summer Associate for Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC; Rosa Kang, Marketing Leadership Development Program Summer Intern for IBM in Westchester County, NY; Andy Male, Summer Associate for Western Reserve Partners in Cleveland; and Andy Panjaitan, Market Research Intern for The Babcock and Wilcox Companies in Barberton, OH.
After hearing from the second-year students, a panel of alumni fielded questions ranging from interviewing tips to networking etiquette. Among the alumni to attend were Jay Patel, Program Manager for Cisco; Al Morrison, Senior Vice President for AT Kearney; Patti Schaar, Associate for McKinsey & Company; and Michael Satterthwaite, Marketing Manager for Key Bank. As the students, staff, and alumni were treated to lunch, discussion continued at smaller tables. This provided an opportunity for the students to ask detailed, more personalized questions to the staff and alumni.
Some of the strategies that second-year students passed along were to attend alumni panels and information sessions, ask for referrals, post resumes in several locations, explore opportunities within your current network, and to actively expand on that network. Highlights from the advice given by the alumni were to present yourself well, exhibit strong communication and organizational skills, display relevant experience and leadership opportunities on resumes, and prepare for the interview with a memorable story.
On September 22, Career Fridays continues with an advanced Interviewing Skills session presented by Lee Hecht Harrison, who will also present an Informational Interviewing Workshop on October 6th. This leads into a month (October) dedicated to Mock Interviewing. On October 13th, a Writing Workshop will be presented by Norm Friedman Communications.
Various clubs will also be holding events in conjunction with Career Fridays:
- Roundtable Discussion given by the Multi-cultural MBA Student Association, September 22
- Consulting as a Career Track hosted by Gallup Consulting given by the Consulting Club, September 22
- Healthcare Career Panel given by the Health Systems Management and Bioscience Club, September 22
- Finance Club will host a Career Panel on Tuesday, September 26th
- Consulting Club will be hosting a Case Interviewing Session with AT Kearney, September 29th
- The National Black MBA Association’s Career Fair, September 26th through October 2nd at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
For more information about any upcoming events, please visit Weatherhead’s Online Calendar at http://weatherhead.case.edu/wsomCalendar/event.cfm. To register, please contact the CDC directly at 216.368.3662 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
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