Monday, February 05, 2007

 

New Developments

Hi Everyone,

As a quick aside, does anyone know how/why I am getting spam on the comments section of this blog? Nothing is sacred. Weird. I guess I don't know why I am surprised...

Anyways, so Winter A term is going fine. Actually the truth is, I have no idea what is going on in my classes, and I have no idea what I will be doing this summer as far as an internship. I have one interview this week in NYC for a consulting firm that I really love, so I am basically putting all of my chips on the table for this one. Wish me luck....

But yeah, as far as classes go, I am not interested in 2/3 of them (world econ, managerial accounting) and although I am interested in operations management, it's really hard and I don't have the time or brainpower to devote to it. Luckily, I have background in this stuff so it isn't so difficult, but still........honestly, if you can get your company to send you for your MBA (and thus do not have to worry about searching for an internship) you will have time to learn stuff!

Re: life in general...just found out where I am going on my MAP project, and can I just say I have the best project ever. I will be working w/the Clinton Foundation's HIV/AIDS Initiative in Papua New Guinea!! My team (4 others) and I will be there for 4 weeks, working w/the Initiative to determine a distribution strategy for HIV treatment. How freaking incredible is that. I know. I know. What else......I am kind of starting to 'hang out' w/someone now, in the semi-dating sense, but in general although I really like him, B-school dating is weird/odd/abnormal. I think any dating in a sort of contrived environment like this is difficult, but in any case, I am still having a great time!


Until next time...

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

 

Break, Recruiting, etc.

Hi cyberwolverines,

We meet again after too long of an absence. I apologize again, such is the life of a bschooler. Ok, I had 3 weeks off yes, but avoided all things school-related! Here are some updates:

-Grades first term were pretty good...not as wonderful as I would have liked, but ahead of the curve I guess. But it doesn't matter! Yes, the rumors you've heard are true...grades don't matter in BSchool. Except if you are going for I-Banking, then I think they do.

-Time off was spent mainly in Detroit with my family, and a lot of people came into town which was nice. I worked out a decent amount, and also ate a decent amount :) The last leg of my break was spent in California for the (sigh) Rose Bowl...despite the game, it was a spectacular time and I ended up also discovering (and loving!) San Diego.

-Classes this term: 2 cores (operations, managerial accounting) and 1 sort-of core (world economy: which is basically Thomas Friedman's book over 12 course lectures...). Not that any of this matter since classes have taken a MAJOR backseat for the month of January while....drumroll....recruiting is in full swing!

-Recruiting: I have 4 interviews next week, 3 for consulting firms and 1 for an internal consulting role. Ah, I'm pretty nervous, but feel I am a bit more prepared than my peers as I've been discovering while mock interviewing with them. But it's all about gametime, right...at least I don't get nervous during interviews, thank goodness.

-Other: The UMBSA Winter Formal (read: prom) is coming up in a few weeks. That should be fun, and by fun I mean 'shitshow' since about 1/2 of our class will have just finished hardcore recruiting and interviewing and we will all be ready to get our drink/dance on! What else...am thinking about leadership roles I want to take on next year, and I think besides my current involvement with the Wine Club, I will pursue leadership of a couple of 'global citizenship' (read: volunteer) type of clubs, mainly because I disagree with the way they are currently run...remember, it's all about leading in thought and action and making a difference! :)

So that's all I can think of for right now. Please leave comments as I am sure many of you undergrads are in the process of either grad school apps, recruiting, job search, or other exciting life changes!

Monday, December 11, 2006

 

Nearing the end of term.

So I cannot believe that it has only been 3 months and it seems like a lifetime of accomplishments, friends made, and steps taken towards my future. I'm now in the stage of the job hunt when companies are on campus all the time, taking us out to dinner, wining and dining us, singling us out for closed lists. It's also the time when people start panicking that they are behind (me) and that they need to decide what to do in life (me) and additionally, getting really interested in classes and wanting to do a lot academically (me).

Which brings me to my next topic pertaining to the job hunt and demand for MBAs...recruiting season and etiquette. Here are some do's and don'ts that I have observed. Please note these are just my observations! (But I'm a pretty intuitive person).

DO:
*be on time to events!
*dress professionally.
*have breathmints on hand!
*turn your cell phone off...haven't you learned this by now...
*even if you don't know squat about the firm, pay attention to their presentation. this way when you are chatting with people later, you can ask a meaningful question.
*know your resume so you can "sell yourself". even when you're talking casually, you're still being evaluated. believe it.
*leave when appropriate.

DON'T:
*ask stupid questions. yes. there are stupid questions. don't ask someone "so what does your firm do" or "what offices do you have and how would I preference them". you haven't gotten anywhere yet, and you certainly won't with a clueless attitude.
*be annoying. if you're in a circle with a lot of other students (these circles ALWAYS form), be respectful and ask one question when appropriate. your other students hate you otherwise, and the associate will definitely be taking note.
*think you're ever NOT being evaluated! i have friends who are an active recruiters and they are always evaluating, always.
*go if you know you are not interested in the firm, just to get face time with corporations. just don't.
*get drunk at corporate events. enough said. be tactful.

So that's the shortlist. There's a longlist too, but I will save that for next month when I am in the thick of it. I'll post later this week about the end of term and my thoughts on the fact that 1/4 of my coursework is completed.....scary......

finally, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

 

What to do with life?

One of the great things about going to a business school as prestigious as Michigan (Harvard, Wharton, etc.) is that you really are being molded for success, leadership, and pretty much anything you want to do, anywhere you want to go. It's incredible how much recruiting, classes, and other activities show this.

However, this presents the tough (albiet great) issue of there is TOO MANY OPTIONS!! When you are like me and did not come into business school with a set idea of what you want to do, it gets extremely messy to wade through the multitude of options that line up with your personal and professional interests. Note that I said "personal" as well - the options are so broad that you don't actually have to go back to a job you'll hate for the rest of your life! So what's great is I am able to start weeding out career options that are personally uninteresting (finance, i-banking, HR) and can focus on careers through which I can make my best impact on the world.

In my next post (this upcoming weekend) I will talk a bit about a class I'm taking that is really interesting called "Business Strategies at the Base of the Pyramid" - how multinationals and other companies can enter the consumer base that is the 4billion poor people in the world. It's been a semi-career-changing course!

Monday, November 13, 2006

 

Summary

Hello, umich cyberspace. Your long-lost bschool student reporting from Ann Arbor...

First off, GO BLUE this weekend in the most anticipated game of the season! I am going (stupidly?) to Columbus to tailgate, support the team, and hang out w/AAUM in Ohio. It should be a ridiculous time...

Anyways, I will post 2-3 entry's worth since I have admittedly been "slacking".

1) First round of exams. Let's just say, it was like someone decided to schedule a root canal, apendectomy, wisdom tooth extraction, and emergency knee surgery one day after another for four days in a row. Okay, okay, so perhaps they weren't THAT bad. But, it is amazing how much you realize you have actually learned in 6 weeks...and how little of it you retained! I survived my first round of grad finals and ended up with 2 "passes" and 2 "excellents" as course grades. (no letter grades in Bschool - instead, classes are graded on curves - 25% "excellent", 35% "good", 35% "pass", and 5% "low pass" or "fail"). phew! I'm not failing yet! :)

2) West Coast Forum. Many companies on the W Coast do not recruit at Michigan, so we bring the party to them over Fall Break {yes, Bschoolers get a whole week off in between quarters!} and about 110 Ross students attended the forum out in San Francisco. To give you an idea, Fall Break is actually called "Professional Development Week" so there were forums all over the country...2 in NYC, 1 in Chicago, 1 in Boston, 1 in DC, and 1 out in San Fran. I decided on the San Fran one since I was already out there to run a half-marathon. A word of advice re: these forums: know why you are going, and research the companies before you go!! I did not get much out of it and I wish I had spent more time doing those things. I did, however, want to buy the new iPod shuffle after Apple's "Joz" spoke as the keynote.

3) New courses. We continue the core (last term it was Corporate Strategy, Microeconomics, Financial Accounting, and Business Statistics). This term it's Finance (BLECH), Marketing, and Org Behavior. I opted to take an elective as well: Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid. So far, I am enjoying every class except for Finance; what's funny is I am really good at math, but have no prior exposure to financial concepts. It's tough.

4) Internship hunt! My Investment Banking/Finance friends are already jet-setting to NYC or Chicago for interviews. I am focusing my on-campus search on consulting, but it is no walk in the park...consulting interviews are case-based interviews that pretty much make-or-break your chances for a second round of interviews. People are already starting to practice cases...I haven't yet, but my first session will be this Sunday. Additionally, I am exploring long-term career options since I view an internship in consulting as a 'trial period'. If I don't like it, by starting the long-term search NOW I will already have a network to call on when I get back to Ann Arbor next fall. Yep, we have to plan that far ahead...

5) Other, Misc:
-The interpersonal...er, relationship aspect of business school! It's always interesting when you get similar people around each other for extended periods of time.
-Being close to home again is strange. My mom expects to see me sometimes. I haven't been home (1 hr away) since August and won't be until Thanksgiving. She's kinda mad. But, understands I am tooooo busy.
-Deciding where I'd like to live post-bschool...is tough since I basically want to live everywhere. I am leaning towards heading back to NYC though...

okay that's it for now folks. Will report back after Columbus!!

Please leave me questions as it will help facilitate postings on this blog!!

tata!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

 

long post coming tomorrow!

Hi All, I apologize profusely! Exams and Fall Break consumed my life for 2 weeks. I am preparing a comprehensive entry on what my first term in business school was like, what I wish I would have prepared for, and what I am doing now. I promise to be back tomorrow!! Please send any questions!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

 

Resumes.

Hi All,

I apologize for the lack of posts this past week...but I wanted to cover a very important topic in business and in the job search in particular...RESUMES. As many of you already know, because you may have created your resume already, it is a daunting task to keep your resume to one page. Here are some pointers that I've learned after doing this for 5+ years and just recently having my resume ripped apart 3 times in a row:
So, there's a bit of advice. If you're looking into going into business, I would see if you are able to use the business school resume review resources. I happened to have a friend who was a resume reviewer at the business school while we were undergrads, so she helped me with mine. Here is a link to my undergraduate resume (the address/ph# are old :)): RESUME. I hope that helps. Until next time...

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