During her MBA journey, Kathryn Flaschner, MBA Class of 2017, learned that a leap of faith can lead somewhere unexpected. Before she accepted her summer internship with Cognizant, she never pictured herself working in IT consulting, but taking a chance helped her realize one of her key strengths: developing trusting relationships with clients that enable her […]
The following blog post was written by Tanisha Howell, 2017 MBA candidate, who is studying competitive and organizational strategy and interned with HP Inc. in its HR Management Associate Program. After graduation she will join HP Inc. as a management associate.
How did you know that Simon was the school for you? How did you know it was the right fit?
I visited Simon three times before I made my final decision, and each visit just solidified my decision that this was the best school for me. I had an unbelievably positive experience every time I stepped onto campus. Every interaction I had with alums, current students, faculty, and staff convinced me over and over that this was the environment where I would most be able to learn, be challenged, grow my network, and find the right career path. Other top schools I visited paled in comparison to what the University of Rochester had to offer, and I’m happy to say Simon has truly become my home away from home.
Describe the activities of a club you’re involved in.
I’m heavily involved with Simon Volunteers, an organization that aims to connect students with community service opportunities in the Rochester area. We’ve volunteered at places like the Ronald McDonald House, a local nursing home, the East Avenue Grocery Run, and Habitat for Humanity. In the fall we hosted a Fall Ball auction where we raised money for our annual Secret Santa gift exchange for underprivileged Rochester children. We’re active the entire school year and it’s absolutely free to join!
What is your favorite Career Management Center resource/program/offering?
The Rochester Alumni Exchange (RAX) is an amazing tool that connects current students and University of Rochester alumni. This was instrumental in my job search and helped me find and network with people in the field I wanted to pursue.
What is your favorite thing to do in Rochester?
There are a lot of great parks and scenic trails that are fun to explore all year round.
What is your favorite song?
It’s hard to choose just one… Right now, I’m a pretty big fan of Trndsttr (Lucian Remix) by Black Coast.
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During her MBA journey, Kathryn Flaschner, MBA Class of 2017, learned that a leap of faith can lead somewhere unexpected. Before she accepted her summer internship with Cognizant, she never pictured herself working in IT consulting, but taking a chance helped her realize one of her key strengths: developing trusting relationships with clients that enable her to implement long-lasting recommendations and solutions.
For Kathryn, Simon was a place that allowed her to pursue her professional and personal passions. Along with her classwork, she was able to coach part time with the University of Rochester women’s field hockey team, which she views as a perfect extension of her role in the business world. As a coach and as a colleague, she works to create a collaborative environments that celebrate team progress and individual accomplishments.
After she graduates, Kathryn will return to Cognizant as a senior consultant in San Francisco, ready to add value with clients and colleagues on day one.
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The following blog post was written by Fisher McKenna, Simon Leadership Fellow and 2017 MBA candidate
I have had the unique experience of two different careers, and now I am headed into my third. I had always had a dual interest in business and government, so after obtaining my bachelor’s in applied economics and political science and my Master of Public Policy (MPP) in international economics, I ventured into government management consulting.
My five years in consulting were dynamic and multifaceted. I took on responsibility quickly, learned to provide objective analysis to a multitude of clients in different functional spaces, and honed my skills in client relations. In consulting, you hit the ground running, learning about your clients’ businesses quickly so you can parse through the data to come up with solid recommendations.
This “think-on-your-feet” mentality served me well in my next career of counterterrorism intelligence, where I had to collate information from a variety of sources to provide recommendations to national security leaders. In intelligence, communication skills were key as I collaborated with domestic and international partners at different agencies.
My final career switch was a similarly organic move, in which I am taking my transferable analytic, information management, and client communications skills to work in country and credit risk at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In addition, my quantitative training in economics and finance will serve me well in my new role. Career transitions have to make sense, and mine have been a series of logical segues within government or arenas that touch government. To make these moves, I’ve strategically leveraged the competencies I’ve built along the way.
As a career changer, I’ve learned some valuable tips I’ll share in case they can help you chart the course of your career as well.
Do some soul-searching before you begin the MBA program and continue throughout your studies.
My vocations all comprised my passions, my strengths, and most importantly, my values. I love variety and analytical problem-solving, so I chose consulting. I love foreign cultures and travel, am patriotic and adventure-seeking, so I chose intelligence. Ultimately, I realized that money can be positively used to alleviate social problems and help establish order, which speaks to my religious paradigms. So now I’ve chosen banking. Figure out what your worldview and ideals are so you can align them with your career. If you go against your beliefs or passions, you may end up confused or unhappy.
Don’t listen to everyone else… especially naysayers or know-it-alls. Do what YOU want to do, not what sounds cool or what others try to steer you toward. You’re the one who will end up spending time in the office and working on the job you choose, not your peers. Go after what you want.
Be serious about academics. You’re learning something completely new, but you’ll be expected to be proficient at it in a short period of time, so don’t goof off. Take classes that challenge you. Delve into the theory, do practice problems vigorously, and build relationships with your professors. Above all, enjoy the ride and take ownership of your new discipline.
Be curious and engaged. Outside of the classroom, you need to learn the practical application of your chosen field. This means you should be attending many career events and asking lots of questions. Through these events and your own research, you will find out about the many facets of your field and which ones interest you the most. Banking, for example, offers a wide array of career options. You may also want to identify a mentor or champion in the industry to aid your personal growth.
Be equal parts idealistic and practical. “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” If you’ve done all of your homework and decide that you can make your dream job a reality, then go for it. At the same time, have a back-up plan in case things don’t immediately work out. If you find yourself in a bind and don’t know what path to take, repeat steps 1-4…
I wish you the best of luck on your future endeavors!