The following blog post was written by Mikayla Hart, 2016 MBA Candidate. I’m very grateful that I participated in UR Simon the other weekend. This annual event, which is for Simon’s newly admitted MBA and MS students, was a busy couple of days. Students met future classmates, attended a case discussion led by Professor Greg […]
I love organizing Net Impact treks for our members because I can really see people’s passions come to life and I leave with a strong sense of inspiration. Our first Net Impact NYC trek was January 21-22, and 15 MS and MBA students enjoyed an impressive lineup of speakers, an alumni event, and a tour of the United Nations headquarters. After the hard work that went into organizing the event, I’m happy to say it was all worth it.
Simon’s recent arrangement to share space at the New York Law School in Tribeca gave us a perfect venue to hold our event and host our speakers. We were fortunate enough to have guests speak on a wide range of topics that were of interest to our members, such as impact investing, corporate social responsibility, clean energy, social startups, and sustainability consulting. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the discussions and I left feeling inspired, as did many other members.
That’s my favorite part of Net Impact treks, the sense of inspiration and drive that I take with me. It reminds me to focus on my passions to create an exciting career path and leave a positive impact with each step I take.
For more information on Simon’s chapter of Net Impact, email NetImpact@simon.rochester.edu.
Richard is a 2015 graduate of the MBA program and is working as a senior finance analyst at Intel. Before coming to Simon, he majored in engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Simon Admissions: You came from an engineering background. What made Simon’s MBA program a good fit for you?
Richard Bailey: There were a few factors that influenced my decision. The first was that I wanted a school that offered a concentration in Information Systems, or something similar. Simon was one of the few Consortium schools that offered this concentration. The second factor was an environment I felt comfortable in. I wanted a small school that was family-oriented, and Simon was a good fit in that way. The third factor was curriculum. Simon’s analytical focus and FACt Approach was very appealing to me. I had no prior business experience before starting my MBA. In fact, the last business class I had taken was AP Macroeconomics in high school, which allowed me to place out of college economics classes. I had a meeting with a Simon admissions officer and then I came to Diversity Weekend in the fall and fell in love with the program. The rest is history.
SA: You studied abroad while at Simon. What was that experience like for you?
RB: International study had always intrigued me, and I didn’t get that chance as an undergrad. Simon offers a large array of international experiences, so studying abroad was a no-brainer—I knew I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity immediately. I went to the Universidad del CEMA in Argentina, and the experience was definitely one of the top three best things I did while at Simon. It made me more culturally aware of differences in the business world and changed my business school experience. Meeting other study abroad students allowed me to gain valuable global perspective.
SA: Tell me more about your CrowdFit app. How did the idea come about?
RB: In May of my first year as an MBA student, the idea for CrowdFit stemmed from a class with Professor Avi Seidmann. I vetted the idea with several classmates who I trusted to give me unbiased opinions and with Prof. Seidmann and former professor Paulo Albuquerque. The professors helped me get the basics down. They helped me get a deeper understanding of the customer/user, helped me find the right price point and assemble the right team. My classmates helped refine the idea by comparing it to other existing apps to clarify its unique value add. I am now working with another Simon alum, Nate Kumapayi, MBA ’14, and we are looking at a February launch date. Stay tuned!
SA: How did your Simon education prepare you for your role at Intel?
RB: Simon prepared me in a huge way. Finance wasn’t really on my radar when I came to business school, but after I took some core classes, I became interested in the principles. One thing I was concerned about coming into business school was how I would catch up to my peers who likely had more business background than I did. Simon’s analytical approach really helped me shorten my learning curve. My work at Intel is largely project-based and my role has a lot of influence in the Global Marketing Communications Group. I am responsible for looking for marketing efficiencies (including ways to save money and time) and for understanding financial trends within the industry and within Intel. I help strategize, execute, and plan the entire operations budget for the Global Marketing Communications Group, and my readiness to handle this type of role at Intel is definitely a reflection of my education at Simon.
SA: Do you have any advice for prospective students?
RB: My advice is two-fold. First, figure out your goals for during and after business school. Having a set of goals that I could execute while I was in business school helped propel me when I graduated. While I was a Simon student, I wanted to attend a certain amount of job fairs, be a leader in clubs, build relationships with my peers, and step out of my comfort zone. If I hadn’t done those things, I wouldn’t be at Intel now. Second, you should come into business school with an open mind. It’s good to have an idea of what you’d most like to do, but you should also have plans B, C, and even D in place in case you need them. I knew I wanted to work in the tech industry, but I would have taken any role: Operations, accounting, marketing, and obviously, finance. If you keep an open mind, you’ll be ready to take advantage of great opportunities when they come along.
Learn more about Richard in a recent blog post on Caila K Speaks.
The following blog post was written by Neftali Morales, MS ’13 and 2016 MBA Candidate
As a soon-to-be three-time graduate from the University of Rochester (BA ’12, MS ’13 and MBA ’16), I have either come to love this place or I am a glutton for pain. I prefer to think it’s the former.
Over the years, I have had the pleasure of attending Experience Simon Weekend events hosted by the Simon School’s admissions office. My first experience with the Simon Business School came during the senior year of my undergraduate studies. At an event hosted at the undergraduate campus, I had an encounter with a second-year MBA student from Simon that remains one of the most impactful and pivotal moments in my life. After starting up a conversation and learning that I was unsure about what I would be doing after graduation, she urged me to at the very least consider the Simon Business School and explore possible careers in business. Although hesitant due to my liberal arts background, I contacted her to learn more about master’s programs and begin my application process. After I had demonstrated great interest, she forwarded my name to the admissions office and I received an invitation to an upcoming Experience Simon Weekend (ESW).
My first ever ESW was in Spring of 2012 when I attended with hopes that my incredible undergraduate experience at my alma mater would extend into my graduate school journey. I felt very fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in this event. We were able to sit-in on current student and alumni panels, meet other candidates from across the country, explore the campus at large, learn more about the application process, and interview with the admissions office.
I enrolled at Simon in Fall of 2012 and I graduated in Spring 2013 with an MS in Management (Simon has since realigned its specialized master’s programs). After graduation, I relocated to Chicago to begin my career. I was invited back many times to attend Simon’s ESW to experience this event as someone on the other side; serving both as an alumni panelist and interviewer for candidates. I remembered how impactful this experience was for me as a candidate, so I accepted each invitation to return as an alumnus and participate in this wonderful event because I knew it could be the determining factor in a candidate’s decision. At the same time, I was excelling professionally with my company but I knew an MBA would be necessary in order to achieve my ultimate career goals. The question that remained was not ‘if?’ but instead, ‘when?’
During the last ESW I attended as an alum, the many conversations with prospective students, interviews of candidates with ambitious future plans, and the excitement of the staff welcoming innovative changes at the Simon School inspired me to revisit my long-term goals. In that moment I decided that it was time to return to Simon for my MBA. As a current MBA student, I have already participated in several ESWs this year, and I plan to continue long after I complete my degree this summer.
Following a great journey here at Simon, I am excited to begin the next chapter of my life in my dream role as a management consultant with a firm based out of the Washington, D.C., area this summer. As someone who had the great fortune of being on both sides, I understand and fully appreciate how influential an experience with a current student or alum can be, and as such, I can find no better way to say ‘thank you’ to the Simon Business School family for such great experiences over the years than to do my part in helping provide that very same experience to others.
My life’s trajectory was forever re-directed because of one conversation with one Simon student to whom I owe a great deal of gratitude, and I can say without reservation that our interaction changed the course of my life.
We look forward to welcoming guests for our next Experience Simon Weekend on January 29 and 30! If you haven’t visited campus, we encourage you to register for our ESW on April 8 and 9 to learn more about Simon’s MBA and MS programs!
The following blog post was written by Benita Vaz, 2016 MS Marketing Analytics Candidate
It’s that time of the year when all B-School aspirants are eagerly waiting for positive replies from their dream schools. It reminds me of myself exactly one year ago when I had an email pop up in my account one morning that brought a broad smile to my face…it was my admit letter from Simon! Receiving B-School admission is probably one of the most rewarding moments of your life, as you feel proud of your achievements and gratified that all your hard work and efforts have finally paid off.
But what’s next? There’s a tough decision to make. After all, there’s a lot depending on your decision, and choosing a business school is not just about sending in your application to several schools and hoping to get into a good one, as many people do when applying for an undergraduate degree.
In my time as a prospective student, I remember being concerned about getting to know people in such a large setting. Moreover, being an international student, I was unsure of how to go about networking with students and faculty to gauge whether I was making the right choice. My uncertainty disappeared after I attended Scholarship Weekend in February of last year. During that visit to campus I realized that Simon was the B-School for me.
At Scholarship Weekend I had the chance to participate in a case study competition and work in teams with students from all around the world with different academic and professional backgrounds. Apart from the classroom learning, I wanted to be able to work in a diverse setting. Given the mix of international students at Simon, I was sure to build a huge network with people coming from different cultures and thought processes, which I knew would contribute in a great way to my graduate school experience.
I also had a chance to closely interact with the current students at Simon. They came across as super intelligent and confident business professionals who were completely ready to take on challenges in the business world. They were very friendly and warm and were more than willing to guide me on the steps I would need to take to reach my career objectives. I immediately felt connected with them.
During that weekend I learned the importance of self-branding and how a Simon education equips students to stand out as confident and intelligent candidates to potential employers.
I learned about the numerous clubs, expos, and networking events at Simon, which help students get deeper insight into various industries to inform career choices. These activities also give students the platform to demonstrate their leadership skills and refine their networking abilities, which are some of the most important talents to possess to excel as a manager.
One of Simon’s unique features is its highly quantitative-based curriculum. The coursework is heavily focused on analytics, which is a skill set that has a growing demand in almost every industry. Companies have an increasing need for general managers who can partner effectively with “quants” to ensure that their work yields better strategic and tactical decisions, given the peaks and troughs the global economy has been witnessing of late. The Simon curriculum is perfectly designed to cater to the needs of such a market.
After completing my bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and working as a process engineer in the oil industry for three years, I wanted to take my career a step further. I was looking at transitioning into an analytical role within the oil industry where I could pair my technical knowledge with the management skills that I would acquire in B-School. And so, after carefully scrutinizing my list and keeping my career objectives in mind, I chose Simon Business School.
From the curriculum to the Simon community, everything was in alignment with my career goals, and as an intern with one of the leading names in the energy consulting business, I feel extremely happy about the decision I made a year ago!
Effective for the 2015-2016 academic year, Simon’s MS in Marketing Analytics and MS in Business Analytics are designated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs, under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.