• Roland A. Caputo and the Simon School in New York City

    Roland A. Caputo and the Simon School in New York City

    If you are interested in learning more about the MBA and MS programs at the University of Rochester, Simon School and are located in the NYC metro area, here’s your opportunity! Join alumni, students, and staff for an evening of networking and listen to an interview style program with Simon alumnus, Roland Caputo as he […]

    Jan 09, 2013 | 1 comment | View Post

  • Take on the World at Simon

    Take on the World at Simon

    By: Jerrica As someone who will be posting regular blog posts for Simon, I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Jerrica, and I just started the MBA program in early August.  In contrast with most of my fellow students, I don’t have an exact plan in mind for after graduation; I have an […]

    Dec 03, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Simon School Career Management posts strong results and improvement for 2012 MBA grads

    The results are in and posted and the Simon School Career Management Center has shown a strong result and significant improvement over 2011.  Here’s a snapshot for your referral: • 93% of students had a job offer within 90 days of graduation • 92% of students had accepted a job offer within 90 days of graduation • Two-thirds […]

    Nov 09, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post

The Keys to Networking from a Student’s Perspective

From the day I decided to start my MBA, I have heard this term millions of times – networking!Networking is vital, it is the holy grail which will get you a job.

Brijesh Jain, '15 MBA Interning through the Citi-Financial Management Associate Program in NYC

Brijesh Jain, ’15 MBA
Interning in the Citi-Financial Management Associate Program in NYC this summer

You need to network to get an interview.  Once you get the interview, you need to network with your interviewer and guess what, even after landing the internship/ job, you need to network with the people within the organization.  As an MBA student you are encouraged to network with your peers, the second year students, the first year students, the faculty, the alumni, the guys at the coffee shop, the janitors, the grocery store owners, the bus drivers, the cab drivers, pretty much anyone.  But what is networking?  How does one network?  What does one do to get in a network, and most importantly why network?

I want to share my experiences of networking over the past year.  These are by no means the only way to do things, but hey, they helped me to land an internship.

Why network

In order to get a job, it is important for people to know YOU.  People want to know your name, your background, why are you applying for the job, what do you intend to get out of it, and how will you contribute to the company.   The hiring guys want to know whether you want to make a career for yourself in the organization, will you leave the job in 2 years, or are you applying for the job only because you have no other options available.

Think about it-it seems fair that the company/ interviewer know you and your rationale for applying.  Think of it as going to a restaurant.  You need to tell the waitress what you want to eat before she can get you the food.  Similarly, before the organization hires you, they want to know more about you.  Another example can be that of a hair-dresser – his goals are aligned to yours.  You want to get a good hair-cut and he knows that you’ll come back to him only if he does a good job.  But before he starts his work, he’s got to know something about you and your personality to suggest a style which will suit you.

How to network

There are many ways to network.  You can use emails, LinkedIn, cold calls, get introduced by someone, Twitter, Facebook, etc.  I am not going to get into those aspects.  What I do want to say is that networking should be purposeful.  You cannot be writing or calling someone ‘just to talk’ or ‘just so that the person knows who you are.’

So what is the purpose of networking?  To get a job, right?!  Well of course but that should never drive your networking efforts.  Every person who you interact with knows that you are doing so to get a favor from him or her.  But this should never be made explicit.  Actually, it should also not be stated indirectly.  That’s a Big NO NO.  So then, what’s the purpose?  You network to forge friendships.  You network to know about the other person and let other person know about you.  I know for some people (me included) talking about myself is very difficult.  I received this advice from someone about networking which is useful –think of a networking call or a networking meeting as going on 1st date.  You do not want to reveal everything about yourself but keep conversations interesting so that you get the 2nd date.

The goal of networking is to build friendships so that when there is indeed a job opening, your contact recommends you for the job and pushes your application to the front of the line.  In short, networking is the exercise of building a friendship so that the other person not only voluntarily decides to help, but is also is glad that he or she is helping you.

So for everyone who is in an MBA program or contemplating starting one – happy networking : )

Alumni Spotlight: Kevin Sheldon, MBA ‘04

Kevin Sheldon, MBA ‘04 Vice President of Audience Development  Equate Analytics

Kevin Sheldon, MBA ‘04
Vice President of Audience Development
Equate Analytics

Prior to my position with Equate Analytics, I was with AOL.  At both AOL and now Equate Analytics, I manage programs that drive visitors to top Internet brands such as Huffington Post and Techcrunch through marketing, partnerships, and best-in-class solutions to capture traffic from major sites like Google, Facebook, etc.

I was impressed with the analytic rigor of the Simon program and the team-based structure.  In addition I was excited to go to a top ranked program in the Upstate NY area which is where I grew up.

Simon has taught me critical thinking, problem solving skills, and using numbers to garner support for ideas.  The network has also been tremendously valuable.

My words of advice for prospective students considering Simon Business School:
An MBA is incredibly valuable, but make sure you have a clear goal for what you want to accomplish with it when finished, so you make the most of your time and money.  Also, I highly recommend taking on leadership opportunities while at Simon as it really helped in my professional development.

Alumni Spotlight: Charles “Dusty” Riddle, MBA ‘08

Charles “Dusty” Riddle, MBA ‘08 Capital One – Manager - Business Analytics, Credit Risk Management o-President – Simon School Alumni Network of Greater Washington, DC

Charles “Dusty” Riddle, MBA ‘08
Capital One – Manager – Business Analytics, Credit Risk Management
Co-President – Simon School Alumni Network of Greater Washington, DC

Since graduation, I have re-emerged into the working world with an extremely valuable asset—a Simon MBA.  I have far more insight into the variables that make a business succeed, have developed an outstanding economic framework to aid my clients, and have learned how to manage my own personal brand.

I lead the Forecasting and Analytics team that is responsible for Capital One’s Retail Card Partnerships. These partnerships include all Capital One-managed Private Label Credit Cards, such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Best Buy, Costco, Kohl’s, etc. Prior to joining Card CRM, I managed mortgage analytics and oversaw the modeling of Capital One’s Rep and Warranty risk exposure.

My words of advice for prospective students considering Simon Business School:
Simon prepares you to succeed by allowing you to obtain the very best business school education, by inviting you to join the strong network of Simon alumni, helping you figure out what career you want and how to get it, and by teaching you to constantly improve yourself. These are assets that will continually benefit me as a Simon alumnus.

Alumni Spotlight: Nihar Shah, MBA ’03

I chose Simon for a few reasons. First, I had an undergraduate degree and work experience in Engineering.  While applying to B-schools I was sure that I wanted to broaden my knowledge base and gain solid acumen in finance.  Second, I was also sure that I wanted to establish a personal rapport with a majority of my classmates.  Lastly, I was looking to enroll into a b-school that had a good representation of students from around the world.  Simon fit the bill perfectly in all three dimensions with a bonus of being situated in Rochester, NY.  I felt comfortable living in Rochester as a student because your budget is not severely tested, and the city offers a variety of entertainment outside of academics and campus.

Nihar Shah, MBA ’03 Director and Promoter Silver Bright

Nihar Shah, MBA ’03
Director and Promoter
Silver Bright

The rigor of the Simon degree provided me with tremendous self-confidence to pursue a career in finance that would not have been possible otherwise.  It expanded my horizons through the cultural immersion programs, club activities and coach initiatives.  The various speakers who came to campus were motivating, and I slowly started to picture myself in their shoes.  The friendships that I built with my classmates has withstood the test of time and even today whenever I travel to another country, I look up alumni and meet up with them whenever possible.   Simon gave me the opportunity to intern as an equity analyst in a buy-side firm in Rochester. This was a turning point in my career, especially since I was moving out of engineering and into finance during a very difficult market environment.  In addition, during my second year recruitment season, a Simon alum helped me land an interview with Microsoft Corporation for a full time position.  The years I spent at Microsoft working on acquisitions, corporate development, and strategic planning (often working with and managing graduates from the top 5 b-schools), assured me that in terms of education quality, Simon is on top.

Currently I work as the Director and Promoter of Silver Bright. I am responsible for business development, finance and strategy.

My words of advice for prospective students considering Simon Business School:
Attend Simon for the right reasons.  If you do, you will be fully satisfied with what you learn and experience over two years.  Try and talk to as many alumni and current students as you can.  To sum it up, if given another opportunity, I would repeat the same process and probably enjoy the 2 year ride a little more!