Career Management Center Helps Land Dream Job!

By: Anjali Sud

It’s hard to believe that I will soon be graduating from the MBA program here at the Simon Graduate School of Business; it feels like only yesterday I was filling out my application! Having studied business in undergrad, I knew early on that obtaining my MBA would be essential in achieving my long term goal of holding a senior position at a Fortune 100 company. After working for five years, three of which was spent consulting in New York City, I knew the time was right to go back to school. As a Rochester native, I was aware of the prestige the Simon School carried in not only New York State, but throughout the world. Naturally, it was my top choice!
 
After being admitted, the whirlwind of my graduate school experience began. During orientation weekend the Career Management Center (CMC) explained the plethora of job opportunities that would be available to me upon graduation, as well as the resources their office provides, such as internship and job boards, access to our alumni network, resume assistance, interview prep, and a variety of self-improvement workshops. Each student was assigned a counselor to help navigate through internship and job searches, answer questions and provide guidance.

It isn’t glaringly obvious how exactly one goes about getting a job; however, if you’re willing to put yourself out there, the amount of help and support at the Simon School is endless. The CMC can provide you with best practices and connect you with Simon alum in an industry you find appealing. Practically every week of the Fall quarter company representatives come in to tell students more about their firm and the positions available. This is exactly how I found out about my future employer. During Fall quarter of my second year, a friend who worked at Liberty Mutual over the summer invited me to the company presentation, as she knew I was interested in the Insurance Industry. After learning more about the integrity of the company, and their commitment to responsibility, I knew it would be a great fit for me.

I regularly checked our internal job board for their posting. In the meantime, I began scheduling meetings with each and every student who had interned with Liberty Mutual over the summer and visited the CMC to get contact information for Simon alum who were currently employees of Liberty Mutual to learn as much as I could in anticipation of an interview. After confirmation of my on-campus interview, I made an appointment with a CMC counselor for a mock interview. Although I had interviewed before with a few other companies, I wanted to refine my presentation skills for a final boost of confidence. Although always supportive, the CMC staff also provides constructive criticism to help students put their best foot forward. In my case, the CMC helped me work on perfecting my “pitch”.

After a successful on -campus interview and subsequent on-site interview with Liberty Mutual, I was offered a job. Bob Park, the Executive Director of Corporate Relations and Career Management here at Simon, literally made himself available day and night to help walk me through the offer negotiations. I have thoroughly enjoyed the classes here at Simon and the friendships I have built along the way. However, nothing beats the feeling of having landed my dream job and it certainly would not have been possible without the help of the CMC!

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