Category: Simon Student Series

Simon MBA a Game Changer for Future Investment Banker

When his career came to a crossroads, Sebastian Ernest Nsanzugwanko, 2017 MBA candidate, knew he had a decision to make: change jobs or pursue an MBA. His acceptance to Simon was the start of a new chapter, and he hasn’t looked back. He secured a summer internship at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Tokyo, which taught him that his desired field of investment banking requires not only financial proficiency, but also a great deal of strategy and a deep understanding of how to identify and solve problems.

Overall, Sebastian’s time at Simon has reinforced what he observed in his professional life: business is all about relationships. As he puts it, “if people can trust each other, then that trust leads into business, and if you do good business, that leads into further business. So, if people cannot interact well, nothing can be accomplished.”


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From acting to brand management — Jay Gillespie, 2016 MBA candidate

As a former professional actor, Jay Gillespie, 2016 MBA candidate, recognized that with the right training, he could leverage his ability to communicate and collaborate cross-functionally with colleagues on a movie set to build a successful career in brand management.

Enter Simon. After studying brand management and marketing, Jay’s daily life is influenced by his Simon education – from his methodical approach to problem-solving, to the time he spends analyzing product positioning in the aisles of the grocery store. After graduation, Jay will move to Minneapolis to join Wells Enterprises and tackle his next big role as an associate brand manager for Blue Bunny Ice Cream.

Jay Gillespie, 2016 MBA candidate, accepted an associate brand management position with Wells Enterprises.

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Get to Know Simon Vision Consultants

The following blog post was written by Albert Chatigny, MBA 2015. Albert is now working as a senior business operations analyst at Home Depot.

The Simon Business School experience is characterized by a myriad of opportunities, including access to top-tier faculty, exposure to trends and shifts in a variety of industries, and various clubs that allow students to develop a customized approach to personal and professional growth. When our first classes started two years ago, I had a minimal amount of project management experience and aimed to address that deficiency immediately. The advisors in our Career Management Center suggested I look into the Simon Vision Consultants (otherwise referred to as Vision) as a potential avenue for improving my profile, so I decided to look into the club.

Albert Chatigny, MBA 2015

Albert Chatigny, MBA 2015

Vision provides a few different ways students can gain additional real-world experience while at Simon. The primary mission of the club is to connect local businesses and entrepreneurs with talented Simon students who can help them understand and address business problems. A Simon student project manager meets with a client each quarter to brainstorm a rough project plan, then recruits a team of three to five Simon classmates to work on the project to completion (usually a two month process). Our students have provided high-value deliverables in marketing research, pricing policies, social media initiatives, sales strategies, and company valuations.

One aspect of Vision that students find very refreshing is that they serve as the majority of the organization’s guidance. The student leadership team is free to implement new policies in order to foster higher levels of client satisfaction and student engagement each year. This year, we partnered with Simon’s Net Impact club, which opened opportunities to work with more socially-focused businesses and to engage a more diverse set of students. The partnership helped with an initiative to double the number of projects Vision took on compared to the previous academic year.

My experience with Vision has been incredibly valuable and eye-opening. As a past project manager, I was able to work with a team that took a deep look into the problems that a not-for-profit business faced, and to explore well thought-out strategies for addressing those issues. As former president of the organization, I had to recruit the right students to help take the club to the next level. Along the way, I was able to improve my communication, time management, delegation, networking, conflict management, and business development skills far beyond what I had initially hoped. Vision gave me the platform I needed to effectively supplement my MBA training, and ultimately, become a more marketable asset, which is exactly what I needed to accomplish while at Simon.

Fall Fun in Rochester

The following blog post was written by Isaac Goodling, 2016 MBA Candidate

If you know someone from Upstate New York, there is a good chance that you have heard them refer to the pleasure of having “all four seasons.” While this is admittedly a bit clichéd, it does not make it any less true – particularly when the fall season hits Rochester. Marked by crisp, cool nights and warm, sunny days, fall combines the natural beauty of the leaves changing with an unparalleled array of fun activities in the area. Here are just a few activities you might want to check out this fall season:

River Campus, University of Rochester

River Campus, University of Rochester

  • If this is your first year in the Northeast, the Fall Sky Rides at Bristol Mountain is a must-see. The Comet Express chairlift offers a 20-minute ride to the summit of Bristol Mountain, where you can take in outstanding views of Bristol Hills and fall foliage.
  • Rochester is known as the “Festival City,” and festival season continues through October with the Chestnut Festival at Goose Watch Winery (October 17). The free event includes food and drinks, live music and lawn games.
  • Upstate New York is well known for growing apples, and the Rochester region is no exception. There are many local options to pick your own produce: G and S Orchards offers apples, pumpkins and strawberries in the fall, while Stokoe Farms offers a truly unique Western New York experience with their Buffalo Bills corn maze!
  • If you prefer your apples in liquid form, check out the Finger Lakes Cider House in Interlaken, New York. Featuring live music every Friday night, the Cider House carries an array of ciders (hard and otherwise) from five breweries in the Finger Lakes, as well as food prepared exclusively from locally-sourced ingredients.

As a student it can be easy to get caught up in the “Simon bubble” of schoolwork and job searching, but it is important to get out and explore all that the area has to offer. Enjoy the fall season!