My Experience with the Day 1 Program

The following blog post was written by Becky Xie ’18 MS in Business Analytics

One of the reasons why I chose Simon was because of the comprehensive career development program that the School curates for its students. Upon my official enrollment at Simon, I was introduced to the Day 1 Career Readiness Program, which includes a list of becky.xietasks that are specially designed to prepare students for the upcoming career fair season and for the job search in general. In particular, I found the résumé building and target list sections to be incredibly helpful in my job search. Here’s why:

As we entered fall term, we had already started a series of personal and career development classes. In these classes, we learned the best ways to refine our target list based on our preferred industries and functional areas, as well as how reach out to alumni to build our professional network. Had I not completed my target list and perfected my résumé during the Day 1 Program, I wouldn’t have been able to immediately apply what we learned in the class and start reaching out to alumni and companies that were on my target list.

Completing the Day 1 Program is extremely crucial for all MS students: those who are enrolled in the 17-month internship track as well as those in the 10-month track. For the students who enrolled in the internship track, the program hiring for internship positions at larger companies is the most intense in the winter term. For example, the target companies that were on my list wrapped up hiring in January.

In order to keep up with the earlier recruiting cycle, I started meeting with our career advisors early in the winter term to fully prepare myself for when the recruiting season began. As for the students who are on the 10-month track, completing the Day 1 Program is equally important because it, combined with consistent networking efforts, will hopefully land you your dream job.

Because of Day 1 and help I received from the staff at Simon’s Career Management Center, I was able to land my internship at PayPal in early January. I recommend all incoming students start the Day 1 Program early and take it seriously if you want your hard work in business school to come to fruition faster!

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