MS Employment Results — Class of 2017

The following blog post was written by Rebekah Lewin, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid

It’s hard to believe we are already more than a month into 2018! With the New Year comes exciting news to share — our MS employment results for the Class of 2017!

At Simon, we are committed to your career success. Even before you arrive in Rochester, you will complete online career trainings and workshops to ensure you stand out during the recruitment season. These MS Class of 2017 employment statistics speak to the power of a Simon education and our extensive Career Management Center resources.

  • 86% of graduates seeking employment accepted a position within 3 months of graduation:
    • MS in Accountancy – 92%
    • MS in Finance – 85%
    • MS in Marketing Analytics and MS in Business Analytics – 84%
  • Companies hiring MS talent include Accenture, Bank of China, CITIC Group Corporation, Deloitte, EY, Goldman Sachs, Guotai Junan Securities Co., Ltd., JPMorgan Chase & Co., KPMG, LVMH, Nomura Securities, PwC, The Hertz Corporation, The New York Times Company, Société Générale, Staples, Inc., UBS, and the United Nations, among many others
  • Average total compensation was $53,100

Additional details and a full 2017 MS Employment Report are available on our website.

In addition to our exciting employment news, I want to make sure you are aware of our upcoming Accelerated Admissions Decision Deadline. If you apply by 11:59 p.m. ET on February 15, you will receive your admissions notification by March 30, which will allow you to get a jump start on your onboarding activities.

Please contact the Admissions Office with any additional questions. Best of luck as you prepare for business school!

When You Look at the World Differently, You May Just Change It for Good

The following blog post was written by Brett Welcher, MBA Class of 2019

Last month, I traveled across South Africa to learn more about the largest economy in the second most populous continent in the world. The 12-day trek was part of my Simon MBA program and was organized to help students gain hands-on experiential learning through corporate visits, cultural immersions, and a live case study.

More than two decades after the end of apartheid, South Africa is playing a key economic and political role on the continent, and many of my 300 hours in the country were spent examining the pillars that have contributed to South Africa’s prosperous growth. Here are the most important takeaways I gained while doing business in South Africa:

Successful Urban Revitalization Focuses on the Creative Community

Photo of #makeyourmark graffitied on an outdoor wall

#MakeYourMark encourages street artists around Johannesburg to literally make their mark and help beautify the city. Public art has been central to the success of Johannesburg’s urban revitalization.

Did you know that Johannesburg is home to one of the most successful urban renewal projects in the world? Located within the Central Business District, the Maboneng Precinct has emerged from a state of abandoned disrepair to become a mixed-use creative hub filled with apartments, restaurants, shops, and art studios. For the first time in a generation, a community of creative young professionals have chosen to live and work in downtown Johannesburg, and as a result, South Africa’s largest city is optimistically looking ahead towards the future.

The success of Maboneng has also spurred worldwide interest in urban revitalization, as officials examine whether the project’s model can be sustainably replicated in other cities to help rejuvenate communities, fuel urban growth and drive innovation. In fact, in the coming weeks, our class will be presenting our findings to city officials from Rochester, NY – Simon’s home town.

Global Awareness Is Crucial for All Businesses Today

Shipping containers on a dock in Cape Town.

Cape Town is one of the most important industrial centers and a major seaport in South Africa.

Home to 11 official languages and a rich collection of ethnic backgrounds, it’s no wonder South Africa is known as the Rainbow Nation. This diversity and makeup has been an important factor in furthering my understanding of business, particularly as world markets become more interconnected and interdependent on emerging economies.

This point was further emphasized at Sanlam, a financial services group headquartered in Cape Town. During our company visit, we engaged in an hour-long discussion with the group’s CEO where he articulated the challenges of doing business during the 2008 financial crisis, as well as in the era of apartheid.

The biggest takeaway from our talk were the perspectives we gained on the business landscape in Africa. According to Sanlam, “the opportunity in Africa is characterized by falling trade barriers and greater intra-Africa trade, changing customer demographics, more diversified economies, and major investments from other parts of the world – all drivers of growth on the continent.”

The Future of Africa Is Bright

ALA group photo.

We posed for a photo with members of the ALA. The visit was a highlight of the trip for me.

Imagine meeting the future Nelson Mandela, the next Wangari Maathai, or the African Bill Gates. At the African Leadership Academy (ALA), this prestigious institution seeks to transform Africa by developing a powerful network of over 6,000 leaders who will work together to address Africa’s greatest challenges, achieve extraordinary social impact, and accelerate the continent’s growth trajectory.

Every fall, the academy welcomes young leaders aged 16-19 from across Africa to begin a highly selective, two-year pre-university program. Graduates often continue their education by enrolling in colleges and universities around the world, including the University of Rochester.

Visiting the ALA was a major highlight for me. The opportunity to meet and hear directly from young student leaders was inspiring. It gave me new ideas about business and the world, and underscored the degree to which young people are rising up in every continent to seize the possibilities of tomorrow.

The Grand Takeaway

Photo of safari animals.

Experiencing South Africa’s robust tourism industry with a visit to the world-renowned Kruger National Park.

After two weeks abroad, I returned from South Africa with a myriad of rich experiences and profound memories that will continue to shape my business perspectives for years to come.

This life changing trip provided a solid foundation for exploring international business possibilities and practices in an emerging nation. It immersed me in a high growth urban regeneration project in Johannesburg. And most importantly, the trek enriched my understanding and appreciation for diverse ideas and innovative ways of doing business.

An interesting moment occurred on my return flight home. As I boarded the plane in Johannesburg, I came across an inspirational billboard nearby. It read: “When you look at the world differently, you may just change it for good.”

My trek to South Africa greatly expanded my aperture of the world. As far as changing it for good, my journey towards making a lasting and meaningful impact continues.

Students Offer Admissions Interview Advice

In the wake of our Round 2 – January 5 deadline, we will be sending out many admissions interview invitations over the coming weeks. In the meantime, we asked several of our current students to offer their best advice on how to ace your business school admissions interview.

What did you find helpful when preparing for your admissions interview?
“The admissions interview for business school can be a stressful experience and preparing for it can be just as stressful. I found that knowing my story, or “hook,” like the back of my hand was extremely helpful in preparing for the interview. I had to know what made me a unique candidate and how I could separate myself from other candidates. Just like a job interview, practicing is another great way to make sure that you nail down all of the points you want to drive home to your admissions interviewer. Through careful preparation, this will also help take some of the stress off on your interview day so you can go in to the interview confident and ready to impress.” – Bryan Carlo, MBA Class of 2018

Jaime Staengel

Jaime Staengel

“When I was preparing for my admissions interview, I found it helpful to reflect on all the experiences I had on my resume. This involved analyzing each of the items on my resume and asking myself directed questions such as “How did this internship influence me to want to apply for business school?” or “What did I learn from this experience that would be directly applicable to a b-school environment?” Taking the time to do this ensured I knew myself and answered the questions confidently. I also did practice interviews with friends once I thought through these questions so I was more comfortable with my delivery in the interview.” – Jaime Staengel, MS in Finance Class of 2018

“If you’ve landed an interview at Simon, you’re obviously smart and capable, and you’ve already looked through several resources online with potential questions. But, one of the most valuable pieces of advice I can give is truly understanding why Simon is the right school for you AND you are the right person for Simon. The key to cohesiveness is to have individuals with similar values working together in concert. So, you should ask yourself how your time at Simon will be mutually beneficial, and let that shine through in your answers.” – Nikhil Pinto, MBA Class of 2019

What do you think made your admissions interview successful?
“I know it sounds cliché but I think one thing that made my admissions interview successful was being myself. My undergraduate and internship experiences were more focused economics and not in finance, but by being myself and sharing insights from those experiences, my interviewer was able to connect with me and help me in seeing where connections between the two fields could arise in my program. Sharing some of my personal interests made my admissions interview successful as well because I was able to learn about some of the clubs Simon has and show an interest in wanting to be involved in the Simon community.” – JS

Nikhil Pinto

Nikhil Pinto

“My Simon interview was my first among several, and I did not know what to expect. Instead of a rapid fire Q&A (that I expected), it ended up as an engaging conversation about life experiences, opinions, and interests. I was interested in learning as much about the school, as my interviewer was interested in learning about me. Among many reasons, I eventually chose Simon because of the family atmosphere and helpful people, and these qualities came through early in the admissions process.” – NP

“I think what made my admissions interview successful was exhibiting my desire to join the Simon community and trying to demonstrate in my answers that I would be a good fit for the class. In your answers, try to incorporate how your prior experience can help your future classmates, why you want to be at Simon, and how you plan on using your Simon education to further your career. Also, try to make a personal connection with your interviewer so that they remember you and can see that you can relate well with other people. My interviewer was from the same city as I am, so we were able to connect on our local football team and the local cuisine. In a small class size it is important that the admissions counselors can see that you will get along well with your classmates as you will be spending a lot of time with them.” – BC

What did you take away from your admissions interview experience at Simon?
“I learned to prepare for all types of questions, but when the time comes, be yourself rather than speaking off a script. Simon wants you for you, not for what you think you should be.” – NP

Bryan Carlo

Bryan Carlo

“My biggest takeaway from the admissions interview was just to be honest, be yourself, and stay relaxed. This is the opportunity not only for the admissions counselors to learn more about you, but for you to learn more about Simon. When you come in for the interview have a list of thoughtful questions that show you are genuinely interested in Simon and show your curiosity about the school. The admissions interview is a way to see if you would be a good fit for Simon, so giving answers that are true to who you are will help the interviewers make a determination if you would succeed in the program.” – BC

“I took away that Simon is focused on getting to know you as a candidate from a holistic perspective. They are not looking at one or two numbers such as your GPA or GMAT score. Instead, I discovered in my admissions interview that they want to learn if you are truly passionate about your area of focus, if you are willing and eager to learn and meet people with diverse backgrounds, and if you can persevere in challenging situations. Having been here as a student for about half of my program now, I can say the admissions interview experience prepared me to be aware of these components that are a part of my daily life at Simon, such as working with my diverse team on finishing a rigorous assignment.” – JS

If you’re interested in applying to Simon, assess your eligibility for our Full-Time MBA or Full-Time MS programs. You can also speak to a current MBA or MS student about their Simon experience. We hope to hear from you!

Second-year MBA reflects on her “Simon Bucket List”

The following blog post was written by Raven Hudson, MBA Class of 2018

As a second-year MBA student concentrating in marketing and entrepreneurship, my time at Simon is drawing to a close. The New Year is a good time to evaluate progress and set new goals, so in that spirit, I thought back to the “Simon Bucket List” I created before coming to business school, and I’m proud of how much I’ve accomplished in a year and a half.

My Simon Bucket List

Diversify my portfolio – take advantage of the finance and accounting courses available
Our MBA program is ranked No. 2 in the world for finance by Financial Times of London, and regardless of which of the 15 areas of study you choose to pursue at Simon, I recommend taking a few finance or accounting courses. Finance heavily influences marketing, especially when you own profits and losses and are in charge of launching new products. The courses I took came in handy during my internship at Baxter Inc. in the Commercial Leadership Development Program (CLDP), and will continue to serve me well when I return to Baxter as a CLDP marketing manager after graduation. If you’re interested in marketing like I am, I recommend Entrepreneurial Finance and Financial Statement Analysis.

Students gather with Carla Harris.

Students gathered with Carla Harris at the SFIC event.

“Expect to Win” – meet Carla Harris in person
“Create your own agenda, know who you are and what you want from your career, and don’t spend a lot of time comparing yourself to others.”- Carla Harris, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley

After following her career for the past two years, my dreams of meeting Carla Harris came true at an event sponsored by Simon Finance and Investment Club (SFIC). I also recommend reading her book Expect to Win, in which she outlines key strategies for thriving the workplace.

Make an impact – give back to the community while gaining consulting skills
I came into business school with 2.5 years of work experience. Compared to the Simon MBA class profile, I knew it would benefit me to find a project to enhance my work experience so I could be a competitive candidate to recruiters. Simon Vision Consulting allowed me to gain project management and problem solving skills by managing a team of four of my peers, while giving me the opportunity to give back to the Rochester community at the same time. There are various clubs here at Simon that also allow you to give back, such as Simon Volunteers and Net Impact.

Gain global experience go on an international immersion trip
The Simon EDGE program offers global awareness exposure for MBA students through opportunities to travel abroad for 1-2 weeks. In the fall I took a “Doing Business in South Africa” course led by Dean Ainslie, and we traveled as a group to South Africa in December. I recommend immersion trips to anyone passionate about understanding how business is conducted on a global-level.

raven_photoBecome a student leader on campus – bring my “vision” to Simon
I’ve always had a passion for economic development. Before coming to Simon, I worked as a marketing consultant for a law firm that focused on small business and entrepreneurship. Simon Vision Consulting allowed me to pursue my passion, and I am now the president of the student-led pro bono consulting organization. I highly recommend making the MBA experience your own by getting involved with student-led clubs and organizations. With more than 30 options, there’s something at Simon for everyone.

With two terms left in my MBA, there are still a few things I’d like to accomplish, including more international travel and attending more conferences. I plan to make the most of my final months as an MBA student, and I look forward to taking on my next challenge – my full-time role at Baxter!