Watch: Career Search Strategies for Continued Success

Before coming to Simon, Wenxin (Nancy) Ding, a 2018 MS in Accountancy graduate, thought accounting was all about the “Big 4” firms. But after spending a year at Simon, Nancy gained a broader perspective and learned there were many opportunities beyond traditional audit, tax, and advisory roles.

Not only did the coursework thoroughly prepare her for the CPA exam, but her relationship with the Career Management Center was critical. She soon realized they gave her the tools to find not only her first job, but every job she will have throughout her career.

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What will you discover at Simon? Find out—apply today

Still have questions about the MS in Accountancy program? View the recording of our recent “MS in Accountancy Information Session” webinar and register for our upcoming “Q&A with MS Alumni” webinar on Friday, October 26, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. EDT. If you attend the session live, you’ll receive a $90 application fee waiver!

Four Lessons from My Summer Internship at Johnson & Johnson

The following blog post was written by Krystalyn Jones, MBA Class of 2019, who spent the summer as a summer associate in Johnson & Johnson’s Experienced Commercial Leadership Development Program.

One of my proudest accomplishments was securing an internship at my dream company: Janssen Pharmaceutical, a Johnson & Johnson company. After months of résumé editing and mock interviews, I was able to relax and celebrate this great milestone. But soon it was time to begin strategizing about how I could be successful over the summer. Receiving an internship offer is the beginning of a new and exciting opportunity to explore and expand your skill sets and to align your core competencies to your future employer. Most internships are between 10 and 12 weeks long, so it is important to hit the ground running.

After completing my internship, I reflected on a few best practices I could offer for future interns. Although I was in the healthcare space, these strategies may be applied to any industry. Below are four lessons I learned during my time at Janssen that will help you excel at your MBA internship.

Janssen_krystalynUnderstand your internship program and project expectations.
A true understanding of your summer project expectations, both written and unwritten, is critical to receive a positive rating. Keep the lines of communication open with key stakeholders, including your direct manager, internship program administrator, and anyone else who makes employment decisions, so you can measure your performance and make any adjustments in real time. Develop a list of questions that will help you get clear answers on your project deliverables and identify the appropriate frameworks to communicate your findings in a clear, structured fashion.

Develop your summer strategy.
After you have identified your project’s objectives, share your strategy with your manager and keep him or her updated on how your project is progressing. If you are not sure which direction you should take, ask for your manager’s suggestions on how to fill gaps in your project plan. To develop the best strategy, it is important to understand your company culture. For instance, is the environment collaborative? Or is the expectation for you to utilize independent or school resources to answer difficult questions? Lastly, develop relationships with contacts across the organization to understand how your project fits into the larger organizational goals.

There is no substitute for great performance.
Once you have developed your strategy and reviewed it with your manager to ensure you are on the right track, it is time to execute it efficiently. This is sometimes easier said than done during a roughly three-month internship because you must also balance networking events and other internship program obligations. Some strategies to help make execution easier include utilizing firm-provided templates and frameworks and viewing sample internship presentations from previous summers. Pressure test your project in each round of revision by asking yourself questions you think your manager or final presentation audience might pose to make sure you’re as prepared as possible. Finally, once you have a solid draft, be sure to communicate your progress with your manager weekly, if possible, and perhaps even more frequently when you get closer to your final presentation date. Remember: there is no substitute for good performance.

Confidence is critical.
Last but certainly not least, be confident! If there is something you don’t know, confidently state that you do not have the information yet but you are planning to uncover it, and if appropriate, ask your manager where a good place to start might be. In addition to providing a great work product, your manager wants to know that he or she can rely on you in high-pressure, high-stakes situations. When you are feeling less than confident, which is completely normal and human, be sure to leverage Simon classmates, faculty, and staff who can help you through any difficult scenarios you may be facing.

Every internship is different, so be sure to apply these strategies in a way that works best for your environment. Best of luck in your future internship!  Please feel free to contact me to let me know if any strategies were helpful.

Visit Simon in November. It’s on us.

Assessing fit is an important part of your MBA experience. That’s why we host a number of on-campus events throughout the year to allow opportunities to visit Simon, experience our community firsthand, and decide if Simon is the business school for you. Our next opportunity to come to Rochester is:

Experience Simon Weekend with Women’s Conference Programming
Friday, November 9, 12:30 p.m.*  – Saturday, November 10, 5:00 p.m.
(with an optional evening social event on Saturday)

*Women’s Conference programming is open to all but is an optional portion of the weekend event. If you can’t miss work on Friday, join us at 7 p.m. on Friday evening for dinner and stay for the remainder of the programming through Saturday. We offer up to $500 in travel stipends, hotel accommodations for two nights, and your meals and transportation throughout the weekend.

WOMENS_1028x1028_Simon_Weekend_LR2The event kicks off on Friday at 12:30 p.m. with our Women’s Conference Programming, which includes a professional development session, a Women’s Leadership Panel, and an opportunity to network with Leadership Panelists, current students, and alumni.

Experience Simon Weekend programming begins at dinner on Friday, where you will have the opportunity to network with Simon alumni, faculty, staff, and current students. The highlight of the evening will be a keynote presentation by Sheffali Welch ’02 (MBA), former chief operating officer and head of regional strategy for Deutsche Bank Global Transaction Banking in the Americas. Sheffali has previous work experience with Citi, Booz Allen Hamilton, and GE Capital.

On Saturday, November 10, you and other prospective MBA students will fill your day at Simon with the following activities:

  • Alumni and student panels
  • Admissions interview (if you’ve started your application)
  • Campus tour
  • Sample MBA class
  • Networking with faculty, alumni, and students

After our formal event programming concludes late Saturday afternoon, you will have the option of attending an evening social event, where you can meet and mingle with current Simon students and get a taste of student life. For more information email events@simon.rochester.edu.

We encourage you to register today to take the first step toward immersing yourself in the Simon community, and we look forward to seeing you in November!

Last Chance: Register for Experience Simon Weekend with Diversity Conference Programming

We are in the final days of accepting registration for Experience Simon Weekend with Diversity Conference Programming, which seemed like a good time to highlight some of the key benefits of visiting campus:ADM17-18-26_ESW_Event_Facebook_Carousel_LR5_3

Make connections with Simon alumni. You will meet alumni with experience at companies such as American Express, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, The Boston Consulting Group, UPS, and more.

Guaranteed admissions interview. On-campus events provide an excellent opportunity to get face time with a member of the Admissions Committee.

It’s free. We offer up to $500 in travel stipends, which covers the cost of travel in most cases. In addition, we cover hotel accommodations for two nights and your meals throughout the weekend.

Grow professionally. Learn how to become a more effective leader and a more well-rounded professional by focusing on how to define your personal brand. Develop skills over the weekend that you can bring back to work on Monday.

Leverage our powerful partnerships. Explore mentorship and professional development opportunities available through our MBA partner organizations, including The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management—Simon’s partner for 50 years.

Last chance to register for

Experience Simon Weekend with Diversity Conference Programming
Friday, October 12, 12:30 p.m.* – Saturday, October 13, 5:00 p.m.
(plus optional evening social event on Saturday)

*Can’t miss work on Friday? Join us on Friday evening for the remainder of the weekend’s programming. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. (Be sure to check “ESW only” when registering.)

If you have questions about the event, please contact us at events@simon.rochester.edu. We hope to see you on campus next weekend!

If you’re looking for general information about our admissions events, check out this archived webinar featuring our MBA admissions counselors and a few current students to learn more!