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Unconventional Career Paths Are Welcome at Simon

By Lillian

Occasionally during the admission cycle, we notice that students will approach our table at MBA information fairs or during our information receptions with the comment “But what if I’m not the conventional MBA student?” or “I didn’t work for 3 years in a corporate office, but was volunteering to teach students in Mali…”

We recognize one of the most valuable assets to a prospective student is their experience – and the experiences of their classmates.  And while the proto-typical MBA would work in business and go right back, we also like to admit those individuals who have taken a less conventional path to get their degree.  At Simon, we have a variety of program partnerships that cater to prospective students who have shown interest in volunteer work, teaching, or working in the military as part of their career path.  The knowledge and experiences held by these students is different and allows for creative collaboration between peers – something we love here at Simon!

To help incentivize students in these programs, we provide scholarships and application fee-waiver accommodation.  For more information, click on any of the links below or go to the Simon Partnerships webpage here.

Peace Corps Fellows/U.S.A. Program –An association of over 40 universities that offer scholarship support to returning Peace Corps volunteers. Simon School awards $10,000 in merit-based scholarship support to admitted candidates who are transitioning immediately out of the Peace Corps, with consideration for additional funding dependent upon the overall strength of the application.

Teach For America –A consortium of top graduate school programs that offer merit-based scholarships, a waived application fee, and consideration for deferred admission for candidates who are immediately transitioning away from their teaching commitment. Simon School guarantees scholarship support of $20,000 over the two years of the full-time M.B.A. program for individuals who are admitted directly after the completion of their Teach For America assignment.

Military at Simon -Prospective students who have had experience with any branch of the U.S. military as a veteran, active duty or as a reservist can pursue their degree at the Simon School.  With the passing of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, we actively participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.  To check support amounts, please go here: http://www.simon.rochester.edu/why-choose-simon/simon-partnerships/index.aspx.



Fun Facts About Rochester, NY…

By Lilly

I have mentioned it in other blogs that some students express concern about moving to a “small town” or an “unknown city” located somewhere in Upstate New York.  As I have attempted to do before, I will again reference some cold, hard facts about Rochester to prove Rochester is most certainly “on the map”.

Personally, the most important thing for me to know and understand is the cultural music and entertainment heritage of the community where I choose to reside.  To go back to truly wild times, Buffalo Bill Cody lived here, Mickey Rooney began his career here, Kirk Douglas worked in a steel mill here and Bette Davis was actually fired from a stock theatre group.  Kristen Wiig is a Canandaigua native, while Philip Seymore Hoffman graduated from Fairport schools.  Musically, Cab Calloway was born here and so was Chuck Mangione.  Fortunately for current Rochester residents, the Rochester International Jazz Festival is fast becoming one of the most respected in the jazz community as it brings well known and critically acclaimed jazz and blues artists to the area for a week each year.  Recent performers included Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight and Nora Jones.  Lastly, the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music is considered one of the best music conservatories in the nation, with the Sibley Music Library holding the largest collection of sheet music in the world.   As Simon students receive a heavy discount on concert tickets for both student and professional performances, I truly encourage you to take advantage of the dozens of shows held throughout the year.

Perhaps music and entertainment history isn’t what interests you most.  I also highly enjoy shopping and know the Midtown Plaza was the first enclosed suburban mall in the United States.  The Plaza is soon-to-be the headquarters for Fortune 1000 company, Paetec, and as a child I remember riding in the Holiday Monorail.  It would be quite amusing to see if they kept that ride operational for the executives who move their offices in the next few years…(more Monorail Information found here.)  However, if a visitor or resident in Rochester has the need for an equally amusing ride, Ontario Beach Park holds the only antique carousel to never have been moved from its original location.  The 1905 menagerie carousel boasts being the first of its kind. 

In the event that you would like to purchase products either invented, produced or manufactured in Rochester (I know many of you keep this as a consideration when you buy any products), be aware that Nalgene is headquartered here; both bloomers (yes, I’m mentioning the unmentionables) and baby shoes were invented here; and for those more interested in technology purchases instead of clothing, one need only mention the word Kodak and flashes (or flashbulbs) of the camera giant come to mind.  George Eastman the founder of the Eastman Kodak Company began his company in Rochester in 1892 where it still operates today.  Perhaps you’re hoping to get some Jell-O, French’s mustard or marshmallows?  All were developed or mass produced for the first time here in Rochester as well.*

Relating to politics, the former police chief and later mayor, Robert Duffy, is New York State’s Lieutenant Governor beginning January 1, 2011.  Going back in time, one of our nation’s greatest suffragists Susan B. Anthony settled in Rochester where she led much of the women’s rights movement.  The Susan B. Anthony House stands today as a museum and not-for-profit organization.  Ms. Anthony is buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery alongside Frederick Douglass, another historic reformer and abolitionist who also had ties to the Rochester area.

Regardless of what interests you personally, Rochester has much to be proud of.  Whether it’s because Rochester is where the gold tooth was developed, Western Union was founded, or where the first thermometers in the U.S. were manufactured, it continues to grow and offer continual surprises to its residents and visitors.  I hope you will come to see this as clearly as I have.  

*Editor’s Note: it is not advisable to combine all three ingredients for consumption; this could lead to a severe tummy ache.  No, I have not tried this myself in case you were wondering.

More than Academics: The Simon Club Experience

By: Crissi

The most obvious reason to enroll in graduate school for business is the academics.  A less obvious and secondary reason is to build your professional network and improve upon your leadership skills.  While this can take place in the classroom, student clubs are where business students strengthen their bonds with classmates and work on balancing academics, leadership, and a job search.

The average Simon student is a member of three Simon clubs and holds an elected leadership position in one club.  These clubs can be considered as belonging to several different categories: academic-based, social, sports, and cultural.  Some Simon clubs represent chapters of larger national and international organizations such as Toastmasters and National Black.  There are also clubs that serve the greater Simon community such as the student government, The Graduate Business Council (GBC), and the student run newspaper, The World According To Simon (WATS).  Whatever your passion, there is a club to suit your interests.

One of the best points about getting involved with clubs while in business school is the opportunity to build a lasting legacy at Simon.  If you would like to plan a trip (cultural, professional, or social) or organize a case competition, you can!  If you have an idea for a club that you would like to found, you can!  This year a new Squash club was formed.  Alumni often return to the school with a keen eye to connecting with students involved in the clubs they experienced during their student life.

While business school is foremost a place to receive a world class education, the huge benefits of getting involved in student clubs cannot be ignored.  The collage above is a snapshot of activities sponsored by the Simon Marketing Association, an academics-based student club.  For a full – and growing! – list of the clubs at the Simon School please visit: http://www.simon.rochester.edu/clubs–organizations/index.aspx

Two Letters or Three? Differences between the MBA and the MS.

Making tough decisions...MBA or MS?

By: Lilly Testa

As many students make the career-altering decision to either continue with or return to school for a master’s degree, many encounter a crossroads determining the best degree option for their goals.  This becomes particularly relevant as a prospective student evaluates the Master’s in Business Administration against the Master’s of Science (whether in Finance, Accounting, Marketing, General Management or another field).  There are many strengths and similarities between both degrees, but there are also differences to consider including the time required for the degrees, the content itself and the projected career path.  In the next few bullet points, I will provide some points of difference between both programs to help you better understand and classify which program you may have an interest in pursuing. 

*Difference One: The time required to complete each program.

The MS programs we offer here at Simon require only one year of full-time study to complete the degree in its entirety.   The full-time MBA takes two academic years to complete, with students occasionally finishing in a year and a half (either because they start in January or as a result of graduating early).  This means those with the MBA typically pursue MBA-level internships between the first and second year, while those in the MS programs are pursuing an internship that would lead to full-time hire or a full-time position on its own at the conclusion of the program.  An additional point to consider when evaluating a projected start date is that our MS programs begin before our MBA program.  Our MS programs begin orientation and programming in late July or very early August well before the start date for our fall MBA program, which begins in September each year. 

*Difference Two: Course content.

The purpose of the MBA itself is to provide the candidate with a generalized business education.  This includes an understanding of a variety of subjects that shape a future manager’s ability to successfully manage either her own enterprise or serve in a managerial role in another company.  Topics ranging from business communications, accounting, marketing and operations are shared with elective material that can be taken on a one-by-one basis, or toward one or more concentrations.  The concentrations at Simon are similar to undergraduate college majors.   When one is pursuing the Master’s of Science, the academic coursework is more concentrated in the specific field that one is pursuing for the overall degree.  Students in the Master’s of Finance program will take mostly finance coursework, Master’s of Marketing will take mostly marketing coursework, the Master’s of Accounting will take mostly accounting or the relevant finance coursework, et cetera. 

However, many classes taken for the MS programs are also taken by MBA students.  It is this, in part, that allows graduated MS students to apply their coursework for credit directly to the MBA if they choose to pursue that additional degree here at Simon.

*Difference Three: Post-graduation employment.

The program that you select will also affect the type of positions you will target for full-time employment post-graduation.  Pursuing internship and entry level positions that require more in-depth industry knowledge are most suited for those who have gone directly from their undergraduate study to the MS programs.  Those who have previous full-time work experience in a particular industry and pursue the MS degree to deepen their knowledge base often pursue mid-level roles.  Some students pursue the MS degree as a starting point for their business education also with the knowledge that they will return for the MBA at a later time when they have gained additional work experience.  For individuals pursuing the MBA it is used as a tool to assist with a career change, or to jump start a position in the mid-management level of a targeted company.  Many students seek employment from the company that sponsored their summer internship, or use that experience as leverage within their targeted industry.   

Applicants should be well-informed when applying to a particular program.  At Simon, we only allow students to apply to one program at a time; you cannot submit two applications with the hope to get into one program or another.  Additional resources (brochures, statistics, and current student and alumni profiles) help to compare and contrast further if you require more insight.  Regardless of the program you ultimately apply (and hopefully) are admitted to, an education from the Simon School at the University of Rochester will be one of the best decisions you can make for your career.