Tag: "Career Management Center (CMC)"

Visit Simon and Make the Best Choice for You

By: Jerrica

Congratulations on deciding to look into Business schools; having been in your shoes only a year ago, I completely understand the enormity of that step.  Everyday we’re faced with choices— from the very small and insignificant, to those with lasting repercussions—and every day we have to make a conscientious decision to put our efforts into the best choices for us.

Personally, I didn’t realize that Simon was the best business school for me until I visited campus and had a chance to talk with current students. Aside from the beautiful campus (though I feel like I need to mention Rush Rees Library specifically—one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve had the pleasure of spending time in) the people at Simon are second to none.  Your fellow students will come from across the globe, and it is very likely that you will be able to get some career advice from some of your friends, as well as the Career Management Center. Within the first few weeks of being on campus, you will have created a network of friends and resources (which will even include Dean Zupan after you attend his famous lasagna dinner) that will always be united by Simon.

Simon Clubs & Organizations: What is Vision?

By: Tyler R. Converse, MBA ‘14

There are many opportunities to contribute to the Simon community. If you have an interest, chances are there is a club or organization that caters to your interest. As a 1st year MBA student, I have the privilege of being a Committee Member for the Simon Vision Partnership Program. The Vision Program partners with companies from the area that are looking for real solutions to real business problems. Working on these projects is a great way to put what you’ve learned to work, build your team collaboration skills, and give you a competitive edge on your resume.

This year, Simon students will be working on projects for companies within the health care, luxury car, education, and technology sectors. We anticipate even more industry differentiation as the year progresses. The projects span every concentration area, including consulting, pricing, marketing and finance, and provide Simon MBA and MS students with valuable experiential work experience.

The Vision Committee is comprised of 1st & 2nd year MBA students, MS students and prominent members of the CMC and Student Services. Additionally, Simon professors serve as faculty advisors to the teams as they work on projects. As a member of the Committee, I get to work with clients to vet projects and make sure that the deliverables will be beneficial to the client. Additionally, I make sure that the project provides students with ample opportunity to apply course materials to real-world business problems and exercise perspicacity within their area of discipline.  Once the teams have been selected, I serve as liaison between the team and client and manage the deliverable timeline (read: drill sergeant).

I love every minute of it. What I like most about the program is that it offers international students an opportunity to work on projects for domestic companies, Simon Early Leaders the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, and it offers the rest of the student body the chance to optimize a new skill set. I can’t think of a more satisfying role within a program that stays more true to the Simon motto – – Meliora!

Simon- a Great Place to Be!

By: Vasudha

I take pride in introducing myself as a new blogger in the Admissions office. As an applicant, I found the admissions blog to be helpful in making my decision to attend Simon and I could envision its culture to understand what I would be getting into. Being a blogger now, I am thrilled to share my experiences to potential applicants and to everybody out there who is interested in Simon. Simon is a great school and I am really happy to be here. I was impressed with the intimate approach taken by the school right from the application procedures through to the everyday activities held at school.

Being in a one year MS Finance program, I was excited and tense at the same time to start out in the program. To make us feel at ease, Simon Admissions in collaboration with the Career Management Center held a tea party. At this event, I met many of my classmates and future friends for the first time and was excited to be among such a competitive peer group. And later the first week was spent in orientation sessions organized by the Career Management Center (CMC) and International Student Office (ISO). My key take-away from these orientations being an international student is that the CMC and ISO are my new BEST friends.

The first word which pops up to our mind when we think of a B-school is “Networking”. And yes, “Networking” is all that I hear about at ALL times at Simon. The concept of networking and reaching out to people overwhelms me, but thanks to the CMC and their preparation modules held over four weeks’ time, I am well equipped with the necessary communication skills to start networking. There is help provided to us at all times, however the onus is on us to utilize the resources in hand.

Classes and Professors-

The entire academic year is broken down into four quarters- Fall A, Fall B, Winter and Spring. Fall-A and Fall-B are the smaller modules when compared to winter and spring quarters. The Fall term focusses on building up the foundation for finance and we are allowed to take electives in the winter and spring term. In the Fall-A term, we had three core courses – Statistics, Economics and Capital Budgeting & Corporate Objectives. The first quarter was spread over 8 weeks. Though it started out on a familiar note, the course picked up pace in a couple of weeks and we got to learn excel in various other ways than we had already known. These courses are the foundation for all the future courses which we will be taking.

In the present quarter, which the admissions team fondly calls Fall-B, we have three courses- Investments, Accounting and Corporate Finance. Being from an Engineering & Economics background, this quarter’s courses are really new to me and I need to put in extra effort to catch up to the fast pace of teaching. However, the highly interactive teaching methods and expected high level of participation makes sure that we come prepared to class. It is fun to wake up every day to learn something new and our professors strive to keep making us learn.

Student Services-

The student services team at Simon is a highly approachable and friendly team. They keep us updated about all the opportunities that are available in the market that we could make use of. Nate Kadar is the guy who takes care of the MS Finance class and he is our go-to guy. He is a really helpful and experienced person who makes sure we are enjoying our time here at Simon. Simon hosts many coffee and networking events for us to interact with the Dean, professors and alumni which is consistent with the intimate atmosphere that Simon values the most. That’s all for my introductory post. I will be coming back soon with more on professors, their classes, updates on Simon events.

Introducing Simon CMC from my own experience!

Greetings from Simon! I will start by introducing myself to you, I am a new blogger, Xinrui Yan (Cynthia). I am now a first-year candidate in Simon’s masters degree program, concentrating in Finance. Prior to Simon, I had several internships in the financial services industry and studied both in China and the U.S. I am currently a member of Simon Student Ambassadors, a group of students that are ready to help you here. I am excited to share my experience at Simon with all of you since I went through all the processes that you are now going through for the application and I was delighted by the other Simonites’ blogs when I applied. I think one of all the greatest things about Simon is that our alumni are always helpful, and I absolutely want to be one of them.

Simon offered tons of workshops and social gathering opportunities along with an intense and high quality curriculum. Since every day here is meaningful and so different from the previous, I may not be able to share all my exciting experiences in the past quarter with you, but I will keep you up-to-date with what is happening at Simon in the following days.

What I would like to introduce to you now is the Career Management Center (CMC), which is one of the most helpful groups of people at Simon. They would be the first one to contact you right after you got your admission offer from the admission office and prepare you for the job searching, even before you start school here! I attended the 2012 Boston Career Forum and my experience here becomes the best proof of the excellent job that the CMC has done. I went fully prepared with my company research done at home, was able to easily navigate my target companies, and presented at some company presentations in a timely manner. Talking to many other participants from other top schools as well as company representatives during the Career Fair, I noticed that CMC at Simon did a better job than many other schools in helping first year students to start earlier in their job search. A company “y” told me that he was impressed by Simon students being so motivated and driven, and at the same time confident and prepared. I would say most of this can be attributed to the workshops I joined at CMC: they helped me polish my resume, have instructed me to write emails reaching out to alumni in the company before the Career Fair, and also have given me the framework for potential interviews. As far as I know, CMC also sponsored traveller stipends for MBA students who attended this fair. All in all, I believe Simon is the one that can help you to develop your career to the utmost level.

I have to stop here for today, but the CMC obviously gives us more than what I put down here. Also, let me introduce a Growth Market Program by the CMC which I am getting involved with in the near future. Good luck on your application process!

Meliora !

Xinrui (Cynthia) Yan VP of Simon Student Ambassadors MSF Candidate, Class of 2013 Simon School of Business, University of Rochester