May 18, 2017

Summer 2017 Career Strategy Plan

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Image result for got internshipSummer plans for every graduate student should include time set aside to focus on your career path. If you landed an internship – congratulations! However, there is still work to do, including networking with your new colleagues. If you are still on the internship hunt, make an appointment in CMO and we can assist you with your internship strategy. CMO has organized a list to streamline your career strategy plan for the summer months.

June 2017
·  Attend a networking event facilitated by the community:

 Join a group that aligns with your career focus and get involved:

July 2017
·         Create, or revisit, your target company list:

  •  Find contacts (alumni if possible) currently working at the company and request a 30 minute informational meeting or phone call
  • Only reach out to one person at each company to start
  • In preparation for meetings, research trends in the industry and recent news items
  • For more research tips go to the Document Library within CareerLink and review:
  • Company Research Resources
  • Kelvin Smith Library – Business Source Complete Search Strategy (2016)
  • Volunteer with a professional group in the community (see list above in June)
  • Update your resume with internship or volunteer experience from the summer

August 2017
  •  Check CareerLink weekly for new opportunities
  • Create job alerts on Glassdoor, LinkedIn, Indeed, etc., but remember, quality over quantity is best when applying
  • Attend a networking event (see list above in June)
  • Reach out to classmates (current and graduates) to see how their career path is going and trade tips

May 12, 2017

How to wear a cap and gown!

Graduates, may we have your attention please! Now that you have mastered the quantitative skills required to manage finances and developed the emotional intelligence to lead people and organizations, there is one more difficult, yet important task for you to learn: How to put on a graduation cap and gown! Don't worry, Weatherhead is here to help!

Before you step inside your graduation regalia on commencement day, take two minutes to watch our video on how to wear a cap and gown.

May 4, 2017

Check Out CLE in the Summer!

The following blog post is brought to you by Weatherhead's Office of Student Experience, which is here to assist students with finding opportunities for experiences outside of the classroom that will complement the holistic learning environment of Weatherhead. Learn more.

We know you will be busy with work and internships this summer, but we hope you will leave plenty of time to get out and enjoy what Cleveland has to offer!

For those living around campus this summer, 
Coventry Village offers plenty of activities as well as a number of shops, restaurants, and entertainment. Highlights on the calendar include weekly movies in the park, a concert series, yoga sessions, a carnival party, and bike tune-up day. Click here for a full list of great activities.

Needing some beach time? Check out Thursday night happy hours at Edgewater Park starting in June. Averaging a few thousand people every week, this is surely a great place to meet some new people in your area or just have a great time with your crew.

Looking to stay close to Weatherhead? University Circle has an endless number of events this summer.  One of our favorites is the Hessler Street Fair taking place June 3-4 that will feature food, vendors, live music, and much more. Wade Oval Wednesdays starts June 14 and runs through August. This event features a FREE concert each Wednesday night from 6-9 p.m. and also includes food trucks, vendors, theme nights, and activities which vary each week. Saturday, June 10 marks the Parade the Circle event! This is a parade of hand-crafted floats, stilt walkers, and local performers of all ages.

Be sure to also check out the Feast of the Assumption running from August 12-15 in Little Italy. This celebration features both religious and cultural events highlighted by an abundance of signature food items from the area’s restaurants. Another favorite is Cleveland One World Day Sunday, August 27. This event celebrates the many cultures represented in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens along Martin Luther King Blvd. Check out more University Circle events here.

And don’t forget, Cleveland is a gorgeous forest city when all the plants are in bloom. Get in touch with nature, and yourself, by visiting any of our Metroparks. There are plenty of new sports and activities to try out on your own or with some friends. Check out a great directory of activities for your summer!

If you get tired from doing all those sports yourself, leave it to the pros! The Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team is backing up last year’s championship season with another exciting playoff run this month. If you aren’t lucky enough to score tickets to a game, try a watch party! The Cleveland Indians baseball team will also be in the midst of their season so head downtown for a relaxing day in the sun and cheer on your local team!

Last, but certainly not least, make sure you take in a concert by the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra. Every summer the Orchestra plays a series of outdoor concerts at the Blossom Music Center. We highly recommend the July 1-4 shows, which will feature fireworks in celebration of Independence Day.

If you are looking for even more ways to explore Cleveland this summer, head to #ThisIsCle.

On behalf of the Office of Student Experience, we wish you a fantastic summer! Enjoy your city!

May 2, 2017

Staff Profile: Matthew Maloney, Director of Business Analytics and Operations Research & Supply Chain Master's Programs

Are you a prospective, admitted or current student in either our Business Analytics or Operations Research & Supply Chain Master's program? If so, you need to know Matthew Maloney.

We sat down with Maloney, a member of Weatherhead’s MBA Class of 2007, to learn more about what his position as Director of Business Analytics and Operations Research & Supply Chain Master’s Programs actually entails and how students can best utilize him and the school's many resources to help them find a great internship or full-time position. When you walk into his office on the third floor of the Peter B. Lewis building, you notice that it is a bright space and, at least on this particular Friday morning that we met, is immaculate. In a neat array in the top lefthand corner of his desk, Matthew has business cards from recently made contacts or ones with whom he needs to follow up soon. Behind where I sat lives his infamous job board, a physical cork board with printed copies of recent job postings that he believes are good options for the students he works with every day.

As director of these two programs, the scope of his job seems broad and undefined. But, after sitting down with Maloney and getting input from some current students, three major job functions emerged: development of professional and networking skills for current students; maintaining and cultivating relationships with potential employers and alumni; connecting current students and the employer network for mutually beneficial job placement opportunities. To succeed, Maloney does many things well, but there is one thing he does very well, better than most: he is a master networker. I asked him if this was something he had to practice, or if it came naturally to him, he said, "yes and yes.” He can tell countless stories of how chance encounters at his daughter’s t-ball games, or an email about a birthday, or a trip down to a basketball game can yield connections and information that help put someone in touch with an employer. There is a natural charisma and empathy in him, coupled with a precise memory, that helps him make the most of each of these moments. What he also has working in his favor, in addition to his intimate knowledge of Weatherhead as an alumnus, is experience with many different companies from his previous career in business development. Just a few of the companies that came up during our conversation were IBM, L’Oreal, PayPal, Tesla, Parker Hannifin, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Eaton, Discover, CBIZ, and NestlĂ©.

As Maloney has continued in this role, it has evolved. He is now an integral part of the Six Sigma project, helping to get companies to participate, providing another great avenue of access for students. He also collaborates with admissions teams across the management school to help identify potential candidates and show how the opportunities available to students at Weatherhead make these programs top-notch. Maloney will be the first to tell you that students in Weatherhead’s programs are some of the best and brightest, and he makes sure employers know it too. The most impressive thing about what Maloney and the ORSC/Business Analytics programs have created is a talent feedback loop. He mentioned how employers are now coming back to work with Weatherhead students because their current or previous hires have been such successes.

Will Matthew Maloney hand you a job for you? Not exactly. But, he will be one of the best resources as you work to get that job yourself.

Based on our conversation, we distilled some of his lessons for students down to a few important tips. If you want all of his help and advice, go see him today (see tip 4).

Maloney's Tips for Success:

1) Search Early and Search Often
Each of these programs lasts for approximately one year, so starting the job search early is critical. One student, Charles Michel, MSM-ORSC '17, began his conversations with Maloney as soon as he was admitted. Maloney put him in touch with multiple corporate contacts and Michel said, "These contacts ended up forming the backbone of my summer internship search and I ultimately accepted a Demand Planning Intern position with MTD Products." Another student, Josalynn Clauson, MSM-ORSC '17, also said that Maloney's advice to start early with her target companies helped her successfully land a summer consulting internship with Entrepreneur's EDGE. She began her contact with EDGE in October and had secured the internship by January. Maloney also recommends creating a list of companies in which you're interested before you begin the program. For those new to the Cleveland area, he recommends looking into the NorthCoast 99 businesses as a place to start. He also recommends joining the exclusive ORSC, and hopefully soon-to-be Business Analytics, Alumni LinkedIn group to see where past students have had success. Finally, he strongly encourages students to go to career fairs as early as possible. These are a great place to see more employers in one sitting than you could hope to in an entire year.

2) Follow Up
This one comes from Maloney's personal playbook. Whenever he makes a new connection or reconnects, his follow-up is prompt and personal. He can quickly rattle off multiple stories of when someone used ineffective or inappropriate follow-up and their repercussions. He has even more stories about how the right follow-up at the right time has been the first step to successful job placement for many students, friends and former colleagues.

3) Practice
For some students, practicing the "softer" skills of networking, effective communication (written and verbal) and presenting are slightly overlooked. However, in Maloney's experience and based on feedback from employers, these skills can make or break the potential for future employment. Kyler Schoner, MSM-Business Analytics ‘17, said, "Matt taught me the value of relationships and interactions with people. While I improved my technical skills at Weatherhead, Matt made sure that I demonstrated to potential employers my ability to communicate information, explain my value, and interpret their goals and objectives. The interpersonal skills are truly half the battle when it comes to initiating a career." To give yourself every opportunity to practice, Maloney recommends participating in mock interviews, career fairs and every networking session available. Look not only to the Weatherhead CMO, but also to the university’s Career Services center for these events.

4) Meet with Matthew
Maloney said that once he knows you, “my connections are your connections.” But in order for him to be an advocate and a conduit, students need to help him connect faces with names. This harkens back to the first tip because the earlier you work with Maloney, the better. When students come meet with them, he encourages them to track employers, jobs, and progress in a spreadsheet, which he will review with you as often as you need. He can also help strategize for next steps and keep you up-to-date on new openings or connections that could be useful.

Know that once you meet with Matthew Maloney, you will have a connection for life, one that lasts long beyond your time at Weatherhead. If you are a prospective, admitted or current student and want to get in touch with Matthew, he can be reached at

If you are interested in learning more about Weatherhead’s Business Analytics and Operations Research & Supply Chain Masters’ programs, you can contact Meredith Richardson, Admissions Manager at

Maloney with Cleveland Clinic Interns at ORSC graduation

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Maloney with ORSC alumni at April 2016 alumni event

April 21, 2017

MSM-Finance students attend Chicago City Trek

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Over spring break, students in the MSM-Finance program explored the city of Chicago and visited
five companies: Morningstar, Trading Technologies, Elmspring, 1871 and Megalytics. City Treks occur in the fall and spring semesters and are a great opportunity to learn about different companies and connect with alumni. CMO highly encourages students to participate in them when they are offered. City Treks can spur internship opportunities and grow your network.

Overall, the students enjoyed the Chicago City Trek and learned interesting details about each company. The following students shared their experiences and thoughts on the companies.

Siqi Chen: The city trek was unforgettable and I learned a lot. For Morningstar, I loved the culture of this company, creativity and freedom. I'm also interested in its development program. For TT, I'm curious about its trading software and hope to have more opportunity to know how the software works. Elmspring gave me a lot of details about how a startup grows. Although it's not my first interest, I also learned a lot from the speech we listened to. The tour in 1871 was great. But I think the working environment was a little too noisy for me with so many people working and talking in same area.

Yiran Wang: I really appreciated the way we visited Morningstar with the presentation and panel Q&A with employees from different departments. Thank you for providing us a chance to get in touch with our alumni; we had a pleasant meeting with them.

Jiayun Zhu: The atmosphere at Morningstar was quite perfect and it gave me the opportunity to talk with the people who work there. I felt that they are really passionate about their work. The focus at Elmspring was on collecting different kinds of information and I am interested in this field. 1871 is a cool place for people who want to own their business. At Megalytics, they spent most of the time telling us about the growth of the industry but I did not receive many details about the work. It would have been great if they had spent some time telling us about a typical work day. TT is a good company, but it focuses on computer science and hires more people whose major is computer science. And I think it may give less opportunities to MSF students.

 Check out all of the resources CMO offers, in addition to City Treks.

April 7, 2017

A Farewell From Alexis

The following blog post is brought to you by Alexis Hayman, departing Director of Weatherhead's Office of Student Experience (STEX). Her last day with CWRU will be Monday, April 10. From everyone at Weatherhead, we thank her for her service and dedication to the institution and its students.

Hello All! I just wanted to write a little note to wish you all the best as I depart Weatherhead next week. I have had the pleasure of working as your Director of Student Experience for almost two years. While this is not a very long time, I feel as though I have been able to share an incredible number of great memories with you all. The students have always impressed me with their passion and interest in becoming better leaders. From my first Weatherheadless Ball, seeing nearly 250 students from the Weatherhead community come together, to this year, seeing that number increase by nearly 100, I know student enthusiasm for being a part of this school is booming. I have truly loved seeing students pull together to participate in meaningful community service work, such as Junior Achievement and the many projects organized by student clubs such as Net Impact and Multicultural Club. It has been so exciting when career-focused clubs, such as the Finance, Consulting and Marketing clubs, find events and opportunities to grow their understanding of their chosen fields.

I’d also like to make a special thanks to all of the staff and faculty who worked so hard to incorporate Student Experience into the school. A sometimes amorphous department, we enjoyed so many collaborations around the school and the university. We truly couldn’t have been successful without you. To name just a few: Professor Goldberg’s efforts at connecting Weatherhead with the Breakthrough Schools, and MaryBeth Keeler’s enthusiasm for helping students interested in finance find successful opportunities for leadership.

Finally, I’d like to thank the STEX Team: Meenakshi Sharma, George Smiltins and Mimi Filsinger. Always quick to respond and find a way to realize student goals, it has been fantastic to work together. With a student body hovering around 800, around 14 clubs, over eight graduate programs and innumerable career goals, working to ensure the student experience is a positive and productive one is not easy! The STEX Team has worked incredibly hard to help students every day and I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart. 

I wish you all the best on your journeys! Have a fantastic summer! 

March 31, 2017

What Students Can Get From Attending School Events

"What Students Can Get From Attending Weatherhead Events"

On Friday, March 24, professors and directors of Weatherhead’s Business Analytics and Operations Research/Supply Chain specialty Master’s programs put together an amazing panel of local industry insiders to discuss what led them to careers in business analytics and big data. The panel represented the very diverse ways one can put analytics skills to use in a myriad of companies and industries, including: GE, Progressive Insurance, American Greetings, Nielsen, Rosetta/Razorfish, Marcus Thomas, Cardinal Health and Gallup. First year MBA students, Cori Finefrock and Maria Landaeta discuss the career advice they came away with after attending the event.

American Greetings, Logo

Corinne Finefrock: One of my favorite takeaways from the presentations came from Todd Fraser, Director of Business Intelligence at American Greetings. Fraser talked about how his first introduction to big data, sort of, came from his passion for snowboarding. While consuming a magazine all about the best trails and gear, he stumbled upon an article about all of the data professional skiers and snowboarders use to plan the best outing. They were tracking everything from precipitation and temperatures to wind speed and direction. This data brought a science to something Fraser loved. He said from then on he never looked back and has been working with data ever since. This is a great story for those of us who are trying to find out what will motivate us to get out of bed every day and do great work. Sometimes we try to find positions or fields to fit with skills we already have, or we develop new skills and competencies to enable us to pursue our passions. Now Fraser is working with data at the world’s largest greeting card company, but also still makes time to use data to track the best “powder” conditions before his next snowboarding adventure.

Marcus Thomas, Logo

Maria Landaeta: I
talked to Scott Chapin,  Partner, Analytics and Digital Strategy from Marcus Thomas LLC - a private marketing and advertising agency here in Cleveland - to ask him about the specific skill set he looks for in new hires. During our conversation, Chapin expressed the importance of excellent verbal, behavioral and written communications skills, regardless of the function these new hires will be executing at Marcus Thomas. Whether it is business analytics, creative direction or content generation, it is essential for the company to hire professionals who will be able to articulate deep analytical insights, ideas, or objective plans for the diverse portfolio of clients Marcus Thomas works with.
According to Chapin, new hires need to be able to communicate and interpret effectively across different platforms. They need to feel comfortable interpreting visual and quantitative information and transferring it into verbal summaries or written reports for the clients or other members of their team. These cross communication skills also require having an open mind and most importantly, a positive attitude.
Additionally, the interpersonal skills involved in their communication should portray their genuine curiosity and empathy for the clients and the projects the company joins. Since most of these skills cannot be easily extracted from a resume, cover letter or portfolio, Marcus Thomas relies a lot on the interview process and the behavioral insights they can get by actually interacting in person with the potential employees or interns. 
While education and technical skills are essential for the different job disciplines offered at these type of agencies; it is ultimately a confident yet humble and a professional, yet nice attitude that will get recent graduates the job they are looking for in the creative industry. These are real insights gained from real leaders in the industry that are hard to get from a job description and requirements list. Therefore, it is in the student's best interest to attend these events and learn first-hand what employers are looking for while also understanding these filters are unique for every industry or for each company’s culture. 

March 29, 2017

MBA Internship Search: Mark E. McIntyre II

Throughout the last week, the Life at Weatherhead blog has featured conversations with students, as they share their experience on the internship search. If you missed it, read the firstthe second, and the third posts in the series. Today we are featuring Mark E. McIntyre II, Clinical Quality Team Intern, Medical Mutual:

When did you start your internship search?
I started searching for my internship during the end of fall semester. I continued this search until the beginning of spring semester, peaking during winter break. The steps I took included first identifying target companies that I would be interested interning with. Second, utilizing my resources, such as the CMO, to establish contacts with these companies. Finally, reaching out to these companies to express an interest in working with them.

What advice from CMO helped you on your search? Where else did you get helpful advice from?
The best advice the CMO gave me was to start searching early. I also received helpful advice from second year students who had internships in the past. As with the CMO, the second year students also suggested early searching was the best method of securing an internship.

How did you learn about the opportunity? What was the process like?
I learned about an opportunity for an internship through the mock interviews scheduled by the CMO. At the conclusion of my mock interview I was offered the opportunity for an actual interview with the company. 

Was this your only target company or did you have others?
Currently, I am a dual degree student studying both medical physiology, through the school of medicine, and business administration. As such, my background is in healthcare and I selected companies which were in this field. Thus, this company was on my list of target companies.

Was there a question that puzzled/stumped you during the interview process?
My interview was very conversational. As such, many of the questions I was asked were relaxed and in a natural format. From the CMO I learned that this style of interview was known as behavioral based interview. Through the workshops provided by the CMO throughout the year, I feel I was adequately prepared to handle any questions asked in this format.

What advice would you give to other students looking for an internship?
I would advise other students to take advantage of winter break to start searching for internships. The reason being is that during winter break student workload is at a minimum while free time is at a high. In addition, winter break occurs prior to interview season. As such, utilizing this time will put those searching for internships ahead of the game.

March 27, 2017

MBA Internship Search: Alec Simon

Over the next week, the Life at Weatherhead blog will feature conversations with students, as they share their experience on the internship search. If you missed it, read the first and the second post in the series. Today we are featuring first year MBA student, and Lean Six Sigma Intern at Key Bank:

Alec Simon, Full-time MBA student.
When did you start your internship search?

I actually began my internship in the summer before school had even begun. About a month before school began, I started to compile an early list of companies that I thought I might have interest in and did research on these companies to understand what sorts of opportunities they had available and to learn more about their history and culture. As the year began I accelerated my search, trying to network with alumni and other industry professionals and take a more focused approach to finding an internship.

What advice from CMO helped you on your search? Where else did you get helpful advice from?

I found a lot of the activities and seminars that the CMO set up, including the resume reviews and the mock interviews to be incredibly helpful. The most helpful part of the entire process, though, was my individual one-on-one career counseling sessions. These sessions really helped to provide a road map to how the internship search should work and helped me narrow in on what I was interested and what types of companies and positions I’d enjoy most.  I also relied upon some advice from second year students. I found their insights to be invaluable as they had the unique perspective of having gone through the same process just one year earlier.

How did you learn about the opportunity? What was the process like?

I received an e-mail from KeyBank asking me to have a phone call to discuss the position. Key had gotten my resume from the CMO and wanted to gauge my interest in the position. I had a phone call with the recruiter and was brought in to interview the following week. I had back to back interviews with two members of the Lean Six Sigma team with whom I would be working. I interviewed on a Wednesday and received an offer that Friday. It was an incredibly quick and seamless process.

Was this your only target company or did you have others?

Overall I had about ten to fifteen companies that I really focused on, so while Key was certainly one of my target companies, it was not my only target.

Key Bank Logo 
Was there a question that puzzled/stumped you during the interview process?

I don’t think there was one question that really stumped me, but I do distinctly remember struggling through my first few interviews. It had been a few years since I’d interviewed for a job and I could tell that I was out of practice.

What advice would you give to other students looking for an internship?

I would advise students to get started early, do your research and to keep an open mind.

What is something that you wish you knew before starting your internship search?

I wish someone had told me to have fun with the process. I know it sounds crazy, but you get to see some great companies and meet some amazing people and I wish I had enjoyed the process a little bit more. Further, I know that I interview best when I am stress-free and relaxed and I think had I been more comfortable that I would have performed better in some of my interviews.

March 24, 2017

MBA Internship Search: Kevin Payne

Over the next week, the Life at Weatherhead blog will feature conversations with students, as they share their experience on the internship search. If you missed it, read the first post in there series. Today we are featuring first year MBA student, and Intern at BrownFlynn, Kevin Payne:

Kevin Payne, Full-time MBA Student 
When did you start your internship search?
My search started as soon as school began, though that is not to say I immediately started applying for internships. Rather I began by meeting with CMO biweekly to discuss my career interests and by connecting with local alumni with the assistance of CMO. My conversations with CMO established both a rhythm to my search and built a foundation to work off when I submitted applications towards the end of the first semester.

What advice from CMO helped you on your search? Where else did you get helpful advice from?
I took away several great tips from CMO’s fall workshops. The session hosted by Steve Dalton, author of the 2 Hour Job Search, provided a great framework to strategically identify and connect with alumni that I have used successfully on numerous occasions. I also looked to the second year MBA cohort for valuable perspective and advice.

How did you learn about the opportunity? What was the process like?
I first heard about BrownFlynn during an early meeting with CMO. With CMO’s introduction, I met Sarah Corrigan, an alumni working as a senior consultant at BrownFlynn. Sarah’s description of her work and the company culture inspired me to learn more, and with her help, I interviewed Barb Brown, Co-Founder & Principle, for a class project. After speaking to Barb, BrownFlynn exceeded all my expectations for an internship host company.
I applied for an internship posting on their website in early January and interviewed a couple weeks later with a senior consultant. Prior to receiving a job offer, I happened to meet two other BrownFlynn employees during a campus and community event. These serendipitous interactions reinforced my aspirations to work at BrownFlynn, and I imagine may have influenced the final decision to offer me an internship.
Looking back, the interview with BrownFlynn started well before I applied and extended through the weeks following my interview.

Was this your only target company or did you have others?
I applied to three companies and received two offers. Early on, I researched numerous opportunities but selected three to focus on.
What advice would you give to other students looking for an internship?
First, it is never too early to start looking for an internship! Second, seek out networking opportunities that allow your genuine self to flourish. For me, formal interviews and networking sessions are often stifling so I look for opportunities to network one on one or events where networking is not the focus.

What is something that you wish you knew before starting your internship search?
A strong resume and cover letter alone will open few career opportunities. Even the strongest resume or most eloquent cover letter is a poor replacement to making a genuine connection with someone.