February 16, 2017

CMO hosts International Alumni Panel

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Every year Career Management Office hosts International Alumni Panel and Luncheon where alumni come and share their past experiences and how they landed positions in the United States. This year, we had a wonderful response with 17 alumni back on campus on February 4, 2017.  One alum came in from Texas, along with several local alumni. This event has proven to be an effective way to get first-hand knowledge on the career search as an international student. This event happens in the beginning of every spring semester. We highly recommend that you attend next year and every future opportunity that involves alumni. Remember to frequently check CareerLink to see what Workshops and Information Sessions will be happening next. 

Weatherhead graduate students shared their thoughts on the event. 

1.  Describe the best insight(s) you received from alumni.

  • “It was good to hear about their work experience in the U.S. and how it’s different from other countries – What are the steps we need to take in job searching.” Navid Tavoli, MSM-Operations Research/Supply Chain Candidate 2017
  • “I got a lot of good suggestions for seeking jobs, especially how to reach out to people in high-level positions.” Qiaojie Liang, MSM-Business Analytics Candidate 2017
  • “I think the best insight was how you create sustainable relationships, which is something all of the alumni discussed. I also liked them sharing the visa issue and the current uncertainty about it.” Kumar Tanmay, MBA Candidate 2017
  •  “Networking is significant to find internships or jobs. Making friends and keeping relationships are key to networking.” Junwei Li, MSM-Finance Candidate 2018
  • “Networking is like making friends, first, it takes time, so don't give up, and ultimately people will reply to your emails; second, you have to share personal interests, not only talking about professional stuff, but also personal life to build the connection; third, ask questions, people like to talk about themselves.” Xin Zeng, MBA Candidate 2017 


2. What was your favorite part of the event?

  • “Networking at the Jolly Scholar and talking to different people from different programs.” Navid Tavoli, MSM-Operations Research/Supply Chain Candidate 2017
  • “When we spoke with alumni who were in the same program as me or work in a related field.” Qiaojie Liang, MSM-Business Analytics Candidate 2017
  • “We were able to meet with alumni and ask questions and share thoughts with them. I think the overall event was informal in a good way and gave everyone an opportunity to participate in the conversation.” Kumar Tanmay, MBA Candidate 2017
  • “The panel was in a casual way: students and panelists are were sitting together so it's easier for both students and panelists to build trust and share insights.” Xin Zeng, MBA Candidate 2017 

3. Would you recommend the event to other students?
  • “Yes, definitely. It’s useful for every international student.” Navid Tavoli, MSM-Operations Research/Supply Chain Candidate 2017
  • “Yes, I would recommend the event to others. It is a good 'meeting with alumni and networking' opportunity.” Kumar Tanmay, MBA Candidate 2017
  •  “Definitely I would.” Junwei Li, MSM-Finance Candidate 2018
  • “Yes, I will definitely recommend the event to other students.” Xin Zeng, MBA Candidate 2017 

February 3, 2017

The Casino Night Experience

Alexis Hayman, Director of the Office of Student Experience, sat down with Graduate Student Business Association President and Vice President, Patrick Glicker and Liz Smith, to give them an opportunity to share their thoughts and memories of Casino Night. Casino Night 2017 will be held on Saturday, February 25, at The Silver Grille. Register today!


Alexis: “What does Casino Night mean to you?”

Patrick: “It is an opportunity to connect with the entire Weatherhead community. We are from so many programs and backgrounds, and often only see each other in passing. This is a time to be together, sharing memories and building relationships that will hopefully last a lifetime.”

Liz: “It is a great night! Everyone gets dressed up and enjoys the evening together. It is unlike any other time of the year!”

Patrick: “And don’t forget! You can win lots of cool prizes!”

Alexis: “What are some of your best memories of Casino Night?”

Liz: “For me, it is very personal. I was able to attend as a prospective student so coming into my third Casino Night, this is a reinforcement of how strong our Weatherhead community is. I always meet up with Vice Dean Collopy on Casino Night and I get to talk with him, to connect with him. I have great memories connected with that.”

Patrick: “There are very few events that all of Weatherhead students come to, so my best memories are those moments when you are just enjoying each other, relaxing and having fun. On Casino Night, I feel very proud of our school and the work that we all do.” 

Alexis: “What would you say to a student on the fence about buying that ticket and coming out to Casino Night?”

Patrick: “Well, ultimately, this two years or year and a half, it is about the experience. It is not only about your classes. That is a part of it, but you are part of a community and this is an opportunity to get outside of the building and connect, socially, with people you spend hours upon hours doing course work. It is part of the whole, holistic experience of being a graduate student. This is what we are here for.”

Liz: “I agree. There are so many interesting people to get to know, and you see them around the building but there aren’t a lot of chances to get to know them. And since we are a short program, it is the only time first-years can really hang out with all the second-years in any of the cohorts. This helps you build your network, but it’s also just a great time! Since we are downtown, you can have a fun dinner before or plan to go out afterward. My friends and I stopped in Jack’s Casino, which is just down the escalator from where Casino Night is being held this year, and had a great time! ”

Alexis: “Last year, the winners of GBSA were announced at Casino Night during a special presentation... any plans you want to share about the announcement of the newly elected board?”

Patrick: “It's a surprise!”

Liz: “You’ll need to come and find out!”