January 5, 2018

Resolve to get more involved at Weatherhead!

The following blog post is brought to you by George Smiltins, Director of Weatherhead's Office of Student Experience (STEX). STEX 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.

Welcome back, students!                                                    

The second semester at Weatherhead is always exciting! New students have had time to get settled into life in Cleveland. There is no longer the uncertainty of getting your first grades in your courses. For graduating students, it is a final opportunity to take unique courses, build lasting relationships with your peers, and explore all that Weatherhead and Cleveland have to offer!

STEX is committed to providing you with many fun and engaging opportunities. One of the biggest events of the upcoming semester is fast approaching! On February 17, join your fellow Weatherhead students, alumni, faculty and staff for Casino Night 2018. This year’s event will be held at Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Fight the winter blues by coming out to play casino games, win prizes, check out the museum’s exhibits and dance the night away! The first 150 tickets are only $30. Buy tickets here!

         


Increasing your involvement with student activities is a great New Year’s resolution. For those of you ready to dive into 2018, make sure to check the event calendar regularly for all Weatherhead has to offer. Best wishes for a wonderful year!

December 29, 2017

Resolve to put down your device and take in the world around you this year

Lauren De Camara is a candidate in Weatherhead's MBA program.

I love people watching (no, not in a creepy way). I find observing others fascinating- what or how they choose to do things, how they interact with one another, their display of unique mannerisms. What makes them tick?

I sat in my local Starbucks last week, taking brief casual glances around the shop as I sipped my coffee and hacked away at a term paper. I watched as an elderly gentleman slowly entered the store and made his way up to the register. His cane was held tightly in his weathered hand, steadying his awkward gate as he took shallow footsteps. He retrieved his breakfast and coffee then ventured to a nearby table. Slowly sinking into his chair, he placed his cane a top the wooden surface in front of him and began to rummage through the paper bag that contained his meal.

He was elderly and alone. Surely, he was lonely. Sad. Adrift.

I continued to observe the stranger who sat before me, puzzled as to why I was so drawn to him. After all, he was a typical old man showing no remarkable behaviors or appearance.

He sat slouched over and slowly consumed his bagel, using his index finger to collect the crumbs that his nibbles had left behind. Every so often he would look up and out the large window in front of him, the vibrant fall foliage reflected in his blue eyes as other patrons bustled around him.

Then it occurred to me why I was so fascinated by this seemingly run-of-the-mill man.

Words were not spoken, music was not played, text was not written, pages were not scrolled. He was not distracted.

Nearly everyone who surrounded him was entranced with their respective devices, oblivious to their environment. This man was not sad or lonely or adrift. He was merely sitting and reflecting as he enjoyed a quiet breakfast. Independent, reflective, calm, content.

There is so much that demands our attention each day and it is rare when one is observed without the accompaniment of technology. There is almost always a computer, phone, or device in hand in the name of getting an assignment accomplished or as a means of entertainment. We are surrounded and too often consumed by it.

This total stranger had grown up in a much simpler time when life was no doubt much slower and ‘noise’ was not as abundant. He is a wonderful reminder that life is not all gadgets, media, and gizmos and is an embodiment the beauty of mindfulness and simplicity.

So, remember to stop, eat your bagel and drink your coffee in total peace once in a while. So much more life occurs off of the screens that we are all so fixated upon.

December 15, 2017

Winter Break = Career Networking Time

Follow Weatherhead's Career Management Office (CMO) on Twitter @weatherheadcmo.

The last semester has flown by and it is now time to stop thinking about assignments and finals. Step back and think about the reason you chose to continue your education. Maybe you wanted to switch careers or get more business knowledge. Whatever the reason, the degree you are pursuing will only open doors if you put the time in to networking.

Winter break is the perfect time to reinvigorate or jumpstart (again) your career strategy. Now is the time to set 1-2 goals a week around networking. Opportunities do not just appear, they are established via networking. Write that email to a college friend working at one of your target companies and invite him or her to connect in person or via phone. Start making a list of alumni you want to reach out to and ask to take them to coffee to learn more about their roles/backgrounds. Spur the conversation and see where it goes. If you plan on going out of town, identify companies based in that city and reach out to professionals in roles interesting to you. If you can connect with an alum or friend, do so, but do not be afraid to contact a stranger. Let them know that you are in town on holiday and would enjoy meeting them for coffee to learn about their role. Wherever you are during the winter break, find and attend at least one networking event or a holiday party as informal networking opportunities.

This is the season to give back. Volunteer at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank or another organization. If you have the time, make an ongoing commitment throughout the year to volunteer. This will broaden your connections in the city. Networking is not easy for everyone, especially when it feels forced. Volunteering allows you to connect with someone passionate about the same cause while also strengthening your network. The people you meet may not be offering you a job but they are opening your network to others you may have never met. Fast Company recently posted an article about volunteer work for purposeful networking. It is a quick and good read – found here.

Sample Mini-Goals:
Set 1-2 networking goals a week
Find a networking event to attend
Volunteer at a nonprofit organization