January 25, 2019

Beat the Winter Blues with Student Experience!

The Student Experience (STEX) team is excited to have our students back on campus and hope that everyone’s semester is off to a great start! We know that with the colder temperatures settling in, it can certainly be tempting to hibernate; but with the great activities that STEX is planning for this semester, you’re not going to want to stay in and miss them!

Our biggest event of the semester is quickly approaching! Experience Weatherhead Casino Night on Saturday, February 16th at the Museum of Natural History for an evening of casino games, dancing, and exploring the museum’s exhibits with your fellow students, area alumni, faculty, and staff! Tickets are on sale now via Campus Groups ($25 for the first 150 tickets sold; $35 for all other tickets)!

There are a number of other events in the planning stages for this semester including a friendly basketball game against the Law School and a Cleveland Indians game! 

Still looking for ways to get involved? The Graduate Student Business Association (GBSA) will be holding elections for the 2019-2020 academic year in February! If you have interest in running for office, contact current President Chris Blanchard or the STEX team for more information.

To stay up to date with STEX events, join the Weatherhead Student Experience page on Campus Groups and follow us on Instagram @stexwsom.

January 18, 2019

CMO Spring 2019 Checklist

The Career Management Office welcomes you back to campus! We hope you enjoyed your break. Now it is time to start focusing on your summer internship or full-time job prospects. The first objective is to start expanding your network and actively apply to positions.  We have outlined a checklist to be sure you are on track to reach your career goals. We look forward to connecting with you this semester! 

1.       Update resume with new class projects or internship information
2.       Schedule a CMO meeting to practice your storyline, pitch and individual career strategy
3.       Review your LinkedIn profile and make updates
4.       Outreach to two networking contacts a week; schedule two informational interviews
5.       Check CareerLink and Handshake weekly for job postings and employer events

1.      Outreach to three networking contacts a week; schedule three informational interviews
2.      Schedule a CMO meeting for mock interviews; practice your pitch with five people
3.      Identify your top employers and conduct informational interviews; seek and apply for positions
4.      Check CareerLink and Handshake weekly for job postings and employer events

1.      Outreach to four networking contacts a week; schedule four informational interviews; follow up with connections
2.       Schedule a meeting with CMO to review email communication, mock interviews and career strategy
3.       Meet with two professors about your career goals and ask for advice
4.       Identify and attend two networking events
5.       Check CareerLink and Handshake weekly for job postings and employer events

1.     Outreach to five networking contacts a week; schedule informational interviews; follow up with connections
2.     Schedule a meeting with CMO to review email communication, mock interviews and career strategy
3.     Check CareerLink and Handshake weekly for job postings and employer events


Express Advising Spring 2019: 
Tuesdays from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

CMO Open House – enjoy hot cocoa and refreshments while we catch up on your career search!
Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in PBL 160

Friday, February 1, 2019, 10 a.m. to noon in PBL 203 - Register on CareerLink

Saturday, February 2, 2019, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in PBL 201 - Register on CareerLink

Monday, February 11, 2019, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Register on Handshake

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. – Register on CareerLink

Saturday, February 16, 2019, 8 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. – Register on Campus Groups

Friday, March 29, 2019, 10 a.m. – noon in PBL 203 register on CareerLink

December 20, 2018

A firsthand look: Why you should attend Dean’s Weekend 2019 as a prospective student

Dean’s Weekend is an invitation-only, comprehensive campus visit for prospective MBA students. The weekend is filled with events to help students network with Weatherhead alumni, meet faculty, connect with other prospective students and see the city of Cleveland.

This all-expenses paid weekend helps students see what life would be like as a student at Weatherhead. We’ve seen the amazing opportunities that come out of Dean’s Weekend in the past. But we understand that you probably want to hear it from someone who was once in your shoes.

Meet Harsh Ranjan, a current student in the MBA program at Weatherhead, the Executive Vice President of the Graduate Business Student Association and an Admissions Ambassador. His journey at Weatherhead began at Dean’s Weekend, and he is happy he made the trip!

Question: What factors were important in making your final decision on an MBA school?

Answer: The primary factors were:
·         A school with high credibility in the industry and has the respect of employers
·         A city and school with people I can see myself fostering meaningful relationships with as I would be practically starting new after moving half way around the world. This is crucial as a strong support system helps cope with the large change.
·         A school where the faculty are excited about seeing my successes and willing to share their network
·         The school’s MBA program should be a good return on investment in terms of job opportunities and alumni network
·         The school had to have a diverse student body with an experienced cohort

Q: What would you tell applicants who are considering coming to Dean’s Weekend in 2019 but haven’t made the decision yet?

A: I would strongly advise them to consider applying to the event since the primary purpose of Dean’s Weekend is to expose them to as much information as possible to help make their MBA decision. It is a great way to expand their professional network and interact with prospective students about their hunt for the perfect school. I know I found that school in Weatherhead.

Q: Describe your experience at Dean’s Weekend. What did you learn?

A: From the very start of coming to Cleveland for Dean’s Weekend, everything was perfectly planned out and executed. I got to meet and introduce myself to other prospective students who were very smart and engaging. I participated in various workshops which replicated the MBA program experience at Weatherhead. These workshops included lessons on becoming a resonant leader, which was especially fascinating for me as I could relate to everything based on my experience working in the corporate world.

Q: What stood out?

A: In addition to these sessions, there was a pitch competition where we were randomly assigned to groups and told to tour the Global Center for Health Innovation in downtown Cleveland. We were instructed to choose one of the numerous healthcare innovations on display and come up with alternative uses for it, along with a corresponding marketing strategy. This exercise helped my team bond and brought out the best in us while summarizing the skillsets the MBA program at Weatherhead would help us develop.

Q: Did you meet with faculty and current MBA students?

A: Our group project was followed by a tour of Cleveland and then dining with faculty to understand their vision of how they want to shape Weatherhead’s students to become leaders of tomorrow. I learned a lot of interesting architectural facts from Professor Fred Collopy about Peter B. Lewis building, who took interest in my architectural background and shared stories working with architect Frank Gehry who designed the building.

This also gave me ample opportunity to interact with current Weatherhead students to get unfiltered insights about the program. Since they were not part of the administration, their positive feedback was a big part in influencing my decision to attend Weatherhead. Additionally, the admissions team hosting the event did a great job making me feel welcomed and comfortable.

Q: What did you learn?

A: By the end of the three days, Cleveland won me over. All the team bonding and challenging workshops made me feel like I knew the prospective students and administration teams for years. I still remember feeling sad saying goodbye to Deborah and Julie, along with the rest of the admissions team who had taken such good care of me! It felt like I was leaving friends behind.

Q: What were the benefits of the group exercises, working with other students, meeting the faculty, etc. during the weekend?

A: The group exercises highlighted the importance of teamwork, which is an integral part of the MBA program at Weatherhead. Being an international student, it gave me valuable insights to group dynamics and behaviors regarding the forming phases of the team. The faculty were very approachable and interested in knowing the background of each student. They shared details about their research with students.

Q: Were there other schools you were looking at?

A: I was considering other strong schools in cities where I had family.
Dean’s Weekend played a critical role in introducing me to Cleveland and the people who live there with heartwarming mid-western values, which made me feel confident in starting my journey away from family. I learned of the tremendous opportunities available through Weatherhead.

Ready to learn more about Dean’s Weekend? Visit the website and feel free to reach out with any questions!