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.