December 18, 2015

Job Search Tips: Don't take a break from your career search this holiday season!

Julie Gutheil is the director of career development at Weatherhead's Career Management Office.

While it may be tempting to take a break from your internship/job search during this winter break, it’s a good opportunity to reflect on and evaluate your career search to date and create an action plan going forward. You should remain focused on your goal and continue to engage in your search. This is an opportune time to focus on your search now that the fall semester is behind you. Below are some steps you can take to stay engaged and continue the momentum you've built during the fall.

Make a point of continuing to build your network. Reach out to your current contacts to wish them happy's a simple sentiment that can have a big impact. You should also put effort into finding new individuals to connect with through LinkedIn. Make a goal of sending 10 requests to new individuals to meet for coffee prior to spring classes beginning. If you happen to be traveling during the break, take the opportunity to find alumni/contacts in the area you are traveling to and set up a meeting.

Create a list of 25+ new companies you are interested in working for and learn more about them. Use LinkedIn to find alumni or other potential connections you could reach out to at those companies. Visit the CMO Library to check out a book or learn more about your industry using Vault.

CMO maintains regular office hours during your break, so take advantage of this time to meet with us to talk about your career strategy or schedule mock interviews with the CMO staff.  If you are out of town, take advantage of the mock interview module in Career Link (found under the resources tab), or schedule a phone or Skype session with a CMO team member. This is also a great time to update your resume and LinkedIn profile with any projects or part-time work/internships from the fall semester.

Keep searching job boards, including Career Link, and apply to opportunities. Companies will continue to post positions, and you don't want to miss out.

From everyone in the CMO office, happy winter break (just not from your career search)!

December 15, 2015

Spend Winter Break Touring Cleveland: A list of great events & activities around town this winter

The following blog post is brought to you by Weatherhead's Office of Student Experience. 

Stuck on campus for winter break? Don't worry, there are plenty of things happening on and around campus this winter that can make this break feel like a real getaway!

University Circle features great experiences for students, and all of them are within walking distance of PBL. The Cleveland Museum of Art is featuring a Monet Exhibit until January 5, and Case Western Reserve University students have free entrance to view the artwork. If artwork isn't your style, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History is right next door, and they have a World's Largest Dinosaurs Exhibit until January 3.

Looking for a little outdoor fun in the holiday lights? Ice Skating is open in Wade Oval! For only $3, patrons can rent skates and enjoy the festive rink. What’s better, from December 21-3 they have extended holiday hours. If you can't make it then, don't worry because it will be open until March 6. Wade Oval will feature special events at the rink: on Wednesdays in December there will be live music, and on Sunday, January 3, you can learn how to play hockey.

If you are looking for some outdoor adventure, the Cleveland Metroparks puts on many events even in the winter. Check out their calendar and pick out a day to go for a winter hike. If you're not a fan of the cold, they have many indoor events as well--even a winter solstice concert inside their lodge.

Seen a preview for a new movie you'd like to see, but had no time to go and see it? Use winter break as an opportunity to catch up on new releases. There are many movie theaters in the area, such as Tower City Cinemas (available by RTA), Cedar-Lee, and Shaker Square. Want a reason to get dressed up?  Put on your favorite winter formal-wear and make it a night at Playhouse Square. The largest theater district between New York and Chicago, Playhouse Square features eight different theaters, along with fun restaurants (such as the Hofbrauhaus). Check out the event calendar. This district is only a short Healthline ride away. There are also many parking lots, both covered and uncovered, for your convenience.

Cleveland is known to musicians as a great place to play a show. This isn’t just because of the awesome fans but the great venues! Nearly historic local spots such as The Grog Shop, nationally affiliated halls such as the House of Blues, and new, up-and-comers like Happy Dog @ The Euclid Tavern feature a wide variety of bands and artists, and not only on the weekends. The Grog Shop is located in Coventry Village, so before the show you can head on over early and eat great food, browse the shops or get ice cream! House of Blues is located on East Fourth Street, a thriving area in downtown Cleveland that features high-end dining and cozy cocktail lounges, comedy clubs and even the upscale bowling at Corner Alley!

Sports fan? Check out the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Lake Erie Monsters. The Cavaliers are off to one of their best starts yet, and there are plenty of great tickets at reasonable prices. Even if you don't follow basketball, games are fast-paced and fun for anyone. The Lake Erie Monsters are our local minor league hockey team. Not-quite NHL, the games are intense and a great way to spend an evening. Games for both teams take place at the Quicken Loans Arena, and many games have special promotions. Tickets can be purchased through Flash Seats.

There are many events happening in Cleveland this winter. Even though the temperature is dropping there are more fun things to do than ever! So grab a friend and check out all the exciting things this city has to offer. Make Cleveland yours this winter!

December 4, 2015

Social Entrepreneurship in Action: IDEA visits Rustbelt Reclamation & Chateau Hough

Heather Frutig is a candidate in the full-time MBA program.

There are many things that I enjoy about Weatherhead: small cohort size, really easy access to professors, some truly amazing classmates and the plethora of inspiring speakers. But, my most favorite things, and I think this can be extrapolated to Cleveland, in general, are the opportunities for involvement in and the interconnection between organizations. There are so many great organizations and initiatives that want help and a simple demonstration of interest can set the wheels rolling.

One such organization that I’m involved with is the Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Association (IDEA), one of the many student clubs at Weatherhead. As a president of IDEA, I have a ton of leeway to come up with event content. My co-president, Nate Swift, and I, along with our faculty advisor, Michael Goldberg, have hosted panels on topics ranging from bio-mimicry to Cuban entrepreneurship and speakers from as far away as China and Silicon Valley and as close as American Greetings.

One of my favorite events, though, was a field trip to Rustbelt Reclamation and Chateau Hough. Nate and I took a group of students to tour both facilities as a way to learn more about social entrepreneurship. Rustbelt Reclamation upcycles wood reclaimed from around the country into unique and site specific furniture and installations. Chateau Hough is a vineyard in the Hough neighborhood of Cleveland that sits on reclaimed land and hires marginalized workers such as parolees who might otherwise struggle to find consistent and reliable work. Both Brinton Lincoln of Rustbelt Reclamation and Mansfield Frazier of Chateau Hough were incredibly generous with their time, space and advice. I know I came away inspired by the work these organizations do.

The idea for the field trip started last semester when Scot Lowry, president and CEO of Fathom Marketing, spoke in my management perspectives class about The Purpose Capital, which is a local organization that he helped start that is working to position Cleveland at the forefront of the Purpose Economy, a term coined by the author Aaron Hurst in his book of the same name. This movement is based on the “indisputable evidence that integrating more personal connections, growth and service into a career or into the mission of an organization results in highly empowered people and teams that flourish on all levels." Both Rustbelt Reclamation and Chateau Hough were named as role model organizations by The Purpose Capital, along with many other local organizations.

This appreciative and powerful mission was something Nate and I wanted to witness ourselves and expose others to and, because of our roles with IDEA and because of the connections we and Weatherhead have within the community, we were able to take a group to meet these leaders and see their operations. This is exactly the type of involvement that I find so refreshing about Weatherhead and Cleveland.

November 20, 2015

Weatherhead MBA Team at Baylor University's National Ethics Case Competition

Eeshan Srivastava is a candidate in the full-time MBA program.

Last week, a team of four MBA students including Juhi Dubey (second-year student), Chetan Phani (first year), Rohit Singh (second year) and myself headed down south to Waco, Texas, to represent Weatherhead in a national-level case competition on ethical leadership. The competition was organized by the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University and featured 12 teams from across the country. The objectives of the competition were for each team to: (1) analyze a case on a global business corporation allegedly involved in unethical practices in order to gain profit, (2) support or refute those allegations and (3) provide recommendations to the corporation on addressing those concerns and realigning their business strategy with ethical leadership.

Teams prepared for one full day and then competed the next day through a 30-minute presentation to judges from academia and industry. Only three teams competed in the finals. Unfortunately, we were not one of those teams but we gained a lot of learning and experience through the process itself and also by watching the final teams compete against each other. Baylor University won the competition with a very professional demonstration of their knowledge of ethical leadership frameworks, creating an engaging presentation and a fantastically coordinated delivery of the entire analysis.

Besides the competition, we had the opportunity to attend a speaker series on ethical leadership, where they invited former CEO of Walmart Bill Simon to speak on the role of big corporations in promoting ethical leadership through example. We were able to also network with MBA students from top colleges and experience Baylor University’s newly built Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. We had only a little time to explore Waco, as we visited the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum and grabbed a few souvenirs. We also had the privilege to experience southern style food, their iced tea tradition and my favoriteDr. Pepper float!

As students of the Weatherhead School of Management, we have the opportunity to compete in national level competitions such as this and gain myriad of experiences. I would encourage current first-year MBA students to compete again in this competition next year and promote what Weatherhead students stand foragents of positive organizational change.

November 13, 2015

Overcoming Jitters: Tips for moving past a bad interview or career fair experience

Meghan Schenkelberg is career and technology coordinator at Weatherhead's Career Management Office (CMO). Follow Weatherhead CMO on Twitter and Facebook.

So, you survived your first Weatherhead Career Fair of the year….professional business suit attire ready. Pitch practiced and not too robotic. Resume updated and polished. Possible employers researched and questions queued up. Confident and savvy is what you hope you exude to land an internship or full-time position. You are the ideal candidate.

Then nerves set in and you can’t remember your first name. How does that happen??!!

Easily. We are only human and jitters get the best of us. If this happened to you on October 23 do not feel defeated, rather feel proud that you did your best, and next time you will improve. You can never fully prepare because you do not know how you will react until the recruiter is in front of you.

If nerves got the best of you on October 23, here are some tips for next time:
Take deep breaths
Practice out loud
Create a plan and work it
See the recruiter as a human being (don't be intimidated!)
Let your research provide confidence

Career Fairs are overwhelming because of the buzz of people all around. Competition fierce. High hopes and stakes. The best practice is to try to block out everything and focus on the goal at hand.
There is always a next time. I have been on countless interviews and only at a handful have I really done my best. My younger self was horrified at how red my face became during an interview or how many times I stuttered. Now, I am proud that I went and I have the experience behind me. For me, more practice and more networking lead to an invitation to apply for a position. Always a good sign!

In the interview for my current position, I was confident because I knew they were thinking of me in the role. My four-person panel interview for this role was a success because I focused and took deep breaths and let my true self shine. It took time, but all those mistakes in earlier interviews prepared me for the role I was meant to be in.

If you had the jitters, you are not alone. Accept it, learn from it and improve next time. You finished that day with more insight than you know, and you will be more prepared for the next Career Fair or interview that comes your way.

Remember, the Weatherhead Intranet is loaded with interviewing information. Peruse these titles to brush up for your next interview:
How to Prepare for a Behavioral Interview
List of Behavioral Interview Questions
Telephone Interview Tips

The CMO team is a phone call (216.368.3662), email or steps away in PBL 160. Meet with a team member to do a mock interview or to help map your next steps on the career search.

November 6, 2015

Getting Involved in the Weatherhead Community

Jaclyn Agui is a candidate in the full-time MBA program at Weatherhead and vice president of marketing and communications for Weatherhead's Graduate Business Student Association.

Your Weatherhead student experience is what you make of it. The more initiative and time you dedicate to involvement, the more rewarding and engaging your experience here will be. Student club leaders are given autonomy to set up interesting and engaging events that promote not only career advancement, but also networking by bringing cohorts together to form a tighter community. Opportunities for these entrepreneurial initiatives are abundant and participation is highly encouraged. In my experience, I have used club events as an additional information resource in regard to industries and career specializations. This past month, the Marketing Club held a Professional Panel with a good mix of speakers from ALCOA, Nielson, CVS Health, Great Lakes Publishing, Lubrizol and Vitamix. The speakers were all well-regarded marketers in their respective fields, but their specializations and focuses were all quite different, therefore providing a very interesting variety of perspectives to the dialogue.

The panel gave me new insights into marketing data analysis, branding and business-to-business industries, among other things. Moreover, it was valuable to observe the varied responses from each professional. With marketing being such a broad field, it was great to hear all the different viewpoints on which skill-sets to develop most, how to stay at breath with current events, how management decisions are made and current trends in hiring. Afterward, I had the opportunity to speak to one panel professional I shared a similar background with, who was able to provide even more advice and information that directly pertained to my career development.

You never know who you are going to meet or what you will learn, but I guarantee that whether it is information, networking, development or strengthening ties with classmates, you will have a lot of added value to your student experience by being involved and/or taking initiatives as a leader in the Weatherhead community. And those opportunities here are plenty!

October 23, 2015

Going global (again): How a Weatherhead education leads to an exploration of East African healthcare

J. Michael Tasse is a current student in Weatherhead's Global MBA program. The following is an excerpt from articles he has written on his blog.

Weatherhead’s Global MBA does more than just give its candidates the opportunity to learn and work in China, India and the United States. My Global MBA experience forced me to learn how to work with, better understand, and build trust between the different cultures, ages and languages of the world. As a result, University Hospital’s Department of Innovation selected me to travel to, and conduct research in, Kampala, Uganda. It was because Weatherhead's Global MBA gave me the opportunity to prove that I was able to work in cultures and settings different than mine and effectively build trust between heterogeneous groups, that I found myself on my fifth content over the course of this MBA program.

I was in Africa to document the untold relationship between Case Western Reserve University, its teaching institution University Hospitals in Cleveland and a string of medical institutions throughout Uganda. The focus of my work concerns answering the question:

Why has Case Western Reserve been so successful in Uganda, and why was building a case for dealing with Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) in Eastern Africa of extreme importance to the future of East African healthcare?

In short, RHD is a heart condition that results from multiple cases of untreated Streptococcal Throat Infection. It is easily treatable with benzene penicillin, but because it affects those living in extreme proximity without access to medical care, it is stereotyped as a disease of the poor. This brings with it a stigma by which parents may not seek medical attention for their young ones until the heart's valves (pipes that bring and expel blood from the heart) are too damaged for a child to live a long, healthy life. A simple series of low-cost, easily accessible penicillin injections can treat the disease.

Case Western Reserve and its teaching institution University Hospitals created a partnership in the 1980s to study HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Kampala, Uganda, in partnership with the country's premier institution, Makerere University. Over the years, and as a result of the partnership, HIV, TB and Malaria outcomes have improved tremendously. HIV among children is now as low as 6% (down from 30%). Transmission of HIV from parents to children is almost 100% preventable, even in rural areas. TB is treatable, though not eradicated. Malaria takes under 25% of the lives it did 30 years ago, and is now thought to be commonly understood throughout the public. These diseases have less and less stigma associated with them every year.

So why is Rheumatic Heart Disease such an issue in Uganda?

We must understand what RHD is, why it is so prevalent in developing nations like Uganda, how people interact with healthcare, and why the improvement of HIV outcomes in Uganda has opened up a channel by which treating RHD can lead to a more sophisticated primary healthcare system in Uganda.

Educational posters and community awareness campaigns have been a direct result of Case Western Reserve’s partnership. Research between the university and Uganda’s Mulago Hospital has led to a better understanding of RHD, and also to understanding the importance of the Ugandan government investing in such community awareness. Consequently, I was able to meet with the Ministry of Health of Uganda with several doctors from Case Western Reserve and University Hospitals. The goal was to continue building relationships with government officials in order to improve the understanding of a disease like RHD, and direct funding accordingly. I never would have met the Ugandan Ministry of Health without Weatherhead’s Global MBA.

I was also able to learn more about Case Western Reserve’s contribution to echo-cardiogram machines, provided as the result of work with Case Western Reserve and several foundations. Echo-cardiograms use transducer wands to create ultrasound waves (like sonar) that effectively make an image of an organ. The magic lies in the equipment, which costs at minimum $65,000 (USD). The computer seen here receives the waves and constructs an image that can be viewed from multiple angles.The echo-cardiogram is the most reliable way to detect RHD. The power of the echo-cardiogram is that nurses trained in a basic skill set can use it.

Why is this so unique? Part of the reason is that Case Western Reserve's relationship goes far beyond the money supplied in the 1990s and 2000s, The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the HIV donations that came during that time. Many organizations moved in because strategically there were opportunities for money, and opportunities for infectious disease research in the developing worlda very important set of populations to study.

Case Western Reserve has been connected to Makerere University, Mulago Hospital and other institutions throughout the country since 1986 when Dr. Robert Salata began engaging with his colleague and mentor, the world-famous Dr. Fred Robbins who essentially pioneered the eradication of polio via medicine, cultural understanding, community organizing and most importantly, sustainable training of medical staff in Africa, specifically in Uganda.

Some of the earlier facilities from the 1990s still exist to this day. They run research programs on Malaria, Teburcelosis, HIV/AIDS, RHD and more. This photo is the first research collaboration building operating at the top of a small hill above Mulago Hospital. Once, Case Western Reserve was merely a name; now it is almost completely integrated with Makerere University Medical School's teaching programs, the Heart Institutes work procedures, guideline creation and in shaping the business processes that account and raise money for future operations.

It may all look simple, but inside these walls innovation is taking place out of both necessity, and out of passion for the future. I had the background in international project work, training and study from Weatherhead. But it was not just theory that was at work; I was able to apply the learning that comes with doing business and training in other cultures, to interacting with doctors, patients, government officials and many citizens throughout Uganda. The case study will be published in 2016.

October 16, 2015

Weatherhead Fall Career Fair: Tips for Success

With the Weatherhead Career Fair just around the corner, first-year MBA student Lily Gao sat down with second-year MBA student Amy Chen to ask her advice on how to impress employers. Fellow MBA candidate Mark Sawaya documented their discussion.

The Weatherhead Career Fair will host 40 employers in PBL on Friday, October 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, check out the Fall 2015 Career Fair Employer Guide.

Lily: What questions should I be prepared to answer in a career fair setting?

Amy: In addition to your "30-second sales pitch" employers may ask a few additional questions to learn more about you. Some questions you may be asked are:

      1. What do you look for in a job?
      2. How would you describe yourself?
      3. What are your career goals?
      4.What experience do you have?

Lily: What is the dress code for the career fair?

Amy: Look professional, neat and clean. Dress as though you are going to a job interview. If you wear a suit, ensure that it fits properly and that you feel comfortable in it for a long period of time. For women, conservative (minimal) jewelry and makeup are suggested. Both men and women should not wear strong fragrances.

Lily: How should I prepare my resume? 

Amy: Use a more generic "networking" resume unless you are going to target a specific profession (e.g. consultant, program manager, etc.) or available position in the organization. If you choose the latter, use more focused job-specific resumes. You may consider bringing two or three versions of your resume and using the one you think most appropriate for each employer, and be sure to make several copies of each.

Lily: I hear body language is important—what are some tips I should keep in mind? 

Amy: Often it is the nonverbal communication that we are least aware of, yet speaks the loudest. The following are some of the most important nonverbals to consider.

1. Eye contact:  If you look away while listening, it shows lack of interest and a short attention span.       If you maintain eye contact while speaking, it shows confidence in what you are saying.
2. Facial expression: Eliminate any negative overall characteristics that might exist, then add a simple     feature that nearly every interviewee forgets to include—a smile! A true and genuine smile tells the     interviewer that you are a happy person and delighted to be speaking with the                
3. Posture: How you carry yourself sends out a signal of your confidence and power potential.
4. Gesture: Contrary to popular belief, gestures should be very limited during the interview. When           you do use gestures, make sure they are natural and meaningful.
5. Space: Recognize the boundaries of your personal space and that of others.

Lily: How can I find out more info about the companies attending the career fair? 

Amy: Research information about the participating companies and organizations prior to approaching the recruiters. Use the Internet, news sources and career fair materials to learn more about the companies you plan to visit.

October 13, 2015

HeadsUp: Weatherheadless Ball and Innovation Summit

Weatherheadless Ball Oct. 24: Tickets Now Available

Join fellow graduate and professional students and break out your best costume for Halloween at Weatherhead! Tickets for the biggest Halloween party on campus are now available.

Enjoy live music by The Jack Cameras and a costume contest with great prizes! The night will also include games, a photobooth, local food and a late-night dance party mixing international music and club favorites.

For more information and to register, visit Weatherheadless Ball online.

Case Western Reserve University Innovation Summit Oct. 26-28

Case Western Reserve University's Innovation Summit will take place October 26-28 and features thought leaders from across industry sectors and geographies. This unique summit will explore the impact of various models of innovation, including how they contribute to regional economies, cultures and education.

The event will also spotlight the first phase of the university's innovation and entrepreneurship center, think[box], in its new, 50,000-square-foot home.

The summit will feature faculty and leaders from the Weatherhead School of Management, including:

  • Chuck Fowler, former president and CEO of Fairmount Santrol and chairman of the Board of Trustees at Case Western Reserve University
  • Michael Goldberg, assistant professor of Design & Innovation
  • Sue Helper, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Commerce and Carlton Professor of Economics

For more information, visit the Innovation Summit online.

October 9, 2015

Business School Minutia: Focus on the Trees, Step Back to Take in the Forest

Heather Frutig is a candidate in the full-time MBA program.

Business school is a two-year job search. Most things that we do have the end goal of a good job in mind. What a “good job” looks like is student specific. It can be high paying or meaningful or simply higher up the chain than what we were doing before. No matter what the end looks like, the means is the same for all of us. Lots and lots of minutia.

Like brushing our teeth every morning and evening to ward off cavities and rock a white smile, business school is a long series of small and seemingly insignificant actions. All the little decisions that we make on a small scale add up to create the people who we are. The small choices dictate the greater result. Business school is all about the details, the small decisions, the minutia that determines who we are. The weekly readings, meetings with professors, executive summaries, check-ins with the Career Management Office, coffees with contacts, information sessions and prepping for interviews. It’s these actions that seem to make the difference between being a successful student and and simply going to school.

We’re given a bunch of time to reflect on our vision, values, priorities and life goals and then use those parameters to tease out what an industry, position and career looks like. The next step is to dive into the details of club meetings and job interviews and professional organizations and believe that when we emerge, we’ve been true to ourselves and created the right framework.

From my current vantage point mired in the middle of my third semester, I think the trick is to focus on the trees but periodically step back and take in the forest. It’s the trees we have control over but it’s the forest that we’re living in.

October 5, 2015

Weatherhead Student Clubs: Multi-Cultural Club at the Asian Mid-Autumn Festival

Eeshan Srivastava is a candidate in the full-time MBA program.

According to Wikipedia, “The Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest festival celebrated by ethnic
Chinese and Vietnamese people. The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese Han calendar and Vietnamese calendar (within 15 days of the autumnal equinox), on the night of the full moon between early September to early October of the Gregorian calendar.” It’s a thousand-year-old tradition celebrating the harvest, and as a matter of fact it also coincided with the sighting of the Blood Moon this year.

On September 28, our school’s Multi-Cultural club and the Graduate Business Student Association (GBSA) organized a booth at the Thwing Center next to Kelvin Smith Library. Second year MBA candidates Juhi Dubey (club president) and Tejas Choksi (club co-president) and MSM-Finance students Ruiyao Wei (GBSA) and Zhe Wen worked hard to set up the booth and interacted with Case Western Reserve students all evening. I was fortunate enough to view the action from up close. I would estimate that over 800 students attended the event as the Thwing Atrium was completely packed.

The club’s booth was colorful and lively, having a string of colored lanterns as a backdrop and the table full of painting materials, candies and thin strips of paper having riddles written on them in both English and Chinese. Students who visited the booth could win a colored lantern by correctly answering a riddle (I was able to answer two riddles!). They could also paint a white lantern and take that with them. One student amazed us with her artistic abilities by creating a beautiful painting on a white lantern. Students could also get their names written in Chinese, in a calligraphic style. Grads, undergrads and even kids visited the booth and had a fun time!

The festival itself had several such booths by different student groups and featured a variety of activities and games traditional to the Chinese and Vietnamese culture. The Thwing ballroom was set up to provide ethnic food and saw a massive queue of students line up to get a taste of those delicious cuisines. It was a great night of fun and togetherness for the students of Case Western Reserve and I hope we continue the tradition next year as well.

Check out all of Weatherhead's student clubs.

September 30, 2015

HeadsUp: Weatherhead School of Management Homecoming 2015 - Oct. 7-11

Homecoming 2015: October 7-11

All Weatherhead alumni are invited: encourage all of your Weatherhead friends to attend! 

We are excited to welcome you back to campus for a fun-filled weekend, including class dinners, thought-provoking programming, networking opportunities and, most importantly, time to reconnect with longtime friends and classmates! An entire weekend is planned with events and activities to commemorate your time at the university.

September 28, 2015

MBA Career Trek: New York City 2015

Steve Humphries is a Weatherhead School of Management Class of 2017 full-time MBA student reporting on Weatherhead's recent trip to New York City.

Day 1:
We started our trek with one-on-one informational interviews with alumni in our fields of interest.  This was a great way to start exploring industries in which I have little experience. I was able to better wrap my head around new industries of interest--where to start, what’s required and what’s to be expected. The Career Management Office did a great job facilitating a focused dialogue with alumni who had “been there and done it,” so to speak. In my case, I met with a Weatherhead alum from Ernst & Young. We both shared our stories of how we got to where we are today. He welcomed my questions, gave me an idea of what he’s been working on, and gave quality advice regarding the next steps in my job search.

Later that evening, we traveled through the financial district to Bar Boulud off Broadway for an alumni reception. Getting to experience the city’s financial district culture was a plus. When we arrived, the alumni were excited to meet first and second year students. We met with recent and past graduates who were fully engaged in discussion ranging from career path/aspirations and perspectives on current events to their personal interests and why they live and work in NYC. It was a rewarding experience in that we were able to begin dialogues with successful professionals and learn about different career paths.

Day 2:
On the second day of the event, we were invited to watch the opening bell live on the NYSE floor. I must admit, this was one of the top benefits of the trip. Not often do you turn down an invitation to see the foundation of financial markets up close. We saw an IPO take place, a CNBC show being aired live and were given a tour by Peter Costa who spent more than 30 years on the stock exchange floor. We closed with a Q&A session wi
th Peter, who welcomed a continued dialogue if we had further questions. We were then given two hours to explore the surrounding landscape. I spent the majority of the time around the World Trade Center #1 building in awe of the architecture and memorial a few blocks away.

The next event scheduled was a lunch and alumni panel discussion at Citibank’s headquarters. This was an information session pertaining to mastering the job search. The alumni panel had both Weatherhead grads and other Citibank employees to offer alternative perspectives. All members of the panel were well versed in their fields and have taken different paths to get there. They all welcomed our questions related to both job search as well as networking tips. And just like Peter, they were open to continuing a dialogue with students after the event ended.

Overall, we spent quality time at every event getting to know what it means to work for a company in New York City’s financial district. The alumni were very helpful in answering our questions and providing valuable information that we would need to obtain an internship or full-time job. Tip of the cap to the Career Management Office for facilitating a highly beneficial event for students. I highly recommend that future students attend events like these as they are great ways to start building new networks in different regions.

September 18, 2015

How to land your dream job: Q&A with recent graduate Nitin Bhosale

Nitin Bhosale is a Weatherhead School of Management Class of 2015 MBA graduate and current BI Manager at Cord Blood Registry in Silicon Valley.

What was your strategy to land your dream job after your time at Weatherhead?
As a student, I wanted to utilize all the resources provided to me by Weatherhead in order to get an internship of my choice and eventually get a full-time job offer. I attended all the networking sessions, prepared for behavioral questions and kept working on my interview stories. The mock interview sessions conducted by the Career Management Office helped me strengthen my ability to map my experiences and learnings from school to the job process.

My year-long internship at BuyerQuest really helped me develop soft skills and get firsthand experience in e-commerce strategy. Eventually, I managed to get three full-time job offers; however, the BI Manager role at Cord Blood Registry is perfect in terms of my future goal to work in e-commerce strategy. My current role is in Silicon Valley, the heart of technology, which is where I always wanted to be.

What is the importance of networking in the life of an MBA? 
From day one, I was told that MBAs need to network, and throughout our program, we were taught different ways of doing it. Now that I have finished my degree, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of building and growing a strong network. Networking for me was simple: connect to a person of interest and create a lasting impression. I think that each individual should have a well-crafted pitch to make the other person intrigued. The difficult part for me was staying connected with them over time to build a long-lasting relationship. Thanks to my networking efforts, I had 38 job referrals and gave interviews with 12 different companies during my last semester at Weatherhead.
My internship at BuyerQuest was through networking efforts so I would definitely say that networking is an important part of MBA.

Any takeaways you can share from all of those interviews?
Interview preparation is really straight forward: one should analyze each and every statement in the job requirements, roles and responsibilities and try to align yourself and your experiences to those requirements.

Interviews are typically a three-step process:
1) The first interview is generally an HR screening round, in order to see if you are a fit for the role. Here it’s important you understand the company, its culture and the job requirements to prove that you are a fit by aligning your skillset accordingly.
2) The second interview is typically with the hiring manager where you are asked behavioral questions and case-based questions, depending on the nature of the organization.
3) Next is a set of three to four interviews in a row with your future team members during which the focus is on your communication skills and problem solving skills

How important a role did Weatherhead play in shaping your career? 
Weatherhead was the perfect platform to help me transition from a Technical Expert to a Business Manager. First, the Career Management Office has a wonderful team of career experts who always helped me in mock interviews and motivated me throughout the two years. Blackstone LaunchPad helped me develop my new product idea, “DormSquare,” which eventually helped me get into E-commerce strategy. Weatherhead has excellent professors who helped me academically as well as professionally, to expand my network with alumni of the school. The Business Marketing course with Mohan Reddy, Strategy with Simon Peck and Technology Entrepreneurship with Scott Shane were key to building expertise in pricing, product roadmap and product feature launch. Overall, it was a wonderful experience.

What advice would you give the students who are in the MBA program right now?
As an international student, it is challenging to adapt to a different business culture, so it’s important to start early and groom yourself for these changes. Networking is key: it’s important to attend all the events hosted by the Career Management Office, build contacts and maintain these relationships throughout your life. Find a book you like for interview preparation and make that book your bible. I used the book Cracking the PM Interview: How to Land a Product Manager Job in Technology and it was really helpful. Weatherhead has a great network of alumni who serve as mentors to guide you through each and every step of the MBA journey.

Lastly, don’t miss the Jolly Scholar's happy hour! I think it’s important to relax and also have a good time. Your MBA is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so enjoy it.

September 11, 2015

INTERN REPORT: Aligning your goals and values

Jaclyn Agui, MBA candidate, held an internship this summer at Tesoro Corporation, a Fortune 100 Company operating as a refiner and marketer of petroleum products in the United States. Tesoro is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.

I arrived to San Antonio, Texas, in late May with mixed emotions of excitement and jitters. This was my first time in Texas and my first time working for a large corporation. My previous experiences were with small businesses where hands were needed at every front. In contrast, at Tesoro Corporation I became a part of a very structured internship program, with clear project goals and initiatives.

My efforts surrounded the implementation of cloud-based software to improve lead generation, cost savings and overall business improvement for Tesoro’s marketing segment. Upon joining I had to overcome a steep learning curve for not only my project and responsibilities, but of the industry as a whole. The concept of working with a commodity-based industry like oil and gas involved an adjustment in strategic thinking for me. However over my time with Tesoro, I felt like I contributed meaningful work and gained the respect of my business team. I feel very much embedded in the work culture. Moreover, I have expanded my professional network with a diverse body of individuals from within my intern class and throughout the enterprise.

I think that I entered Tesoro at a very exciting time. I witnessed its growth, a shift in work culture and sprouting support for innovation. This experience has helped me understand what values I find important in a company and how I can actively participate in aligning my goals and values with my organization. Being completely honest, this internship experience far exceeded my high expectations and I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Texas.

September 8, 2015

Global MBA: As rigorous as it was, I would do it all over again without hesitation

J. Michael Tasse is a current student in the Global MBA program at Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. To read more about his experience, view his blog.

Originally, Sarah Wells from the Weatherhead School of Management commissioned me to write a piece conveying the feeling of the general experience I had returning to Weatherhead in June of 2015. After all, my batch of the 2015 Global MBA had been in Asia for one year at XLRI’s School of Management—studying and working with the Tata Conglomerate in India—and at Tongji University in China, immersed in the fascinating world of business, networking and overall entrepreneurship of Shanghai. Naturally, returning to the States can feel a bit strange, and seeing my jiaxiang, or “hometown” from a different perspective warrants reflection.

I tried to piece together memories of the foreign feeling I felt after being abroad so long. I conjured memories of cars driving on the right side of the road rather than the left; of few open air markets; of set prices in stores not requiring bargaining. I thought of the blandness of un-spiced, curry-less dishes. I thought of the lack of public transit in America… but none of that seemed to really flow from my mind, nor did it serve to express my honest experience.

What did strike me powerfully was today: my first day of courses without my XLRI and Tongji
classmates. They had been my colleagues and business partners throughout the last year. I felt at a loss without my GMBA friends. In our final semester, each cohort returns to their respective university to complete their Global Master of Business Administration.

Walking the halls at the Frank Gehry-designed Peter B. Lewis Weatherhead building today was a foreign feeling, even after spending an entire summer semester there almost seven days a week. The chairs were filled with students I had not yet met; the halls flowing with energetic bodies I had never seen. While they also hail from all over the world (as Weatherhead does a fantastic job at immersing its classrooms in incredible talent from all over the world), I found myself looking for Soumy Singh, my best bud and Bollywood-connoisseur from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India—the oldest city in the world. Or Akshay Chaudhary, a great artist from Jamshedpur, Jhakrhand, whose inventor capabilities have only just begun to blossom. I hear a voice speak Mandarin, Chinese and consider Yi Wen, the woman who shyly guided Sammy Bandy and me through Nanjing, China. I miss Pranai Devulapalli, my first friend in the program with whom I read Sun Zi’s Art of War before arriving in China. I miss Rishabh Jain, co-founder of the Global MBA consulting club who would push me to always keep my cool and to become a better “resonant leader.” I missed the people in whom I had invested and who had invested in me so profoundly for the past year.

Today, I felt it.

I looked around for the faces from the Global MBA program I knew well but with whom I had not spent as much time. I wondered if I would ever get the chance to talk about Vietnam and the oil business with Adhithya Gugan Ravi, who lived in Vietnam with his family for a time. I missed Vishakha Maliwal, from whom the great fountain of financial knowledge flowed; all one had to do was politely ask her. I missed Vivienne Zhang, likely the smartest mathematical mind and sweetest, most compassionate woman in our class. Vivienne was the first to devote as much time as needed to any of us who had failed to understand a statistical or financial concept.

I realized today, walking the halls of PBL, that those friends (and likely future business partners) I had made throughout the previous year of the Global MBA really meant something to me. It was more profound than just a graduate program—I had learned to ebb and flow with those from India and China; I had learned to feel as they felt and see the world evolve through their eyes. In that, we had created our own language of understanding.

After my first class today with Dr. Rakesh Niraj—Marketing Metrics—I walked around the
classroom and said hello to my classmates. While I did not yet know them as I had my previous Global MBA cohort, I found myself more seamlessly interacting with them than perhaps I would have a year ago. My language skills instantly connected me with several folks from Delhi, India, and from Anhui province in China. All I needed to say was “Namaskar, Supra bhat! Mere naam Michael hai!” or “Zaoshanghao!, Wo de mingzi jiao Michael!” meaning “Good morning! My name is Michael!” in Hindi and Mandarin, respectively. I looked around the classroom with a different eye; I used my Global MBA experience to better open conversation with my new classmates, also from all over the world. I even met a guy, João, from Recife, Brazil, and a woman from Potsdam, Germany—speakers of languages I had learned and practiced while abroad in the Global MBA.

I knew that it was the Global MBA program that prepared me for this day. It was the way that the
Global MBA shapes and molds us into truly resonant leaders who grow, listen and learn to engage others in a more profound way than I ever could have imagined. I look back and wish I could struggle through one more project at 11 p.m. in Jamshedpur or Shanghai, complaining about how unrealistic the challenge of a certain due date we would eventually overcome was.

While today was our first class on our own here at Weatherhead, I check my WeChat messages (WeChat is an App from a company called TenCent reminiscent of WhatsApp). I see posts from wo de pengyou, from mere dosts – “from my friends,” and I think to myself:

“I now have a network throughout the entire world—I have extremely talented friends in the most powerful, growing economies and countries on Earth. This is the beginning of the power of Weatherhead’s Global MBA."

August 28, 2015

Exploring Bottom of Pyramid concepts at the Fowler Center

Heather Frutig is a Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit Fellow and a 2016 MBA candidate.

I attended the Bottom of Pyramid Global Network Summit at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT, in mid-July thanks to the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit and the Flourish Prizes. Chris Laszlo, PhD, faculty director for research and outreach for the Fowler Center, was also in attendance. The Bottom of Pyramid Global Network Summit's “main objective was to present and discuss real-life BoP business initiatives being implemented by entrepreneurs and corporate innovators who are driving sustainable innovation from the bottom up.” It was exciting and inspiring to see so many folks with diverse interests collectively brainstorming about factors that affect businesses serving the world’s poorest, like scalability, public-private partnerships and funding requirements and opportunities above and beyond the traditional charity model.

As a Fowler Center Fellow, I’m looking forward to applying the information I learned to both my teaching case and the Flourish Prizes. I have been working on a teaching case that focuses on Bottom of Pyramid concepts faced by Proud Mary, a global textile company that employs traditional artisans in developing nations to create fashionable clothes and home wares. A deeper understanding of the issues this demographic faces has been useful in looking holistically and empathetically at the dilemmas that this company thinks about.

In working on the Flourish Prizes and seeing its evolution, I believe that the story platform will be used in ways that we cannot even imagine. The impact of A2F will be farther reaching than we realize. For example, I was in a session on funding social startups at the conference and it struck me that A2F might be used as a tool to link innovations with investors. Not only can this educate students and elevate innovations, but it has the potential to scale up entire companies. I am grateful for the opportunity to attend the Bottom of Pyramid Global Network Summit and look forward to implementing what I garnered from the experience.

August 21, 2015

Is There Anything To Do in Cleveland? YES!

OK, so this isn't New York City or San Francisco... but you may be surprised to discover all of the things Cleveland has to offer. The Weatherhead Student Experience office, admissions and marketing staff have teamed up to bring you this detailed list of our personal favorites.

Hit up one of the area's local ATTRACTIONS. You've toured The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and conquered Cedar Point... now check out the Cleveland Aquarium, A Christmas Story House or one of the many amazing museums. Your to-do list will keep growing as you read through this extensive list of places to visitWe personally don't think you should miss out on the Cleveland Museum of Art's new expansion and renovation or the Crawford Auto Aviation Collection of the Western Reserve Historical Society

Explore the NATURE areas around you. Did you know Greater Cleveland is home to over 23,000 acres of natural beauty known as the Cleveland Metroparks? Hike, bike, golf, visit the zoo or take advantage of the many other activities within this beautiful space. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is another great way to watch the seasons change. We suggest the Bike Aboard! program, which allows cyclists to bike the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail in one direction and ride the train in the other. You can flag down the train, bring your bike aboard and ride for only $3!

It's true Cleveland is a football town, but there is much more to this SPORTS city. Whether you're looking to follow one of the local sports teams, play a round of golf with friends, train for a marathon or spend a night at the races, check out this comprehensive list of year-round activities. For a high-energy night, we recommend taking in an exciting and affordable Lake Erie Monsters game, followed by a stop at the Horseshoe Casino downtown. 

Eat, drink and be merry! Cleveland is home to some of the nation's most delicious RESTAURANTS and world-class chefs including Michael Symon, Jonathon Sawyer and Rocco Whalen, just to name a few. We personally love Barrio, Jukebox, Greenhouse Tavern (fried chicken and drinks on the rooftop), Town Hall (great brunch), #1 Pho and Crop Bistro. Find yourself a seat on a patio, a spot on a rooftop or a cozy table near a fireplace and dig in!

If you dance to your own beat or just enjoy a relaxing evening with a five-star soundtrack, check out Cleveland's extensive MUSIC scene. The Cleveland Orchestra is right in our own backyard. Or catch a show at the nationally-acclaimed Beachland Ballroom and Tavern -- also know for their delicious brunch. Don't miss out on the Great Lakes Burning River Fest on Whiskey Island (Aug 28, 29). Check out over 18 bands, local food and chef demonstrations, plus handcrafted beer by Great Lakes Brewing Company. 

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Did somebody say SHOPPING? From outlet stores and independent shops to flea markets and full-scale malls, there is no shortage of places to go for a dose of retail therapy. Some of our personal favorites are the Cleveland Clothing Co on Euclid to sport some hometown pride or Avalon Exchange in Coventry Village for a vintage look. Bitten by the flea market bug? Check out Hudson Flea and The Cleveland Flea for something truly unique. 

We could go on and on... the West Side Market, Playhouse Square, Little Italy and so much more... but we think we've given you enough to build your bucket list for now.

August 20, 2015

INTERN REPORT My Transforming Amazon Experience

Eeshan SrivastavaMBA candidate, holds an internship position with Amazon in Seattle, WA.

I am completing the final week of my 12-week internship at Amazon in Seattle, WA. I have been working in the Identity Services team of the eCommerce Group as a Sr. Product Manager – Technical Products intern. I can say with complete confidence that my experience has been quite transforming. During these 12 weeks, I worked on a difficult business problem with some extremely smart “Amazonians," networked with MBA interns from the very best B-schools in the country and experienced the beauty of Seattle.

My intern project was to solve a business problem with the objective of balancing UX (user experience) with security on the retail website. It was an end-to-end product management job, which was initially quite overwhelming and it took me a few weeks to bring myself up to a level where I can barely understand what people were talking about. This was Amazon--fast-paced, rigorous, data-driven and most importantly customer-obsessed. I took enough time (around four weeks) to properly understand and define the problem, which I believe is the most important part of a PM Job. Once you get that, you can envision a clear roadmap of what you need to work on and with whom.

I worked with not just my team, but also with information security, fraud management, payments and UX teams to develop a solution that could provide customers with a great experience while at the same time maintaining security. The most difficult part of my job was to get everybody on-board with my proposed solution. It was difficult enough to get some meeting time with respective team/product owners but it was even more difficult to get them to sign-off on a single solution.

I had limited time and a lot of work to be done with people who were very busy. But as a PM, you also need to hustle to get the job done for your customers (I learned this the hard way in a weekly review with my manager). So I tried every trick in the book to engage with people – blocking time on the calendar, making calls, meeting in the café and even in the elevator (I actually got to practice an elevator pitch – for my product!). You might know that the most important tools that employees use to communicate ideas and solutions are rigorously written documents (There are no PowerPoint presentations at Amazon). I revised and re-revised my document a million times before it was something acceptable. I had a great support network – my manager, a mentor (senior manager in my team) and a buddy (a senior manager from AWS). Another test of MBA interns is that of their ability to handle ambiguity and their ability to ask the right questions. At the start of the internship you are given an ambiguous problem to solve and it becomes a core part of your job to resolve the ambiguity by taking advantage of your support network and also by engaging with people outside it.

My final deliverable is a whitepaper (six-page narrative with unlimited appendices) that contains a business case analyzing the problem from a customer perspective, a hypothesis test to set up an A/B experiment, a threat model for analyzing security risks, details of compensating controls that ensure a balance in security and UX and ultimately a detailed roadmap for execution of the entire project. It will be evaluated at the end of the week by senior management and my fate will be decided at the end of the meeting.

Besides work, I had a great time meeting other MBA interns from top schools like Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Wharton etc. I am happy to have made some really good friends as well. Amazon provided interns with ample social events at various places in Seattle – The Aquarium, Space Needle, Olympic Sculpture Park, and the Asian Art Museum etc. Bi-weekly speaker series were organized on the Amazon campus where we got to attend talks by the senior management (the S-Team of SVPs), which were very interesting and very insightful. I loved living in and exploring Seattle, which has a very lively downtown, a great food scene and is very picturesque.

So that was my experience at Amazon and it will surely remain in my memory as an unforgettable one. I don’t know if what they said in the (now famous) NYT article about Amazon having a “bruising” workplace was true or not, but my experience was not even close to anything like that. Having said all this, I’ve been missing Cleveland a lot and I can’t wait to return and start my second year at Weatherhead!

August 11, 2015

INTERN REPORT: "Work Hard, Have Fun, Make History"

Rachit Sachdeva, MBA candidate, holds an internship position with Amazon in Indianapolis, Indiana.

"Work hard, have fun, make history." I read this quote, which is Amazon's internal slogan, by Jeff Bezos in an article a few years ago. I remember thinking, is this another cliched motto or can a company as big as Amazon actually make its large employee base feel that they are part of something big, something cool, while having fun? Little did I know that a few years down the line, I will actually get to decide on my own.

I started my 12-week summer internship with Amazon in the beginning of June and I am based out of Indianapolis. Relocating to Indianapolis was a breeze because Amazon arranges for everything (flight, rental car and accommodations). The interview process for getting this internship was fast-paced and based on Amazon's leadership principles. The underlined words are important because I can sum-up my entire internship experience in the realm of these words. After a long quantitative test and six rounds of interviews, I found myself at Jolly Scholar on Case Western Reserve's campus, in the middle of the afternoon (did I mention that all this happened in five days’ time and I was exhausted) lying to a friend that I wasn't expecting an offer. That's when the email came :)

The only requirements before starting the internship were: 1. Learn SQL if you can 2. Don't bring any formal attire. Every intern at Amazon is allocated a project that he/she needs to work on during the duration of the internship and these projects are vetted by a committee headed by regional directors to ensure that the project should be challenging and give the intern a flavor of how things will be, when they join full time. My project is about saving on transportation cost while not compromising on the customer experience. The first few weeks of internship can be defined as data deluge, where you are trying to upload your brain with a lot of information and getting comfortable with ambiguity. By the end of week three or four, you get an idea of how you will be piloting your project and what crucial buy-ins you would need to ensure that your project is a success. At the end you have to present a whitepaper highlighting the work done on your project to a committee comprising of your location and project leadership.

One aspect that I really liked about the internship was the inherent requirement in almost all projects to work and collaborate with different teams. This helps you understand how your work is crucial to other teams and also gives you an idea of the kind of work happening outside your project area. For me the highlight of the internship was the week spent in Seattle hearing senior vice presidents talk about their journey at Amazon and the kind of crazy Amazonian thinking that went behind the project of flying drones to deliver goods to customers. I also got to meet interns from other colleges and got to hear of the interesting projects they were working on.

I would like to end on a particular note, which is so often resonated by employees here. At Amazon, there are always so many teams working on so many fascinating projects, that by the time you know of it and understand its impact, you end up feeling that it’s still your first day at Amazon.