December 16, 2016

Prepare for the CMO Final: Five career steps to take over winter break

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

It's that time of year again when students are trying to finish up projects and papers as well as study for exams. Remember, there is light at the end of the tunnel! Soon you'll be done and then it will be time to relax!

However, the Career Management Office suggests that you do some homework during your free-time over break. Pretend this is your last final to prepare for and make the most of your upcoming winter break.

Create: Make a list of your top 40 companies. Once your list is complete start actively checking the company website and set up Google alerts for information/postings at that company. Most importantly, begin targeted outreach to contacts within the organization including alumni if possible, and those in roles/departments in which you're interested.

Network: Join the Weatherhead School of Management group page on LinkedIn and start reaching out to your professional network. You can send a quick email within the group—10 emails a week would be ideal! Remember, each email should be tailored to the person you're addressing and have a specific purpose. For example, schedule an initial informational phone conversation to learn more about the contact's professional background and experience. Also if you are planning to travel over break, research any possible network connections living in the location you will be traveling to and try to arrange a coffee meeting.

Research: Review the Behavioral Interview questions on the Intranet. CareerShift and Vault are also good references that can be found on CareerLink under Jobs.

Interview: Schedule a mock interview with the CMO staff.

Apply: Submit a minimum of five applications per week. Remember to tailor your applications whenever possible.

This may not be a real final but it is one to take seriously for your future career path. If you're in town over winter break then feel free to stop in and schedule an appointment. Our email is and phone number is 216.368.3662. We look forward to hearing from you soon. The CMO team wishes you good luck on your remaining projects/finals! Enjoy your holiday break!

December 9, 2016

It's Not Easy Being Green: What cities are doing to become more sustainable?

Cities in the United States are exploring and implementing ways to incorporate greener business practices. Because we believe that future managers must be prepared to lead businesses with an eye for how business can be an agent of world benefit, flourishing enterprise and sustainable value are among the strengths-based management principles taught at Weatherhead.

Weatherhead's beyond magazine explores how our cities are making changes, examples of cities embracing sustainability, and ways civic leaders and city planners can save our older cities:
  • Sustainable Cities: Residents are returning to urban centers, upping the ante for cities to create sustainable communities. Read more...
  • Tales of Green Cities: Whether it's bike sharing in New York City or curbside composting in San Francisco, U.S. cities are embracing sustainability from coast to coast. Read more...
  • Depopulation to Reconcentration: Robin Dubin, PhD, offers a way to save our older cities. Read more...
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December 2, 2016

Keeping active in Cleveland this winter

The following blog post is brought to you by Alexis Hayman, 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.

It is December! Depending on how you look at it, we are burdened
or gifted with very traditional winters here in Cleveland, Ohio. Here are the facts: It is pitch black at 5 p.m. and the air can get so cold it hurts your face. Luckily for you, Cleveland rises to the challenge of keeping spirits up in these harrowing conditions!

For those of you who want to get away from the weather, and learn a little something, try Winter Week at The Great Lakes Science Center. General admission tickets get you a host of fun activities including the Fuitcake Explosion show and an open workshop where you can make snow that won’t melt in your hands out of polymers! It's being held December 26 - 31 at the Great Lakes Science Center.

Not an egghead? Why not try out The Big Bang dueling piano bar?  Located in the exciting new Flats East Bank in downtown Cleveland, Ohio The Big Bang features non-stop live musical fun by request! Sing along, request your favorite songs and forget about the chill outside. The Big Bang also features a unique, modern menu of handcrafted small plates and shareable appetizers, as well as a full-service bar and a seriously great craft beer selection.

Ok, so maybe you don’t loathe the cold weather. Maybe you are from a warm and tropical place, ready to really enjoy the outdoors for your first winter. Many native Clevelanders suit up, wrap up and gear up for a great time in the cold temperatures.

Brite Winter is a quickly growing tradition in the Near West Side neighborhood of Cleveland. From their website, There might be snow, there might be rain, it might be cold, it might be a blizzard, but it doesn’t really matter. This is Cleveland, and we’re going to play outside. Music, drinks, games go all night long on February 18, 2017. Come create warm memories on a cold night!

Feeling sporty, ice skating rinks pop up all over the city this time of year. University Circle and Public Square boast fantastic opportunities to skate and enjoy the city. Skiing is also popular around here with Boston Mills and Brandywine, and Alpine Valley only a short drive away! Both location offer lessons as well as other snow-fun! Or, if you are really feeling wild, why don’t you try out the Polar Bear Plunge? Strip down and jump into the icy lake to raise money for the Special Olympics. Sure, it’s freezing, but it's for a good cause!

Whatever you choose to do, Student Experience would love to hear about it. Send you stories and photos to so we can share your adventures and inspire fantastic winters!