May 18, 2017

Summer 2017 Career Strategy Plan

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Image result for got internshipSummer plans for every graduate student should include time set aside to focus on your career path. If you landed an internship – congratulations! However, there is still work to do, including networking with your new colleagues. If you are still on the internship hunt, make an appointment in CMO and we can assist you with your internship strategy. CMO has organized a list to streamline your career strategy plan for the summer months.

June 2017
·  Attend a networking event facilitated by the community:

 Join a group that aligns with your career focus and get involved:

July 2017
·         Create, or revisit, your target company list:

  •  Find contacts (alumni if possible) currently working at the company and request a 30 minute informational meeting or phone call
  • Only reach out to one person at each company to start
  • In preparation for meetings, research trends in the industry and recent news items
  • For more research tips go to the Document Library within CareerLink and review:
  • Company Research Resources
  • Kelvin Smith Library – Business Source Complete Search Strategy (2016)
  • Volunteer with a professional group in the community (see list above in June)
  • Update your resume with internship or volunteer experience from the summer

August 2017
  •  Check CareerLink weekly for new opportunities
  • Create job alerts on Glassdoor, LinkedIn, Indeed, etc., but remember, quality over quantity is best when applying
  • Attend a networking event (see list above in June)
  • Reach out to classmates (current and graduates) to see how their career path is going and trade tips

May 12, 2017

How to wear a cap and gown!

Graduates, may we have your attention please! Now that you have mastered the quantitative skills required to manage finances and developed the emotional intelligence to lead people and organizations, there is one more difficult, yet important task for you to learn: How to put on a graduation cap and gown! Don't worry, Weatherhead is here to help!

Before you step inside your graduation regalia on commencement day, take two minutes to watch our video on how to wear a cap and gown.

May 4, 2017

Check Out CLE in the Summer!

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

We know you will be busy with work and internships this summer, but we hope you will leave plenty of time to get out and enjoy what Cleveland has to offer!

For those living around campus this summer, 
Coventry Village offers plenty of activities as well as a number of shops, restaurants, and entertainment. Highlights on the calendar include weekly movies in the park, a concert series, yoga sessions, a carnival party, and bike tune-up day. Click here for a full list of great activities.

Needing some beach time? Check out Thursday night happy hours at Edgewater Park starting in June. Averaging a few thousand people every week, this is surely a great place to meet some new people in your area or just have a great time with your crew.

Looking to stay close to Weatherhead? University Circle has an endless number of events this summer.  One of our favorites is the Hessler Street Fair taking place June 3-4 that will feature food, vendors, live music, and much more. Wade Oval Wednesdays starts June 14 and runs through August. This event features a FREE concert each Wednesday night from 6-9 p.m. and also includes food trucks, vendors, theme nights, and activities which vary each week. Saturday, June 10 marks the Parade the Circle event! This is a parade of hand-crafted floats, stilt walkers, and local performers of all ages.

Be sure to also check out the Feast of the Assumption running from August 12-15 in Little Italy. This celebration features both religious and cultural events highlighted by an abundance of signature food items from the area’s restaurants. Another favorite is Cleveland One World Day Sunday, August 27. This event celebrates the many cultures represented in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens along Martin Luther King Blvd. Check out more University Circle events here.

And don’t forget, Cleveland is a gorgeous forest city when all the plants are in bloom. Get in touch with nature, and yourself, by visiting any of our Metroparks. There are plenty of new sports and activities to try out on your own or with some friends. Check out a great directory of activities for your summer!

If you get tired from doing all those sports yourself, leave it to the pros! The Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team is backing up last year’s championship season with another exciting playoff run this month. If you aren’t lucky enough to score tickets to a game, try a watch party! The Cleveland Indians baseball team will also be in the midst of their season so head downtown for a relaxing day in the sun and cheer on your local team!

Last, but certainly not least, make sure you take in a concert by the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra. Every summer the Orchestra plays a series of outdoor concerts at the Blossom Music Center. We highly recommend the July 1-4 shows, which will feature fireworks in celebration of Independence Day.

If you are looking for even more ways to explore Cleveland this summer, head to #ThisIsCle.

On behalf of the Office of Student Experience, we wish you a fantastic summer! Enjoy your city!

May 2, 2017

Staff Profile: Matthew Maloney, Director of Business Analytics and Operations Research & Supply Chain Master's Programs

Are you a prospective, admitted or current student in either our Business Analytics or Operations Research & Supply Chain Master's program? If so, you need to know Matthew Maloney.

We sat down with Maloney, a member of Weatherhead’s MBA Class of 2007, to learn more about what his position as Director of Business Analytics and Operations Research & Supply Chain Master’s Programs actually entails and how students can best utilize him and the school's many resources to help them find a great internship or full-time position. When you walk into his office on the third floor of the Peter B. Lewis building, you notice that it is a bright space and, at least on this particular Friday morning that we met, is immaculate. In a neat array in the top lefthand corner of his desk, Matthew has business cards from recently made contacts or ones with whom he needs to follow up soon. Behind where I sat lives his infamous job board, a physical cork board with printed copies of recent job postings that he believes are good options for the students he works with every day.

As director of these two programs, the scope of his job seems broad and undefined. But, after sitting down with Maloney and getting input from some current students, three major job functions emerged: development of professional and networking skills for current students; maintaining and cultivating relationships with potential employers and alumni; connecting current students and the employer network for mutually beneficial job placement opportunities. To succeed, Maloney does many things well, but there is one thing he does very well, better than most: he is a master networker. I asked him if this was something he had to practice, or if it came naturally to him, he said, "yes and yes.” He can tell countless stories of how chance encounters at his daughter’s t-ball games, or an email about a birthday, or a trip down to a basketball game can yield connections and information that help put someone in touch with an employer. There is a natural charisma and empathy in him, coupled with a precise memory, that helps him make the most of each of these moments. What he also has working in his favor, in addition to his intimate knowledge of Weatherhead as an alumnus, is experience with many different companies from his previous career in business development. Just a few of the companies that came up during our conversation were IBM, L’Oreal, PayPal, Tesla, Parker Hannifin, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Eaton, Discover, CBIZ, and NestlĂ©.

As Maloney has continued in this role, it has evolved. He is now an integral part of the Six Sigma project, helping to get companies to participate, providing another great avenue of access for students. He also collaborates with admissions teams across the management school to help identify potential candidates and show how the opportunities available to students at Weatherhead make these programs top-notch. Maloney will be the first to tell you that students in Weatherhead’s programs are some of the best and brightest, and he makes sure employers know it too. The most impressive thing about what Maloney and the ORSC/Business Analytics programs have created is a talent feedback loop. He mentioned how employers are now coming back to work with Weatherhead students because their current or previous hires have been such successes.

Will Matthew Maloney hand you a job for you? Not exactly. But, he will be one of the best resources as you work to get that job yourself.

Based on our conversation, we distilled some of his lessons for students down to a few important tips. If you want all of his help and advice, go see him today (see tip 4).

Maloney's Tips for Success:

1) Search Early and Search Often
Each of these programs lasts for approximately one year, so starting the job search early is critical. One student, Charles Michel, MSM-ORSC '17, began his conversations with Maloney as soon as he was admitted. Maloney put him in touch with multiple corporate contacts and Michel said, "These contacts ended up forming the backbone of my summer internship search and I ultimately accepted a Demand Planning Intern position with MTD Products." Another student, Josalynn Clauson, MSM-ORSC '17, also said that Maloney's advice to start early with her target companies helped her successfully land a summer consulting internship with Entrepreneur's EDGE. She began her contact with EDGE in October and had secured the internship by January. Maloney also recommends creating a list of companies in which you're interested before you begin the program. For those new to the Cleveland area, he recommends looking into the NorthCoast 99 businesses as a place to start. He also recommends joining the exclusive ORSC, and hopefully soon-to-be Business Analytics, Alumni LinkedIn group to see where past students have had success. Finally, he strongly encourages students to go to career fairs as early as possible. These are a great place to see more employers in one sitting than you could hope to in an entire year.

2) Follow Up
This one comes from Maloney's personal playbook. Whenever he makes a new connection or reconnects, his follow-up is prompt and personal. He can quickly rattle off multiple stories of when someone used ineffective or inappropriate follow-up and their repercussions. He has even more stories about how the right follow-up at the right time has been the first step to successful job placement for many students, friends and former colleagues.

3) Practice
For some students, practicing the "softer" skills of networking, effective communication (written and verbal) and presenting are slightly overlooked. However, in Maloney's experience and based on feedback from employers, these skills can make or break the potential for future employment. Kyler Schoner, MSM-Business Analytics ‘17, said, "Matt taught me the value of relationships and interactions with people. While I improved my technical skills at Weatherhead, Matt made sure that I demonstrated to potential employers my ability to communicate information, explain my value, and interpret their goals and objectives. The interpersonal skills are truly half the battle when it comes to initiating a career." To give yourself every opportunity to practice, Maloney recommends participating in mock interviews, career fairs and every networking session available. Look not only to the Weatherhead CMO, but also to the university’s Career Services center for these events.

4) Meet with Matthew
Maloney said that once he knows you, “my connections are your connections.” But in order for him to be an advocate and a conduit, students need to help him connect faces with names. This harkens back to the first tip because the earlier you work with Maloney, the better. When students come meet with them, he encourages them to track employers, jobs, and progress in a spreadsheet, which he will review with you as often as you need. He can also help strategize for next steps and keep you up-to-date on new openings or connections that could be useful.

Know that once you meet with Matthew Maloney, you will have a connection for life, one that lasts long beyond your time at Weatherhead. If you are a prospective, admitted or current student and want to get in touch with Matthew, he can be reached at

If you are interested in learning more about Weatherhead’s Business Analytics and Operations Research & Supply Chain Masters’ programs, you can contact Meredith Richardson, Admissions Manager at

Maloney with Cleveland Clinic Interns at ORSC graduation

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Maloney with ORSC alumni at April 2016 alumni event