November 16, 2017

Fall Career Fair Recap

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There have been two career fairs this semester: one in Philadelphia and the other one right here in PBL. The National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) and The Association of Hispanic Professionals (PROSPANICA) hosted the 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition in the Pennsylvania Convention Center from September 26-30, 2017. This combined effort allowed for greater participation from many speakers and companies. It is a great opportunity for business graduate students to meet company representatives and make connections with peers from all over the nation. Next year’s event will take place in Detroit, Michigan on September 25-29, 2018. Mark your calendars now!

Weatherhead’s Fall Career Fair tends to target both Cleveland area companies and larger companies. Since the event is smaller it allows for students to talk to more companies and strategize on what companies to target. CMO interviewed a few students that attended either or both the NBMBAA/PROSPANICA fair and the Weatherhead Fall Fair to see their take on the two events.

What was your favorite part of the NBMBAAA/PROSPANICA fair? Favorite part about the Weatherhead Fall Fair?

My favorite part of the Weatherhead career fair was getting to participate in my first ever career fair. It gave me the opportunity to engage with companies outside my comfort zone, knowing the stakes are high as my interactions can make or break my future with them. Harsh Ranjan, MBA 2019
At the Weatherhead career fair I enjoyed getting a sense of what companies we have right here in Cleveland that are looking to hire. As an MD/MBA student, I also liked talking to MetroHealth, The Cleveland Clinic and US Endoscopy. Ian Drummond, MBA 2019 & MD 2019

What I really liked about NBMBAA/Prospanica to see what so many different companies look for in MBA students and also to understand the quality of all the students present, which helped me greatly develop my personal pitch and measure the gain instantly! It was my first experience at a career fair and I went through emotions in a very short period of time; it was quite an experience! Luiz Vieira, MBA 2019

What surprised you about each fair?

What I found surprising about my experience at the Weatherhead fair was how friendly, open and positive the representatives of the companies were. It enabled me to have a detailed conversation about the company's visions and how can I align myself with them more effectively. Harsh Ranjan, MBA 2019

I was surprised at how comfortable I felt talking to the recruiters. My expectation of career fairs was that it would be very short, generic conversations, but I found that it was the exact opposite. Many of the recruiters had personal connections to Weatherhead, and genuinely wanted to hear about my experiences. Many of my conversations were very natural.  Lauren Tancer, MBA 2019

What new insights did you learn about (i.e. companies, positions)?

I learned that each company has a wide variety of positions for a variety of different backgrounds For example, I had initially expected that a software company would only be looking for more technical positions, but I learned that they were looking for things like finance and consulting positions, as well. Lauren Tancer, MBA 2019

I discovered how many companies are incorporating sustainability into their business model and are looking for professionals to fill related positions. Harsh Ranjan, MBA 2019

How did you prepare for the career fairs?

I printed resumes and had business cards at the ready. I rehearsed my story in my head. Then, before approaching a table, I tried to make sure I had at least one clear question I wanted to ask to get the conversation rolling. Ian Drummond, MBA 2019 & MD 2019

The first step of preparing for the career fair was looking at the list of companies that were attending. I narrowed down the list by seeing what companies were hiring for internships and for my field specifically. This helped me focus my search based on my qualifications. Then, I looked at the websites and positions for the companies I was interested in. I took notes, so that I could reference them between conversations during the fair. The notes were helpful, because I could get a quick refresher on things like values, areas of expertise and what they were looking for before talking to the recruiters. After each conversation, I updated my notes with who I talked to and a few bullet points of what we talked about. I used these notes later so that I could write more personal thank-you emails. Lauren Tancer, MBA 2019

November 10, 2017

Namrata Nagdev Shares Experience at Marketing Insights Conference

Namrata Nagdev, full-time MBA student, shares her experiences at the Marketing Insights Conference, sponsored by Weatherhead’s Marketing & Strategy Club.

Last week, Weatherhead’s Marketing & Strategy Club hosted the Marketing Insights Conference, a
spectacular event with three speakers from different industries enchanting us with their exciting work and their vision of the future. I loved each of the three talks but was particularly moved by Matt Eaves, who is the vice president of digital marketing at University Hospitals (UH).

Matt started off the talk by introducing the shift in the healthcare industry landscape from fee-for-service to fee-for-pay. This shift made the reduction in patient re-admissions and improved customer satisfaction a key in deciding the eligible hospital reimbursement. These two goals put patient experience in the center of strategic planning.

Witnessing the strides taken by UH to improve the patient experience and ensure a pleasant journey right from the time a patient walks into the hospital until the time s/he is recovering at home was very moving. For example, Matt told us an interesting point that can potentially save millions of dollars over the years and reduce patient wait time, which is a big pain-point for patients. He explained how a small change in the design of the hospital hallways helped patients get to their appointments faster. It may seem like a small thing but, on a holistic level, this small thing adds up in efficient use of time, and over years it’s millions of dollars! Patients start getting backed up on appointments because, starting at the beginning of the day, some people are late by three to four minutes. As this progresses throughout the day, the last patient for the day could be waiting for two hours to get to their appointment and this is costing the entire system.

I never would’ve imagined that this solution would improve the patient experience and be worth millions of dollars to the hospital! It is interesting how small changes have a huge impact. I would encourage everyone to attend college events and make full use of the opportunity to learn from the best!

November 3, 2017

Exploring Cleveland: 2017 Holiday Events

The following blog post is brought to you by George Smiltins 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.

With midterms in the books, it is a perfect time to get out of the house and explore all the seasonal delights Northeast Ohio has to offer.  Warmer temperatures are still lingering, but the coming of November promises that winter isn’t too far around the corner. Here are a few suggested activities that will help you embrace the changing seasons:

Here are a few links that will get you started exploring the outdoors:

The Cleveland Flea Holiday Showcase
This event will allow you to look for unique gifts for the upcoming holiday season. You have several weekend to choose from, but be sure to get your tickets in advance: Nov. 10-12 and 17-19; Dec. 8-10 and 15-17.

Winter Wine & Ale Fest
Taste all that local wineries, breweries, and restaurants have to offer Saturday, Nov. 18.

Every year, the Cleveland Botanical Gardens transforms with dazzling Christmas trees, a giant gingerbread competition, holiday music and much more. Nov. 24-Dec. 31.

On November 25th, Downtown Cleveland will host Winterfest featuring a tree-lighting ceremony, fireworks display, horse-drawn carriage rides, ice skating, live music, food trucks, pop-up shopping, and more.

Holiday Lights Trolley Tours
Board a red Lolly the Trolley and get a guided holiday tour of Cleveland, or a visit to the house from the famous holiday movie "A Christmas Story."

Holiday Theater & Musical Productions
Check out some of the many holiday performances throughout the city, including Playhouse Square, and The Beck Center for the Arts,

Sporting Events
Go check out a Cavaliers basketball game or our very own hockey team, the Cleveland Monsters.