March 1, 2018

Student thoughts on the International Alumni Panel

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Weatherhead's Career Management Office hosted the annual International Alumni Panel and Luncheon on February 3, 2018. This event features alumni who share their past experiences and how they landed positions in the United States. We had an outstanding response with 25 alumni coming back to campus to share their stories. This event has proven to be an effective way to get first-hand knowledge on the career search as an international student.  

International Alumni Panel & Luncheon is always hosted at the beginning of the Spring semester. We highly recommend that you attend next year and every future opportunity that involves alumni. Remember to frequently check CareerLink to see what Workshops and Information Sessions will be happening next.

WSOM graduate students shared their thoughts on the event:

1.  Describe the best insight(s) you received from alumni?

      “I attended the alumni panel and met with the ORSC alumni such as Gloria, ShaSha and Lu Liu. The best insights I received from them include networking and being communicative with people around. As international students, we tend to stay in our comfort zone only hanging out with friends that we know. They told me that it is not just enough to find opportunities for a career or advance in careers and receiving recommendations on LinkedIn helps. As a Business Analytics student, I also asked for some analytics advice from Robert Chen from MTD. He said SQL and R are very powerful and widely used tools that we all should be proficient in. As I will be starting my internship at the Cleveland Clinic Business Intelligence department, I was advised by Amy Chen, MBA, from the Cleveland Clinic, that I should also look at my future goals before considering a H1B sponsorship from a company or organization. Especially, we should make sure that we fit in with the company's culture or if there is a possibility to grow within the organization.”  Su Latt, MSM-Business Analytics Candidate 2018

“I learned things such as… the right way to reach to alumni, how to handle behavioral interviews, follow-up email matters, and that it’s important to understand/know the company/profile you are applying for.” Mohan Kantamaneni, MBA Candidate 2018

“The best insight I received was to always remain in a positive attitude during the job search.” Yifei Xu, MSM-Finance Candidate 2019

2. What was your favorite part of the event?

“My favorite part was the ORSC Alumni Panel, where all the alumni seem to agree on all core skills such as great interpersonal communication, being a team player, presentation skills, networking, analytics skills and problem solving.” Su Latt, MSM-Business Analytics Candidate 2018

“My favorite part was the panel session with alumni from different fields sharing insights.” Mohan Kantamaneni, MBA Candidate 2018

“I really enjoyed having the ability to talk to alumni face-to-face.” Yifei Xu, MSM-Finance Candidate 2019

3. Would you recommend the event to other students?

I would definitely recommend this event to other students—not only international but also domestic students. These alumni gave us great points on the success not only in searching for a job but also in the workplace and possible promotion opportunities. Especially if we know we are interested in a particular company, it is a great opportunity to network with someone who went through the same process that we will be going through. It's always refreshing to hear from someone from the company or organization that you are interested in because they know the company internally.” Su Latt, MSM-Business Analytics Candidate 2018

“Yes, definitely!” Mohan Kantamaneni, MBA Candidate 2018

“I recommend this event greatly.” Yifei Xu, MSM-Finance Chain Candidate 2019

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