Sunday, April 22, 2012
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Saturday, April 7, 2012
We’re in the home stretch of the spring semester, and like the pitter-patter of pre-campaign politics, the words ringing in everyone’s ears at RBS are “jobs, jobsss JOBBSSSS!”
“Jobs” is the word on everyone’s lips as we pass through the RBS era of our lives, both as applicant/candidate (when we’re impressed with RBS’ placement record) and student (when we try to make good on our MBA’s for real). Students from the class of 2012 have been assured of their future since the academic year started (hello, Tarak Shah), while others have heard the words “HIRED” in the months since then. As for the class of 2013, over 50% of us have obtained summer internships (as of today).
My posts tend to be confessional, so with that in mind, I admit that I arrived at RBS with a broad view of what doors an MBA opens, but no month-by-month plan of attack. I’ve been lucky in obtaining an exciting summer position (literally – I’ll be working on the brand team at Trojan condoms), but I’m floored at how damn impressive my fellow first year friends have been in planning their careers. They have been prepared, primped (in business formal, of course), passionate and, most importantly, strategic. One of my personal favourites is Rina Mehta. Her story shows the benefit of using broad strategy concepts to our own career tracks; strategy scholars such as Porter, Barney, Christensen, et al, are good resources for C-level executives, but they are also good resources for us, current RBS students, as we survey the career landscape.
As I mentioned, I find Rina impressive, but I’m not the only one: she was offered three internships at large Pharma companies. But, as a relatively inexperienced candidate, she had to consider each one based on the likelihood of converting her summer internship into a full time job. Doing so forced her to look at each firms’ respective strengths and weaknesses, but she went beyond writing a quick SWOT (strengths-weaknesses-opportunities-threats, for all your non-MBA lurkers); she went on a deep dive into each company. She contacted alumni, heavily researched each company’s core competencies, and uncovered intangible assets.
Given that those who read this blog are likely affiliated with RBS, these are important lessons in the MBA phase of your career. But Rina’s thoughtful analysis shows that it is always important to keep you eyes and ears open about the firm you work for, and that an honest assessment of both your options and your employers’ options will be immeasurably helpful at your next career crossroad, and the one after that (and the one after that).
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
This summer, four interns and two full-time hires will be headed to Dell to begin a new path in our careers. I'm lucky and proud to be one of those going. The six of us met up for lunch this week at Rutgers' local spot Martini 494, so that the 2nd years could share their experiences and answer all the questions we curious and eager 1st years had, like: "Does it really get THAT hot there?" "How's the Mexican food?"
We aim to strengthen and continue the great relationship RBS has with Dell and it's awesome to have such support from our predecessors. I've noticed it's one of the great qualities of Rutgers and of having smaller class sizes. It's always easy to reach out to 2nd years who were in our shoes last year but moreover, they are always excited to help.
Austin here we come!