Career Services Update
Support in a Shifting Economy
On the Career Services team, our mission to support alumni and students along their career paths never changes, although our programs do-particularly as the markets and the economy continue to shift.
This past spring, in addition to extensive employer outreach in the United States, the Career Services team traveled to São Paulo, Santiago, Mumbai and Bangalore, and Dubai. We visited companies and met with alumni, significantly broadening the school's reach. We hosted industry-specific workshops for alumni, met with incoming students, and provided opportunities for alumni to network.
Over the summer, deputy dean Stacey Kole and I made our annual visits to student interns in cities where there are heavy populations: London, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, and Chicago. In each location, we hosted an intern roundtable discussion to hear from our full-time students about their experiences and their preparation. Afterward, an event that drew interns, incoming students to the class of 2010, and alumni provided a great chance to network. Our corporate partners Google, McKinsey, Fidelity, Apple, Deutsche Bank, and NAVTEQ hosted these gatherings; in Los Angeles, we were hosted by Art Bilger, '77.
Financial Services and Real Estate
With an eye toward the challenges posed by the financial services industry and real estate market, Career Services hosted three events this past spring.
During an early-morning visit to Gleacher Center in June, Dean Curnutt, '96, president of Macro Risk Advisors LLC and former managing director and head of equity sales trading at Bank of America Securities LLC, shared his thoughts on what occurred during what he called the most pronounced market dislocation of the modern era in finance. The student response was enthusiastic and we are aiming for a similar event in New York for alumni.
In Chicago, Career Services hosted our second two-day career transitions workshop, which again proved a big draw. On the first day, the Career Services team guided participants in comprehensive self-assessment exercises and facilitated small group discussions and networking with other alumni. During the intervening weeks, participants drafted a detailed career objective, developed their networking story, crafted their resume, and came up with contacts to help fellow participants-information they shared on the final day.
In New York, alumni had a chance to hear a real estate expert talk about market trends and participate in a workshop we co-hosted with the GSB Real Estate Alumni Group. The evening featured a presentation from Michael Herzberg, '80, co-chairman and co-CEO of FPL Advisory Group. The audience had time to network after his talk, then broke into small groups to discuss their own careers and the ways they could help each other with their own career transitions-discussions facilitated by members of the Career Services team and Bernie Ocampo, '05, cofounder of the alumni real estate group. The workshop gave participants a way to both learn more about their industry and network within it. Among alumni we were pleased to welcome was Dale Reiss, '70, global industry leader of real estate and hospitality at Ernst & Young LLP.
Our career coaches are eager to support alumni, many of whom are finding much of what they need on the Career Services website. Let us know what else the Career Services team can do for you—we'd love your input. Email me or call me at 773.834.3591.