As a new MBA candidate at Mendoza, I spent my first few days on campus undertaking Integral Leadership Development, or ILD. While I had been through some professional self-examination before, ILD, which is rigorous and quantitatively based, was more profound than anything I had ever experienced. The multi-day exercises were challenging, emotional, and surprisingly fun. Looking back, the program helped prepare me for the rigors of business school in more ways than one:
Recruiting season is heating up, which means you will probably soon be attending an abundance of corporate networking events. On paper, these functions can seem flat out terrifying—full of interactions with strangers, and name tags, and whatever they call those leather cases that hold resumes—yet, no one can doubt that the networking event is a powerful tool for building the types of relationships that lead to jobs. In light of this fact, the Irish Echoes has compiled a few tips to help you navigate the meet-and-greet gauntlet.
Many incoming MBA students have an extremely focused approach to their career search. They know what industry they want to work in, they know what companies they want to pursue and they can hit the ground running in terms of resume, networking, and interview prep.
However, if you’re like a lot of incoming MBAs (and me), you may be struggling even trying to focus your career search into a single function or concentration. This is totally expected and normal but it does put individuals who have yet to find their direction at a bit of a disadvantage. Time that would normally be spent preparing to capitalize on opportunities is allocated towards exploration of opportunities. The faster students can figure out where they want to go the more time they can spend making sure they get there.
It’s that time of the year again— the sweet spot in mid-August during which every television commercial features a troupe of fashionable grade schoolers doing choreographed dances to show off their new Old Navy jeans. It’s back to school!
First year Mendoza MBAs are already on campus for orientation and leadership workshops. I trust that they will be the best of friends by the time our grizzled second-years return at the end of the month. Speaking of our second-years, how was your summer?
My colleagues here at MBA IRISH ECHOES asked me to write about the famed Google interview process, given that I interned with Google Fiber during my time in the Notre Dame MBA program. Here is my story. Full disclosure: I may or may not have embellished some of the details.
I never liked using Google or other online search engines. I always preferred instead to shout my questions at passersby on the street, or (as is high fashion nowadays) to make up my own facts. However, when I received an email in February 2016 that Google wanted to interview me for a marketing internship with Google Fiber, I figured that visiting www.google.com might be a prudent first step in preparing for the interview. I regained consciousness some days later with dozens of tabs open in my browser, my keyboard imprinted on the side of my face, and my phone informing me that my interview began in five minutes. Continue reading “How not to get an internship at Google”