The Notre Dame MBA marketing experience

By: Jason Parker

(Photo courtesy Jason Parker)

Marketing is one of the major post-MBA career choices at Notre Dame. If you are interested in pursuing a career in marketing, here is a look at the resources and opportunities you will have at your disposal:

In the Classroom

Marketing is available as one of the Notre Dame MBA program’s academic concentrations. Students are able to select up to two concentrations; for example, marketing and business leadership, or marketing and business analytics are common combinations.

Concentrations and courses selected within concentrations vary from student to student and often depend on a number of factors such as the student’s previous work experience, the type of role the student is interested in post-MBA, and the skills on which the student feels they need to build.  Continue reading “The Notre Dame MBA marketing experience”

Life as a dual-degree student in the Notre Dame MBA program

By: Garrett Duffy

A day in the life of a Notre Dame dual-degree student. (Photo courtesy Garrett Duffy)

The dual engineering/MBA program at Notre Dame, in which students like me receive an engineering bachelor’s degree and MBA together in five years, offers a host of unique opportunities to engineers who want to combine their technical knowledge with business and leadership skills. The program has also connected me with close friends and exciting career opportunities. It hasn’t always been easy, but I find now that I feel more business-savvy, creative, and well-rounded as I head into the working world.

This dual-degree program gives you an opportunity to reach outside your comfort zone. Coming from an engineering background, I tended to look at problems in a systematic, black-and-white kind of way, in which a right answer always existed. In my MBA classes, though, the problems were usually far messier. To solve these problems, I needed to make assumptions and to defend them. I had to think in a way that was both creative and practical. Changing the way that I approach problems was difficult and uncomfortable at first, but overall it has been very beneficial.  Continue reading “Life as a dual-degree student in the Notre Dame MBA program”

Making Notre Dame *the* vet-friendly B-school in America

By: Mark Faldowski

The 2016-17 Notre Dame MBA Vet’s Club. (Photo courtesy Mark Faldowski)

When I was elected as president of the Notre Dame MBA Vet’s Club in December 2015, I had one vision: To make Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business the veteran-friendly business school in America.

With the hard work of my fellow veterans, buy-in from the Notre Dame administration, and the support of generous donors, we have created the best environment for veterans who choose to separate from the military. Each Notre Dame MBA class is made up of about 17 percent veterans, the highest percentage of any B-school in the U.S. Our efforts have raised $400,000 to endow the club, and our goal is for every veteran in the Notre Dame MBA program to attend the program for free.

We have taken a three-pronged approach as our strategy:  Continue reading “Making Notre Dame *the* vet-friendly B-school in America”

How an ND MBA student ended up in a boxing ring

By: Zak Pedersen

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

Perhaps I’ve taken this advice too literally, but it adequately sums up my aberrant decision to participate this winter in the 87th Annual Bengal Mission Bouts Boxing Tournament at the University of Notre Dame, while balancing a full-time class workload in the Notre Dame MBA program.

Our revered Professor of Management, Mike Crant, has said that avoiding conflict is a natural human inclination. The sentiment is intuitive: Stepping into a boxing ring is an intimidating experience – just ask 16 year-old Mike Tyson who had cold feet the night of his first professional bout.

Why, then, would a guy who is here trying to enrich his brain take part in such a paradoxical activity like boxing? I’ll tell you.  Continue reading “How an ND MBA student ended up in a boxing ring”

5 things to read to succeed in B-school

By: Nitesh Srivastava

Trust me, you don’t want to be the guy who shows up on the first day of class with these. (Photo courtesy Nitesh Srivastava)

In the Notre Dame MBA program, students have the option to subscribe at a discount to The Wall Street Journal. Here are five other media outlets that people interested in business may find helpful in their academic and professional development:

1. Poets and Quants – For prospective MBA students, this one-stop shop for business school news, insights, and rankings is a vital tool for determining what program is the right fit for them. For current MBA students, it is a good resource for keeping tabs on the competition.

2. The Economist – This London-based publication, founded in 1843, is a good representative of an Old World perspective on business. Quirks of this publication include that its writers are typically anonymous, and that it calls itself a newspaper despite more conventionally resembling a magazine.  Continue reading “5 things to read to succeed in B-school”