Now that our second application round is roughly two-thirds over, it seems like a good time to take stock with where we are and what will happen for the rest of the round. We released our first batch of decisions right at the end of February. These decisions were mostly our Consortium applications, to whom we owed a decision by early March, with a few additional applications that we were ready to release added on. We feel very good about the people we admitted through the Consortium process.
Classes ended on the 19th and students have left for winter break, but things have remained busy here at SOM over the holidays. First, leading up to the break, the school hosted the 58th annual Yale CEO Summit in New York. Organized by Senior Associate Dean Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, the CEO Summit is an opportunity for chief executives of top organizations to have candid, off-the-record conversations about the challenges facing contemporary business.
I'm waxing Ice Cube tonight. In case you aren't familiar, and without going too deeply into the details, one of Ice Cube's greatest hits in his post NWA days was a song called "It Was A Good Day." Ice Cube recorded this track while living in Los Angeles during the 1992 riots; it details a day and night he has in the South Central neighborhood, where from the beginning, "today seems kinda odd-" but in a good way.
Well hello there! I am sorry it has been a while, it turns out there are lots of panels to see, lots of free pizzas to consume and lots of problem sets to do in Business School. Regardless, I wanted to blog about this amazing opportunity I got the other day through my Careers course at SOM. The course gives you a multi-faceted framework with which to think about your career past, present and future. We think about values, psychology, goals, culture, leadership, and more. One of the assignments for this course is to interview someone whose career trajectory interests you.
It's been a while, but seeing that it's another Friday and I'm chillin' in the Hall of Mirrors, I figure it's time for another post. I've been here in New Haven for the past few days to help Microsoft with recruiting. It's been a good time so far. Aside from the official events, I've been spending some quality time in my old haunts (the Hall of Mirrors and Food for Thought) hanging out and talking to people while doing a bit of work in between. The only difference is that instead of doing classwork, I'm doing work work (or "real" work).
So amidst the organized chaos that is Orientation, I found myself sitting in the Hall of Mirrors the afternoon of Wednesday, August 20th, making the best use of some free time by uploading Microsoft Office onto my laptop and organizing my habitually cluttered desktop icons. A few friends walked by at one point and stopped to talk. It went like this. Shapiro: Guillermo, aren't you supposed to be somewhere right now? G-Mo: No, I've got a free afternoon, I went to the IT session earlier so I'm just hanging out until I meet with my learning group.
One of the joys about being back in grad school is the two-year respite, minus the summer internship, we MBAs get from the rat race. Granted, the rigor of the SOM program isn’t always a picnic in the park with Podolny, but the constant intellectual stimulation and flood of extracurricular activities make life a little bit more engaging. No day feels like the one before—there’s something new to learn or do or drink each day.
Interning with an HR consultancy this summer, I have been inundated with articles, white papers and presentations trumpeting the rise of the “Millenial" in today’s workforce. No, we (yes, I’m a Millenial) are not some offshoot of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. In the U.S., Millenials are teens and twenty-somes who have been shaped by the dynamic forces of reality over the past two to three decades: the digital revolution, the rise of India and China, 9/11, global warming, AIDS, Enron, Iraq, globalization and an overall decline of the U.S. stature in the worldview.
Please describe your short and long term goals and how your previous experience and an MBA will help you to achieve these goals. (500 words maximum.) In 2004, sixty-five percent of Yale MBA graduates accepted full-time offers in finance, manufacturing, or consulting. Seven percent accepted jobs in a category labeled "non-profit/public".
I'm here in my apartment sorting through all the stuff that has accumulated over the two years I've been here. The worst part of this exercise is going through the "pile" of random things that invariably grows. Right now I'm sorting through that pile, and I'm finding some interesting things. The most interesting curiousities are in the Welcome Weekend stuff that I still have for some reason. Yup... Welcome Weekend 2006, where this journey began.