May I make a suggestion to all first-years (and even reflective second-years) who are seeking yet another practical application of SOM’s famous first-year curriculum: step back for a moment from the pharma companies, car manufacturers, and social enterprises found in the cases and textbooks. To increase the “return on investment” for your SOM education, be sure to apply the lessons of the curriculum to yourself, to ensure that you can successfully navigate your remaining years (or months) at business school and beyond.
Before I began researching MBA programs last year, Yale SOM was not the first business school that came to my mind in conversations around innovation and entrepreneurship. But it turns out that Yale is a pretty good place for aspiring entrepreneurs. (Lots more info after the jump).
Executive Summary: First years, please attend the Internship Fund's kick-off meeting on Wednesday September 8th, in A74 (where you regularly meet the awesome Prof. Amy W) at 4:30pm. On the IF, you will support a number of your friends' internships and a remarkable array of wonderful organizations; form enduring relationships with every SOM constituency; and plan the most anticipated events of SOM's social calendar.
New York --> New Haven; New address #16 --> New address #17; New school year; New classes at New schools and 234 New classmates to get to know. Lots of ‘New’. My summer was excellent - after 27 years of looking at New York City with wide eyes from afar and wondering what life would be like living there (trust me, it’s a long way from the little British Army base that I called home for 18 years), my internship gave me the opportunity to experience it first-hand.
"It’s a huge, huge deal”. This was the response from the Director of Current Programming at ABC Entertainment in Los Angeles – a Yale SOM alum – in response to a question regarding the weight of the Yale brand and how it has helped him achieve the level of success that he has attained. The truth of this is something that I’m realising more and more the longer I’m here. My first Spring Break in the US was a great one. Beginning with a trip to LA organised by the Media & Entertainment Club, a group of us traded in the snow of New England for the Californian sunshine.
I will start this story where it ends rather than begins and let the proverbial cat out of the bag. As my SOM colleagues and I were filing out of the conference room at the venture capital firm General Catalyst last Friday, we bumped into former GM CEO Rick Wagoner. The Managing Director present graciously asked Rick if he’d like to chat with the MBAs from Yale, and to our surprise and delight, we were treated to five minutes with a man who had presided over one of America’s most iconic companies.
Net Impact is one of the most popular clubs at SOM and the SOM chapter is one of the largest chapters in the country. It's not necessarily surprising as I've found that many of my classmates are naturally disposed to wanting to add more to the world than simply increasing a bottom line.
To understand the educational experience at the London School of Economics one need only consider the school’s motto: to know the causes of things. Not surprisingly, knowing the causes of things predicates an understanding of theory – often in too short supply these days. Far from simply justifying events from the past, the true value in theory lies in its ability to predict and understand future events.
I came to business school with a very specific end goal in mind, namely a return to the media & entertainment sector. Throughout the application process I was told by various people that, if I was serious about this, I needed to go to school in either New York or LA. These cities are the main hives of sector activity and proximity to them could certainly be an asset. However, after sounding out more or less anyone who would give me the time of day throughout the post-application phase, I decided against both.
Accross the street from my office in Vancouver lies the oldest motorcycle dealership in Canada, Trev Deeley motorcycles. Unable to fight another impulse not to look at the beckoning showroom, I stopped by one day last week. There is an attached museum at the shop, which for the past six months has brought over 250 classic bikes together for an exhibition on the history of the Bristish motorcycle industry (including T.E Lawrence's - of Arabia - 1928 Brough Superior).