November 21, 2022

Students Working with the GCMC: Securing a Tax Internship

 


                                                             Michael Weber, MS '23

As a first-semester MS accounting student, I was aware that the GCMC would be able to assist me in my job search. Early in the semester, I attended the accounting fair. The GCMC provided me with many outlets to prepare for the conversations I would have with recruiters at the fair. I was able to go into the recruitment process with newfound confidence, and ultimately get interviews with the Big Four, and other accounting firms. In preparation for my interviews, I consulted with Stefano Verdesoto, Annie Himmelsbach, and Jack Pullara who all shared valuable advice. On short notice, they conducted mock interviews with me which were very helpful. Ultimately, I received multiple job offers, and have accepted a position with a Big Four firm.


I would recommend that students in a similar situation, especially those preparing for interviews, use the resources and guidance the GCMC has to offer.


Connect with Michael Weber MS '23 on Linkedin!

August 9, 2022

Students Working with the GCMC: Internship Success

 


What has been one of the most important things you've learned at your internship?


Working at a tech startup can be daunting to those who don’t know what to expect. There is no snack bar, there are no happy hours, perks, and benefits that a big established company provides. However, a startup can provide invaluable experiences that build one's character. Qualities like self-discipline, passion, and instinctive strategic decisions are embodied into each employee. The day I started I was told that I shouldn’t think of myself as an intern. I was told to assume I was running the company and act/think accordingly. And for someone who intends on starting a company of his own, this experience was a goldmine. The most important thing I was taught was the value of “uninterrupted focus work.” We used to have 2-hour sprints where no one talked to each other. Each was given a problem or a task and was told to come up with a solution in those 120 minutes by any means possible. Sometimes it entailed scheduling, hosting meetings, and implementing software platforms. The goal of this exercise was to prove that any task is doable in 2-hours. Or one can make significant progress with focus. At the end of the period, we used to have an all-hands meeting and discuss the solutions. I wasn’t micro-managed, told what to do at each step, or even assigned tasks. After the first week of learning what the company is about, how it functions, I made my own to-do lists and ran them by the COO, Clem and started working on it during the focus work. This method has helped me in school and I will use it moving forward with every aspect of life. A task that I push away due to how scary it is seems less intimidating with this 2-hour method. I just tell myself that it will be over in 2 hours, and for the most part, I am either done with the task(s), or have made a lot of progress that I initially anticipated taking much longer. 

 

 

How have you approached networking at your internship? Share any one specific example that has been impactful for you.

 

As a Bearcat since my first year in undergraduate school, Baruch has engraved the importance of networking. Having attended a dozen networking sessions, and speaking with recruiters during info sessions, career fairs, and coffee chats have taught me a lot more about how the job market works. It's no breaking news that 70%-80% of jobs are filled due to networking and referrals. In my experience, all my internships have been due to referrals from friends and colleagues. CLIP is located at Brooklyn Navy Yard, at Newlab, a company that has 200 tech startups focusing on sustainability and eco-friendly inventions, within the space. I happen to be the type to strike up a conversation with the unknown person sitting next to me and that is precisely what I did at CLIP. I was working and started conversing with a Newlab employee. After discussing our respective roles, he mentioned that I’d be great for a role of an Infrastructure Analyst that he has been looking to fill at Newlab. I sent him my resume after briefly talking about my qualifications and a week after that, I was offered the position. It's surprising what a 20-minute conversation did for me that hundreds of online applications failed to do. I love the Newlab space and had always wanted to work at a company with a similar work culture. I will be starting there this summer of 2022 and cannot wait to embark on this journey. 



What has been your biggest contribution to your team at your internship? Why?


I have helped CLIP make crucial research regarding their target market and competitors. My team was very impressed with my research even before my interview. Using my experience as an SEO analyst, I was able to come up with a strategy to boost the organic ranking on Google. I presented this strategy during my interview and applied similar techniques during my time at CLIP. 



After this experience, what would you like to learn next?


All my projects so far have been on an academic level and I am excited to leverage these skills out in the real world. I do well in the behavioral sections of the interviews but the technical rounds always seem like a big hurdle. I want to get my hands muddled with real, big data. I want to learn to use Python and R on a much higher scale and I believe my summer internship will help me do just that. 


 

For students having a difficult time finding an internship, what is one piece of advice you would give them?


Research what skills the company that you are looking to apply needs. Every company is different and is looking for a niche skillset that you may have. Check the job description and their website. And one important insight, do not hesitate to be honest on your resume. We all exaggerate our accomplishments a little bit, but there is a sweet spot where you have the working knowledge of the tools and can grasp the concept easily. If you have skills on the resume that you cannot back up in your interview, the recruiter will know and it won’t look great. If you showcase that you are familiar with the concept and are willing to learn, the recruiters/ interviewers will view this as a sign of dedication and may give you a green light. 




Connect with Rohan Manvatkar MS '23 on LinkedIn.

August 4, 2022

Students Working with the GCMC: The Internship Experience




What has been one of the most important things you’ve learned at your internship? 

 Among the most important things I learned at my internship included:  

  • Working within revenue management and various commercial groups to creatively solve business problems by understanding business processes and airline economics to identify and implement solutions that will drive revenue performance
  • Defining and solving complex problems through quantitative analysis and analytical models, using operations research, statistics, machine learning, and forecasting techniques 
  • Building mathematical models, developing applications, and providing support to the business 
  • Structuring and delivering professional presentations and communications around complex topics targeted to varied audiences 

 

How have you approached networking at your internship? Share any one specific example that has been impactful for you. 

 

I approached networking by signing up for the company-wide mentorship program. One specific example included working with my mentor to build a Pricing optimization tool that automated a substantial part of manual pricing process configurations. 

 

What has been your biggest contribution to your team at your internship? Why? 

 

My most significant contribution to my team included defining new processes and best practices for our hypotheses formulation and designing tests to support business. I also leveraged statistics to evaluate tests that drove positive revenue decisions. My other contributions included participating in model design, prototype, model development, and model implementation. 

 

After this experience, what would you like to learn next? 

 

I want to get more involved in the Finance discipline to apply some of the skills I acquired in my graduate courses. 

 

For students having a difficult time finding an internship, what is one piece of advice you would give them? 

 

Utilize networking opportunities as much as possible by attending career events.




Connect with Rashid Ullah Khan, MS '22 on LinkedIn.


May 11, 2022

Students Working with the GCMC: An Alumnus Perspective


 

    Kamyar Rahnemoon, MBA Marketing, Management and Finance

    As a student and now alumnus of Zicklin School of Business, I jumped at the opportunity to engage with one of its invaluable resources, the GCMC! The team was always available and eager to help me build my career path. 
   
     Early on, I connected with Tanuja, who challenged me think more about what aspects of my job I enjoyed and why. Her goal was to help me understand what motivated me. As a result, I became more confident when asking for additional responsibilities at work and expressed more interest in learning about different facets of the organization. 
    
    Soon after graduation, I connected with Lindsey, who gave me valuable career advice and helped me understand my MBTI assessment. Lindsey helped me realize some of my true strengths and gave me real-world examples of how to apply them in a professional setting. I'm grateful for the opportunity to have connected with the team at GCMC and will always recommend students and alumni to reach out to them.

Connect with Kamyar Rehman on LinkedIn

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The GCMC offers Zicklin graduate students and alumni a suite of services that includes individualized career advisement and assessment, as well as strategic workshops and training to assist graduate students and alumni in building a career through personal branding, effective communication, and successful networking techniques. 

Our services span many areas including:

  • One-on-One Advising
  • Drop-In Advisement Sessions
  • Self-Assessment Tools
  • Mock Interviews
  • On-Campus Recruiting
  • Job Search Groups
  • Social Media Channels




April 28, 2022

Students Working with the GCMC: 2022 Baruch Virtual Tech Expo

Riad Rehman, MS Business Analytics, Data Analytics

Riad Rehman, MS Business Analytics, Data Analytics


I attended the Baruch Tech Expo on April 26, 2022. Over 10 firms from various data-intense sectors presented. The ratio of representatives-to-students was notably high. 

The event was comprised of 3 rounds of breakout sessions. Each session had 1-2 firms presenting. Each firm had 1-3 representatives present. 

The presenters were very engaging. Each presenter referenced roles that were actively hiring. A focus of the breakouts was getting into the details of the firms’ hiring process and what their hiring managers are looking for (e.g. certifications, relevant experience, demonstration of a passion in Business, etc.).

The Baruch Virtual Tech Expo was a great opportunity for students to learn exactly what firms are looking for today.

Connect with Riad Rehman on LinkedIn.

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The GCMC offers Zicklin graduate students and alumni a suite of services that includes individualized career advisement and assessment, as well as strategic workshops and training to assist graduate students and alumni in building a career through personal branding, effective communication, and successful networking techniques. 

Our services span many areas including:

  • One-on-One Advising
  • Drop-In Advisement Sessions
  • Self-Assessment Tools
  • Mock Interviews
  • On-Campus Recruiting
  • Job Search Groups
  • Social Media Channels