Similar to most business schools across the nation, Fisher frequently brings many executive speakers to campus to speak to MBAs about their experiences and knowledge of the current business environment. The speakers are frequently from various industries and their experiences and education vary dramatically. Last week, the graduate programs office at Fisher helped bring in a great speaker, Jodi Glickman.
Jodi has experience in many different industries and brought that knowledge to Fisher to help us learn how to succeed during our summer internships. Her experience ranges from the Peace Corps to Goldman Sachs and to writing her latest book, Great on the Job: What To Say, How To Say It, The Secrets Of Getting Ahead.
The majority of what Jodi related to us was based around some of the important points of her book, as well as her experiences in the corporate world. She did a great job at helping all of us first year MBAs, understand what types of communication will succeed during a typical summer internship. Some of the main points that I took away from Jodi’s presentation are as follows:
Speak Up – Jodi related an interesting story about an MBA intern that was very well liked at Goldman Sachs during his summer. He worked hard and everyone knew his name. Unfortunately, he didn’t receive an offer. Why? Because he didn’t work on any assignments or projects that could be used for senior management and partners to measure his potential. The moral of the story was that he should have taken initiative and asked for a difficult assignment that would truly showcase his skills and talents.
Soft Skills Matter – Jodi started the session by asking the audience what it would take to receive a job offer from a summer internship. She listed a few of the remarks from the audience, and then she noted what they all had in common: communication. She followed up her point by asking about some of the worst bosses we have ever known or had. They weren’t classified as bad bosses because of technical errors or a lack of knowledge. The reasons were all centered on communication and management of people.
Get An Offer - Jodi was adamant that the most important thing that an intern do is to receive an internship offer. Even if the intern doesn’t want to work for the company they interned with, it is important for them to receive an offer. Recruiters will want to know why an intern didn’t receive an offer. That could lead to an awkward moment for the interviewee. The main key to her presentation was that interns need to do their best to get an offer.
At the end of her presentation we were awarded with copies of her book, Great on the Job. I am looking forward to reading her book and implementing her advice this summer during my internship.