Archive for September, 2013

Offer Accepted!

This past week I made a huge decision. I officially accepted my offer for full time employment with Texas Instruments. This means that as of summer 2014 I will be making a move to yet another state and starting my HR career with TI in Dallas, TX.

To give a bit of context to this situation, the MHRM program offers two tracks for students- (1) thesis or (2) internship. In the internship route students are expected to complete an internship or practicum during the summer between their first and second year. Students then enroll in a three credit hour course in the Fall of their second year, during which they complete a comprehensive paper detailing their experience as it relates to MHRM courses and their personal development. I selected this route, and interned this summer with Texas Instruments.

Instagram pic I snapped this summer while on TI’s campus

Let me get the obvious out of the way right now- yes it is the company that made the calculator that you probably used to get through all of your high school math classes. However, you might be surprised to learn that the calculator is less than 5% of TI’s business. In actuality, TI is a semiconductor company. TI creates and manufactures microprocessor chips and transistors that power and give functionality to all kinds of today’s technology.

This summer I worked as a Human Resources intern. During my thirteen weeks in Dallas I worked on multiple projects that spanned across many of TI’s business units. My projects touched staffing, training and development, global mobility, HR generalist work, and more. I worked with a range of TI’s employees from our engineers, to folks throughout HR, to VP’s from our CEO’s executive leadership team. The experience was more than I could have hoped for and I was thrilled to receive an offer to join TI’s Human Resource Development Program as a full time employee upon the completion of my master’s degree here at Fisher.

Now that I’ve accepted my offer and the pressure of finding a job is off the table, I’m looking forward to completing my final year of school and gathering as much knowledge and experience as possible to bring with me when I move down to Dallas to start work with Texas Instruments.


Decisions, Decisions

Even though it feels like classes just started, second term is only weeks away, and it is already almost time to schedule for spring semester. That means I need to start thinking about which track I will be specializing in: corporate finance, investment management, risk management, or real estate. Right now, my SMF classmates seem pretty evenly divided between corporate finance and investment management, with a handful of others pursuing risk management and real estate. I personally am still torn between the corporate and investment tracks. Not having a finance background, I think it will take me a bit longer to determine what jobs interest me, and into what categories those jobs fall.

Luckily for me and other students in a similar position, the SMF program is designed to help you find the right path. During the second term, which runs from mid-October until Winter Break, all of the SMF students are required to take Corporate I and Investments I, along with Leadership, Derivatives I, and Data Analysis II. This allows everyone to get a taste for the two main tracks and, from what I hear, I should know pretty quickly in which direction I am leaning.

However, if I still cannot make up my mind, I am sure the SMF faculty and staff will continue to be a great source of guidance. One piece of advice I have heard from several of our professors is to read—read the textbooks, read newspapers like The Wall Street Journal, and read magazines like The Economist. Then think back on what topics, industries, and companies caught my attention, what was I naturally drawn to, even if seems like a far-fetched career path. That could help point me towards not only a track within the SMF program, but also possible employers for the future. Because, after all, shouldn’t the end goal be to get not just any job, but a job I actually love?

Check out the full list of spring semester electives here!

 


Batter Up!

Just so that no one gets the wrong impressions that it is all work and no play around here, we do get chances on a regular basis to engage in a wide variety of activities outside of class and the career search.

For example, last Friday night was the first year vs. second year slow pitch softball game, organized by the Fisher social chair.  It was a fun, semi-competitive game, and a good chance to get to know other people from the program outside of the classroom setting.  The game was held at Fred Beekman park, a large sports complex with a variety of sports fields on West campus.

Even though people who attend top ranked MBA programs generally don’t like to lose so both teams wanted to win, everyone was still encouraged to play.  I hadn’t played softball since undergrad intramural leagues, which was some time ago, and still had a lot of fun participating and helping my team out.  Even though the weather wasn’t the most co-operative, the game was followed up with a cookout at fisher commons, where both teams and the spectators could enjoy some grilled food and beverages.

 It was really more about having fun and working on team skills with each other more than anything else.  If you think about it, those are valuable business skills to have, that are needed in the real world.  No one wants to work on a team with someone who has a bad attitude and isn’t willing to work with others in order to achieve goals. Also important is being able to clearly communicate among team members, as well as being able to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of team members, and then  leverage that knowledge to make the team stronger to achieve goals. I guess that is a sign that business school and interview season have started to sink in, that I can relate everything to transferable business skills.

Industry Tour- 31 Gift

 

Last Thursday our professor David Widdifield led us to a distribution center of 31 Gifts, a handbag and accessories manufacturer in Columbus.

Before that, we first had a guest speaker from KMH Systems, who presented to us about what they provided for their clients on solving supply chain problems. He gave us an idea about how to implement automation in supply chain and how to design a warehouse. 5 factors were brought out, which are space, layout, equipment, information systems, and management. Actually there are still a lot to learn. After that, we went to the distribution center near Easton, where it is more convenient to provide goods with flexibility and high-velocity.

When we arrived there, the chief operation manager welcomed us and gave us a brief introduction about their company. Ten years ago, 31 was formed with a goal of helping women by giving them an opportunity to own their own business. Around the corner of the meeting room, we could see a huge pink heart shape poster. The manager said they actually import materials from China originally,  and customize those semi-products into what the consumers want, to meet their own need. Also, they reduce the return percentage through quality control and good service. Then, he showed us the warehouse. Some pictures of the distribution center are shown below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The most amazing part is that they don’t have a lot of workers, instead they purchased automotive machine sewing and stitching machines. All they need to do is create designs according to the customers’ requirement.  They had a bunch of templates in their database, so that they could choose what they need easily. Then the machine could operate itself. As you can see below, usually, it takes 3 minutes to complete a whole design.

By applying automation, they could be able to reduce the cost and increase the profit, while improving the productivity.  At the same time, they could take the advantage of economy of scale. After they complete the manufacturing process, they continue the quality control process and handling them into different category according to different customers manually. As we could see in the picture, they record the whole process on the board in order to observe and improve the process.

After all these, they could sort them into several packages and ship them to different destination. We observed the whole process and have a general idea about how they operate. I still feel there is a lot to learn but I was able to gain more experience in the field.


Fisher Fall Career Fair!

Securing a job can seem like a daunting task, especially when you have to keep up with your classes in the Fisher MAcc program. However, doing some research before attending a career fair or campus recruiting event can really help in terms of making sure that you are prepared to speak with potential employers and current employees from companies that you are targeting. Additionally, it’s very helpful to have an “elevator pitch” prepared that highlights your strengths and sets you apart from your peers.

One of the first career fairs I attended at Ohio State was the Fisher Fall Career Fair which took place in the beginning of September.  As a graduate student in The Fisher College of Business, I found this fair particularly beneficial because I was able to get a feel for many of the companies that are hiring Fisher graduates. The employers in attendance ranged from public accounting firms to insurance agencies and almost everything in between. From my prior research I had an idea of the types of careers I was most interested in and attending this career fair allowed me to gain additional perspective on the types of opportunities available within different companies. By attending this event I was able to learn more about some companies that were hiring accounting graduates that I hadn’t previously thought of as potential employers.

 

Some of the Companies at the Fisher Fall Career Fair

 

 


Non-Accounting Background, Not a Problem-It’s all about Diversity

To start off, I want to back track a little and introduce myself. I was so excited to tell you all about the sites in the area in my first few posts, that I left out this little detail. My name is Sabah, and I received by undergraduate degree right here at Fisher with specializations in Finance, Risk Management and Insurance. So I must admit, I was slightly nervous coming into a Master of Accounting program having taken only a few basic accounting classes. But as time has passed, I have realized that I may have to work a little harder, but the material is very interesting, the professors are incredibly helpful, and the student body is very welcoming and friendly, so it hasn’t felt like I am missing much. In fact, chatting with the Director of MAcc Admissions and Recruiting, Rob Chabot, I learned that the Fisher College of Business prides itself on having a diverse MAcc class.

But you don’t just have to take my word for it. Here is some input from a few of my fellow classmates:

Yanchao Ma

Undergraduate Major: French, International Economics and Trade

First few weeks in the MAcc program: I definitely felt a little intimidated at the beginning of the MAcc program, worrying that I may not have as much accounting experience or knowledge as other students. But as time goes by and I become more familiar with the material, I become more confident of myself. I have also learned a lot from my classmates.

Yanchao’s Advice: My advice is to take advantage of every opportunity to learn, not only from professors but also from fellow classmates and to maintain a positive mindset.

Tyler Turner

Undergraduate Major: Bachelor of Arts in Music

First few weeks in the MAcc program: The first few weeks have been very busy and having career fairs and interviews not even a month after the start of classes has been more than a little overwhelming. But the experience so far has been great; the classes are interesting and the professors are wonderful. A couple professors told me that coming from a non-accounting background wouldn’t be much of an issue, and as skeptical as I was, it turns out they were right. The Pre-MAcc program* (accounting boot camp), as awful as it seemed at the time, was great preparation for the MAcc program.

*A fellow blogger, Victoria, wrote a great post a few weeks ago on the Pre-MAcc program. Read it here!*

Tyler’s Advice: The best advice I can give to students with similar situations is to use the resources that are available. And the best of those resources are the people. Get to know your professors, faculty and fellow classmates. Everybody involved with the MAcc program and Fisher want you to succeed and all of them are ready to help you in any way possible.

Mayuran Chandrakanthan

Undergraduate Major: Biology with a certificate in Entrepreneurship

First few weeks in the MAcc program: My first few weeks in the MAcc program have been extremely busy. I have had to spend some extra time learning the material because my background in accounting isn’t at the same level as some other people. I have enjoyed my first few weeks but I still think I think about accounting differently than many students. Many students accounting comes naturally but for me, I sometimes forget I’m an accounting student and try to solve problems using a different approach. Overall though, I feel as though my hard work will payoff in the long run.

Mayuran’s Advice: As long as you put your mind into being able to accomplish something you will be successful. Make a lot of friends, ask questions and get involved. If you want to be successful you will be successful.

Hope this information eases a few minds!

A big thank you to these MAcc students for taking the time to share their insights! Until next time, O-H…I-O!


The Big Decision: Tax or Accounting

Most accounting students know the two major areas of public accounting: Audit and tax. They probably also know the stereotypes associated with those jobs. Generally, audit involves traveling, a lot of client interaction and being on site. Tax, on the other hand, involves corporate tax preparation, researching tax law in the audit firm and tax planning. However, there are tax people who travel widely, shy audit associates and everything in between.

MAcc students in our business casual best

So why is it important to consider the “Tax or Audit?” question? Recruiters want to know your answer, and you meet then almost as soon as you step on campus. In addition to an informational panel with recruiters during the MAcc Career Foundation Seminar, there were two mixers before the first day of class. These events are great opportunities to ask questions about what it is like in each field. It can be hard to consider whether you want to do audit or tax at the same time you are starting the MAcc program if you do not have professional experience. Start thinking about it now. Do you click on news about recent tax changes, or get immensely bored trying to figure out if your student loan qualifies for a tax credit? Do you find “The Smartest Guys In The Room” fascinating, or could you care less about GAAS? Don’t choose a career path because you think your personality “fits” into one category or another. If you want the best of both worlds there are several smaller firms that require cross training for all entry level accountants. You can also apply for both tax and audit jobs at different firms, just not both within the same firm. Each career path can be challenging in different ways, both can offer great opportunities if you do your job well, and both can be rewarding. Most importantly, try not to over think it. Pick the area you find more interesting and go with it.


Bonding Time

Here is a photo of some of my classmates and I at the FisherServes volleyball tournament. We all contributed $5 to play in the tournament and it went to the charity of the winning team’s choice. It was a very fun and carefree event. There was music, pizza, and lots of laughter. I highly recommend getting involved with FisherServes. It is a community service based organization here at Fisher College of Business that connects all of the Fisher students and helps to strengthen our surrounding community. In the Spring there is the Fisher 5K and multiple events throughout the year, be sure to check out the website if you are interested.

Getting involved in organizations such as FisherServes is a great way to connect with classmates and to help strengthened friendships. It gives you a chance to bond outside of the classroom. Also, it never hurts to get involved because it is a great way to help build your resume as well. Being involved in many activities and working in teams is an awesome way to gain experience. As an MHRM student you will be working a lot in team environments so by actively participating in organizations such as this you are strengthening your skill set and having fun doesn’t sound too shabby! My advice get involved and have fun doing it :)

 


Art Museum Adventure

Hi All,

As the middle of the first term of Autumn Semester draws near, recruiting, midterm studying, and loads of group work have been taking most of our time. Today a few of us MAcc students decided to take a mini-break from work and head downtown to visit the Columbus Museum of Art and we thought you might like to join us on our trip!

Our adventure started by heading to the Student Union to pick up some free tickets. As a student at Ohio State you will have the opportunity to receive several discount tickets (abbreviated d-tix) for local attractions, theater shows, concerts, sporting events and much more (Tip-be sure to go pick-up tickets early in the week as unfortunately the union was all out of discount tickets on Saturday). But the silver lining was that we were still able to use our student ID’s to purchase discounted tickets at the museum for only $8. Another perk is that the museum offers free parking! And if you happen to visit on a Sunday, don’t even worry about picking up a d-tix because Sundays are free admission days.

After purchasing tickets, our real journey began as we entered the museum and walked through several rooms full of masterpieces. In fact, even the inside of the building looked like a piece of art. As we browsed the collections, we had the opportunity to tune into our creative sides by participating in a few hands on activities.

Puzzle piecing a painting

Trying our hand at drawing. What better subject than the Ohio State signature ‘O.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After about an hour we were unexpectedly surprised by an event that for us girls, became one of the highlights of the trip: A wedding right in the middle of the museum! The five of us couldn’t help but sneak a peek at the bride after her bridesmaids walked down the aisle to none other than, “Beauty and the Beast,” the theme song from the classic Disney movie.

As our exploration came to a close we decided to stop for a group picture at the entrance of the museum before heading back to hit the books.

Hope you enjoyed taking this little trip with us! Until next time…

Wish us luck on our Monday midterm!


OUAB in the Kitchen – Graduate/Professional Student Activities

OUAB in the kitchen – BBQ

Ohio State University has many entertaining offerings beyond the Fisher campus even for the serious, and seriously busy, graduate student. One can easily become absorbed in their own program and in the rigor of recruiting and academic work or research. It is acceptable and encouraged to engage in activities on and off campus. OUAB, The Ohio Union Activities Board, arranges events specifically for graduate and professional students. These events are timed appropriately for our programs and vary in area of interest and even location. OUAB has events ranging from Kickboxing to Happy Hour. Many events are exclusive to graduate/professional students. I chose my first OUAB event as the OUAB in the Kitchen – BBQ. OUAB has arranged a series of interactive cooking classes, in a variety of topics and cuisines, which allow the busy grad student to take a break, get to know people outside of their discipline, and to just participate in a fun campus activity.

Held in the lower level of the Ohio Union on campus the OUAB in the kitchen classes are taught by a well trained staff. Not the best at–home –chef? Not a big deal, the class is very fool proof. Ingredients are measured out for you and a combination of live demonstration along with personal help from the head and sous chefs and good old fashioned team work will keep you from ruining your meal. You get to eat what you cook and take home leftovers so this is a particularly delicious event to participate in, choose wisely though! In general, you are limited to 3 OUAB Kitchen classes per semester.  I chose to go to the BBQ class where we made BBQ chicken, jalapeno corn muffins, baked beans and banana cream pie.

My group consisted of graduate students from all disciplines and we had great time. My partner and I were in charge of making the banana cream pie and if I may say so, it was delicious!

 

Chef Marc was great. He helped us out, gave great tips, and made sure we did not ruin our dinner.  The room was full of lively conversation throughout the whole class and everyone was enjoying themselves. At the end of the class tables were pushed together and arranged with real china and silverware for a family style meal to enjoy the food that we had all cooked.

I would definitely encourage anyone to try and sign up for an OUAB in the kitchen event! You are even allowed to bring a non-student or non-graduate student guest as long as you register them along with yourself. In addition to guests there are some classes which are open to families and are kid-friendly. The popularity of these classes has led to an increase in topics, class times and overall number of events. Snatch up a spot while you can before the class fills up!

Click HERE to see a list of Graduate and Professional OUAB events for Fall 2013.


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