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Flag Football

I’m officially old. Intramural sports at Ohio State have always been my forte, until I realized, I’m old.

The business school students are playing in three different intramural football leagues this year: Competitive, Coed, and Casual.  With reading assignments piling up on me, applications due, boot camps, networking events, group meetings, and the search for a summer internship, I decided the Casual League was a better fit for my tight schedule.  I thought, “Intramural football- casual league, no problem!” I must have forgotten I am not a 19 year-old college kid with nothing to do but hit the gym.

Thursday was our first game of the season and our competition was just that, 19 year-old college kids who obviously had time to practice, run plays, and probably even watched footage from last year’s intramural games.  The game started out just like the Ohio State-Wisconsin game.  The other team scored quickly on their first drive, got an interception on our next drive, and it was all downhill from there.

We came out strong in the beginning of the second half and scored on our first drive, but our competition was just too young, too fast, and possibly too talented for us to handle.  We were down 20-some points as we approached the end of the game, grounds for a mercy.  Luckily, we were able to convince the other team to let us walk in the end-zone from 15 yards out so we could keep the game going and they could get the ball one more time.  This sounded like a great idea until their last drive resulted a 60-yard touchdown and two of our players getting injured.

We ended the game in good spirits, ready to get out there again next week to show the next set of young guns what we’re made of.  Hopefully, a few more people will come out though, having two subs is tough when six old men are trying to sub-out every other play.


Nestle Networking Event

Last Thursday night I attended the Nestle Networking Event downtown at the Elevator Brewing Company.  It was fun, informative, and everything I could have asked for out a recruiting event.  Nestle did a great job putting it together and it was nice to have an event off of Fisher’s campus.

The focus of this particular event was on marketing positions at Nestle.  More specifically, the aim was to use this opportunity to fill us in on their brand management program and at the same time check out potential candidates in an informal setting.

All three of the recruiters were recent Fisher grads who were eager to share their thoughts on the classes we were taking (read: professors), as well as detailed info about some of the projects they were involved in at Nestle and what we could expect if we came to work there.  They were genuinely interested in finding out about us, what our goals were, and they were kind enough to stay well after the event was over to talk with students.  They also organized a trivia game which turned out to be pretty fun and also helped everyone learn a little bit about all the different product offerings they have.

Several second-years who interned at Nestle last summer, all of whom received full-time offers to work there next year, were also in attendance and offered a lot of helpful insights into the company.

Overall, I was extremely impressed with the event.  It was very informative and it was easy to get around and talk to all the recruiters and second-years.  Admittedly, not every event at Fisher has been this much fun, but I think this was a great example of the high-caliber companies and networking events that we continually have access to here at Fisher.


Networking

We’ve all seen that guy, “the schmoozer”, that seems to be able to go up and talk to anyone in the room about anything.  We all stand back and wonder how he knows so many people and whether his type of networking is really all that important.

I’m here to tell you, it’s pretty important.  While it’s important to be genuine and not just talk to every recruiter in the room for the heck of it, it’s also very important to get out of your comfort zone and put yourself out there in a room full of potential employers.

One thing I’ve picked up since starting my MBA, is how serious Fisher is about networking.  We’ve already had several events to teach us how to improve our networking skills, and numerous other events that have given us the opportunity to use what we just learned in front of potential employers.

I recently spoke with someone at a tailgate outside of the ‘Shoe who worked as a successful consultant at Deloitte for a number of years, he told me,

“I’m not very smart, I just know a TON of people.  It’s all about who you know.”

We’ve all heard this idea countless times, and I think the meaning gets lost on all of us at some point.  But this idea continues to emphasize the importance of networking, he got to where he is today because of who he knows, not what he knows.

WHAT YOU CAN DO…

I know it’s tough to be on top of your game all of the time, but if you prepare you can make it much easier to step out of your comfort zone.  Here are a few points I picked up a couple weeks ago at The Conference and Networking Workshop:

  • Work on a 15-30 second pitch that includes you background and major selling points.
  • Research different companies you want to talk to at the event and develop informed questions.
  • Warm up with a few other companies before you talk to your #1.
  • Exude confidence and act like you deserve to be there.
  • In the end, don’t forget to exchange business cards and make a call to action.  Ask if they’re interviewing on campus or what the next steps are in the interview process.

If you get a chance before you come to Fisher, make a list of friends you know at companies you might want to work for.  Talk to them about their day-to-day, how they like working at their company, etc.  If you need to, perform informational interviews within companies you might be interested in.  The more you get done before you start classes the better, because spare time is hard to find.  Getting started on this will help you shape your career goals and the companies you want to work for, it might also help you identify key people to talk to in order to get an interview.  You never know how valuable a relationship might turn out to be, so go out and make some more connections.

OTHER OPTIONS…

Admittedly, I’m not the best networker out there, there are multiple ways to network though.  In the past when I was afraid of being that guy, I made sure to become friends with that guy.  My relationship with that guy (who happened to have a much bigger network than me) ultimately paid off in the form of a great marketing internship last summer.

I’d like to leave you with a quote by Goethe that I think really drives home the point about not knowing what might be around the next corner…

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream, you can begin it now.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”



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