If there is one thing I learned in my first year of the MLHR program, is the importance of building relationships. Throughout our careers, we are going to be subject to hundreds of networking events. Some good, some not so good. In my personal experience, however, the relationships you build here at Fisher are going to last a lifetime.
Grad school is an influential part of our lives and can in some way even define who we are. That first day of classes, when we go around the room and do introductions, you may find people you have things in common with, and you may find people who have life experiences very foreign to your own.
My advice to incoming first years, don’t dismiss this. Take a valid interest in getting to know each and every one of your classmates. Everyone has something to offer. Part of this will come with time through the countless group projects. Others will be social contacts.
My point is, give it some heart. Genuinely care about what people have to say and don’t dismiss new thoughts and ideas. Yes in grad school we are learning course material, but more so, we are learning how to be high performance individuals.
Don’t forget: second year students, professors, and other faculty and staff are invaluable resources. For first years, when you are hunting for internships, and for alumni when you are looking for new positions, the people you get to know at Fisher will always be there.
Get to know them!
Welcome, to my blog!
Well, it has been hell of a time! Almost 3 weeks now in the US, things have been great. First of all the MBA 2011 finished their ‘orientation’ last week, which I hope was summed up by the background song played through a video showing stills from the Summit Vision, ‘I don’t scare easy’. I guess Prof. Wruck had a message in there.
Summit vision camp:
- Weeeeaaah! Thats what most people sang the whole day zipping and jumping and falling from great heights.
- Brought the teams closer, nothing better to build trust than to just put your life in someone’s (or the 5-6 odd people trying to lift you and pass you through the smallest of webs) hands and exploring life beyond the ‘zone of comfort’.
- All in all great fun, never thought would have zip-lined or jumped off the ledge on the giant swing.
Consulting Boot Camp:
- Really covered all there is to consulting in depth and had industry perspective.
- Good networking opportunity.
- Had 2 amazing sessions with great professors. Prof. Barney and his hot-dog business, you have to have to try a hot-dog at Barney’s. And what can I say about our mission impossible man Prof. Ogelvee. Talk about being creative, one of the best presentations I have ever seen.
New year’s party:
- Full of fun.
- Lots of alcohol.
- Met one of the most intriguing personalities that you can meet on any given day. A frenchman who taught ‘english’ in China, talk about being cosmopolitan.
Well, that was all last week. This week started with pages and pages of reading to be done before classes begin tomorrow. I had to actually spend over 3 hours to make sure my schedule was in place and I didn’t miss anything important. The iPhone comes in handy again. (FYI: I am unofficial salesman for Apple, you’ll hear more soon enough).
The quarter starts tomorrow and I am very excited. Over the course of the quarter I’ll be sharing my perspective on life at Fisher, so stay tuned.