It’s Intern (interview) Season!

You know how a lot of companies hire interns for the summer? I’ve heard it referred to more often than not as “intern season” meaning all of these clueless naive interns who are excited about dressing professionally swarm the office and try to schmooze with as many people as they can.

Well I am going to say that it is intern season here at Fisher within the MLHR program but I don’t mean it the way it is usually meant.  By intern season here I mean ’tis the season to be figuring out how to use our only semi-user friendly online job search system FisherConnect.  Great resource, don’t get me wrong, but navigating it takes some getting used to.  It also means that once you have figured out how to navigate FisherConnect you get to find out what companies are recruiting on campus, what they are recruiting for, and how to submit your resume to them in the hopes that they select you for an interview.

After you’ve done all that you sit back and wait for a bit and then the emails come rolling in.  And by rolling I mean that I have only gotten three so far. The subject email always has a generic tag line so it isn’t until you open the email that you find out if you have been chosen to interview.  I did receive two acceptances and one decline (can’t win them all..) and was euphoric for all of two minutes until I realized that I actually have to sit down and talk with these companies and explain to them how absolutely amazing and talented I am and they should hire me.  It’s probably a good idea if I spend some quality time on their company website as well.

(p.s. I am not even getting into all of the informational sessions and meet and greets held by companies…yet another opportunity to talk about how awesome you are! What great confidence boosters…but really they will be helpful and I’m glad for the opportunity)

In addition to all of this, you’re trying to balance classes, group projects and reading (which has been reasonable so far)…..this all adds up to a lot of crazy stressed nutjob students running around campus talking about the core values of a company next minute to the glory and wonder of statistics the next.

So to sum it up…yes I am busy with classes and preparing for 2 interviews that I know of so far next week plus attending three different career events.  Busy but well worth it once I get a great summer internship! Hooray for intern season!

How Far Are We From Med School?

Obviously, the title doesn’t mean the physical distance between Ohio State’s med school and Fisher.

Last Tuesday I attended a Fisher Hub event–MIT Global Broadcast. Audience watched a lecture give by a MIT professor on his biotechnology research and, more importantly, how his ideas and products were commercialized. The topic involved networking among various fields, lots of which are between science and business. Besides the business terms and concepts I am familiar with, waves of scientific terminology stroke me. I was glad that my grades in science were not bad and I still remember most of the knowledge, otherwise it would be very hard for me to understand a significant portion of the lecture.

All these things lighted a bulb in my head.

I believe very few graduate students at Fisher think about getting to med school afterwards. Many of us may not touch anything in science because we think that’s “not our business”. But, are we really saying “Goodbye” to all other subjects after we confirm our career path in business?

Same Tuesday, at the MAcc Boot Camp, a partner from one of the large public accounting firms gave a presentation. When asked his opinion on how the economy would affect job markets in these coming years, he said, “I am not sure, but if you know the European history well, you might expect similar situation like what the European countries experienced.”

“If you know the European history well”, we can forecast future economic environment! Right, this was what my history teacher told me in high school, but when and how did I begin to forget all of these?

Everything is related to business. Medical technology is, history is, computer science is, art is, everything is! So my Fisher fellows, once we are in Fisher, we are not saying “Goodbye” to any other fields. Say “Hello”!

Upcoming events for WPMBA

I considered several other part-time MBA programs in the area.  One area that surprised me is the level of involvement and number of additional activities available for students like me .  Here is a list of upcoming events available to working Professional MBA’s for just this quarter!

October 1st MBA Networking Event: 15 Companies Represented 7:00pm – 9:00pm
October 4th Fisher Potluck Picnic 11:30am – 2:00pm
October 5th Fisher Professional  Serves Kick- Off Lu nc/i 12:30pm — 1:30pm
October 5th Chinese Business Assoc. Mid-Autumn Day Celebration 12:30pm – 1:30pm
October 7th How to Networking Using Linked-In 12:30pm — 1:30pm
October 7th MBA Marketing Assoc: Brand Management Speaker 12:30pm — 1:30pm
October 8th Cuilman Exec Lunch: Jason B. Jones, VP, Lockton Companies 12:30pm – 1:30pm
October 13th Evening Professionals Town Hall Meeting 5:15pm – 6:00pm
October 14th Innovation Fisher Kick- Off Meeting 12:30pm – 1:30pm
October 20th Google VP of Finance: Business Performance Management 12:30pm – 1:30pm
October 2Ot Evening at Limited Brands 5:30pm – 9:00pm
October 22d Thermo Fisher Scientific Sr. VP Info Session 12:30pm – 1:30pm
October 28th1 Warren Buffett Trip Info Session 5:15pm – 5:45pm
November 12th International Speaker: William Fetter 12:30pm — 1:30pm
November 13th Job Hunt and career Design: Daniel Porot 8:30am – 1:00pm
November 13th Deloitte Case Interviewing Workshop 1:30pm – 4:00pm
November 1 6 Alumni Relations Brown Bag Lunch 12:30pm – 1:30pm
November 1 6th International Speaker: Tom Heilman 12:30pm – 1:30pm
November 20th Fisher Winter Games 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Hopefully the program director for these programs will gain enough resources to podcast or stream some of these events so working professionals can actually benefit from them!!!!

Stamp the Last Item of Your Checklist

Once class started, time just flew by. How many items on your checklist (the one that I suggested) are accomplished? Let me check mine!

Year of school established—-checked; Buckeye T-shirt—-checked; watch a football game at the stadium—-(I see the light!) half checked; learn to sing Carmen Ohio—-I did! Checked!

So here comes the last item I left open in my previous entry, “know why our colors are Scarlet and Gray”. If you haven’t found the answer in the library, take out your stamp now, and ready? Here’s the answer:

Library
Original pieces of the Scarlet and Gray ribbons.

The colors of Scarlet and Gray were selected in 1878, before the Ohio State University’s very first commencement. According to the library’s exhibition, “In 1878, the first graduating class wanted ribbons to decorate and to tie their diplomas. A student committee visited a local store, Lazarus, compared ribbons of different colors, and selected orange and black! When the students learned those were the colors of Princeton, they returned and selected scarlet and gray instead, simply because the colors were pleasing and represented no other institution.”

The Wake-Up Call From The National Black MBA Conference 2009

So our first week of classes ended last Thursday, and I was hoping to get a break to relax after a very grueling 2 days of classes. Instead, I immediately hoped on a plane with 10 other first year students to fly to New Orleans for the 31st annual National Black MBA Conference. The National Black MBA Conference has a multifaceted mission, which you can discover from their website, but my main mission was to start networking and try to find a internship for this summer. The most surprising thing I learned, was that, wow! finding an internship was going to be a little harder than I thought! The conference really put into perspective how competitive the MBA job space was. Although there were more than 400 corporate sponsors and recruiters, over the course of the conference, about 5,000 MBAs were rambling through the career fair (you can find other conference statistics here). Especially when you got to very desirable companies like Disney, Microsoft and Ogilvy, the lines to wait to talk to a recruiter could stretch beyond a half hour. And when you did get to talk to a recruiter there was a varied mix of responses ranging from  people who were very interested in your career goals, people who wanted to just run through your resume, people who wanted to just direct you to their company’s career website and people who were actually doing on the spot first-round interviews. I felt mostly though that the Conference’s career fair was quite a wake-up call/ reality check that just handing out your resume is not enough, especially when it is sitting on a mixed off-white, cream, eggshell white pile of 500 other resumes. The rest of the conference besides the career fair was fun too, and New Orleans was a very fun city, with lots to see and do, all in all a very worth while experience, although running on 4 hours of sleep 4 days in a row is very hard! Can’t wait for next year’s NBMBAA Conference in Los Angeles!

On the other side of the table

I’m teaching a course this year called “Applied Business Skills and the Environment of Business” or BA499 as Ohio State calls it. Every business major has to go through it and some students refer to it as “Public Speaking 101.” The course focuses on three key areas: 1. team building skills, 2. communication/presentation skills, and 3. ethics/corporate social responsibility. So far it’s gone well, but it has really made me appreciate my professors a lot more.

To start with, it’s a LOT of work. For every hour that I teach, I probably spend four outside of the classroom preparing, grading, meeting, or emailing. And everything takes a long time with forty students. The first class was a little intimidating with forty students just sitting there waiting for you to make a move. I’m just glad that the course material is interesting and that I have a lot of experience/interest in team building and public speaking. I guess I could be teaching accounting. Or worse yet, statistics.

I did have an “I’m getting old” moment though when one of my students emailed me last night. I subsequently told them all today to call me “Mike,” instead of “Mr. Hrostoski,” which got a little chuckle from the group. It’s funny how much better it feels up there when they’re laughing.

So far it’s going pretty well, but we’ll see how happy they are when they get back their first grades on Wednesday.

Mike ^_^

Applied Business Skills and the Environment of Business

I Suppose Public Speaking isn’t THAT Scary

The MLHR program requires many group projects and a lot of speaking in front of the class.  Public speaking is something that I am terrified of.  I don’t know why.  There really is no logic behind being afraid of speaking in front of people.  I keep trying to remind myself that I have done many other things in my life that are much more scary than public speaking, such as scuba diving.  Possibly getting eaten by a shark or separated from my group at 100 feet while scuba diving should cause me more fear than speaking in front of a group of my peers.  Well, that is not the case!

I expressed my fear of speaking in front of a group to one of my classmates who is a Teaching Assistant and she immediately said, “Come speak in front of my class on Monday.”  Initially I wanted to say no, but I realized that she was offering me a great opportunity to practice in front of a group of students who I will most likely never see again.  So, I agreed.

I did a short presentation on my Myers Briggs personality test results in front of her class this morning.  I was definitely terrified and I shook the entire time, but that really was the worst of it.  I am so thankful to my classmate for giving me the opportunity to practice speaking in front of her students and allowing me to face my fear head on.  It will only get easier from here!

So you might be asking yourself, who is this character?

Well, let me tell you!

You can call me Stacey, Stace, “hey you”, or that crazy car lady – they all will probably get a response 🙂

Where I’m from: I grew up in Southeast Michigan (pause for boo-ing).

What I did in school: I went to Michigan State University for a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, and then stuck around an extra year to get an M.S. in Manufacturing & Engineering Management. I graduated in 2007, and moved to Columbus for a job with Owens Corning.

Where I’ve worked:

  • Pizza Hut – server
  • Mama Mia’s – server
  • Mrs. Fields Cookies – cashier/counter service
  • The Limited – retail associate
  • Oakland Community College – math tutor
  • Architectural Painting, Inc – painter of multi-million dollar homes, businesses and warehouses
  • Michigan State University – undergrad researcher in the chemical engineering and materials science engineering departments
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology – undergrad researcher in the chemical engineering department
  • Prime Housing Group – maintenance (drywall repair, carpet removal, painting, etc)
  • Owens Corning – manufacturing engineer, furnace engineer

“Fun” facts:

  • I LOVE cars… especially mine. If it has a V8 or three pedals, chances are I want to drive it.
My project car, the '87 Lincoln Towncar
My project car, the ’87 Lincoln Towncar
Ah yes, the new motor. What a beautiful sight.
Ah yes, the new motor. What a beautiful sight.
  • I have guinea pigs – four of them! They are my own version of Animal Planet.
    The oldest guinea pig, he's almost 6.
    The oldest guinea pig, he's almost 6.
    The second oldest, named for a materials scientist.
    The second oldest, named for a materials scientist.
    The second youngest, also known as "the spaz"
    The second youngest, also known as "the spaz"

    The youngest pig, a little bit of a devil.
    The youngest pig, a little bit of a devil.
  • I have a weakness for frozen, caffeinated beverages.
  • My favorite times of year are when the leaves change color, and when there’s a fresh coat of ice on the trees – so beautiful.

My goals for this blog:

  • To give you all a perspective of an “outsider” and an “insider”. I’ve lived and worked in four different states, so I have some ability to make realistic comparisons.
  • To provide some comedic relief! I am a firm believer in the “you must enjoy what you’re doing” philosophy!
  • To get prospective students excited about the opportunities that Fisher, and the OSU community as a whole, can offer them.

Enjoy!

Some ideas for expeditions for those new to C-bus

Even though I’ve been living in metro-Columbus for the past two years, there are ALWAYS new, exciting things to do! Let me give you some examples:

1. The Chihuly exhibit at Franklin Park Conservatory, which goes through November. Dale Chihuly and his studio members create some of the most beautiful glass objects in existence (in my humble opinion)! There are currently THREE separate exhibits of his work in Columbus – it’s hard to believe he’s not a Columbus native! There’s the exhibit at the Conservatory, one at the Columbus Museum of Art, and one at the Hawk Gallery. Check out some of the pictures of his works.

Ceiling of Chihuly glass

The Blue and Purple Boat

Blue Grass

Beautiful Flower

2. Shadowbox – a sketch comedy/live rock&roll club. This place is absolutely a blast – I’ve been with co-workers, friends, even my mother – and everyone has a great time. It’s composed of a very talented group of singers, actors, comedians, etc that perform cover songs, original music, and some of the funniest live sketch comedy around. As a bonus – they have student discounts! Located at Easton, it’s only a 15 – 20 minute drive from campus. Definitely worth checking out on a Friday or Saturday.

3. Gallery Hop in the Short North. This occurs the first Saturday of every month. There are lots of local artists and artisans selling their wares, along with free food and wine at some of the galleries. Personally, one of my favorite parts of the Gallery Hop is the people-watching!

4. The North Market. This somewhat hidden gem is in the Arena District. It’s a great place to peruse on the weekends – try some free samples of all kinds of cheeses, enjoy Jeni’s ice cream, sushi, all kinds of wild game, and much much more!

5. Dawes Arboretum – the home of the giant hedge! This park is in Newark, which is about 45 minutes east of Columbus. Admission is free. Many people take senior pictures and wedding photos here; once you visit, you will understand why! It’s a great place for a walk, a run, or a picnic dinner.

Dawe's Arboretum

6. The Longaberger headquarters and homestead. Also on the east side of Columbus, the Longaberger headquarters brings to mind the phrase “going to hell in a handbasket”…. Check out the picture to see why. This is a fun daytrip – tour the HQ, and check out the homestead.

Longaberger

7. Scioto Downs – live harness racing, a short drive southwest of Columbus. A fun time can be had here, although don’t aim to strike it rich!

Scioto Downs

Anyone else have any other “hidden treasures” they recommend to C-bus newbies??

They asked me – “how can we help you ?”

The whole community of Fisher is very supportive and encouraging. The first three weeks were an orientation period where we got a dash of Fisher.

The moment I entered into the campus, I felt like family. In the classes, in the elevator, in the library everywhere there is someone reaching out to help. Everyday is a new and exciting day and miracles can happen anywhere around ‘Fisher’.

sneetches

Organizational Learning

There are world-class scholars who teach, research, and consult with companies around the globe.I am so impressed by their depth of knowledge. They can inspire best practices in management by connecting the dots from Chris Argyris to Dr Suess and making it extremely lucid and natural.

Fisher alumni are  spanning industries and functions throughout the world—effective leaders from all walks of life who can network, advise, and guide us throughout life.

In the orientation session , we met so many smart people. CEO of billion dollar companies, Finance Professionals, Marketing managers, Operations specialists,entrepreneurs and so many practicing business leaders. We got hands on practical insights from different industry.

SummitVision

My classmates are amazing people. They are the best of the best but still they are so easy and humble. They have stories from their life that can lift the dead from the grave and help them live life full throttle.They are the 24/7 , free, trustworthy, powerful support system. The above group picture was taken during  the Summit Vision Outdoor Adventure where we were taken into the woods and were exposed to various challenges. We conquered these obstacles in teams and in the process learned from one another. It was truly fun.

In the orientation period, we were also introduced to the Fisher’s capable and ever-reaching Career Management Team. They know their job well. They work with the candidates regularly to equip them with the necessary skills to make the difference.

DSC02738Housed in Gerlach Hall on the Fisher campus, there is a artwork called ‘People Go to Work‘ by Ruth King. It  symbolizes what we at Fisher believe—that one can successfully wear many hats during one’s career. Daringly, the hat that I am dreaming of is a bit stretched for my head, but I am sure that by the time I come out of this program, Fisher will equip me to handle it brilliantly.