Despite the short week we had, our Wednesday meeting was full of life, laughter, and insightful advice. Marketing Society welcomed members of the Graduate Marketing Association (GMA), who are students in the Stern MBA program. Dan, Christina, Stacy, and Beth talked to us about their backgrounds, reasons for getting an MBA, and gave us their honest opinions about what life is like after college, while Jacqueline moderated.
Dan is currently a second year MBA student studying Marketing, Finance, and Strategy. He decided to get an MBA once he realized that he couldn’t do what he really loved in marketing without a higher level degree. Once he receives his degree, he will be working at Colgate doing brand management.
Christina is also a second year MBA student who worked at a digital media start-up company after college. This past summer she worked at L’Oreal, but accepted a full time consulting job at PWC that she will be starting after graduation. She believes that MBAs have more of a purpose because they are meant to help you build a career and focus you in on what you really love to do.
Stacy is a first year MBA student who went to a small liberal arts college and majored in psychology for undergrad. She thinks that an MBA opens so many doors for you in marketing. She will be the GMA President next year and also mentors one of our Marketing Society members!
Beth is the current GMA President and also a second year MBA student studying Marketing and Social Impact. Beth also majored in psychology in undergrad but has held a myriad of jobs between undergrad and grad school. This past summer, Beth worked at Unilever on the Dove brand doing brand management, however she is pursuing brand strategy.
Best thing about returning to school:
Dan- the big chunks of time off between semesters; allows you to travel and gain a global perspective
Christina- being surrounded by smart people all of the time
Stacy- you don’t have to tell your GPA in interviews
Beth- there is so much opportunity (especially at Stern)
Best thing about working:
· Getting structured and organized (having a routine)
· Getting a paycheck
· Doing what you love
· Learning everyday
· Don’t discount things if they don’t fit your criteria
· Don’t get stuck on a particular industry
· Take advantage of your freshness and the fact that you are young and new in the working world
· Use your network
· Work before going back to school to gain some real life experience
· Talk to a lot of people
· Take a politics class (Power and Politics is offered to undergraduates)
· Be nice to everyone you meet
If you are ever interested in talking to someone from the Graduate Marketing Association, email email@example.com and they will get you in contact will someone.
You won’t want to miss this week’s meetings! Tomorrow’s Adversary will be all about Health & Wellness!
ADversary: Mondays, Tisch UC-19 12:30pm
Regular Meetings: Wednesdays, Tisch UC-04 12:30pm