I hope you all had a wonderful and restful break and that you are now energized and ready for the spring semester. For second years, hopefully you are taking some interesting courses and networking like crazy. I know that many of you already have job offers and quite a few have accepted. Congratulations! For those of you still in the hunt, we are all here and ready to help you finish your MBA successfully and find a great job! Please do not hesitate to use every resource available (CMC, faculty, staff and your own network). We are here for you!
For first years, you have survived your first semester of MBA school (even though you didn’t think you would)! You are hopefully eager to get started with a new set of courses (Information Technology Management, Macroeconomics and Operations) and to delve back into some old favorites (Quant, Finance and Marketing)!
For all of you, there are many exciting things to look forward to this semester. One is the Carolina Connection MBA fair coming up on Feb. 16. Lori Sykes has sent you information about this. Everybody looking for an internship or job should attend. First years – you do not have class on this day, so I definitely encourage you to attend!
One of the most exciting events coming up is the Marketing Summit. As you know, this year it is sponsored by IBM. Roger Beahm and the executive committee (Emily Willard, Marty Wilson and Ashley Stafford) are planning an extraordinary weekend for all of us! I know that many of you are involved in the host of jobs required to pull off this event. Have fun with it and make sure to make lots of good contacts while other students and executives are on campus. The summit will be here before you know it – Feb. 4-6.
But that’s not the only great event we’re hosting! The Healthcare Club will be hosting our first-ever Healthcare Conference on March 19-20. The conference will feature a newly created competition format with guest judges from companies like St. Jude, Dixon Hughes and SAS, as well as guest speakers addressing various healthcare related issues. Some of our sponsors include Aetna, Health Benefit Associates, Moses Cone and Baptist Hospital systems. The event will also include local community involvement as well as a fund raising effort for a health related non-profit. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information or any questions please email Peppi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our third big event for the year will be the Elevator Competition, to be held on March 26-27. This is also a signature event for the Graduate Schools of Business and many of you will be needed to help manage the competition. The event features a traditional business plan competition as well as a social entrepreneurship competition. I hope to see many of you involved.
Many other extracurricular activities are being planned including special speakers, speaker panels, career-related events and Wake Forest events. This promises to be an exciting semester, full of possibilities and experiences. I know it will be challenging to balance schoolwork, job search and extracurricular activities at the same time, but I am confident that your experience at Wake Forest so far has helped you develop some of the organization, prioritization and time management skills which will enable you to develop a well-balanced experience.
Finally, take a look here at what one of your classmates is saying about his first-year MBA experience.
I hope you are all excited to be back. Hopefully, you had some fun, some relaxation, and some time to network and focus on your career plan. I hope you have a wonderful semester. Your Student Affairs, CMC staff, faculty and administration are here to help you achieve your academic and career goals. Please do not hesitate to utilize all of the resources at your disposal.