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MBA Q&A Recap

By: Indra Kar

On October 24th, the NYU Wasserman Center hosted a MBA Q&A Information Session. As a junior majoring in Economics, I was interested to see what the panelists had to offer regarding MBA admissions. There were five people on the panel:

Brian White, Assistant Director of MBA Admissions, NYU Stern

Liz Batsche, Current MBA Student, NYU Stern

Daniel Egan, Director of Energy and Sustainability, Vornado Realty (MBA CUNY)

Amy Leasca, Marketing Director, HBO (MBA Fordham)

It was a very informative program that was organized by Wasserman, and it was very helpful. There were three key takeaways from the seminar:

Essays and Recommendations are Important

Just like the college application process that we are familiar with, the MBA admissions process depends on factors other than GPA and standardized test scores. Both Brian White and Amy Leasca encouraged finding undergraduate professors and former mentors who would be willing to take the time to write very good recommendations.

Liz Batsche stated that applicants should be authentic when writing their essays because schools are looking for “the right fit.” And the essays provide outlets to demonstrate this “fit.” Daniel Egan provided a personal anecdote. He said that he was a liberal arts student in college at NYU where he majored in Metropolitan Studies which itself is not necessarily business-inclined. But he was still admitted into an MBA program of his choice. From his success, he recommended that applicants take advantage of their strengths and hone in on them in their application.

You Do Not Have to Apply While in College

All four panelists had prior work experience before entering an MBA program. Mr. Egan highly recommended a break between the end of undergraduate school and the beginning of MBA school. For him specifically, he worked in real estate for a few years after graduating from college at NYU. He didn’t start attending the MBA program at CUNY-Baruch until five years after he graduated from NYU. And he said that he was very happy he took the time off. Mr. Egan chose to apply to CUNY-Baruch’s real estate program because he was very interested in that industry.

Mr. White, who works for NYU Stern’s MBA admissions department, also worked for a few years before he attended Stern. He said that the majority applicants for a number of concentrations have at least a year of work experience. So it may actually be in the best interest of the applicant to take time off after college and gain work experience.

Ms. Leasca only applied to Fordham’s MBA school which she would eventually attend and graduate from. However, she regretted only applying to one school. Her advice was to apply to a few schools because it is important to see what different schools have to offer. If students take a year or two off before applying, they will have those years to fully research MBA programs and figure out which ones are best for them.

Networking and Campus Visits are Very Helpful

We know that having connections with the right people can help someone land a job. It can also help your chances of admission to a top MBA school.

 All of the panelists emphasized that a campus visit is a great way to network with current students and admissions officers. Mr. Egan commented on how this skill is important even when you are already attending MBA school. The reason is that connections can become your “lifelines” when the nature of an industry changes. And you don’t know when a particular industry will go through these changes, so you need a safety net of people in case your department unexpectedly becomes down-sized.

MBA Q&A This Thursday, 10/24

Find the answers to questions like: What can I get out of an MBA? Should I apply to an MBA program right after getting an undergraduate degree? How can I prepare for admission? An MBA admissions representative from NYU Stern plus current and recent MBA students will answer any questions you may have. Click on Career Net to register.

Participants Include:

Brian White, Assistant Director of MBA Admissions, NYU Stern
Liz Batsche, Current NYU Stern MBA Student
Daniel Egan, Director of Energy and Sustainability for Vornado Realty (MBA CUNY)
Amy Leasca, Marketing Director, HBO (MBA Fordham)

Select Bios:

Brian White is an Assistant Director of MBA Admissions at NYU Stern. He received his BA from Colgate University with a concentration in geology. Prior to working at NYU Stern, Brian worked on research with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and as a staff geologist with Roux Associates, a private environmental consulting firm. At the NYU Stern Admissions Office, he is a member of their marketing team and works specifically with military veterans and international students. Brian received his MA in Higher Education and Student Personnel Administration from NYU Steinhardt and is currently completing his MBA from the NYU Stern Langone Part-time MBA program.

Liz Batsche is currently in her second year as an MBA student at the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business. She graduated from the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University in 2007 with a B.S. in Finance. Prior to Stern, Liz was an investment banker, most recently at Jefferies & Co. in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is involved in multiple roles at Stern, including: VP of Marketing & Social Media for the GMA, VP of Admissions for the Luxury and Retail Club, VP of Corporate Relations for Cellar (Wine & Spirits Club), Co-Chair of Follies, a columnist for the Stern Opportunity and a very enthusiastic leader for Block 3.  During her first semester, she was part of a team that completed a marketing consulting project for Brenne, a French whisky. During the spring semester, Liz had an internship at EVR NYC, a new club, lounge and restaurant in NYC’s Empire District. Her projects consisted of marketing and social media strategies for the new venue. This summer, Liz had a 10-week MBA Marketing Internship at Diageo working on a luxury strategy for CÎROC Ultra Premium Vodka. She will be returning to Diageo full-time after she graduates in May 2014.

Dan Eagan is the Director of Energy and Sustainability for Vornado Realty Trust’s New York division. Vornado is a fully diversified publicly traded REIT, and owns and manages 100 million square feet of real estate nationwide. Dan oversees Vornado’s sustainability program, which combines environmental, fiscal and social responsibility for over 20 MSF of Class A buildings in Manhattan. In addition to his work in sustainability, Dan manages budgets for over $90 million in annual utility costs. Special projects under Dan’s jurisdiction include all LEED and Energy Star affiliated programs, as well as any legislative matters relating to Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC 2030 program. Of particular importance is Dan’s managing of Vornado’s Energy Efficiency Capital Improvement fund, which executes projects with targeted energy reduction goals. Prior to Vornado, Dan was a property manager with Grubb and Ellis in northern New Jersey. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Metropolitan Studies from NYU and his MBA from CUNY with a concentration in Real Estate and Finance.

Amy Leasca is a media marketing professional with 9 years of experience, spending the majority of her career at HBO. Amy is currently a Marketing Director in HBO’s Domestic Network Distribution group, managing marketing activity in partnership with the networks largest cable distributors. Amy engages with partners on everything from traditional subscriber driven marketing campaigns to integrated co-branded experiences, including the Game of Thrones Season 3 pop-up exhibit – Game of Thrones the Exhibition, held in New York City. Amy earned her B.S in Business Management and Marketing from the University of Rhode Island and her MBA from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business.

Attire for Successful Hire

You’ve heard it before: you only get one chance to make a good first impression, dress for success, dress for the job you want not the one you have. Here at the NYU Wasserman Center, we cannot emphasize enough the importance to dress professionally for your interview. Business formal is essential for interviews and company presentations.

Regardless of the work environment, interviews are professional meetings. Professional attire not only supports your appearance, but also demonstrates that you take the interview process seriously and it compliments the person interviewing you. Employers do take notice of your attire and it does factor in to your overall performance. For ideas and inspiration of professional attire, please visit the NYU Wasserman “Dress for Success” Pinterest pages.

For Him:

  • Suit: A suit looks polished and makes you look professional. To avoid looking sloppy, make sure your suit is tailored. The proper fit is key!
  • Tie: A tie pulls your outfit together while allowing you to express some personality.
  • Socks: Wear dark dress socks, no athletic socks. Mid-calf length is best for interviews so when you sit no skin is visible.
  • Shoes: Dress shoes. Shoes should be cleaned and polished so you are ready to shine.

For Her:

  • Suit: Women should wear a pants suit, a skirt, or a business formal dress. Make sure that your outfit isn’t too snug or that your pants aren’t too long. Skirt or dress should be at knee length.
  • Shirt: Blouses or button down shirts should be solid in color. Patterns can be busy and distracting during an interview. If you choose to wear all black, try to add a pop of color to add some personality.
  • Hosiery: Hosiery should always be worn on an interview. Try to stick to black or nude and avoid prints.
  • Shoes: Closed toed shoes are most professional for an interview. Avoid extreme styles or heights. Also, make sure that you are able to walk comfortably in your shoes!

Grooming and Finishing Touches:

  • Hair: Should be clean, combed and neat
  • Hands: Make sure you have clean hands, especially during the flu season!
  • Smell: Use perfume and/or cologne modestly.
  • Portfolio: Always have on you a professional portfolio. Backpacks and briefcases are bulky.

Mirror Check:

Try on your outfit before hand to ensure everything fits properly, looks neat, and, most importantly, looks professional.

Join us at the NYU Wasserman for Attire for Successful Hire
February 5th, 2013 | 5 PM to 7 PM| Sponsored by our Peers in Careers

Don’t let the wrong outfit cost you the job! Join our Peers in Careers and representatives from Macy’s as they offer fashion advice and showcase professional clothing trends. Learn to decode terms like “business casual,” and figure out how to add flair to your professional wardrobe. First 50 attendees will receive a Macy’s gift bag. All attendees will be entered into a FREE raffle. Free food and drinks!

RSVP through your NYU CareerNet account.

Attention Liberal Arts Students: Business Boot Camp Registration is Live!

Applications for the Business Boot Camp are due November 12, 2012. Apply via NYU CareerNet (Job ID #862479). Business Boot Camp is held on Thursday and Friday, January 24-25, 2013.

Polish your shoes, tuck in your shirt, and print your résumé, Business Boot Camp for Liberal Arts Students applications are now available!

This two-day business career exploration conference will feature ways to market your Liberal Arts degree in the business world and will give students a “basic training” in the lingo of the corporate realm. This boot camp is designed specifically for Liberal Arts students, and will provide students industry knowledge, exposure to corporate career paths, and an understanding of current trends in the business world – everything you’ll need to take the working world by storm!