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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.

A Gathering of Graduates: Master’s Focus

At A Gathering of Graduates: Master’s Focus, a panel of NYU graduate students from the Graduate Student Leadership Board spoke with a group of prospective and current graduate students. The panelists from SCPS, Gallatin and GSAS provided insight into both the process of applying to graduate school, as well as how to best utilize the resources as a graduate student at NYU.

Here are the main suggestions discussed at the event.

If you’re currently considering applying to graduate school:

Evaluate your long-term goals.

Since a graduate degree is a specialization, it is important to evaluate your long-term goals and how the degree would fit into them. Research the industries you are interested in to see whether jobs require graduate degrees and whether most professionals in that area attend graduate school right after an undergraduate program or, instead, work for several years first.

If you’re considering a gap year before attending graduate school, consider how you can make the best of the year off and how you will sell the benefits you gained from that year in the future.

Understand the requirements of the program, including for the GRE.

Although some programs do not require a standardized test score, if the program you are considering does require it, consider registering for a prep course to help prepare you for the test. Additionally, research whether the graduate program you are interested in weighs one section of the GRE more heavily than others. This will help you focus your studying on the section of the test most important for the admissions decision.

Research professionals in industries you are interested in.

LinkedIn and NYU Wasserman’s Mentor Network provide great opportunities to connect with professionals to learn about the path they took to get to their career today. Use these resources to see what steps you can take to get to your ideal career, including which graduate program and courses would be the most valuable.

If you’re currently studying in a graduate program at NYU:

Take advantage of New York City by volunteering or interning.

An internship or volunteer opportunity can provide invaluable experience that can help you in the classroom, such as by allowing you to bring insights from work into class discussions and assignments, and for obtaining full-time positions. Internship or job opportunities can be found on NYU CareerNet while volunteer opportunities can be found on NYUServiceConnect.

If available in your program, consider studying abroad at one of NYU’s global sites.

Studying abroad provides an excellent opportunity to live and study in another country. Additionally, studying internationally can give you a competitive edge when applying for jobs.

Understand how to market your degree.

Prepare your “elevator pitch” so that you know how to effectively market the skills you have learned in your graduate program. Networking is an important aspect of the job process, so understand how you want to sell what you have learned in graduate school.

If you missed this event, part two of A Gathering of Graduates is coming up on Friday, April 5th from 2-3PM. This event will feature a panel of doctoral students who will share their experiences and answer any questions you have about pursuing a doctorate degree. Be sure to RSVP for the event on NYU CareerNet!