MBA Students Trek Around the Globe Exploring Career Options

November 30, 2011

MBA students at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business recently spent a week-long break between classes traveling domestically and internationally to network and learn about specific industries through Career Treks.
Whether learning about energy or consulting in Washington, finance on Wall Street, marketing along the East Coast, or opportunities in Dubai, Hong Kong, or Madrid, students had the opportunity to interact with business leaders and network with Georgetown alumni within each community. Some even secured job interviews and job offers during the treks.
A group of students interested in working in Spain spent five days in Madrid visiting with CEOs, presidents, general managers, and board members from such companies as BBVA, Telefonica, Ferrovial, Sacyr, Tecnicas Reunidas, PwC, Santander Financial City, Indra, Gamesa, and GMV. The week also included a social dinner with Alberto Parrondo, president of Thales Spain.
"We had the opportunity to explore companies from a very top and strategic perspective," said MBA student Ruben Lopez-Rivas. "All presenters were excellent, answering our questions in a very precise and open way."
Students from Spain's leading business schools -- ESADE, INSEAD, and IE – also participated in the company visits with Georgetown.
"We learned a lot from other students as well," Lopez-Rivas added, saying that his colleagues from Spain "contributed in a phenomenal way to make this experience unforgettable."
On the Hong Kong Trek, the MBAs spent four days visiting with Goldman Sachs, Barclays Capital, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Citi, PineBridge Investments, Haitong International Securities, BASF, INTEL, and Sands Group China in Macau. At each company, students met with executives and Georgetown alumni.

"Some of the alumni are top management executives at the company, like co-president of Goldman Sachs Asia Pacific," said MBA student Ian Wang. "They still reserve their time for hosting us. This is the power of the Georgetown alumni network."

The students who spent four days in Dubai visited with Barclays, Oliver Wyman, Abraaj Capital, Pepsico, IFC, BCG, Dubai International Financial Centre, Ericsson, AT Kearney, McKinsey, and Bain.
Back in the United States, finance students traveled to New York City to visit KPS Capital, Brean Murray, Carret & Co., Macquarie, Goldman Sachs, Joss Realty, Barclays, Wells Fargo, Halyard Capital, Vornado, BMO Capital Markets, JP Morgan Global Real Assets, Deutsche Bank, Savills, JP Morgan, Praedium, Citigroup, Jefferies, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Cohen & Steers, and Neuberger Berman. Along the way, they found value in learning about different roles and career options in the finance industry, spanning investment banking, equity research, private equity, real estate, and investment management.

“The alumni network was extremely impressive at all firms, including both graduate and undergraduate alumni,” said MBA student Tyler Rosenlicht. “They showed great support of our students and program and really made the week a success.”

The Marketing Trek took students to Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals in Philadelphia, as well as American Express, Citibank, Pepsico, and Moet Hennessy in New York City. The week ended with a networking reception hosted by Dean David Thomas with alumni at the Yale Club in New York, where the students also met up with MBAs on the Finance Trek.
Those who remained in Washington for the Energy Trek visited with such companies as Green Generation Solutions, PFC Energy, The World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. They also attended the Global Cleantech 100 Conference.
"We learned about each firm's business and career opportunities through interactions with an informative panel," said MBA student Song Gao. "Participants also grasped some fundamental understandings of the various segments of the energy industry."
Organized by student clubs in conjunction with the MBA Career Center, Career Treks are designed to promote interaction and networking with alumni and other important leaders within the business community.

-- Nikki Lyon