The Rady School Blog

  • My Summer Internship at Cisco

    August 25, 2016
    by Theo Constantouros

    San Diego is an amazing place. The beaches, the weather, the patriotism, the beer — it truly is America’s Finest City. You don’t need a Ph.D. (an MBA helps, though) to recognize a fantastic possibility when it comes across your desk. Location is a key consideration for prospective students as well.

    A business school’s largest alumni network is typically in the city it resides. This is logical, as schools establish deep connections with local businesses through mentor programs, company visits, guest speaker workshops and job fairs. Participation in these events translate to jobs for graduates. As more students cycle through the program, the size and influence within these companies grows and future generations become the beneficiary of relationships established long ago. I want to live and work in San Diego, so I selected the best program in San Diego to attain my MBA.

    For students in the Full-Time program, you are encouraged to obtain an internship over summer break.  You are treated as an actual employee, and given projects and responsibilities that actually matter to the business. Regardless of the industry or job function, your first year at the Rady School prepares you for any challenge you may be presented. More often than not, internships manifest themselves into full-time offers after graduation. This summer I spent my internship at Cisco Systems in San Jose.

    Summer BBQ’s every other week was a nice perk

    You learn in your core strategy class about competitive advantage, which is essentially anything (technology, location, experience, quality, brand recognition, etc …) that allows you to achieve a superior position over your competitors. Because my end goal is to work as a product or program manager for a science/technology company in San Diego, I wanted my internship to mirror these requirements. I figured I’d stand out over other applicants because I would already have exposure to the roles for which I’d be applying. My time at the Rady School has taught me how to recognize a golden opportunity, seize it and leverage it to your benefit. The offer to join them for the summer was one such example.

    After a rigorous interview process, I earned the chance to join a team that utilizes data analysis and strategic thinking to drive operational improvement as a program manager intern. Before I started, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Cisco is a B2B business with a large focus in networking, data centers, communication and security, with its core business being physical products. They are a massive player in the tech space and every major company uses Cisco products. Despite being in an industry I had very little professional exposure to, my summer was amazing and I enhanced my skills, expanded my professional network, and learned new ideas while finishing two projects that will have a lasting positive influence at Cisco.

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    It would be remiss of me to not give credit to the Rady School for all the success I enjoyed over the summer. From day one I was using concepts and tools I learned in the classroom to help drive my projects forward. Cisco treats MBA interns as consultants. They provide you the raw materials you need, and presume you’ll produce an effective result. Every one of my core classes (especially Professor Nijs’ Quantitative Analysis Class) contributed to making my impact felt, and senior leadership was wholly impressed with the training I received in my first year alone. Rady School curriculum truly produces innovative business leaders that are impactful for their organizations.

    I am so grateful for the experience I had at Cisco, and I know that I am a better candidate for any position because of it. That being said, three months was not a very long time to be away, and San Diego was just fine in my absence. I’m looking forward to my final year in the program, and I eagerly await my next professional adventure.

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    Theo Constantouros (Full-Time MBA ’17) is President of the Rady Student Board, Head New Student Ambassador, Board Member of the Rady Life Sciences Club, and Co-editor of the Rady Business Journal. He intends to stay in that lovely San Diego sunshine as long as possible, focusing on a career in marketing or operations in a local science and technology company. 

  • You've Got the Power

    August 22, 2016
    by Hallie Jacobs

    Most of what we know about power comes from studies in artificial laboratory environments or business organizations. But this ignores the many other contexts in which power plays out in daily life. Innovative research exploring how people experience everyday power finds that power and powerlessness are commonly experienced in many facets of life outside the workplace.
  • 2016 Rady Faculty Awards

    August 15, 2016

    2016 Rady Faculty Awards
  • Interview: North Point Maverick, a Budding Entrepreneur

    August 9, 2016
    by Chris Rodriguez

    During my first quarter at the Rady School I met Sher. I think he sets a great example of how drive and focus, coupled with ideas that in a growing space, can lead to tangible results in an ocean of talent and ideas.
  • MBA Students Commit to Stopping Human Trafficking

    August 2, 2016
    by Hallie Jacobs

    To raise awareness and combat the human trafficking, the annual Financial Times MBA Challenge partnered with Stop the Traffik, a global movement of activists around the world dedicated to building resilient communities and preventing human trafficking.
  • The Fast Track to Success after Graduation: From MBA to UAV

    July 26, 2016
    by Hallie Jacobs

    These days, it seems like you can’t go anywhere without noticing a drone flying overhead – especially at the beaches of San Diego. The lightweight, semi-autonomous aircrafts’ popularity continues to grow exponentially, with interest from consumers, government agencies and commercial developers.
  • No Greater Commission

    July 19, 2016
    by Hallie Jacobs

    It’s a daring mission, to say the least. Caravanning across Africa in the midst of open fire through treacherous territories within Sudan to serve civilians in one of the world's most war-torn and impoverished nations is all in a day’s work for the members of No Greater Commission.
  • My Call to Live a Life of Significance (and not just success)

    July 14, 2016
    by David Tran

    I took a leap of faith and chose the Rady School of Management. Three years later, I find myself launching a 501(c)3 specialty coffee house devoted to employing marginalized people groups, partnering with local businesses and government leaders, and working at Fifty and Fifty, a creative agency in Downtown San Diego that serves mission-based organizations. In a serendipitous turn of events, I allowed compassion to drive my career decision.
  • My Journey from the Rady School to Management Consulting

    June 30, 2016
    by Allison Noel

    My friends joke that my life decisions are based on where I find the best ocean views. They have a point—I’ve been spoiled for two years by the incredible views at the Rady School and am excited to be joining a firm with yet another killer ocean view post-MBA.
  • Little tips for better life-school-work balance for the FlexMBA program

    June 28, 2016
    by Sunny Lee

    I believe you applied MBA program because you already (almost) achieved work-life balance. You realized that you could do something more, need a new challenge, and want to advance your future career. I am going to share what I learned after going through 20 months of MBA program.
  • Rady China Trip

    June 17, 2016
    by Irene Wang

    In March 2016, we lived in the city with the tallest skyscrapers in the world. Here we come, Shanghai, China! It’s my first time to experience a mysterious country- China. Along the skylines of Shanghai, we visited Shanghai companies and felt the energies of Shanghai. Shanghai has been a leading power of China's economic and trade development since ancient times. It’s still be biggest financial center in China. From the perspective of biopharma industry, many biopharma companies have presence in Shanghai. The recent news of Shanghai is – they have a new Disneyland!
  • When One Door Closes...a Look Back at My Rady School Experience

    June 8, 2016
    by Gary Sahota

    When looking towards the future, a wise man once told me to reflect upon the past first. And when doing so, I am astonished by just how much I've changed over the past two years. The things I know, the people I've met and the memories I've made will all attribute to the road ahead in ways I may not understand just yet. One day I will and that is when I'll appreciate the real value of the three new letters behind my name: MBA.
  • Our trip to Israel: the Sofaer International Case Competition

    June 2, 2016
    by Allison Noel, Cody Becker, RJ Niewoehner and Sapna Hegde

    Last week, we traveled to Israel to compete in the semifinals of the Sofaer International Case Competition (SICC), a global business strategy competition hosted by the Coller School of Management at Tel Aviv University. It was an unforgettable experience and we couldn’t have been prouder to represent the Rady School abroad!
  • Rady School Teams Sweep Entrepreneur Challenge Life Sciences Track

    May 26, 2016
    by Karen Jensen

    The annual Business Plan Competition, organized by the UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge, is one of the largest events to celebrate and recognize the startup community on campus, with $100,000 in prizes. On May 20, the Life Sciences track featured pitches from four selected teams, resulting in a sweep of the awards by three startups with ties to the Rady School of Management.
  • Recap: G.A.M.E Forum in New York City

    May 19, 2016
    by Gloria Bai

    It was a great experience to attend the Quinnipiac G.A.M.E Forum in New York City. Quinnipiac Global Asset Management Education VI Forum invited more than 117 keynote speakers, panelists, workshop hosts and judges. Over 2000 students and professors attended the forum from all over the world.
  • Lab to Market: An Intrapreneur’s Perspective

    May 10, 2016
    by Michelle David

    Innovation is one of the hallmarks of the Rady School. While it lends itself to entrepreneurism, which is core to the Rady School brand, innovation is also necessary in the corporate world, in order for a business to be a leader in the industry. For me, finding opportunities for innovation within an existing organization is my goal, which made the Corporate Track of the Lab to Market (L2M) Series a perfect addition to my MBA curriculum.
  • The Complete Guide to Your MBA Internship

    May 5, 2016
    by Aleena Karamally

    Finding the right internship takes time and strategy. Before you begin your search, think about what you want to get out of your internship.
  • Rady Executive Breakfast Series Recap: Tim Wollaeger, Sanderling Ventures

    April 28, 2016
    by Aleena Karamally

    Tim Wollaeger recently spoke to Rady School students, faculty and staff at the Rady Executive Breakfast Series about his three keys to success: adaptability to change, a focus on getting things done and team building and networking.
  • Allie Lieberman (Ph.D. ‘19) receives Interdisciplinary Research Award

    April 21, 2016
    by Danny Huynh

    Rady School of Management Ph.D. student Alicea Lieberman was recently honored at the 6th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Awards, presented by the UC San Diego Graduate Student Association. She was nominated by her department for her innovative interdisciplinary research in increasing colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates among the underserved.
  • Rady student veterans explore career opportunities at Veteran Connections event

    April 14, 2016
    by Aleena Karamally

    Student veterans discussed career transitions and job opportunities at a networking event hosted by the Rady School in conjunction with Rady Veterans Club, UC San Diego Career Services Center, UC San Diego Student Veterans Organization and Northrup Grumman last week.