Rady MBA Students Visit Bay Area with MBA Career Connections

Bay Area Trek

To enhance students’ knowledge of companies in the Bay Area, as well as knowledge of career paths and career prospects, the Rady MBA Career Connections team brought 50 Rady MBA students to tour more than 20 businesses in the Bay Area in January.

The trip provided MBA students with the opportunity to learn more about each company’s hiring procedures, meet employees and network with Rady MBA and UC San Diego alumni in the area. Students gained valuable connections to companies that regularly hire Rady MBAs for internships and full-time positions.

“I think it is very important to exert your presence,” said Zach Jackson, a Full-Time MBA student who will graduate this year. “Hopefully meeting these people and shaking their hand will help. Sending someone your resume is one thing, but standing in front of somebody and having a cocktail or sharing dinner is much better.”

The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the top employment destinations for Rady MBA graduates.

“In finance, the big centers are San Francisco, New York and Chicago,” said Jackson, who helped suggest companies to visit as vice president of the Rady Finance & Investment Club. “I grew up in Orange County. I'm used to the West Coast. San Francisco is more suited to my lifestyle because I like being outdoors.”

Students focused on biotech toured Life Technologies and Gilead Sciences, ate lunch with Rady alumni at Genentech, and discussed career opportunities with a panel of UC San Diego alumni at Abbott Vascular.

Technology and supply-chain oriented MBA students visited Tesla Motors, Cisco, TiVo, Sony Network Entertainment America, Electronic Arts, Brocade and IDEO. MBA students interested in marketing visited all of these companies plus Bare Escentuals, Ghirardelli and Yammer.

Finance-focused MBA students visited Charles Schwab, Mathews Pacific Tiger, Wells Fargo, Merrill Lynch and Brocade.

“They learn so much more about the companies’ culture that they cannot read about on the Web,” said MBA Career Connections Director Robin Darmon. “It helps the MBA students refine their career focus in a way that is just invaluable, and it is difficult to do that through research. It is also a wonderful opportunity for our corporate partners to meet our MBAs up close for potential hiring needs. It becomes a win-win for all involved.”