2015 MBA Bay Area Trek Expands in Size, Company Visits and Opportunities

Over the last few years, the Rady School's Bay Area Trek program, which gives students the opportunity to tour top companies and network with alumni in the Bay Area, has expanded exponentially. This year, 70 students from Rady's Full-Time MBA and FlexMBA programs attended, nearly double the number of attendees from last year. There was also a major increase in the number of companies that invited Rady students to visit.

Students who attended the trek were able to choose a track based on their interests, or choose to cross-track in multiple areas of interest. The tracks include Banking, Consumer Products, Technology and Biotech/Healthcare. Students then signed up to visit the companies that interested them most.

Before the trip, students researched the companies and prepared to meet executives and alumni. Once in the Bay Area, they were able to meet with Rady alumni who are interested in hiring from their alma mater. This year, the companies that students visited included Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, Kaiser Permanente, Pandora, Thermo Fisher Scientific and the Bloomberg Institute. 

For students, visiting these big-name companies and meeting their executives was a major highlight. "The trip was a success and I walked away with insights that could only be gained from the face-to-face experience on company campuses," said Full-Time MBA student Sarah Feldman (MBA '15). "One of my favorite aspects of the Rady MBA experience has been the trek. It continually proves a great resource to catalyze meetings with business leaders, discuss classroom concepts and set careers in motion for Rady MBA students."

The trek also gives Rady students a huge advantage when they begin searching for a job. The level of competition in the job market, particularly in the Bay Area, is very high, but the Bay Area Trek is a valuable chance for students to convey the personalities behind their resumes.

"All things being equal, when companies are looking to hire someone they are much more likely to go with someone who they have interacted with," said Terra Saltzman-Baker, Rady's Director of Graduate Career Connections.

This year the Bay Area Trek also included an alumni reception with 90 Bay Area alumni, Rady students and UC San Diego Alumni club leaders in attendance. The reception gave alumni and students alike an opportunity to network with peers and other members of the Rady community. 

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