CBS Peer Advising Pre-Orientation Webinar

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CBS Peer Advising Pre-Orientation Webinar

  1. 1. Peer Advising Program Pre-Orientation Webinar<br />Webinar<br />August 2011<br />
  2. 2. 1<br />Why are we hosting this webinar? <br />Goals<br />Context <br /><ul><li>Orientation is quickly approaching
  3. 3. We know you have lots of questions
  4. 4. The Peer Advising Program and the CBS Administration want to make your transition to business school as smooth as possible
  5. 5. Address key topics of concern
  6. 6. Answer questions that pertain to the broader group (specific questions can be answered offline)
  7. 7. Early introduction to some of the key players in the CBS community</li></li></ul><li>2<br />Jason Bennett <br /><ul><li>Peer Advisor
  8. 8. Co-President – Military Business Association
  9. 9. Member – Sales & Trading Club
  10. 10. Married with 2 kids</li></ul>Today’s Presenters<br />Liz Harrison<br /><ul><li>Chair - Peer Advising Program
  11. 11. VP - Columbia Women in Business
  12. 12. VP - Women’s Touch Rugby Team
  13. 13. Member - Management Consulting Club, Media Management Club
  14. 14. Lived in Australia for 4 years before CBS</li></ul>Hector Lozano<br /><ul><li>Peer Advisor
  15. 15. VP – Men’s Rugby Club
  16. 16. VP – Latin American Business Association
  17. 17. Super Awesome and from Mexico </li></ul>Jessica Berry<br /><ul><li>Cluster Leader - Peer Advising Program
  18. 18. Co-President – Marketing Association of Columbia
  19. 19. Member – Columbia Women in Business
  20. 20. Originally from California </li></ul>Eduardo “Ed” Sanchez<br /><ul><li>Cluster Co-President
  21. 21. Member – Hispanic Business Association, Latin American Business Association, Volleyball Club
  22. 22. Born in Argentina, raised in New York and Madrid </li></ul>Tyler Brasfield<br /><ul><li>Chair – GND Committee
  23. 23. Cluster Co-President
  24. 24. Co-President – Columbia Basketball Club
  25. 25. Member – Health Care Association, PE/VC Club, Investment Banking Club
  26. 26. Won a Prince William “look-a-like” contest</li></ul>Ryan Bell<br /><ul><li>Peer Advisor
  27. 27. President – Graduate Business Associate
  28. 28. Captain – Men’s Rugby Club
  29. 29. Member – Military in Business Association
  30. 30. Recently finished an Ironman Triathlon </li></ul>Alana Waisbrot<br /><ul><li>Associate Director, Career Management Center</li></ul>MarilenaBotoulas<br /><ul><li>Director of Financial Aid</li></ul>Tamara Arbesman-Gold<br /><ul><li>Director of Academic Affairs</li></li></ul><li>3<br />Today’s discussion<br /><ul><li>Exemption Exams
  31. 31. Orientation
  32. 32. Grade Non Disclosure
  33. 33. Recruiting
  34. 34. Q & A</li></li></ul><li>First Year Core & Flex Core Classes<br />4<br />
  35. 35. Exemption Exam Schedule<br />5<br />Note: Also available via: http://cbspeeradvising.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/fall-2011-exemption-exam-schedule.pdf<br />
  36. 36. Should I take exemption exams? <br />6<br />
  37. 37. What resources are available to help me prepare for exemption exams?<br />7<br /><ul><li>Key resource: Exemption Exam Angel page(under the content folder there is a list of all the exemption exams offered and the prep materials for each)
  38. 38. Materials from previous courses (e.g. a stats course you took as an undergrad at another institution)
  39. 39. NOT OK: Getting class notes from current or former CBS students - that is a violation of the honor code!</li></li></ul><li>How do I select electives if I exempt?<br />8<br /><ul><li>Info sessions during Orientation
  40. 40. Review materials on BOSS (the online class registration system)
  41. 41. Recommendation: take Capital Markets if you intend to take any advanced finance courses</li></ul>Capital markets is a co-requisite or pre-requisite for nearly every advanced finance course!<br />
  42. 42. 9<br />Today’s discussion<br /><ul><li>Exemption Exams
  43. 43. Orientation
  44. 44. Grade Non Disclosure
  45. 45. Recruiting
  46. 46. Q & A</li></li></ul><li>What is a Peer Advisor?<br />10<br />We are: <br />We are not: <br /><ul><li>Competitively selected students who kick-start your CBS experience
  47. 47. A diverse group – you will be able to find a PA who understands your unique situation (culture, career, family , etc.)
  48. 48. Your parents, babysitters or almighty students
  49. 49. Crazy people in light blue shirts who are obsessed with cheering (well…kind of) </li></ul>We have committed and been trained to: <br /><ul><li>Support & guide you through orientation
  50. 50. Help you navigate the CBS culture and community throughout your first year
  51. 51. Answer questions and offer advice from our experiences
  52. 52. Make sure you remember to have fun!!!!</li></li></ul><li>11<br />Transition<br />Teams<br />Trial Run<br />Tons of Free Food!<br />What is Orientation all about? And how should I prepare?<br /><ul><li>Personal, academic, professional, geographic / cultural
  53. 53. Integration into the CBS community
  54. 54. Become a cluster
  55. 55. Meet your learning team
  56. 56. Academic prep (practice cases)
  57. 57. Safe environment (no grades)</li></ul>To get the most out of the Orientation experience you should set expectations that you will be VERY busy during Orientation week and will not be able to <br />communicate much with friends/family, plan non-CBS activities/appointments, or get much sleep!<br /><ul><li>Breakfast, lunch, dinner (and snacks)
  58. 58. No classes / exams
  59. 59. Pre-planned social activities
  60. 60. One of the best weeks of b-school!</li></li></ul><li>What should I bring? <br />12<br />Bring: <br /><ul><li>Your fine self!
  61. 61. ID (government issued only, you will receive your school ID when you arrive on Monday morning)
  62. 62. Cell phone (if you have one)
  63. 63. Money (for the social activity in the evening)
  64. 64. Any other stuff that you need on a daily basis (prescriptions, spare contact lenses, etc.)</li></ul>DO NOT BRING:<br /><ul><li>Backpack
  65. 65. Water bottle
  66. 66. Pens / Pencils
  67. 67. Notebook / Paper
  68. 68. Food (there will be PLENTY of food provided during Orientation, including food for vegetarians, vegans, kosher, etc.)
  69. 69. Laptop1</li></ul>Note: 1) You should only bring your laptop if you are dropping it off with ITG. You will NOT have a locker to store valuables. <br />
  70. 70. What should I wear?<br />13<br /><ul><li>Business casual for the Sunday Welcome Reception
  71. 71. Casual attire for day-time events
  72. 72. Fancy! for Wednesday & Friday evening events
  73. 73. Be ready for any weather (expect it be hot, rainy & humid all at the same time!)</li></li></ul><li>What should I expect? <br />14<br />
  74. 74. 15<br />Today’s discussion<br /><ul><li>Exemption Exams
  75. 75. Orientation
  76. 76. Grade Non Disclosure
  77. 77. Recruiting
  78. 78. Q & A</li></li></ul><li>What is Grade Non Disclosure (GND)?<br />16<br /><ul><li>GND Policy states that students will not disclose grades, GPA’s, and transcripts to employers until he/she accepts a full-time, post-graduation position with an employer
  79. 79. Policy was enacted through a March 2011 vote where a record 91% MBA and 46% EMBA students participated. 77% of the student body voted in favor of GND.
  80. 80. Policy created to:
  81. 81. Engender a student community defined by cooperation and support
  82. 82. Maintain diverse learning as the primary directive of education
  83. 83. Encourage extracurricular growth and development
  84. 84. Promote the use of recruiting criteria that go beyond grades
  85. 85. Allow students whose primary objective is outstanding academic performance to be recognized for their efforts without having to state individual course grades (You can disclose Academic Honors)
  86. 86. The Grade Non-Disclosure decision has been communicated multiple times to recruiters this summer by Dean Hubbard, CMC, and the GBA. We have all received positive feedback from firms.
  87. 87. Don’t worry, we put all the GND information you need to know into a CBS GND Handbook (available online soon)</li></li></ul><li>Many other top business schools uphold grade non-disclosure policies <br /><ul><li>Recruiters are very familiar with GND policies!!</li></ul>1<br />
  88. 88. How should I respond to questions about my grades?<br />First, students should inform the interviewer of the GND policy which states that grades should not be disclosed until a student accepts a full-time, post-graduation position.  Additionally, students are encouraged to refer the interviewer to the online CBS Grade Non-Disclosure Policy, as well as the CBS GND Committee at GND@gsb.columbia.edu or the Career Management Center.<br />Sample Response:<br />Students are encouraged to answer with qualitative responses such as “Very well – I am especially enjoying this aspect of the class…” or “Better than I had initially expected” but the key is to then steer the conversation towards experiences, accomplishments or successes that answer the underlying question of whether or not you will enjoy finance work and whether or not you have the capabilities to excel in financially oriented, highly quantitative and analytical work. <br />FAQ: <br />http://cbsgba.com/culture/grade-non-disclosure-gnd<br />
  89. 89. 19<br />Today’s discussion<br /><ul><li>Exemption Exams
  90. 90. Orientation
  91. 91. Grade Non Disclosure
  92. 92. Recruiting
  93. 93. Q & A</li></li></ul><li>Recruiting: What should I be thinking about now? <br />20<br />Find your “professional compass” and develop a compelling story about what you want to get out of your career<br />Put your current resume in CBS format only – you do not need to worry about content!<br />
  94. 94. 21<br />Today’s discussion<br /><ul><li>Exemption Exams
  95. 95. Orientation
  96. 96. Grade Non Disclosure
  97. 97. Recruiting
  98. 98. Q & A</li></li></ul><li>Ask us questions!<br />22<br />
  99. 99. Additional Resources<br />Peer Advising Website<br />http://cbspeeradvising.wordpress.com/<br />Class of 2013 Facebook Page<br />http://www.facebook.com/groups/159678297395431/<br />Email the Peer Advisor Presenters: <br />Liz Harrison (eharrison12@gsb.columbia.edu)<br />Jessica Berry (jberry12@gsb.columbia.edu)<br />Jason Bennett (jbennett12@gsb.columbia.edu)<br />Ryan Bell (rbell12@gsb.columbia.edu)<br />23<br />

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