I arrived on the ASU campus in August 2011, and it’s hard to believe that nearly two years have gone by so fast; that I’ve made so many amazing friends; that I’ve learned so much; that my MBA experience is coming to a close.
The last semester of an MBA program can be tricky. Many of us already have jobs waiting for us — some close to where we went to school, some across the country — and you generally have a little more free time in the last few weeks than you do in the first year. So you have some time to reflect on where you are and where you’re going, but also who you are now compared to who you were then. Continue reading
For three decades, the W. P. Carey School has been honoring the achievements of significant contributors to business with the Executive of the Year luncheon, presented by the Dean’s Council of 100. This year’s recipient, USAA CEO Josue Robles, Jr., has not only steered a Fortune 500 financial services company to greater heights, he also served his country proudly through 28 years in the U.S. Army.
But Executive of the Year is more than just a special occasion highlighting incredible accomplishments. Like many events held throughout the year at W. P. Carey, Executive of the Year provides MBA students a golden opportunity to network with leaders from business, government, and beyond. Continue reading
Lately there’s been some great international travel opportunities for W. P. Carey MBA students. In just the last few weeks, students have traveled to Argentina, Columbia, Sweden and the Czech Republic. One group was even given an opportunity through their capstone project to travel anywhere in the world– all expenses paid! For those not lucky enough to be part of that group, the school still provides many opportunities each year for travel with outreach trips to visit top companies and for-credit international trips.
On March 1st, Amy Hillman became the sixth dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business, and the first female dean in the school’s history. She joined the faculty in 2001, and has been a major contributor to the school’s success and growth ever since, both in the classroom and as an administrator; she has previously served as the chair of the Department of Management and as the school’s executive dean.
Dean Hillman has been on quite a whirlwind tour since the beginning of March, visiting W. P. Carey alumni in cities around the U.S. (including Seattle, pictured above), and that’s been a great opportunity to learn more about the new leadership and also the school’s new era. With our brand new building, McCord Hall, opening this fall and several new academic options for undergrad, MBA and master’s degree students, the W. P. Carey School is poised to become an even more prominent business school in the immediate future. Continue reading
Holi, one of the most colorful and photogenic of all Hindu cultural festivals, traditionally welcomes spring, asks for good harvests, and honors events in Hinduism. This year, ASU’s Indian Student Association organized a Holi celebration on the Tempe campus, and many W. P. Carey MBA students took time out of their busy schedules to join the fun.
Everyone got a feel for Indian culture and learned firsthand how Indians celebrate the festival of colors. There was dancing, a bonfire, and of course, gulaal — the colored powder participants throw on each other. The ISA supplied all the gulaal and also served thandai (almond milk) throughout the day. The Holi celebration kicked off with students dancing to a medley of famous Bollywood songs. Continue reading
This past weekend, our program held one of the funnest (and not to mention funniest) events of the year – the MBA Olympics. As one of our core annual events, the MBA Olympics is an opportunity for MBA students to test their strength, wit and dancing ability.
The Olympics kicked off with the torch run and lighting of the cauldron. This year’s torch bearer was none other than Professor Andrea Morales, a student favorite, who teaches the first year core marketing class. After the lighting it was time for each team to get introduced and perform a prepared cheer. The Purple People Eaters put a lot of effort into this stage. They spend all-night the evening before making uniforms, even designing a mascot: a one-eyed one-horned flying purple people eater (it didn’t fly unfortunately).
The main reason most people return to school for an MBA is to advance their career. And like anything worth pursuing, career advancement takes thoughtful planning and diligent execution. From day one as a W. P. Carey MBA student, you’ll work with the Graduate Career Center on exactly how get from Point A to Point B.
In addition to helping you develop your personal strengths and prepare a plan for your career, the GCC team can keep you up-to-date on the latest trends in the employment marketplace and career development, and gives you access to thought leaders and great speakers like John Hill, LinkedIn’s Higher Education Evangelist.