Yale SOM Webinar: GBS Student Panel

Yale SOM Webinar: GBS Student Panel


– Hello everyone and thank you for joining our webinar today. My name is Kelsey Kanavy, and I’m the Assistant
Director of Admissions for the GBS Program at Yale, also known as the Global Business and Society Program at Yale. And I have the pleasure of being joined by three of our GBS students today. And I’ll ask them to introduce
themselves in a moment, but just to give you a brief overview of what we’ll be covering today. I’ll start with introductions and then I will show you what the
class cohort looks like. And then we’ll move on to some of your most frequently asked questions, which is where we’ll spend
the bulk of our time. So to kick off introduction, Charlotte would you
mind getting us started? – Yeah, hi guys, my name
is Charlotte Hitchcock and my global network
school is ESMT Berlin. That’s also where I’ve been living for my last eight years. So, yeah, I just recently got here, and before in Berlin, I worked in HR and I did recruiting, and that’s also a field I’m going to look forward to going back when graduating from the GBS program, and the club I’m involved in
is the Human Capital Club. – Hey guys I’m Udhay Sokhi, my global network school was the Surrey School Of Business at UBC. And that is my lovely hometown in Vancouver, Canada as well. Before that I was working
in Mining Engineering, I did my undergraduate degree in that. And at the GBS now I’m trying to shift more into marketing and advertising, so I’m in the Marketing
Club, Arts and Culture Club; and post GBS, I’m looking to go into marketing and advertising as well. – Hi everyone, this is Yukie, and my last name is Huang, Chinese name is Huang jingyi, and you can call me Yukie or Jingyi. And my first year of MIM
school is HKUST in Hong Kong. And I work, that’s what I did supply chain management
in Global Operations, and prior to SOM I did a lot of marketing, market research internships, and I would like to
use the platform of SOM to pillar to finance investment management and wealth management roles. And currently I’m involved
in two things in SOM. One is the Investment Management Club where I get a job tracks
and the mentorship program. And the other one is
Global Network Ambassador, where I would overlook
the Global Network Week as connections between those
Global Initiative Office, and the SOM class cohort. – Great, well I’m so excited for you all to get to know these students a little bit better, but
I think it’s important to note that these students are three out of a cohort of 51 students, and like to share with you a little bit about what the cohort looks like. So I’ve mentioned there’s
51 students in the class. They come from 19 different countries, an astonishing 94% speak
two or more languages, and 63% speak three or more languages. The class is 51% women
and 71% of the students have completed a Master’s
Degree in another country other than their home country. And 47% have worked in
more than one country. So I think you can see that
this is a very impressive and quite an accomplished group, and like I said I’m excited for you to get to know them a
little bit better today. So, to begin questions, I’d
love to hear from all of you. How did you first learn
about the GBS Program and what made you interested in it? – So, ESMT has just recently
partnered with Yale, so I am one of the first
class that came from ESMT, so we just got an email in
November just announcing the corporation, and of course it’s Yale it’s a very prestigious school. And just the diversity and also the focus on the business and society part was something I was very interested in. So that’s how I learned. – Yeah, for me, when I was applying to UBC to do my Masters there. It was a part of their
campaign of marketing. They really push that you can do Yale after you complete your degree at UBC, and for me that was one of the big reasons I even did the masters at
UBC in the first place. I was ready to commit two
years to my business education. And so I thought I’ll do
a year at UBC and then, you know, Yale would be
nice if they wanted me. – Oh yeah for me I applied
to the M to M Program through HKUST, when I was an undergrad, and I did international politics
when I was an undergrad, and I was looking for an master program that can combine my undergrad background into my aspiration in
business and finance. And as a overlook all the programs, I saw that this M to M program the GBS actually gave me a lot of
opportunities to explore my potentials, not only in business but also in international politics. And that’s why I decided
to apply for GBS program. – Great, and for those
of you who don’t know the M to M admissions
process is a partnership with four of our schools, including HKUST, to where you receive admissions decisions at the same time for each school. But a question that we get often and many of you have mentioned
that you were in school when you’re applying, is that
these students are in school or they’re working an internship. How did you juggle applying
while being in school? – Yeah, I would say you just have to prioritize your time wisely. For me, whenever I had little breaks in between assignments being due or other projects being done,
I would work a little bit on my GBS application, and something that really helped me was the fact that I kind of reached
out to other students also working on their GBS application, there is like a little group of us who all knew we were applying to Yale. So I talked to them and I kind of knew where they were along the process and so they were kind of a barometer to let me know if I was slipping behind or if I was getting ahead. So I would just say talk to
the people in your cohort who are interested in Yale as well, and just try to like keep
up the pace with them. – I feel also that if you talk to students that are actually here like,
feel free to contact us and ask and reach out with
any questions that you have, we can support you and I think
that was a big help for me just to get a sense of how much effort and time it actually takes
to plan it in advance. – Yeah, yeah pure consulting is actually a very good way to get around the very busy preparation work. And I also did something
that I reached out to the Alumniis and asked their feedback on what is it like to study at SOM and what is it like to,
to continue the mission to be educating the
future business and future Global Business and Society. And through this conversation
with the Alumniis, I get to understand more
what to put on my essays, and it’s extremely helpful
for me to prepare a package of application materials
that can be very favorable to the mission of Yale and also the admission of the program. – Great, now were any of you considering any other type of
specialized master’s degree such as a Master in Finance
or something like that and if so, how did you choose SOM? And if that that’s okay too. – For me it was always
pretty clear to stay in the more general business area, I’m not the typical finance person so I didn’t pursue that, so
SOM was really the school I only applied to, I wanted to go to. – Yeah, for me I was considering going to other schools
specifically for marketing, but I thought the fact that SOM provided a broader kind of view of all
the business applications, I could go in to, and the fact that I wasn’t entirely sold
on what I wanted to do either. And, you know, combine that
with just being at Yale surrounded by the level of,
you know, academia here. It seemed like a no-brainer for me. – Oh yeah, for me actually,
when I was an undergrad doing international politics,
it’s actually very hard for me to find any
business and management, school of management, of
business school programs. But because they require
a lot of prerequisite, like in a lot of statistics, mathematics. However, it’s not in
my previous curriculum in international politics. I tried really hard to
get some credits at school but it’s still not as good,
the package is not as good as those who did finance and business. However, in this M to M program,
I’ve had the opportunity to actually study finance
like, as a management and investment management kind of classes, but required, but I
actually get the opportunity to lay the foundation of
business and management here. And it’s a very sweet spot
for me to combine my specialty in international politics
and also the aspiration in finance and investing. And it’s a it’s, although I consider other other schools like public policy schools,
it’s the very flexible curriculum here that providing
not only SOM classes, but also outside SOM classes that give me this incentive to come
here and it made me take one step further to make sure that it’s a very good fit for me, yeah. – Great, now you all have
been here for a few months, the program starts in mid August. So, so far, can you tell me how you think that the GBS program has added value to your MIM or your first master’s degree? – Since it just so globally focuses on the different perspectives and definitely on society that is just something I haven’t experienced at ESMT Berlin. So just getting that side and just the importance of that has contributed a lot to my MIM degree. – Yeah, I’d echo that,
the international cohort, it really broadens your perspective to be around people from so
many different countries. I don’t know when again
I’ll have the experience to be surrounded by
these many nationalities and really be able to have a conversation with so many people from so many different countries at once. And you know, combine
that with the fact that, as some of you probably know you can take courses outside of
the business school here. So just the fact that while
I’m doing my business education I could also take philosophy classes. I mean, sometimes it’s
hard to see the connection to business, but I think
learning and growing in any way is, you know useful for your education no matter what. So, yeah, it’s been great in that respect. – Yeah, for me I can
definitely echo what you said. And also, in my first
year masters is actually a very specialized masters
and so there are a lot of business foundation
stuff like accounting, corporate finance, statistics,
and it’s really cool for me to, as a newcomer to business role to actually take a step further. They laid my foundation of understanding the dynamics in finance and accounting. And whereas, the second year
in Yale School of Management has provided me more
actually a career pivot, from actually from the business
analytics side of business to more of a financial focus. Because the flexible curriculum here. I did several financial, finance classes, like regulation, some
hedging in financial markets and fixing common
securities that helped me take a step further to explore what I want to do in the future. And also, other than
this academic experience, I’m also involved in the
investment management clubs where they do, they organize job tracks and my weekly meetings
and mentorship program that could give me a further insights into what investment management and wealth management are like. That’s something that I could
not get in my first year master because it’s very,
very focused on one aspect but not the others. And the combining the academic experience, and the extra curricular
club student club experience. It has brought me a horizon and give me and help me build a stronger profile when I’m applying for the
jobs I’m going to do, yeah. – Great, now some of
you have mentioned it, you get to select a number of your courses while you’re here at Yale SOM. And you don’t have to only take the courses at Yale SOM you could take them in other departments
within Yale University. So can you all tell me some of the courses that you’re taking and how you chose them? – As I previously mentioned,
I’m trying to stay in the human resource
field so I’m definitely going to take a human
capital strategy but also, I’m taking some law classes
and poli-sci classes which is very interesting because I’ve never experienced that before. So, I think just like talking to alum, or your cohort, colleagues,
just to get a sense of what could be good
or if somebody has taken that class in the first semester and then the second just gives you a good sense and also like Udhay said, if you want to take a philosophy class,
this is the place to do it. So I would really urge
you to take advantage of the propriety of courses
and just venture out, like do some, get out of your comfort zone and try something new. This is the place to do it. – Yeah, I see the great thing is also that even within SOM, you have a lot of variability
in what you can do. So, in SOM I’m trying to take more marketing skewed classes, and outside SOM I mentioned, I’m actually in a philosophy course. And I think the great thing about that is you get to be surrounded
by the undergraduates at Yale, and you know, they’re also
very impressive and young, and when I’m in a room with
them there’s certainly a fire lit under my feet that makes me push myself in a different way. So yeah, that’s really useful. – Yeah, I’m mostly in
the SOM comfort zone, and I didn’t take a step further to explore outside SOM classes. But I have the intention
of going to law school to take one or two law school classes, because your law school is actually the most prestigious law
school in the United States and probably in the world. And I’m considering taking business law because that would be something that would be really helpful
into the future roles in asset management and wealth management. And other than that, I also have friends who take to the CS classes,
because it’s a great opportunity for them to get some
hands on coding skills, and am also considering doing that, yeah. – Great, and how would you
describe the SOM community? – Everybody’s very friendly. There are a lot of events going on weekly at least, so
it’s a really good place at work and also the alumni,
they’re really friendly, that’s a good network that
SOM provides is to reach out and a lot of network
going on, very social. Yeah, that’s like in one word,
it’s very, very social, yeah. – Yeah, I describe it as a very open and friendly community
and international as well. And you know I kind of had
this preconceived notion that, oh they’re going to be so
many nationalities here, I wonder how well everyone will mesh, but they mesh incredibly well, I guess it has something to do
with how Yale selects people. Or maybe it’s a more optimistic thing where people of the world are just, you know, great and they can get along if they just come together
in a place like this. So yeah, I’ve been very blessed to be here and it’s a very like, happy
social group of people. – I can totally echo on that, and it’s really resourceful community, I would put in this way, prior to SOM when I was in Hong Kong,
I’ve already talked to a few alumniis and they recommend me several classes to
take, and what community I’m joining when I’m in SOM. And when I’m in SOM I’m in this committee with MS Management Club, and they have this mentorship club
program to connect with me with a second year MBA, who was
really extremely experienced in the roles I’m applying
for equity research, and he introduced me a lot of experience from like before application
and during application. When I need to mind in the interviews and how do I select between different offers I’m having at the moment. And he has been really helpful on that. And also, other than
the MS Management Club the year-two MB are really
a really approachable, and it’s really normal to
schedule a meeting with them to mock some interviews before you actually go to the interview and it has been super
helpful for me to be here to learn how to behave
in the job interviews. And other than that, I
would say the SOM community is really diversified,
because we do not only have like traditional MBA classes, we have joint degree classes,
joint degree students from School of Public Health and FES Forestry and Environment school. And it’s really cool to
connect with those people to talk about their experience
in their job fields. It’s something that’s exciting,
that’s really exciting because the world is
not only just business. But also, I have to get,
I have expand my horizon to see the world more
clearly of what is happening with public health world,
environmental protection world. Yeah, it has been a really
exciting experience so far, yeah. – Great, now Yukie, you
mentioned you have a mentor. Speaking of mentors,
how have you interacted with the alumni community
or even the GBS program has an opportunity for EMBA mentorship, so have you taken
advantage of that at all? – Yeah, totally. Actually, my mentor is a very experienced Supply Chain Management
manager in PNG, United States. And we’ve taught, although
it’s not specific of role and function I was going
to, I was going after, but she mentored me a lot in terms of how do I position myself
when I looking for jobs, and what is, what should I
go for in the first few jobs, first few years of my jobs. And how do I value the work-life
balance in the job process, and it has been really helpful for me to get the life advice
and career advice from her. It’s been really helpful. And I think Udhay also has a mentor in the MBA mentorship program, right? – Yeah, I also have a mentor. She’s been a practicing doctor
for like the last 20 years. So it’s really useful
to have just the ability to talk one on one with someone, you know, who’s an executive MBA and who can just, they have a better perspective on life and where things are
going and they can help calm your nerves sometimes
because it could be high anxiety when you’re in the
middle of the job search. And apart from that, I’ve
also been for certain projects in my classes I’ve been
reaching out to alumni to conduct interviews
for research projects, and I’ve been kind of shocked
at how easily it actually is to get in contact with some people. We have a alumni directory
at SOM and they have emails and numbers and will tell you, you know, where people work, at what
year they graduated in. And so I’ve just been trying to connect to people through that and
it’s been very fruitful so far. And even apart from that, as GBS students we’re some of the youngest
people who occupy this building. So, literally, there’s something to learn from everyone not only your
peers, but you’re surrounded by first year MBAs second year MBAs. They all have something they can teach you if you just talk to them. – Great, now can any
of you tell me some of the different organizations or speakers that you’ve gone to see, or activities that you’ve taken part
in while you’re at Yale? – In terms of activities, I mean, the Yale Harvard football
game is this weekend so I’m very excited for that. But other than that, there’s so many speakers who come to class. They’re escaping my mind right now but even just the professor’s
here are so incredible. And in terms of the events. There is a women at Yale conference here earlier this week, which
was really incredible. And so, you know, every
week there’s someone here who’s impressive that you
can listen to for an hour so. – I’ve recently been,
James Comey was at Yale so we had the opportunity
to go see him speak, he’s a former FBI Director,
which was very impressive but also just the alumni
network they offer really great events so if
you ever have the chance to go that, do that and they’ll
give you a lot of insight and help you with your career path, so there’s definitely for everybody. It doesn’t matter what
you’re interested in, I think you’ll always find great events and speeches to go to. – Yeah, for me I actually participated in the one of the panel
by Women Management Club, and they’ve given me a simple vision of how what women are like when they’re in the financial markets. So there were several panel. Several panelists from
the most prestigious investment banks around the world. There are set, and they’re
from second year MBAs as, although they’re like associate roles. They introduced me a
lot of experience into, as for what women are like
in the financial roles what their life is like in the financial in MEP firm and VC firms,
and how do they balance your time between work and family. I feel like it’s really
fulfill experience, and it’s a really great, it’s very impactful speech for them. And I definitely have
learned what to expect. After a few years of graduating from SOM and it’s really helpful
for me to better again to position myself into
what roles I’m applying for and I’m really thankful
for the opportunity that Yale SOM is having, and
we can, we’re able to pursue. – Great, now as you all did and as many of our viewers will be, you all come from all over the world and you’re coming into New Haven, which could be a little
bit nerve wracking. Can you tell me what
life in New Haven is like and particularly, we
get a lot of questions around housing so maybe
how you found your housing? – Yeah life in New Haven is, it’s nice. Yale campus itself is so
bustling and full of energy that, you never really feel alone in the city. In terms of housing, I was able to find housing in downtown New Haven, which I think is a very convenient spot. And I started searching for housing in the middle of summer I
would say around June, July, and I know I was able to get housing. I got in pretty quickly. And that worked out
well for me so you know, the sooner you commit to this program and the sooner you get
to looking into housing, the better I would say. – To add on that I was lucky I talked to a former GBS student, she
lived or now where I live, two blocks down the
street so it worked out we stayed in touch and I took over her apartment with the furniture. So, if you need a place to stay feel free to reach out I
have a place to give away. (laughing) And no, New Haven is
great, there’s so many like if you’re a foodie
there’s so many good places to go eat and drink and
just like you’re so quick, you’re in the middle
of Boston and New York and if you ever feel
like you need to escape and have like big city life
you can just go take the train within one and a half, two
hours you’re in New York and Boston and there’s just
so much going on all the time, even though it’s a little town but yeah, you’ll definitely find
some fun things to do. – Yeah, for me I actually
live in graduate housing. I lived in the dormitory
that’s four or five minutes away from SOM, and it’s the
advantage of living close to campus to our school is actually that, as you all our friends
live very close to you and it’s really to walk around
to walk through their home and do a house party
or something like that. And it’s really fun. It has been a lot of fun to just live in a small town and visit
your friends and bring food, and it’s a great vibe to live here. And as for life in New Haven,
I feel like it’s a really, although it’s a small town it’s really great for like to relax. There are a lot of art museums around, and there are also concerts
every week by also by, not only from Yale students
but also the outside. Violinists and the great pianists, and it has been really fun so far. And we did like several
road trips to Boston and also to Vermont, and it’s
super easy to get around. And it’s very simple, it’s
very cheap to rent a car in school in Yale university because we have student discounts and it’s also very easy
commute everywhere, because it’s only two
hours away from New York. Yeah, I enjoy my life in New Haven so far. – Great, well it sounds
like you guys very much keep yourselves busy, so this might be a difficult question to answer, but can you tell me what you think an average day looks like for GBS student? – For me personally, you know you wake up, your schedules are kind
of vary throughout the day because you are taking
on SOM and SOM courses, but the ideal day, I’ll say
would involve me at some point coming to SOM to learn
from the capacities here. (laughing) And then, you know, you can go have lunch at one of the many
lovely pizzerias nearby. You go back home, you know
you work on a group project and then maybe at night, you
can go to the grad pub here, or you can go to the movie theater, there are lots of options
in terms of nightlife so you get a healthy
balance of work and play, and I’ve been able to manage it so far. – To add on that since you
go through course auction you can actually choose
your schedule and plan your schedule in advance, which helps plan throughout the day so now I’m like off, I scheduled I have busy days
but only three days a week so I’m usually off Mondays and Fridays. So that just helps me to keep
up, catch up with readings and doing that but the libraries
are really nice here too so, as it is said once a day
you would definitely come here and also just the spirit
of SOM because everybody’s so eager to learn so that’s
just also a good vibe, it’s just not sitting in the
library and like being dreadful but it’s like a really good energy and if you ever want to expand
or explore other libraries, Durling Library is also very pretty to go sit and there’s also a great vibe. – Yeah, cool, to add
on that I plan a week, because we have always have Friday off so every week is a long weekend,
it’s a three day weekend. And it’s super easy to get around to like to do a New York trip to do a
networking chat coffee chat, or also to, or you can just
visit Boston for a job check. And it’s super easy to get
around and I have people here and every Thursday night
we have a closing bell, which is a mixture of all the SOM people not only like the original
MBAs and MMS students but also students from doing
the joint degree programs that that’s where we can
actually talk to everyone in SOM to understand their insights and it has been really cool so far. Yeah, the closing bell, and also the job track
and coffee chat trip. – Great, well one question that
we’ve been asked in the past and I think it’s really interesting and I hope you all can weigh in on it, is in what ways have you shared and developed your global perspective since you’ve arrived at Yale? – Well like we’ve mentioned,
the international cohort. It’s so valuable just to learn from people from different walks of
life, when put together, and at least there was a
course in the first half of the semester, called Global Leadership, where we actually got to
get in small learning groups that I think were chosen
to be quite diverse and you get to sit in
small groups of five or six and really talk about things. Sometimes outside of business
school sometimes related, but I think the real value of that is getting to know people
from different walks of life. And so I’m going to come out
of GBS I feel with a richer broader experience of who people are and how I can relate to them and that helps me in a broader life sense. But if you want to make it about business it also helps me relate to
people and understand them. So, yeah, it’s valuable in every sense. – You’ve just got a
very diverse perspective so you learn about how
to, like in business how to communicate with
other nationalities I think that is something
people are not very aware of so they really teach you
how to go out in the world and I feel like now no matter what, in which continent I am
I would feel comfortable communicating with people
that are from there on being business, so I
think that just giving you like the soft skills to communicate with a variety of nationalities
helped me a lot. – Yeah, so for me at participating in the Global Network Ambassador role, and this role actually
abled me to actually coordinate students
who go on the different Global Network Week we’re
planning on next spring break. And so, a little bit
about Global Network Week, it’s a week of both
academic business focus and also there’s the flexibility that you can visit corporations during the Global Network Week,
and the Global Network Week is actually conducted between Yale SOM and one of the 30 something
partners school across the world and we have offered, Israel,
Australia, China and Korea and Japan like all great global
network schools and students will go there for a five-day or to a week of immersive academic training and also corporate visits, where you could get the local knowledge of what the issues are like in there. And I have been organizing students lunch and forums on to invite
the MBA year-two students who participated in Global Network Week and invite them to
introduce their experience in their Global Network Week. So, we could like pitch in to go to this school or that school. And that has been super
interesting so far. Because I did not understand
what are the schools like, your school management’s working with, but also the local vibes, which
places are very interesting, very entrepreneurial in
your which other places are going through and make change from like manufacturer to designer, and which other places are the next ESG focus entrepreneurial hub. And it’s been a really
interesting experience for me not only career wise
that could learn about like how to invest for
my future investors, but also personalized personal advice to actually plan my trips, maybe for the next spring
break or the graduation trip. – Great, well we only
have a few minutes left, so I think that this is
a good question to end on and I would love to hear from each of you. Many of our viewers who will
be watching this are either beginning their research
process or have started an application or are thinking
of starting an application. So can you each give
them a piece of advice that maybe you wish you
had while you were applying or that you think would be
helpful for them to know? – I would say, highlight
what’s unique about you. The great thing about this cohort is there’s something you
can learn from everyone. And it doesn’t even have
to be that substantial, I mean we’re all different in some way, and we come from very
different walks of life. So I would kind of look
into what makes you unique and what sets you apart. And it could be the mere fact
that you’ve run a marathon, or that you want a chess tournament. But that’s valuable, you
might see it as mundane but it’s impressive. And so, you know, figure out what you’re overlooking about yourself that sets you apart and stress it because it’s important
and it sets you apart. – Actually, I can relate to that because SOM has a mission of allocating the future leaders of
global business and society. Because SOM doesn’t
want us only to success because of the great financial
return that we’re having, but also they are very cared
about how we could pay back to the society and
contribute to the society with the things we’ve learned in business. So I would say that if you have anything related to what your
contribution to the society, it will be super helpful
to put in your resume and also mentioned it in
the application essay. It would somewhat highlight
your community focus to help you getting a
most smoother process. – Yeah, I definitely echo that. Just to be very authentic
as what Udhay said, if there’s like one thing, like running a marathon and
if you don’t necessarily know what that could be about yourself, you could just always go ask your friends and say what is the one thing
you really value about me. So that is just something I
could add to the great comments. – Great, well, I think that’s
really wonderful advice and you all have been through
the application process so you are their best resource (laughing) for advice and for questions like that so I will put their contact
information on the screen again. So if you have any
questions, thinker panel would be very open to
helping you answer them. And if you’re just beginning your research we also did a webinar last
month, about the program overview which is on our websites
so I would recommend tuning in to that as well. And always reach out to
the admissions office, or to our students with any
questions that you have. And I want to thank
Charlotte and Udhay and Yukie for joining me today and for sharing their student experience and their insight and thank you for tuning
in and watching this. And again, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out. Thank you.

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