MBA Career Connexions Feb 2008

Adarsh Abhineet reports on the MBA Career Connexions 2008, which provides students the chance the explore career opportunities in various companies. 

The MBA Career Connexions 2008 , February edition, was organized at Suntec City Convention Centre on 20th February 2008. With the recruitment process for this academic calendar in most of the companies reaching final stage, Connexions provided one last chance for the students to get to know their prospective recruiters.

In this edition of MBA Career Connexions companies like Merril Lynch, ANZ, Microsoft, Gallup, Watson, HP, Unilever were the main attractions among the students. For the first time, recruiters from Middle East participated in the Connexion event reflecting the growing presence of NUS MBA brand across the globe. Alghanim industries from Kuwait had come for campus recruitment and provided insight to the students about the businesses in which Alghanim has spread its wings. Connexions provide student the platform to explore career opportunities within the company and know the company better. The companies return get to gauge the talent pool available and try to synergize their business operations accordingly.

As far as personal experience goes it was great to interact with Mike Bowden, MD Equity Sales from Merril Lynch. Besides talking about opportunities at ML, Mike was upfront in terms of expectations that company has from the graduate students. He was emphatic in his suggestions about identifying key area of interest and building on expertise in the field. He talked through his career phases and emphasized to the students visiting ML counters about the need of business awareness.

HR executives from Microsoft, which had come for its supply chain operations talked about how Microsoft is expanding its repertoire in supply chain solutions and logistics. ANZ talked about diverse opportunities for prospective interns in Singapore and Australia. Among non traditional names Watson and Gallup had come for its consulting practices in Strategy and Human Resource Development.

The next edition of Connexions will be held in mid September when the recruitment cycle for most companies will begin. For the current 1st year students it would be a great fillip after having tested the waters during internship.

Adarsh Abhineet
Class of 2009