16 November 2010

What do you get when 11 HEC MBAs go on a 3 day career trek to New York and interact with top working professionals who have rich experience in Marketing, Finance, & Consulting at Global Brands such as PepsiCo, American Express, Johnson & Johnson, Ogilvy, NBC Universal, Barclays Capital, Morgan Stanley, etc.? The answer would be different for each MBA Participant because of the diversity of the group that was represented by more than 6 different nationalities and professional backgrounds in sectors such as Food & Beverages, Banking & Finance, Consulting, Not for Profit, etc. For me, the gains from the trek were networking with business leaders, learning from the practical experience of professionals who have worked in a global milieu, and identifying roles that would be a fit for my skills and interests.

To give a brief background of career treks, HEC has arranged career treks to Geneva, London, New York, and Boston. Such career treks are opportunities that student leverage to gather information from the companies, information that provides a broad perspective of the environment and culture of companies that they are interested in.

As an MBA participant, I viewed the career trek as an investment in the future. It was interesting to note that how the marketing function has different meaning depending on the nature of the organization. For example, marketing at PepsiCo (FMCG) is quite different from what marketing is at organizations such as American Express (Banking & Finance) and NBC Universal (Media). The opportunities available for those interested in Marketing also varied. For example, at NBC offered a wider range of options across various media platforms and a wide range of global brands that it has on its portfolio. As someone who is motivated by continuous innovation, I was excited to learn about the opportunities available at NBC.

The HEC MBA student group also had an opportunity to meet some of the HEC alumni at the fall 2010 re-launch of HEC Alumni Association in New York during a private cocktail party. The event was attended by a more than fifty alumni who are based in New York; the alumni shared with us their experience at organizations such as Danone, L’OCCTAIE, Gameloft, etc. These interactions with the alumni helped me gain a better understanding of the culture of a organization in which the alumnus worked, a typical working day at the organization and whether it resonates with me, and the demands of the organization concerned.

I strongly recommend every MBA Participant to participate in such career treks as such opportunities can only be availed during an MBA Program.

Avishek Sarkar, MBA 2011

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