First I’d like to congratulate the class of 2017 round two admits! I hope I’ll be meeting you on campus soon.
For those of you who are on the fence about applying (and it’s not too late!), there are a couple of upcoming events where you have the chance to can learn more about the program and get to meet and network with current FEMBAs, alumni, and fellow applicants.
Personally, I really like the smaller group events because I find them easier to navigate than the large events such as open house but all the events provide a lot of useful information, particularly if you're still in the process of considering applying.
You can see all future events and register here.
As always, please feel free to reach out to Tim, Sandeep, or me if you have any questions.
Best of luck!
The Council is responsible for the academic and social well-being of the FEMBA student body, working with fellow classmates, alumni, faculty, and staff to ensure that the needs of the FEMBA student body are considered in decisions affecting student life. FEMBA Council provides an opportunity for students to take theoretical lessons of leadership and teamwork and put them into practice to have a real and measurable impact.
Here is a brief overview of each position's responsibilities -
The external representative works with career services and the alumni network to ensure that their section is aware of the resources and events offered by ProMBA Career Services and the Office of Alumni Services. The external representative attends ProMBA Career Services Committee meetings and FEMBA Alumni Relations and Development Committee meetings, represents the FEMBA student body at alumni events and participates in the annual Anderson Affiliates campaign. The external representative should send out at least one section email per month with information on upcoming career services events and deadlines.
The internal representative handles most of their section’s academic and logistical issues, which may include resolving section scheduling conflicts, communicating student concerns to faculty and administration and keeping the section informed of new developments on campus. The internal representative should send out at least one section email per month with information on upcoming events and deadlines.
The social representative plans social and networking events, including after-class happy hours, section lunches/dinners, cultural outings, athletic events and other activities that his or her section is interested in. The social representative should make every effort to ensure that these events appeal to all of their FEMBA peers and is highly encouraged to collaborate with social representatives from other sections and years. The social representative is required to learn and follow the expense reimbursement policy in order to plan the use of their section’s annual social budget. The social representative should send out regular emails with information on upcoming activities.
Its great to see the Dean, Admissions directors, Program Managers, Executive Board and all council members get together every month to discuss about any issues, upcoming events and share or brainstorm ideas. It allows students to meet classmates from other sections/years and also gives a chance to facilitate the same for other students of their respective sections. There are a lot of ways to get involved in various activities at Anderson and the FEMBA Council is definitely one of them. We'll keep sharing other ways in our upcoming blog posts.
Good luck with the upcoming admissions decision!
Sorry it's been awhile since we put up a blog post, but as always the life of a FEMBA is extraordinarily busy. Congratulations to those who have been offered a position in the Class of 2017, should you have any questions feel free to reach out to Jennifer, Sandeep or myself.
So one topic you'll hear a lot about during your time at Anderson is the importance of Networking, however one of the most common hurdles to start networking is thinking about even how to begin. Here's a few tips I've picked up along the way that I've found really helpful:
1. Know what you want
In joining the Anderson network you now have a whole new group of people you can connect with and learn from. Always remember that those who are willing to connect with you are helping you out, know what you want to learn from them, and be reasonable in your requests.
2. Do your homework
If your dream has always been to work at Company X with a function of "fill in the blank here", your search should start with people who have either worked at that company or have experience in that position. Once you're able to find a few people you think you may want to talk to, check out their LinkedIn and see what you can learn about them before the talk. Also it goes without saying to do your research on the company before you talk as well.
3. Show Gratitude/Be Sincere
To achieve success at any level, it requires a lot of time, discipline and focus. Realize that if someone is willing to take 30 minutes of their time to talk to you, they are intentionally hitting pause on their schedule and that's a big deal. Always, always, always send a thank you email and do your best to keep in touch. Also, sincerity goes a long way.
There have been many people who have gone above and beyond to help me out over the years. Whether it was with information, conversation or even new jobs, I can attribute a lot of my success to networking. It doesn't stop there with what I can personally gain from networking, it's about giving back and helping out others anyway you can as well. Personally, focusing on helping others helps to change my attitude and view of networking and makes it a shared experience of focusing on shared success.
5. Do what you love
Lastly, Networking doesn't happen just at formal mixers or happy hours (though those don't hurt), but it is very possible to just do what you love and find others who share your passion. Case in point, I love basketball and myself and a few other FEMBAs have started to play regularly. Not only are we getting exercise, but also getting to know each other better.
There are many more items I could add, but I'll leave you with that for now.
SuperSaturday is coming soon and I think its a good time to share my SuperSaturday experience as it happened in January 2013. After spending several weeks/months on my essays and other admissions materials, I was just happy to submit them and was looking forward to the SuperSaturday interview. If you are like me who prefers to talk rather than write then you'll enjoy the interview process. Its around 25-30 minutes long and conducted by current students and alumni. My interview was on Saturday at 1pm and I decided to fly in from San Jose in the morning. On Friday night, when I was getting ready with my resume printouts and reviewing my notes I realized that I could not find my tie. I blame Silicon Valley for the casual dress code! I called a friend and drove to his home at midnight to borrow a tie. TIP – Plan what you are going to wear and make sure its ready a day in advance to avoid running around like I did.
The actual interview day was fun. I arrived an hour early at the Anderson campus, checked in with the friendly volunteers and chatted with other interviewees. Fast forward 30 minutes and the interviewers came one by one and called the candidate names. It was a short walk from the waiting area to the actual interview room. My interviewer was an alumnus of the class of 2007 and very friendly. She made sure I was comfortable and we then went through the usual questions talking about my professional background and my short term and long term goals. Time just flies so make sure you talk relevant stuff and don't drag too long. She asked a few questions from my resume and it felt more like a conversation than a Q&A session. Towards the end of the interview, I asked a couple of questions about life as a student at Anderson and a few student clubs I was interested to join. And we were done! She escorted me back to the waiting area and that was really nice of her.
I still had a few hours left for my return flight from LAX. Thankfully, SuperSaturday was not only about interview sessions. They had campus tours, forums and other networking events arranged as well. A few interviewees had signed up for class visits as well. I headed down towards the courtyard area and met a few people from the admissions team. Current students were also volunteering and willing to share their experiences with everyone. We were then taken on a quick campus tour by one of the current students. You might already know this – the campus is really impressive and it also made it to one of those top 10 beautiful B-school campus ranking list. It was fun to chat with everyone there and learn how they balance school, work and personal life on a daily basis. I believe you will have similar or even more number of networking opportunities during the upcoming SuperSaturday.
After returning the rental car at LAX and the flight back to San Jose, I reached home in the evening. I was tired but extremely relaxed to have completed the admissions process. I deserved a high calorie scrumptious Indian lunch buffet on Sunday!
Good luck everyone with your interviews and enjoy the admissions process!
Tim from the Saturday section checking in here, we took a bit of a break from blogging as we had Thanksgiving and we all had to enter crunch mode for finals!
Both Jennifer and Sandeep finished earlier in the week, and I took my last final yesterday (12/14, Saturday) and I know we are all stoked that we've completed our first quarter!
I wanted to share with you a bit of my perspective as a "Saturday" student and what life has been like for me this past quarter. When I first got into the FEMBA program (Round 1 applicant) I was working in San Diego and after speaking with a few students, I decided to choose the Saturday section over the FLEX. The more I thought it over, the more I realized the next few years would be really valuable in being near campus. I then started looking for new jobs in Los Angeles and was able to find a great one in West LA. While I could have switched to Tuesday/Thursday I wanted to make sure I could give the new job I was starting my proper attention, as well as maintain the balance in my personal schedule (married w/ no kids...yet).
What my regular Saturday schedule for the last quarter has looked like is something similar to this:
7:30-8:15 Go for a run
8:15-9:30 Clean up/Get to class
12:45-2:00 Lunch (possibly a meeting with a club or some type of seminar)
2:00-5:30 Organizational Behavior
5:30-? Socialize/Happy Hour
Now, what's unique about the Saturday section is all the different places people are coming in for class. In my own group, I had one guy flying in from Seattle and another from the bay area. What's nice about this is being able to really truly see a diverse group of people you wouldn't see during the week and being encouraged by the level of commitment and effort people put in.
I also like how it is a whole day experience. The professors are good about giving us breaks so that we can stay focused during class, and having lunch together with other classmates really is a great time to network and/or commiserate over the latest case or midterm.
In summary, it's not an easy thing to do to give up your Saturdays to go to school, that much is true, but it's well worth the effort when the things you are learning and the people you are meeting push you to become an even better version of yourself. But then again, if you are reading this post, I'd bet you are the type who likes a challenge, am I right?
Hope this helps out any of you who are considering FEMBA and are wondering what it's like to be a Saturday student. Feel free to reach out to me, I'm more than happy to chat about anything!
Have a Happy Holiday!
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The first month of school has really flown by, but the experience has been so intense that I can barely remember what life before FEMBA was like (except that I had more time to sleep).
First quarter core classes are stat and OB. It’s been a really long time since I’ve had to attend lectures so switching into school mode after being away for so long was challenging to say to the least. There was (and still is) quite a bit of homework and reading so it took a few weeks for me to figure out the best way to prioritize my tasks and manage my time. Before the quarter started, I talked to all my friends who had already taken stats and nearly all of them said that it is one of the more difficult classes. I went in knowing I’d probably need to put in a lot of time to keep up with the material. I dedicated 75% of my study time working on stats and 25% on OB. After week 3, I realized that I needed to reallocate my study time so that I could spend more time on OB. I still do spend more time working on stat (since it is more of a challenge for me) but now it’s probably closer to 60% stat and 40% OB.
Now that I’m in the second half of the fall quarter, I’ve realized that I’ve gotten a lot more efficient and effective with the time I spend studying. The first half, I felt like I only had time for work, class, and studying. Now, I feel like I have a bit more free time for non-school related things. Making to-do lists has helped me keep track of the things I need to get done and when and entering all my appointments in the calendar on my phone so I don’t double myself for events (which has happened a few times this quarter).
The #1 question I get from my non-FEMBA friends is some variation of “how do you stay awake in class?” Like everything else, some nights are more draining than others and of course caffeine definitely helps (coffee, tea, and other refreshments are provided!) but I’ve found that lectures and discussions have been engaging. For me, class has been refreshing change from the day-to-day work grind.
Highlights: Professor Unzueta’s lectures, Leadership Foundations, happy hours, and Halloween party.
I’m really enjoying being a FEMBA and look forward to sharing my experiences with you as I work my way through my first year.
Hi and welcome! We are 3 current Anderson FEMBA students, representing each of the various schedules available to students (Tuesday/Thursdays, Saturdays and Flex).
As a team we have committed to keep the content on this blog fresh, meaning doing our best to have regular updates on a weekly basis.
So we wanted to use this first blog to introduce ourselves, we've also included our emails/linkedin, so if you have any questions, want to grab coffee or just would like to chat feel free to connect with us!
Sr. Producer/Product Manager - Activision Blizzard
Santa Monica, CA
If I had to choose one, I would say that it is definitely the people I have met since starting the program. Before starting b-school I had an idea of what I thought the typical MBA student would be like (finance, consulting, suit and tie, all type A). However since starting Anderson, I couldn’t be more wrong! I’ve met so many different people who are not only at the top of their fields, but are also friendly, willing to help and challenge my own ideas and perceptions. It’s a great feeling to know that we’re all here to better ourselves by taking on this large endeavor together.
Regardless of where you are at in the admissions cycle (just starting research on schools, actively applying, waiting to hear back, etc…) it is always a good thing to consider what your personal story is. Namely, “Why do I want to get my MBA?”, “Where do I want it to take me?”, “Why is the Anderson part time program the best fit for me?” Not only is important for you to know internally the answers to these questions, but also to be able to communicate it to others as well. No one is asking you to have all the answers, but we want to get to know you and what you bring to the table. Who knows, your next best connection could be one conversation away…
Anything related to the Golden State Warriors, 49ers, or SF Giants (can you tell where I’m from?). Also love walking with my wife and dog, talking technology trends/innovations, playing hoops and finding the best food around.
Manager - 21st Century Fox
Downtown Los Angeles
I get fewer hours of sleep but am so much more efficient with my waking hours. I'm also surprised that I look forward to going to lecture (on most) Tuesdays and Thursdays. It's a nice change to get your brain to shift gears and think about big picture stuff.
Travel, food (eating not cooking), and spending time with family, friends, and my dog
IT Customer Engagement Lead - IBM
24 hours used to be a lot of time before school started. Not anymore. The fun part is that there is always something to do – assignments, quizzes, learning groups and so on. I used to waste a lot of time doing non-productive stuff but this schedule has just forced me to be super efficient. You just become better at multi-tasking and quick decision making.
Come visit the school campus and the various open houses and other admissions events. Enjoy the admissions process and give your best shot to the essays and let your personality shine through. Talk to current students at events, talk to us and ask anything you want to know. Once admitted, you might need to give up your favorite TV show or hobby for a while but it will be worth it because this journey will be rewarding. Open up and socialize/network with everyone around you – at school, work or in day-to-day life. Lastly, be ready to gain a few pounds and attend a million happy hours. Don't cancel that gym membership! Good luck!
Hiking, traveling, pig out at food trucks and restaurants, sports, current affairs and anything to do with 'Breaking Bad' and 'House of Cards'