Brandeis Industry Night: Business, Consulting & Finance (9/16)

Aug. 25, 2014

Thank you for your interest in the Brandeis Industry Night: Business, Consulting and Finance sponsored by the Hiatt Career Center and Business Program. See below for details about the event details and timeline, student preparation, registration, case challenge expertsindustry professionals and learn about opportunities currently posted in B.hired.

This is Brandeis University’s marquee event focused on the fields of Business, Consulting and Finance. This industry night is an annual opportunity for employer partners and alumni to provide over 200 Brandeis students, faculty and staff in the related disciplines with exciting insights into emerging business challenges and trends – both global and domestic. After a case competition, panelists and additional industry guests co-host networking that enable students to rotate through conversations with an array of experts who provide insights about their careers, academic backgrounds, and organizations.

Event Details and Timeline

Brandeis Industry Night: Business, Consulting and Finance
"A multifaceted recruiting and networking experience."
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Hassenfeld Conference Center

General Timeline:
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: Case Challenge and Attendee Registration
6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.: Expert Panel: Breaking Into the Industry
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: Industry Networking Rooms

Download the program guide for the event.

About the event: In partnership with the Hiatt Career Center and Business Program, industry nights are an opportunity for students to:

  • Connect with industry professional about this and related industries
  • Learn about new industries and organizations
  • Explore different career paths
  • Strengthen and build confidence in communication and networking skills
  • Meet others who are interested in the same career fields

Industry nights have three components:

  1. Case challenge
  2. Panel discussion
  3. Industry networking rooms

Case Challenge (Deadline to apply EXTENDED: 9/9, midnight)
Pre-selected industry professionals bring their greatest challenge and Brandeis students solve it. Students will be divided into small teams of 4-6 and be provided a case study or exercise. Students will work collaboratively with their team to develop solutions to these exercises. Teams will present their solutions to a panel of industry experts who seek to help students develop professionally and whose organizations are committed to recruiting at Brandeis for jobs and/or internships during the 2014/15 academic year. Participants will:

  • Gain in-depth insight into the types of problems field-specific industry professionals experience
  • Learn how approaches to challenges differ from organization to organization
  • Strengthen communication and networking skills by presenting to professionals through group pitch presentations
  • While this portion of the event is primarily for Juniors and Seniors, First Years and Sophomores are encouraged to attend, observe and learn. 

Applicant Requirements:

  • Juniors and Seniors are invited to participate (First Years and Sophomores are invited to observe and "sit-in")
  • Apply via B.hired (Submit a response to the following: why would you be a good fit for this program?  Please highlight any previous business/consulting/finance experience or knowledge in your response (200 words or less).)
  • A Hiatt-approved resume is encouraged but not required for applying, but will be required if you are selected.  

Panel of Experts
Panelists will respond to questions like, “How can students break into your industry?”, “What does your company look for in entry-level or intern candidates?” and “How can students make the most out of networking?” 

Open Networking
Networking is divided into different rooms by industry cluster to help employers and students with matching interests connect more easily. You will join approximately 20 industry professionals in a dedicated networking room based on your primary career field/function interest area. You will receive a list of the industry representatives in each room and may rotate through the different rooms as you wish. You are welcome to ask questions about our guests’ career paths, organizations, fields, job functions, and such. All students are welcome regardless of major, class year or stage of career development. 

Event Preparation

Boston Private Financial Holdings Info Session 
Friday, September 5th, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Join Boston Private Financial Holdings for an information session to learn more about their organization and their rotational development program. Learn more and RSVP in B.hired > Events > Information Sessions

YMAFashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) Info Session
Friday, September 5th, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Tuesday, Sept. 23rd, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund program is open to Brandeis students with a demonstrated intent to pursue careers in design, merchandising, retailing, journalism, computer science or business. Sophomores, juniors and first-semester seniors with at least a 3.0 grade-point average are eligible. Learn more and RSVP in B.hired -> Events 

Wednesday, September 10, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Make sure your resume is ready for Hiatt's many fall events and job and internship postings! Drop by anytime between 11 and 4 to have your resume reviewed. No appointment necessary. RSVP in B.hired > Events > Workshops

JumpStart Workshop
Wednesday, September 10th, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
The Hiatt Career Center and the Undergraduate Business Program are co-presenting this new workshop to help students: Learn about careers, companies and paths in these fields; Identify key strengths and skill sets; Learn how to make industry connections and Prepare early for recruiting opportunities. RSVP in B.hired > Events > Workshops

Webinar: Careers in Consulting with Chris O'Connor '02
Thursday, September 11, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Chris O'Connor '02, MBA, strategy consultant at Accenture, will speak with Brandeis students about careers in consulting.
RSVP online here

Using Social Media to Make Contacts and Research Companies
Friday, September 12, 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Learn about making the most of your social media presence. Using Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook can be great ways to find information about employers and make connections. This workshop will be especially useful for those attending the Business, Consulting, and Finance Industry Night on 9/16. RSVP in B.hired > Events > Workshops

How to Work a Room
Friday, September 12, 12:30 - 1:00 p.m.
Networking can happen anywhere, so why not be prepared? This workshop will cover tips for making the most of casual interactions and face-to-face networking. This workshop will be especially beneficial for those planning to attend the Business, Consulting, and Finance Industry Night on 9/16. RSVP in B.hired > Events > Workshops

Cover Letter Writing for Business Fields
Monday, September 15, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Need help with a cover letter? The business field requires professional cover letters. Come to Hiatt to learn how to draft a memorable and effective cover letter.  RSVP in B.hired > Events > Workshops 

Follow Up! Using LinkedIn to Build Your Network and Maintain Relationships
Friday, September 19, 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Did you attend the Business, Consulting and Finance Industry Night? Want to make the most of your interactions that night? Or are you hoping to get a better handle on managing your LinkedIn connections? This 30 minute presentation will offer advice for maximizing your connections and continuing to engage with contacts. RSVP in B.hired > Events > Workshops

Workshop: Industry Night Individual Strategy Sessions
Monday, September 22, 2014, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. (30 minute time slots)
Are you unsure about what you experienced at Industry Night? Do you feel confused about your follow up plans? Come to Hiatt and discuss your experience one on one with a counselor. RSVP in B. Hired > Events > Workshops

Workshop: Industry Night Connections - Next Steps
Monday, September 22, 2014, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Join us for an interactive session to discuss your experience at the Industry Night: Business, Consulting & Finance. Work with peers to develop your next step strategies. RSVP in B. Hired>Events>Workshops

Tips to make the most of your experience:

  • DO have an elevator pitch ready to introduce yourself to industry professionals.
  • DO research the featured organizations and industry professionals before the event.
  • DO ask specific questions about industry professional’s field, organization, job function or career path.
  • DO try to not monopolize conversations and be respectful of the industry professional and your classmates’ time.
  • DO feel free to ask about open internships or entry-level jobs at their organizations.
  • DO feel free to distribute your business cards and resumes.
  • DO follow up with the Career Center after the event to discuss how to optimize your recent connections.
  • DO have fun!

Event Registration

Case Challenge Application: Apply via B.hired

Undergraduate RSVP (Panel, Networking): RSVP via B.hired > Events > Career Forums

Alumni RSVP (as an industry representative): Register here > Proceed to registration form

Alumni RSVP (as an attendee): Register here > Career Programs and Upcoming Events

Professional dress is required. 

About the Expert Panel

Liberty Mutual 
Since 1912, we at Liberty Mutual Insurance have committed ourselves to providing broad, useful and competitively-priced insurance products and services to meet our customers' ever-changing needs. Our delivery on this commitment is the reason we're now the third largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2013 direct premium written according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

Ballentine Partners
Ballentine Partners is an independent wealth management firm that provides comprehensive investment and financial advice to a select group of wealthy families and entrepreneurs. We serve as our clients' personal financial advocate. We provide comprehensive, objective advice and do not sell insurance or investment products. Our only source of income is fees paid to us by our clients. Our mission is to help our clients develop a comprehensive, integrated approach to managing their financial lives and making the best use of their financial resources.

CoStar Portfolio Strategy
At CoStar, we’re in the business of equipping our clients with what they need to succeed. We create opportunity through a combination of reliable tools, resources, and deep understanding on over 4.2 million commercial real estate properties in today’s market. Find relevant information, meet the right people, and make the deals that are critical to your success. Whatever your business, we’re here to help you reach your goals, and keep you moving ahead with confidence.

Attending Industry Representatives

Download this spreadsheet to see who is coming and learn more about their career! 

**Please note: This sortable spreadsheet will be updated periodically, so be sure to check back often. For additional resources on how to do research and connect via LinkedIn, review Hiatt's LinkedIn 101.

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