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I am planning on applying to the NYU Stern Part Time MBA Program. I have read all the bad publicity NYU received for its recruiting services for Part Time MBA students and have been following their efforts to improve recruiting under the Career Services Task Force. (http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~ptlf/CSTF/AboutCSTF.html)
My questions: • Can ex-part time or prospective part-time NYU Stern students chime in on their luck with finding jobs? • Any current students that can confirm things have changed?
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I, too, am interested in any alums who might be able to chime in. Unfortunately, I don't think there are too many here on gmatclub.
Yeah, this post has been dead for a long time. I guess what part time MBA's boil down to, is the motivation on the part of the student to network and create contacts and find those opportunities. Career services might not be the biggest help.
I'm attempting to answer the question: Can NYU part-time student change career?
I went to the info session yesterday and the answer to that question is yes, but harder. In fact, the alum that was there successfully facilitate a career change from sales engineer to advertising. However, she warned me of the following:
How drastic is the change? There are three types of career switcher. First is those who switch job function within the same industry. If this is the case, then a part-time MBA might not be a bad idea. You can take classes that are geared toward the new function, and many company within the industry actually prefers someone who knows about the industry already; hence, going part-time will give you an edge over the full-time students because of your experience.
Second is those who wish to do the same thing, but in a different industry. If this is the the case, then a part-time MBA can also be suitable for you. You can take classes that are geared toward and network with people in that industry.
Third, is those who wish to switch both job function and industry. I was told that these are the kind of people that will have a hard time after graduation since you will be competing with full-time students who have internship. If you want to switch from engineering to ibanking, Why would Goldman Sachs want to hire you compare with those full-time students with an internship at their firm? It make sense. But she also said she have seen people somehow did it by gaining free or unpaid experience elsewhere while working full-time. It is not common, but it has been done.
Yes, I've been talking to several folks at NYU and you seem to have summarized excellently exactly what they were saying.
Are you in the program? When are you applying?
Hello bozo, I am not in the program. I am a prospective student, but indecisive about applying part-time because I want to have the option of changing career. I work in NYC and applied for full-time program this year, but unfortunately I was dinged at schools I really want to go. So now I am facing two options: 1. Part-time with good chance of getting in and come out "sort-of" debt free with a lot of experience, but have hard time switching career 2. Full time without knowing I will get in and come out with a lot of debt, no experience, but can easily switch career. For this option, I will re-take GMAT (690 now) and go through app hell again.
My stat: 690 GMAT, BS 3.3 engineering top 3 school in USA, MS 3.9 IT at NYU, 6 years WE
So I attended the information session at Washington Square and I think the common theme of questions was the same...what after? Can i switch careers.
The admissions consultant was excellent and was very honest about the fact that it is extremely hard to switch careers. It requires your personal connections, contacts, tremendous networking skills to make that happen and there are a few who are succesful but the number she said was definitely small.
Most Part Time Students are typically not allowed to go to the job fairs that are available to the Full Time Students, primarily because you are employed at a place and could potentially be a conflict of interest. This policy changes every year it seems and the school is struggling with the best answer to the situation. Though, they do have alumni databases, career services. Also, the student rep at the session did say he was allowed to go for the recruiting events.
Overall, the program is definitely top notch but the career switch might be difficult.