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Announcing the GmatClub Ambassador Program



Welcome @bcsnyder2 as your Manderson Ambassador!



Background:
Looking at the questions we’ve seen over the years here on GC, we know that prospective students and applicants want help in learning about each school and MBA program you’re considering.

To help you with that, we want to leverage the knowledge of our active GmatClubbers who are current first years, second years, and alumni of these programs to answer common questions we often receive and see on these boards. What better to get to know the school than directly from those who have lived it!

There will be 2 parts to this:
1) A compilation of frequently asked questions – and their answers – compiled in a wiki-like format
2) Periodic posts from current students about their experiences in the program (as their schedules allow). These posts will expand on some of the experiences talked briefly about in the FAQs (e.g., more detail around Orientation Week, the class curriculum, recruiting, social activities, etc)

Have additional questions or suggestions about the Manderson Ambassador Program? Post them here.
Are you a current student or alumni and want to be a GmatClub Ambassador? Message me or your Manderson GC Ambassador to get involved.
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Ambassador Questions


Answers will be updated as the academic year progresses. Check back for updates.

School & Curriculum
• Describe your typical day.
• What are some of the best classes you have taken?
• How do you select what courses to take? Is there flexibility in what courses you can take? Are there courses you think are most helpful for students interning or recruiting full-time for your area of study (eg, finance, consulting, marketing, ops)?
• Do you feel the program is a better fit for students looking for a specific career? Do student preferences tend to learn towards a particular area?
• How would you describe the student community?

Internships
• From what you’ve seen, what types of intern programs/companies were students most interested for their summer internship?
• When does the summer internship search begin and when does it end?
• What support does the school provide for finding an internship and understanding the internship search process?
• How did you prepare for your internship recruiting process?

Recruiting
• From what you’ve seen, what types of full-time roles were students most interested? Was there a shift in what people were looking for in the summer internship to what they were looking for in full-time roles?
• How did most people find their full-time role (e.g., on-campus recruiting firms, off-campus recruiting, the extended school/alumni network, etc)?
• Describe the networking opportunities available to help you learn more about your career options (e.g., job treks, student club-led activities, company-sponsored events, conferences, etc)

Social
• What are the “fun” events that you should not miss out on (e.g., happy hours, formals, Olympics, follies, etc)?
• What opportunities are there for students to work on-campus or off-campus while in school?
• What is something not mentioned on the school’s website that an applicant should know?
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Hi! My name is Bennett Snyder and I am a second year graduate student in the Manderson Graduate School of Business at the University of Alabama.

The graduate program I am enrolled in is actually the dual MBA/MSCE (Civil Engineering) program, so my experience is a little bit different than what you will find with an MBA only curriculum. However, I am familiar enough with the MBA program to answer all questions you may have about it. Also, the University of Alabama offers a great deal of dual Master's options along with the MBA - which is what I am doing - so I can definitely answer any questions you may have related to that as well. These dual programs substitute in a second Master's degree to go with your MBA, instead of an MBA concentration, in the same two-year time frame - so it's a huge bargain in terms of "bang for your buck". Some notable dual degrees include civil engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, law, theatre, management information systems (IT), and more.

I am looking forward to posting about our graduate program here at the University of Alabama and answering all questions about the GMAT, my experiences, and anything else you may want to ask.

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School & Curriculum
• Describe your typical day.
To start, I should let you know that the graduate business classes are scheduled to never be on Fridays, which is awesome because you always have a 3 day weekend. Each of our four semesters consist of 15 hours, so each day is usually 2-3 classes. None of the classes are tremendously difficult but the workloads can be heavy. All classes are discussion based (rather than busy work out of the textbook) which is nice and group work is emphasized. You are actually assigned to a four person team your first year that you take all classes with and perform all project with, and then you are broken up and allowed to pick your own team the second year. Finally, public speaking is a huge focus - you give presentations early and often which can be intimidating, but the growth is very rewarding because public speaking is such a vital tool for MBA grads.

• What are some of the best classes you have taken?
My favorite classes are two of the ones I am in right now actually - business strategy and management communication. They are heavily based on discussion so classes are engaging and fun. Not to mention the teachers are incredible. I've never had classes I genuinely enjoy going to more than these. However, I must say that most of the professors in this graduate program are extremely impressive.

• How do you select what courses to take? Is there flexibility in what courses you can take? Are there courses you think are most helpful for students interning or recruiting full-time for your area of study (eg, finance, consulting, marketing, ops)?
There are about 2 or 3 mandatory "core" classes in each semester. These are the ones you would expect; management, finance, operations, etc. But you are required to pick a concentration in your first year - either consulting, marketing strategy, supply chain, or a few others - and those allow you to hand pick your field and electives. Also, there are the dual programs I mentioned in my introduction. I am doing a dual program with civil engineering and was able to pick from four completely different concentrations than the regular MBAs; mine is construction management and engineering. So overall, there is a great amount of flexibility.

• Do you feel the program is a better fit for students looking for a specific career? Do student preferences tend to learn towards a particular area?
You are honestly able to go in any direction you want in this program. Like I mentioned in the question above, the options for concentrations are vast. The first year you are taking mainly core courses and stick together as an overall class. Then in the second year, you break up a little and go into your own elective classes - but we all still see each other in two core MBA classes per semester.

• How would you describe the student community?
The university graduate school in general does a great job of hosting events for graduate students - free food and drinks, networking, etc. However, our MBA class as a whole (about 70 students) is extremely close. The rigorous orientation week at the beginning of the program did a great job of making us closer and the support you have in your teammates is very comforting. You spend a lot of time with classmates and make a great deal of personal and business connections.

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Internships
• From what you’ve seen, what types of intern programs/companies were students most interested for their summer internship?
Many of my classmates are concentrating in Enterprise Consulting and found internships with PwC, KPMG, and other large professional services companies. Others worked in financial, marketing, and supply chain positions mainly. But with the amount of options in concentrations the program offers, you can intern in a ton of different positions.

• When does the summer internship search begin and when does it end?
A summer internship is a requirement to graduate from our program, so the search starts right at the beginning of orientation week. The search doesn't end until you find one, so it can be a little stressful the first year as you are searching.

• What support does the school provide for finding an internship and understanding the internship search process?
The program provides a TON of support in finding internships. They have a department dedicated to career services and they bring in recruiters on a weekly basis for presentations, interviews, and career fairs. The school makes it easy to network and find openings.

• How did you prepare for your internship recruiting process?
I attended the many networking events offered by the program and reached out to recruiters on LinkedIn. Since my dual program is preparing me for a different career and not the financial and business tract most of our recruiters were looking for, I had to branch out and do a lot of networking on my own.

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Recruiting
• From what you’ve seen, what types of full-time roles were students most interested? Was there a shift in what people were looking for in the summer internship to what they were looking for in full-time roles?
Students have gotten full-time positions with the companies they interned with in the summer for the most part (see first question of the internship post above). Some of my classmates have used the summer internship as a learning experience and are looking for opportunities in other fields now.

• How did most people find their full-time role (e.g., on-campus recruiting firms, off-campus recruiting, the extended school/alumni network, etc)?
Many found their full-time jobs through their internships, but the program offers a ton of networking events in both the first and second year.

• Describe the networking opportunities available to help you learn more about your career options (e.g., job treks, student club-led activities, company-sponsored events, conferences, etc)
The school sponsors company presentations, lunch and learns, dinners, career fairs, and many other events to help students learn and network.

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Social
• What are the “fun” events that you should not miss out on (e.g., happy hours, formals, Olympics, follies, etc)?
The program sponsors a group called the MBAA (MBA association) that hosts happy hours, bar tabs, parties, socials, and formals. We also as a class go for $1 beer night at the bowling alley, have pregames and parties on the weekend, take part in a kickball league, and more. The social life and social dynamic between our classes is great and is something you can definitely take advantage of if you want to. We also have classmates that are older, have families, or just aren't into that kind social scene, and that's okay! We all get along with each other and have fun in and out of the classroom.

• What opportunities are there for students to work on-campus or off-campus while in school?
The program is good about finding assistantships within the graduate school for students and there is a department in the university dedicated to finding students off campus jobs. If you try hard enough you can easily find part-time work to go along with school.

• What is something not mentioned on the school’s website that an applicant should know?
The MBA program at the University of Alabama is ranked in the top 25 public schools list, but it will probably never compete with the likes of Harvard, Stanford, and other great private schools. Therefore, the program here has put an emphasis on recruiting candidates straight out of undergrad. It is great because your classmates are young and the curriculum is build to teach the basics of the business world as your foundation in the first year. But if you have a lot of work experience and are maybe a little bit older, the two-year time frame may not be worth it for you since the first year is mainly core classes. Overall though the program is awesome.

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