Just when I thought things couldn't get any busier, the summer internship recruiting process began in earnest! In addition to attending classes and fulfilling my club leadership responsibilities (Haas Student Ambassadors! Tech Club! Beer Industry Club!), I'm also actively searching for a summer job in the tech industry. Since I'm an industry switcher, I've been focusing on ways to increase my knowledge of the tech industry. Two of the main ways I've been doing that since coming back for Spring semester have been informational interviews and company treks.
Although Haas has a smaller student body than a lot of MBA programs, it's turned out to be a tremendous benefit when it comes to networking because our alums are so eager to help out fellow Haasies. I was initially pretty uncomfortable with the idea of reaching out to complete strangers, but our alums have made it painless! Every single person I've reached out to (and there have been literally dozens) has gotten back to me, answering my questions and encouraging my interest in their companies. They have graciously taken time out of their busy days to chat with me on the phone or over coffee about their companies, roles, and trends they see in the industry. As a result, I've been able to identify companies and roles in which my skills would be a good fit, and I've felt prepared and knowledgable for interviews, which just started a few weeks ago.
I've also enjoyed visiting tech companies in SF and the Silicon Valley. HTC has been really active setting up on-site tours and networking events with large and small companies in a variety of sub-industries, from networks to online to software. These events give members a great opportunity to get a feel for these companies and another way to meet current employees. I recently joined HTC's trip to Cisco, where we had the chance to hear about the internships for which they're hiring--AND test out their TelePresence software! (Read about it here.) Pretty much every Friday, we can count on a trip down to the Valley. And in fact, today is no different; I'm heading out the door to the GooglePlex right now!