“Cover letter is not the summary of your CV”, said Ildiko Mulley, the Recruitment Lead-Luxembourg, Vodafone Procurement Company Sarl, on the Orientation Day of the MBA with internship students of 2016-2017 cohort.
The event, which was held at the Chamber of Commerce building, began with an introduction to the program by Anemone Thomas, the International MBA Manager of Sacred Heart University (SHU), Giving an overview of the entire course, she spoke on how the University assists the students in finding the right internship.
Followed by the introduction, Antoine Rech, the Administrative Director, SHU, informed about SHU’s digital support such as the SHU online library.
The center stage was then taken over by the Adjunct Professor, Esther Celosse and Ildiko Mulley. They lead an intense interactive session with the students and explained how to write a CV and a Cover Letter and what are the mistakes that need to be avoided.
“Read through your CV with a critical eye and analyse it like a third person. Avoid typographical errors because such minor mistakes are quickly noticed by the recruiters and can lead your CV to land on the rejection pile ”, shared Ildiko Mulley.
The session ended with an informal lunch where the students and the speakers had a chance to continue their discussion in a more informal way.
Derek Moore is the Assistant Wresting Coach and a Part Time MBA student at Jack F. College of Business at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield. He came to Luxembourg with his fellow classmates for the Knowledge Management course (Management Elective BU 699) taught by Michael Zhang. Derek shared his experience learning course and also what he did during his stay in Luxembourg.
I enjoyed the class. Each evening I was able to sit next to another student and interact with them during the breaks. Although we did not always agree, the discussions were positive in nature and communicated in a way which does not attack or degrade other’s opinion.
Having a class with students from 10+ different countries I got to know the students and learn from their varied cultural experiences. The difference came from the diverse student base, their viewpoint on subject matter, the way in which they communicate and how they work with others. I am very impressed with their level of dedication, to their education and openness to share their opinions.
We were happy to have two corporate visits during this study trip: Bofferding & PayPal. The experience at Bofferding was unique because they took us into the areas where they stool brew their beer. They have a rich history as a family owned beer with majority market share in Luxembourg. We were also happy to learn that one of the managers was a former student of the MBA program in Luxembourg.
The PayPal visit was incredibly interesting and enlightening. The COO spent a good amount of time with us along with two other employees, sharing where PayPal has been, it’s growth, where they are headed and how they manage knowledge within the company.
Aside from the course, we had a weekend trip to Amsterdam and Brussels, and it was fantastic. We started by touring the city by foot, enjoying the delicious food and taking in the beautiful scenery of the unique water ways. We were fortunate enough to purchase tickets for the Anne Frank museum and visited her hiding place during WWII. It was sad but amazing.
Brussels was another beating city with lots to see. We probably put in 6 miles on foot that day. We visited Manneken Pis, went to a bar with over 2,000 beers, enjoyed their delicious waffles and are on the famous Rue de Brochures.
Being on the field is always a wonderful experience, be it anywhere. The five students from SHU, Luxembourg had the first hand experience in Business market functions during their two weeks of 2016 USA-Luxembourg Connections Summer Enrichment Program in the U.S. From July 17 to July 30, 2016, these students attended classes with their U.S. counterparts at SHU campuses in Stamford and Fairfield, and also visited corporate houses like NYSE, IBM, and Sandler O’Neil. Having been exposed to the bigger world, what were the main insights from the program? Let’s hear it from them.
Paulo Fernandes (Student, Welch MBA):
This was not my first trip to the U.S. but the experience was different and refreshing. The 2016 USA-Luxembourg Connections Summer Enrichment Program created strong links between the MBA colleagues, both Luxembourg and the U.S. based.
Out of the corporate visits we had, I personally liked the Sandler O’Neill visit the most. The takeaways from the discussions with Bob Castrignano (Principal, Equity Sales, Sandler O’Neil), about what made his success, amongst other topics, were very interesting. The story about what happened to the company after 9/11 and his commitment to help rebuild the company was inspiring. A very good visit.
The classes were also very interesting. Obviously, due to cultural differences, professors and students have different point of views and perspectives on many subjects, which is a good thing as it created very interesting discussions.
During the weekdays we went to the beaches close to Stamford several times. We went for a run regularly and played sports such as Basketball and Tennis. For our free two-day weekend, we decided to rent a car and drive to Atlantic City. It was a lot of fun! We enjoyed the beach, the good food and the parties.
I realized the importance of connections and creating and keeping a good network with this trip.
Maria del Rosario Cleofe Chavez Cortez (Student, Welch MBA with internship)
The CONNECTIONS program was full of great moments, but this trip gave me the opportunity to meet new people with awesome perspectives and ideas on different business topics. This trip was my best experience, and of course it was more than what I expected. Being there, with perfect sunny days, visiting important companies and meeting new people, gave me the chance to acquire more business insights and earn new connections.
All the corporate visits gave me the opportunity to learn something new and also taught me some important lessons. The most interesting visit to me was to the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange). It was so exciting to see people working on the trading floor, a place which I am used to seeing in photographs, newspaper and on business TV channels.
The SHU students from Fairfield are friendly and everyone supported us for any need. They are competent and showed engagement during classes. It is difficult to compare professors, because all our professors are amazing professionals that answer all our questions concerning doubts or curiosities. Through an international perspective, all classes were explained under different point of views, and everyone was unique.
I enjoyed every corner of New York City. I visited the MOMA, the Rockefeller center, Atlantic city and also some amazing beaches, such as West Beach and Cove Island Park in Stamford. I will remember the nice people I met from this trip and all the efforts of Prof. Mary Trefry who worked a lot for this program. And New York City, with all its chaos and frenetic life, it was simply magic.
Fabián Mejía Pinto (Student, Welch MBA)
With this trip I reinforce the importance of the technology-enabled connections and the social capital and also the importance of developing strong and weak links through social media and different technology based channels.
All our corporate visits were very interesting, but IBM visit was my favorite. We met Watson, the technology platform that use natural processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data (http://www.ibm.com/watson/what-is-watson.html). This kind of machines can really improve the capacity to analyze large amounts of data and help in decision making processes in any service or industry.
We had very good lectures and group discussions about Developing Social Capital in the era of global networks connections, Marketing in the age of social media and Big data and predictive analytics. We had an excellent atmosphere between the Luxembourg based students and developed very good relationship with the US based students. In class, we had interesting debates about US presidential elections, sustainability and environment, where we could see differences of opinions.
Meetings and dinners with SHU professors like Alfred Steinherr and Mary Trefry and with US executives like Richard Robustelli and Robert Castrignano were very interesting and enriching.
Now that we all are back, we expect to keep in contact with the U.S. based students and maintain the great relationship we built with them.
It was more than just a visit for Dr. Alfred Steinher, Academic Director, Sacred Heart University, Luxembourg, when he accompanied five students of the 2016 USA-Luxembourg Connections Summer Enrichment Program for the corporate visit of the Thomas J. Watson Research Center at IBM Headquarters in Yorktown.
On July 22 we visited this world famous IBM research center, set up in the 1960s by T.J Watson, the founder of IBM, as part of the two-week study program for students from Luxembourg at the main University campus in Fairfield, CT. Our visit lasted from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The IBM campus extends over the rolling hills of Yorktown surrounded by prime estates for executives of the wider New York area. It is a dream location, spacious, green, peaceful. We were graciously hosted by two Luxembourgers: Laurent Schares and Michel Hack. Laurent studied in Paris before doing his Ph.D. in physics at MIT. Michel got his Ph.D. from the Swiss Technical University in Zurich and both happily have been ever since with IBM in Yorktown. The center is a playground for Nobel Laureates and those working toward it. Despite the relaxed style, thousands of patents are being generated here. It was home of the most powerful computer in the world until IBM was overtaken by a Chinese super computer. The research activity of the center is surprisingly diverse and we got a good taste of that: we had presentations on blockchain technology and security, on quantum computing, on weather forecasts at the micro level (per square mile) and we could participate in a Jeopardy game (playing against a program developed by IBM) that has been a big success on US television. What a day!
Over recent weeks I have visited many of our sites and have been very impressed by the drive and determination of our employees as they continue to take the business forward. While everyone is aware of the challenges the steel industry faces, British Steel already has a strong business plan in place.
In less than 24 hours five students from SHU Luxembourg, Jack Welch College of Business, will fly off to the main University campus in Fairfield, CT (U.S.) for the 2016 USA-Luxembourg Connections Summer Enrichment Program. Participating students have the incredible opportunity to visit some of the big U.S. corporate houses in NYC and meet one-on-one with leading professionals from Bloomberg, IBM, JP Morgan, NYSE and Sandler O’Neill (investments & trading). Throughout the two-week excursion, students will also get the chance to interact with the U.S. faculty and study alongside U.S. students—all while earning elective credits in their MBA program for the course BU 687 Contemporary Issues in Global Management.
There is an air of excitement and anticipation among the Lux students as they eagerly pack and prepare for tomorrow’s take-off, so SHU decided to check in with the lucky students and see what some of their expectations are for the trip. Here’s what they had to say:
Maria del Rosario Cleofe Chavez Cortez (Student, Welch MBA with internship)
I am very excited to embark on this new experience because this will be my first time at SHU’s Graduate Center in Stamford, Connecticut. I am also enthusiastic about the course BU 687 Contemporary Issues in Global Management because it will cover interesting topics concerning new trends that impact global businesses such as: social media and networking, cyber security, environmental changes, etcetera.
Thanks to this cross-cultural connection, I will have the opportunity to interact and learn from other students in the U.S. I hope to build a strong relationship with others by sharing my opinions and discussing different topics.
During the course I want to gain more awareness about the latest development in global business and I want to acquire a new vision that will make me responsible with my actions in the future. I am looking to achieve a higher level of professional knowledge and develop new skills; gain a high level of English knowledge and, more generally, become more competitive. I am curious to know about the culture in the United States—to learn about other people’s lifestyle and enjoy visits at important companies, such as New York Stock Exchange, IBM, JP Morgan, Bloomberg, while also enjoying some sight-seeing trips and social events.
Fabián Mejía Pinto (Student, Welch MBA)
I’m very excited to participate in this Connection Enrichment Experience. It is a two-week program including sight-seeing, corporate visits and social events. I’m looking forward to having stimulating discussions on how technology-enabled connections affect us as individuals, organizations and societies, and to meet our classmates of the SHU U.S. campus and to have a great experience.
Iría Martinez (Student, Welch MBA)
I am extremely excited to be part of the U.S. program and I look forward to enriching discussions in class between the U.S. and European minds. This will also be an amazing opportunity for me to spend some time in New York; a city I have always been in love with, and come to know what life is like across the “big pond”. SHU Luxembourg has been very helpful in facilitating the application process with clear guidance and support, as well as Professor Mary Trefry, who I really look forward to meeting in person and spending memorable days with.
Danijela Radic and Paulo Fernandes from the Luxembourg MBA Class of 2016 will also be joining the program with Maria, Fabián, and Iría.
SHU wishes them a meaningful learning experience and a safe journey!