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What Students Wished They Knew About OP

The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management’s (CGSM) Annual Orientation Program and Career Forum (OP) is one of the most eagerly anticipated events for incoming students. With just a few days to soak it all in, how can you maximize your experience and what should you expect?

Consortium Fellows share what they wished they knew about time management, interviewing, expectations, and how to garner valuable experiences at OP.

What I Wish I Knew About Time Management at OP

“Take some time to think about your goals for the conference and create a plan to achieve those goals.” – Whitney, New York University

“Time is the largest hurdle to get over during OP. There are so many opportunities to spend time with great companies, as well as great Consortium peers. Utilize your time to enjoy both opportunities. It will make the experience even greater.” – Carol, Indiana University-Bloomington

“Research and prioritize your target companies and find them early in the week. You will continue to see the representative throughout the event and will have multiple opportunities to make small talk and be memorable.” – Jorge, Indiana University-Bloomington

“Be purposeful. Go to all of the sessions, but also make time to network with company representatives and with people from other schools.” – Daniel, University of Virginia

What I Wish I Knew About Interviewing at OP

“Leverage the career office at your respective school to prepare for your interviews. My school’s career counselors were essential to my interview process and helped me secure an offer.” – Whitney, New York University

“Do company research and be prepared for a ‘live’ interview. The possibility of walking out of OP with a summer internship is very real.” – Jason, Dartmouth College

“Come with resumes and business cards, and do your research. Know why you are interested in the role and why you would be a great fit for the company.” – Joyce, Dartmouth College.

“Take advantage of the opportunity to interview with your dream company.” – Carol, University of Indiana-Bloomington

What I Wish I Knew About Expectations at OP

“Having a clear plan of what you want to accomplish during OP will allow you to set your expectations correctly and ultimately have a successful experience.” – Carol, Indiana University-Bloomington

“Have fun networking and socializing, but don’t forget the value of the corporate partners. Be courteous and professional at all times. Expect them to want to get to know you at meals, workshops and even informally in the hallways.” – Joyce, Dartmouth College

“I went to OP expecting to have a great time and meet great people. I didn’t expect to leave with second-round interviews that led to me securing an internship at a leading investment bank before school started.” – George, New York University

What I Wish I Knew About Preparing for OP

“Do your research early and begin to conduct informational interviews early on. Talking to company reps can help you develop insights that give you a competitive edge.” – Meiko, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

“Read the letter to shareholders from the CEO in the company’s annual financial statements. Look up the recruiters and be familiar with their backgrounds.” – Mark, University of California, Berkeley

“The amazing network that I was able to build, including students and recruiters. I got two offers for the summer from two of the companies that I talked to during OP.” – Angel University of Southern California

“The Consortium is a family, especially your classmates. They will be your rock for the next two years.”  – Julia, Indiana University-Bloomington

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