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Experiential Learning Towards the Full Time Job Search

Jennifer Dodd, MBA 2010

I just started the first week at my post-MBA full time job at Carestream Health, a medical imaging system manufacturer headquartered in Rochester, NY.  My first days as a Marketing Analyst have been going pretty well, and looking back I feel that the Experiential Learning component of the MBA program at Whitman made me well-prepared to enter the working world.  In addition to classroom work, I had three distinct internship experiences, all helping me get a step closer to the elusive full time placement.

Experience Matters: Michael Palermo, ’11 MBA Finance

Originally from Rochester, N.Y., Michael Palermo chose the Whitman School of Management so he could gain the necessary skills to make a transition from personal finance to investment management. With the combination of a well-structured finance curriculum, unparalleled student resources, and cutting-edge technology, Palermo knew Whitman was the right place for him to study investment management.

Experience Matters: Jennifer Dodd, ’10 MBA

Jennifer Dodd '10 MBA, Carestream Health, Rochester, NY

“The Experiential Learning program has greatly impacted my ability to add value to a loosely-defined project in my new career in Marketing at Carestream Health. For example, if two years ago my supervisor had given me a file of data and said, ‘Find something useful that we can do with this,’ I would have had no idea where to start. But that exact scenario happened to me early on, and I found that I had a lot of ideas that could positively impact our business.

Experience Matters: Lauren Hunter ’11 MBA/MS

Lauren HunterAfter spending seven years in L.A. as a talent agent, Lauren Hunter enrolled in Whitman’s dual marketing and media management degree program because she recognized the value of studying in such a diverse academic environment and gaining solid professional relationships.

“My hands-on experience at 20th Century Fox in the International Home Entertainment Catalog Marketing Department gave me great insight into brand management. I worked on Fox Filmed Entertainment and MGM’s catalog titles that have been available in home entertainment formats for more than 18 months. During my time at Fox, I was able to play a role in development of key strategic marketing, digital marketing, video-on-demand, electronic sell- through plans for release campaigns ranging from $750K to $8 Million.