[Webinar] UMD Online MBA Career Services Webinar

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Earning your MBA is an investment in your future.  Discover how the online MBA from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is uniquely designed to equip you with the skills and resources to help you on your path to success.

In this session, we will provide a brief overview of the Online MBA program and highlight some of the skills you’ll develop that can help you achieve your career goals.  We will dive into what services are available to Smith Online MBA students through the Office of Career Services.  An online MBA graduate will also review his experience with Smith’s career services and how they helped him in his career path.  We will then review application requirements and then conclude the session with a live Q&A where we will field questions from attendees.

Presenters:

  • Erika Harrigan, Assistant Director, PT MBA Career Consultant, Office of Career Services
  • Julie Neill, Assistant Director, PT MBA Career Consultant, Office of Career Services
  • Dan Goldsmith, Online MBA Graduate
  • Jacques Avery, Online MBA Enrollment Advisor

Originally presented on May 23, 2019.

Transcript

– [Christina] Hello and welcome to the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business Online MBA Career Services & Graduate Outcomes webinar. I’m Christina Walsh and I’ll be your host today. I’d like to thank you for joining us and taking time out of your busy schedule. Before we begin I’d like to review a few housekeeping items. At the bottom of your Audience Console are multiple application widgets you can use. If you have any technical difficulties the Help widget provides answers to common technical issues. If you have questions during the webcast you may submit your question using the Q&A widget. We will answer as many questions as time allows at the end of the session. Also, an on-demand version of this session will be available to you tomorrow. A link to the recording will be sent via email should you like to, should you like to view the presentation again or share with others.

Now I would like to introduce our panelists. First we have Julie Neill. Julie is an award-winning career services professional with a diverse background including over 18 years of experience working in higher education, government and the nonprofit sector in the US and overseas. Julie provides career coaching for MBA students in the part-time and online programs, and is based at the Shady Grove Campus in Rockville, Maryland. She believes in taking a creative, holistic approach to career development and enjoys drawing from various fields including design thinking and cognitive psychology.

Dan Goldsmith has been a serial entrepreneur for two decades, buying and growing businesses in several verticals. Most recently he founded X-Laser, a high-powered laser manufacturing firm that came to count numerous high-profile musical artists and theme parks as clients, and grew into the largest firm of its kind in the United States. He earned his MBA online from the University of Maryland’s Smith School in 2016 and now works as the director of marketing for a large construction company, as well as adjunct faculty in the Smith School’s marketing department. Finally we have Jacques Avery who is the senior enrollment advisor with the Smith Online MBA and Online Business Program.

So what are we gonna cover today? First we’re gonna review, we’re gonna go through the University of Maryland’s Smith online MBA program and review some key benefits there. And then Julie will review the services and resources available to Online MBA students and alumni. Then Dan will discuss his experience in working with the Office of Career Services and how the program impacted his career. He will also review some employment data from a 2018 Online MBA graduate survey. Finally, Jacques will then join us again for the, to review the steps for applying to the Smith Online MBA Program. And we will conclude the session with a Q&A session to answer any of your outstanding questions. Now I will turn it over to Jacques.

– [Jacques] Hi everyone. Now we’re gonna talk a little bit about what makes this program special and why the Smith MBA can be a good match for you. First, our world-class faculty includes some of the best and brightest PhDs from all over the world and many of them teach in the online program. We believe that we have a track record for excellence, we work to produce students that are prepared to be successful in the world of business and it shows in our rankings. Here are some of the few rankings I’d like to note.

With the Online MBA Program particularly, it is the number eight ranked Online MBA Program as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, with a number four ranking in student engagement and with the business school overall it actually has a number 40 ranking in the nation, also by U.S. News & World Report. And as far as the Online MBA Program goes, it’s also ranked 14th by Poets and Quants, and that’s the most recent ranking as of 2019.

We also focus on experiential, reality-based learning as much as possible. We try to weave into the course the core theoretical knowledge that you’ll need in order to master that subject area, but we also try to give you the opportunity to apply that. Both from, perhaps a problem that other companies have faced and also problems that your company may be facing.

Smith provides a suite of career development resources to online students as campus program students receive. The career coaches will customize to the needs of the online students. They could assist with everything from the most fundamental and very important basics as resume review, to a career assessment to determine where you can transition your skills, to networking, even mock interviewing. Many of our online students have leveraged and seen greater career success as a result of taking advantage of these resources. Skills learned in Smith’s Master’s Programs are transferable across industries and that is what our career coaches focus on quite a bit.

We do have a strong entrepreneurial spirit here at Smith. We have a very diverse group of individuals from our faculty to our staff and our students. And it’s that diversity that drives the innovation in our programs. We’re looking for both incremental and radical innovation. We’re looking to ensure that we embed in our students a spirit of impact and community so they can make a difference in their organizations. In the current world we live in, with a lot of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity, it’s important that our students are looking with an innovative lens.

And finally, the commitment to community within the Smith School. It’s something that we’re very proud of, we can instill in all our programs including our online program. Allowing our students to come to build those relationships in person and online, we strive to mirror the real business world, building our classes with students from all walks of life, backgrounds, ethnicities and nationalities. The result is a class teaming with different experiences and viewpoints that better prepare each person to work with a diverse base of future colleagues. To speak specifically about, the Office of Career Services we have Julie with us here.

– [Julie] Thank you Jacques. Hello everyone, my name is Julie Neill and I am one of the career coaches especially dedicated to providing career coaching to our Online MBA students. And I think one of the great advantages, as Jacques already mentioned, is the access to having personalized career services. So, at the University of Maryland the University itself has a very large and robust career center, but the Smith School of Business has its own and in fact is larger than the University’s career center. We are very, very fortunate in being extremely well funded with close to 30 full-time staff members. And the unique part of the Smith School of Business career center is that, again, we can leverage and capitalize all of the resources of the University of Maryland, the flagship, of course, Faith Institution in Maryland, but then we get to specialize specifically on business opportunities and to build on our relationships with employers. Our office services all student populations, undergraduates, specialized masters, full-time MBAs, part-time MBAs, online MBAs, executive MBAs, and there’s a great advantage to that. So as an employer working with us, we really can help assist with all other talent acquisition needs, which we see as a competitive advantage.

So our mission at the Office of Career Services is twofold, of course, first and foremost, we are here to serve students and we serve students by helping them with their career journeys, by connecting them with employers, but every facet really of their career development. And then secondly, another key constituency, of course, are our employer partners. We’re very lucky in that we enjoy very strong, robust relationships with employers, not only regionally, but across the country. And that is through, again, the power of the University of Maryland and then the additional added benefit of being able to specialize particularly in business functions and roles.

So, just specifically, so when we talk about the Office of Career Services, but what does that really mean? What do you really get as a student? So I think the number one advantage of coming into the program, in terms of career services, is personalized one-on-one individual coaching. This really, we think, is the value proposition where, again, if you were to be an individual on the open market you could certainly pay for one-on-one career coaching which is quite costly, but here, as a student, you get access to career coaches who will work with, and your individual circumstance, situation, whether it’s doing a career change or going through, you’re not even sure what you want to do, or you want a promotion. But our coaches specialize in working with working professionals and in particular mid-career transitions, which can be challenging and tricky.

And the career coaching is offered both remotely, we can do it over the phone, we do a lot of video, whether it’s Google Hangouts, Skype or Zoom, and then if you are local, in the local DC metropolitan area, we meet people in Rockville where I am, Montgomery County or in the Baltimore area. We’re sometimes also in College Park. So that, I would say, is a real benefit, is that it’s not talking about some general things that apply to all people, although we do do that through our, the other things that we offer like webinars and our career development course, but you can then take it one step further by really building a personalized strategy for you to succeed in your particular career objectives.

So, we do offer the webinars on various topics, things like salary negotiation, interviewing, you name it and usually they take place, we try to do it Eastern Standard Time during the lunch hour and then we also have offered them in the evening. But we, because we know we can’t always, the timing is not right for everyone, we usually always record those and then we post them where you can access that on your own time.

And the other thing that we’ve developed over the last, now I think we’re going into the third year, is an online, asynchronous career development course that you would access through your course management system, Canvas. And it provides modules for really the entire career development process, starting with career exploration. So again, this is something that you can do on your own time and by doing some of the exercises in it, it actually expedites and facilitates the process when you are working one-on-one with your career coach, so it’s a great complement to that.

Another, I would say, major, major benefit in terms of becoming a Smith Online MBA student is that you get access to a extremely robust alumni network. We count 66,000 plus worldwide and a little over half just in the DC metro area. But this is a very strong and very loyal network, and our office works very, very closely with alumni through forging connections with their employers, finding job opportunities, and of course, informational interviews and other ways to network.

There is an online database, which I will talk about as well a little bit later on, and we facilitate various events in the DC metro area, as well as virtual events. One very successful event we had, actually earlier this year, was a virtual mock interview event where we connected students with alumni. A lot of alumni actually on the West Coast at companies like Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Deloitte, Sodexo, it was extremely, a really great event. Again, allowing people who do not live in the local area to connect with alumni.

And then finally, of course, our office has a suite of staff that are dedicated to employer relations, employer development and outreach, that are constantly working hard to bring in new job opportunities and new connections with employers from all different industries and all different functional areas.

So what could the coaches, the career coaches, assist you within this personalized, one-on-one coaching appointment? Well, as Jacques indicated, we work really through the entire gamut of career development needs. So, for many people this means job search. So they want someone to help them write their resume, they want someone to help them prepare for an interview, they want to talk about networking strategies, they want to talk about which employers to target, so anything related to job search we absolutely do that. But I would say that we do many things beyond just a job search.

Perhaps you are having an upcoming performance review and you want to prep for that, you want to make sure that you represent yourself well and you are angling for an increase in salary, we can help you talk through that. If you have problems that you’re experiencing with your direct manager, getting a promotion, anything on the job and then also just generally, maybe you’re not even looking for a job right now, but you’re generally thinking about personal branding and you want to understand how to just, again, better promote yourself within your organization. Or if you are planning on starting to look around, you also want to be able to have a strong personal brand and practice that elevator pitch, the value proposition, we certainly do that.

I think the hardest thing and the thing that we always ask people to start very early on is those individuals who are doing the MBA to do a major career transition. That is always the trickiest, and that requires a lot of effort and a lot of work. So those people we highly recommend that they start working early because there’s a lot of steps involved with that and a lot of different strategy. So we work with helping people make that transition, and even though it’s not easy we see many people make a significant career transition. And then the other thing too is sometimes you don’t even know, you know you want to advance your career, you know you’re not exactly happy, but you don’t know the next steps. And that is very common as well. You’re like, I don’t like this, I know what I don’t like, but I’m not sure what I want to pursue. And so we help with that career exploration process, we administer a career assessment and we can look at other things to help you really gain better focus and determine what would be a good path for you.

So those are just some of the things, but again, anything career-related really is pretty much fair game. So some of our resources, so the first thing that as a student you’ll get access to is something called HireSmith, and that’s basically our career management portal. This is the main portal that you’ll use, this is how you do online scheduling. It’s great because you can look and you can just select the date and time that works best for you, so our schedules are up there. And yeah, you just, you schedule online and then you can also indicate when you schedule online how you would like us to contact you. You can put a phone number, you can put your Skype ID, a Google Hangout link or if you want us to set something up, and there’s also options for the length of time. So appointments can be 30 minutes, 45 minutes, an hour, and then the topics.

HireSmith is also where you will find all of the job postings for the Smith community. We can apply for jobs, you can upload your resume, you can register for various workshops and events, and then it also gives you access to some other resources and some very, very helpful salary data as well. So that’s pretty much your one-stop portal for doing most things career related.

The other online resource that’s going to be helpful to our students is Terrapins Connect, which is the University of Maryland’s alumni networking database. Which is really great because you know LinkedIn, everybody’s on LinkedIn, but in Terrapins Connect these are alumni who specifically, basically are there because they want to be resources to other alumni or students and it’s great because you’ll get a much more, a better chance that the person is gonna respond than if you just do a LinkedIn request. So you can search by various fields to find people in certain industries, certain companies, and then connect directly on the platform to set up, whether it be a conversation over the phone or a mock interview, or what have you. So that’s another great resource available to our students. And I’ll turn it over to Dan.

– [Dan] All right, thanks very much. Hi everyone, great to be with you. I’m here to talk just a little bit about my experience of working with OCS as a student. I want to talk just a little bit about my path into OMBA, what I got out of the program and how OCS helped me turn those skills into a new career. I was actually the guy that Julie was just talking about that was a lot of work, but I’ll get to that. So as you heard in the introduction, I came into the OMBA as an entrepreneur. I had been starting and growing and selling businesses, and I had gotten myself into a business that really took off. That was great, but it was outgrowing me. And I simply needed to learn more to be able to move forward. So I came into the MBA with specific needs. I needed to be able to learn something on a Tuesday and then often turn around and apply it on a Wednesday.

I want to talk a little bit about the ROI of the MBA ’cause I think it ties in to the value proposition of the Office of Career Services. For me, in my way of thinking about it, the ROI of the MBA really comes into four buckets. The first one, as you see here, is a hard skills bucket, right? You need to be able to calculate ratios and make projections in order to get a value out of sets of data. You need to be able to model that data, you need to be able to turn that data into something from which you can extract insight. You need to know how to do strategic development and you need to know how to apply the frameworks that you learn in the MBA to analyze and solve complex business situations. These are all the skills that allow you to directly deliver value back to an employer, which is why MBAs tend to command higher salaries than other folks.

In addition to those hard skills, there often quite a few soft skills that maybe get overlooked sometimes. Things like being able to build and lead teams, being able to collaborate digitally, this is huge, especially in today’s job market, excuse me. Because a lot of people are doing remote work and the MBA is effectively, mostly remote. And so you get really comfortable working in that environment, being able to store and annotate and work with digital files, collaborate over a web chat and so on and so forth. There’s also time and project management stuff related to that, and then there’s the community. Julie spoke about that, somewhat extensively. The only thing I would really add to that is that the relationships that you build with people, excuse me, in the actual program, in your actual cohort, are super valuable. You’re gonna be working with these people for a couple of years, you get to learn what they’re very good at and they’re a very diverse group. So when you need an extra little bit of help here or there in your work life after the MBA, you have lots of resources that you can turn to and people who’d be really glad to hear from you.

And then there’s always this question of promotions and future earnings and stuff like that, I just wanted to share with you the 2018 graduate school OMBA survey results. You can see here that these folks that graduated from the OMBA program are employed in a wide variety of functions. General management leads the pack, they’re employed in a wide variety of industries all over the place with government and civil service being quite high. Average base compensation, $98,000, which of course, is well above the national average. And they’re working for a wide variety of different kinds of firms, brands that lead their respective markets.

And I’d just like to pause here for just a second and give you just a little aside. The MBA is a super practical degree. The goal is to be able to teach you to add value in any context, by being able to understand that situation, analyze it, extract insights from it and then be able to add value, all right? So you end up in a situation where you have enormous freedom to be able to go into any situation, or function, or role, or industry, and be able to make a living there because you can add value there. It allows you to pursue your passions. And so what ends up happening is that then you turn to OCS to help you learn how to open those new doors.

So, for me myself, I was honestly quite a mess. I was an entrepreneur, right? Which unfortunately means that I had really never worked for anyone else. I had all of these shiny new skills, but I had never done the simple things like making a resume. I had never needed one. I had never been on the candidate side of an interview. I had never used LinkedIn, I had no use for it, I had no personal brand. And CEO or President, or whatever, is a nice title I guess, but when you’re trying to be hired for something else it’s actually a bit of a handicap. You look overqualified and it doesn’t necessarily tell an employer what you could do in a functional area. And so I needed a great deal of help and I was quite a project.

I used really three different resources that Julie spoke of. The first one was, there was a bunch of basic job hunting content to sort of teach me the basics in a way that I had never been taught before. And that was super useful to sort of get me into the mind space of doing a major career transition. And then the second one, which is by far the biggest one, was that one-on-one coaching. That’s what really helped me the most. And I think it’s worth reiterating that there is a difference between career services that you might find somewhere else out in the world and folks that really specialize in working with adult students making these kinds of transitions. That was critical for me and I think it would be very important for anyone who’s considering making a large career transition. They work you through how to build a resume that would not only brand myself well and market myself well to prospective employers, but would also do things like get passed the automated resume scanning systems that exist out there in the world that filter candidates. So how to sort of load a resume with the right keywords for the kind of the job that you’re applying for. It taught me how to build a personal brand, and I now have a LinkedIn that I use somewhat regularly. And importantly, for me, I didn’t necessarily know what I wanted to do. So there was a lot of work just helping me filter through an enormous number of possibilities and figure out what was really going to work best for me. And just sort of in general, they helped me become an attractive candidate for what I decided I want to do.

And then, when it was time to actually apply for these jobs and go out to interviews, again, as Julie said, there are these mock interviews you can reach out to the Terp Network and get people to really kind of beat you up in an interview setting so that you get really comfortable answering tough questions in a really supportive, constructive environment, so that when you’re actually in the room and you’re actually doing it you’re much more confident, or at least I can say I was much more confident after having gone through that process. It really helped me to hone those skills.

So the skills of the MBA itself let me properly value and sell my business. And the skills that OCS helped me acquire established me in a good job in a new industry within a few months. So as you’re considering what kind of program you might want to go into, I would just encourage you to think about what kind of resources they have, everyone has a network, right? But how robust is that career function? What kinds of resources will you be able to access? And importantly, what are they going to commit to do to help you help yourself professionally? And that one-on-one coaching with experienced eyes really made an enormous amount of difference for me. So, that’s my story. Happy to answer any questions that you might have as we come into the Q&A period, and for right now I will kick it back to Jacques.

– [Jacques] Thanks Dan. Each one of you will work with an enrollment advisor to ensure that you are able to complete the online application process painlessly. There are a few requirements for applying to the Online MBA. With providing an online application, you would provide a copy of your official transcripts, your resume or CV, a GMAT or GRE score, and there is an opportunity for a GMAT waiver, I can talk a little about that in a moment. You would provide one letter of recommendation, a personal statement essay or a goals essay, the application fee is $75. For applicants that have completed their education outside of the US you may need to provide a TOEFL or IELTS score. And also, with the relationship that you have with your enrollment advisor, that’ll be key to helping you to successfully complete your application. So do reach out to the admissions team with the contact information that you see below.

For GMAT waiver, most students start their application at the same time they start studying for the GMAT or GRE. Your enrollment advisor has some study tools to help you to get started with your GMAT or GRE preparation as well. A GMAT waiver is available for qualified candidates, please speak with your enrollment advisor regarding the eligibility requirements. Instead of providing a score you provide a secondary essay where your advisor can give you a description of what type of, what type of functions from your experience you can include in that GMAT waiver essay.

An application fee waiver is offered to applicants who are active service members or military veterans, alumni, or employees of established corporate partners with UMD. As you can see on the right-hand side of the slide the upcoming dates for entry with the program include our fall 2019 entry point which begins on August 26th. The opening weekend with the Online MBA program will be August 15th, 16th and 17th, and the application deadline for that fall term will be June 24th. There are also applicants who will be applying to the spring 2020 term as well. A link to our online application is available in the Resources widget on your screen. You should be able to access for, you should be able to access your application or begin an application from that Resources page.

– [Christina] All right, so that concludes the presentation portion of our session today, so we’ll now move on to our question and answer session. So, if you have not already submitted your questions, please go ahead and do so at this time. And we will do our best, we have plenty of time so we should have a great Q&A session today. The first question submitted is related to official transcripts, can they be scanned in or do they need to be hard copies?

– [Jacques] For the purposes of the application, when we say official transcripts what we mean are that it’s an actual transcript from the records office, or Office of the Registrar, with the seal or signature of the Office of the Registrar. Within the online application, you can upload a scanned copy of paper transcripts, or you can order an electronic transcript to be sent to yourself and upload that to the online application. Either is acceptable with applying to the program, but when we say official transcript what we mean is that it is not an academic report, it is an actual transcript with the seal or signature of the records office or Office of the Registrar. Unless you are a University of Maryland graduate, in which case Testudo on Official Transcripts, that is acceptable for the purposes of the application.

– [Christina] All right, thank you, Jacques. The next question, let’s see, when can we begin working with career services? Julie, you want to tackle that?

– [Julie] Yes, generally, I believe the official policy is that once you matriculated the student, so after the opening residency, the first opening residency, I believe we begin seeing students. So, it’s pretty much as soon as you become an official student.

– [Christina] That’s wonderful. Let’s see, well actually I think that that is the only questions that we have today, so, oh wait, we just had another one come in. So, go ahead and keep submitting if you have any questions. This one, how long after submitting the application do we find out if we’re accepted?

– [Jacques] With applying to the program for admission, once you’ve submitted your online application and it is complete, typically it takes about two weeks to have feedback with whether or not you have acquired the GMAT waiver. It may take an additional week in order to have feedback with admission to the program. So, the timeline may vary depending on whether or not you are applying for a waiver and need a review for that waiver, or if you have completed GMAT or GRE where the timeline to having that feedback with admission may actually come through a little bit sooner than that three-week timeframe.

– [Christina] The next question is related to data he submitted on the 24th, can we choose to start in the fall or spring?

– [Jacques] When you apply to the program you do need to identify the term that you are applying to when you go through the application. So if you submit on June 24th, the application deadline for the fall term, you have the ability to begin the program in August for the fall of 2019 entry point. If you choose to select the spring 2020 term that begins in January, you certainly have the ability to do that, but you would need to indicate which term that you are applying to at the time of application.

– [Christina] Thank you. Next question is about the specializations in the OMBA, Jacques can you review them quickly?

– [Jacques] There are six tracks that you may select from when applying to the program for admission. Those six tracks are finance, information systems and business analytics, marketing, accounting, supply-chain management and there is also a general track. And going back to something that Dan mentioned within the program, we see that a lot of the students who are involved, or who leave the program, go on to working in functions in general management. General in this program does not mean general management. What it allows students to do is to be able to combine courses from different specialization tracks together in a way that you feel best benefits your career trajectory and your skill development. And that’s something that you may partner with your student services advisor about when selecting what courses that you add into that general track.

– [Christina] Excellent. Another question for you Jacques, when do we find out about financing and how much can we possibly receive from grants?

– [Jacques] Well that is actually a great question. We will soon be having another webinar about funding the program and what sort of options there may be with other funding sources that can help you with financing your program. But when applicants have become formerly admitted to the program they may receive feedback about merit-based financial reward from the program, and also at any point you may complete the application, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the FAFSA, for the 2019, 2020 academic year. Outside of that many of the students may look toward employer benefits, private scholarship or fellowship, there may be a range of funding options that you may look to include within your funding plan. And many of those things are individualized. But actually on May 29th we will be having our financial aid webinar, so I do encourage any of you with questions about funding your program, that that’s a session that you also be prepared to jump into. And that session will be at six p.m. Eastern Time.

– [Christina] Sorry about that, it’s at noon. Noon Eastern.

– [Jacques] Noon Eastern Time, on the 29th. But like this session it will be available on-demand the day following that webinar session.

– [Christina] Thank you. Does a graduate degree earned in the US factor into the GMAT waiver? They have a graduate degree, their academic record applies, right?

– [Jacques] Eligibility or qualification with GMAT waiver is primarily based on two, two areas. Your academic experience, so having an advanced degree, whether it’s from an institution that’s in the US or not, can help you with being able to acquire the waiver. Also your professional experience and your background professionally are going to be the two, the two qualities that are examined for eligibility with GMAT waiver. I do encourage you to connect with your enrollment advisor to talk more deeply about your experience and how that can put you in a position to acquire that GMAT waiver.

– [Christina] Great, thank you. Can you talk a little bit about the application fee waiver, it looks like this attendee is a Terp. Went to business school, so what’s the process for him?

– [Jacques] With acquiring the application fee waiver, when you have been working with an enrollment advisor and they have been partnering with you through the application process they will see that you have uploaded your resume, your transcripts, other components of your application, which they understand to signal that you are eligible for the application fee waiver. If you are not closely working with an enrollment advisor and you are taking the step with applying to the program, and have not had confirmation of a waived application fee, I do encourage you to reach out to the email address or telephone number that you see on screen, or to be able to connect directly with an enrollment advisor that you may have received an email or a telephone call from.

– [Christina] Great, thank you. Can you review who is, who can be a letter of reference for someone, recommender?

– [Jacques] The provider for your recommendation can be an academic, it can be from an academic provider, but typically applicants are providing recommendations from individuals that they have professional relationships with. And most commonly the providers are individuals that you, that you directly report to. Although, if there is someone who can provide quality comments about your character, your work ethic, or your management skills, any sort of unique perspective that you may bring to the program, you may want to be more thoughtful about who you select for your recommendation. But it can be from either an academic or professional provider.

– [Christina] All right. That appears to be all of our questions today, so I will go ahead and conclude this session. On the screen you will find the contact information for our Enrollment and Career Services Offices should you have any questions that you, that come up after the session. If you are ready to apply to the program or would like to schedule an appointment to speak with your advisor, links to do so can be found within the Resources widget on your screen. Additional program information links are also available to you there. I’d like to thank each of our speakers for their time and willingness to share their expertise. And thank you to everyone who participated today. We’re glad you could join us and hope the session was helpful for you. And now I’m just gonna open it up for any closing comments. Julie, do you have any closing words for our attendees?

– [Julie] Nope.

– [Christina] All right, and Dan is there anything that you would like to say to anybody before we close it out?

– [Dan] Yeah, just wanted to say I hope to see you all at residency in August or for spring 2020. It’s a great experience. We actually, I just did a webinar about how it fits into your life, so if you have concerns around that there’s hopefully a lot of good information in there for you on that. I would just encourage you to reach out to your enrollment advisors.

– [Christina] All right, Jacques any words?

– [Jacques] I just want to thank everyone for participating in the session today. I certainly do appreciate you taking that time and getting a deeper look into the program, particularly from this aspect because a lot of times we focus on an MBA for just the courses, or you think that it’s just about checking a box on your resume, and the resources that Julie went into in-depth with regarding what the Office of Career Services provides to current students and to graduates and those resources that last for the rest of your career, that’s really what adds value to this program. So thanks everyone for jumping into the session today and hopefully we are able to connect with each other moving forward and really identify if our program is what you’re looking for.

– [Christina] All right, thank you everyone. Enjoy the rest of your day.