Achieving your career goals requires not only technical skills, but also the ability to build connections and relationships. The A.C. Nielsen Center provides three key pillars to help build relationships: networking opportunities, the Executive Advisory Board (EAB), and recruiting opportunities with amazing companies.
The unique opportunities for networking provided by the program stems from both a robust current topics curriculum and a strong network of accomplished alumni. As a student, I’ve learned that in any industry I choose to explore, I can find an A.C. Nielsen Center alum willing to spend their time helping me navigate opportunities. A strong current topics course means that students are able to start many networking relationships through the curriculum itself, through company visits and workshops. These applied learnings provide an excellent setting to build connections, where students can make contacts and showcase analytical skills.
Entering the program, I hadn’t given much thought to the second pillar, the Executive Advisory Board, but I quickly discovered the EAB’s importance as a central part of the program. The EAB consists of many brilliant and highly accomplished consumer insights and analytics industry professionals, spanning both supply and client-side research. The EAB advises the program and mentors students. The mentoring helped me navigate the corporate work environments, as well as work through consumer insights problems on a deeper level. Coming from a small business background, the mentoring I received through the EAB played a key role in helping me adapt and find success at in a corporate setting.
Recruiting, the final pillar, means that students can expect a strong lineup of interviews early in the program. The A.C. Nielsen Center has established relationships with excellent companies like American Family Insurance and Proctor & Gamble. Recruiting season in October is a busy time, but also an exciting one, where new doors swing open for students. The program’s career services do a wonderful job making sure everyone is prepared for success. For me, this was a transformative growth in interviewing skills.
With these three pillars, the A.C. Nielsen MBA program’s students’ ability to build connections is incredibly strong and for me personally, has unlocked fantastic new opportunities.