Recently the Yale Daily News featured an article titled “SOM Alumni Network Matures,” which discusses how Yale SOM students today benefit from the wide variety of Yale alumni across industries. This is not insignificant, since the school has only been around since 1976.
What’s most impressive in the article is the fact that the school’s own administration — all the way up to Dean Sharon Oster — has make a point of making personal appeals to the school’s alumni and supporters, in the name of helping students find jobs in a tough economy.
According to the Yale Daily News:
In an e-mail to all SOM alumni, Oster called on the school’s graduates to step up and help current students, recent graduates and even other alumni seeking jobs and internships.
“Although the economy seems to be showing signs of improvement, most of my faculty colleagues agree that we’re not out of the woods yet,” Oster wrote in the e-mail. “The strength of the SOM community is most visible in times of adversity, and so I am writing to you now to tap into some of that strength.”
Within a few hours, Oster had received hundreds of responses.
This kind of commitment on the part of the school is fantastic. After all, as important as a student’s two years in the classroom are, at least as important are the professional opportunities that an MBA opens up for that student. Some schools were a little slow to take action as the economy started to sink in 2008, but it’s great to see that this is changing.
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