Learn about Victoria Jankoski's experience at University of Pittsburgh's Katz Graduate School of Business, where she served as the Vice President of the National Association of Women MBAs.
- Name: Victoria Jankoski
- Business School: Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
- Originally from: Branchburg, NJ
Q: How did you choose your MBA program? What were your program’s greatest assets?
A: When I started researching programs I was looking for one that had an operations track and a diverse curriculum with strong job placement. From day one of interacting with the admissions office I felt very comfortable in the environment. I was excited about the opportunity to participate in experience based learning since I didn't have as much full time work experience as some of my other classmates. Katz is so successful because it has built many local relationships with allows for the EBL and also has a strong and knowledgeable office of career services.
Q: What was your favorite classroom experience?
A: My favorite course was my Consulting Field Project. We had the opportunity to work for a local company and redesign their distribution network. Along with the client meetings we also had Saturday workshops where we learned various skills and techniques to be successful in the workforce. This class grew my interest in supply chain and I enjoyed leading my team and problem solving.
Q:What activities were you involved in outside of class? How did you balance your time?
A: Outside of class I was the Vice President of the National Association of Women MBAs, the teaching assistant for the Economics class (for both the first year full time students and the executive MBAs), and was involved in my local Notre Dame alumni club. I balanced my time by keeping a schedule and task list and learning how to prioritize events. I also learned to use down-time to complete TA tasks; for example, I graded papers while on a flight.
Q: What resources and support did your program offer during the career search?
A: The career services at Katz are outstanding. Everyone in the office is so knowledgeable and accessible. Not only did they help work on hard skills such as resumes and interviewing but also were advocates for the students. My career adviser actually sent me the posting for the job I have now because she thought it would be a good fit - I wouldn't have found it otherwise. They also work hard to set up information sessions with hiring companies and help us to attend conferences.
Q: What is something you learned during your MBA experience that was unexpected?
A: I learned that networking can be fun. Even as a natural extrovert I still had the tendency to be shy and afraid to reach out to people in a position of power. Not only have those fears gone away but I now enjoy networking and often find myself finding new ways to make connections at work and outside of the office.
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