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How my time in Elevate helped to define next year’s agenda for the Tech & Media Club

By Aly Yee, LBS Elevate Class of 2020

Like many people looking to switch career paths, I saw business school as an opportunity to embrace change - the light at the end of the tunnel that I'd been working so hard to reach. I thought if I could just trust the process, I would emerge shiny and new, ready to take on my dream job. I didn't consider, however, how tough and gruelling that process can be and how much harder it can be when you're at it alone. I arrived on campus secretly hoping that some magic dust might rub off on me and instantly give me the skills I needed to succeed, when in reality, my growth depended on the amount of work I would decide to put into my own development.

My Elevate Journey:

The Elevate program helped me put structure to my career discovery and development process and establish the community I needed around me to succeed.

Some of the highlights…

  • Hands-on learning opportunities to sharpen tech-relevant skills (data analytics, agile methodologies, etc.)

  • Completing an internship with a FinTech in the Barclay’s Accelerator powered by TechStars

  • One-on-one coaching and inspiration from an Alumni Mentor who works in Tech

Things I learned…

  • The MBA curriculum prepares us with robust skills, but nothing beats hands-on, industry insights and experiences to complement and augment our learnings from the classroom

  • Having structured support is crucial to help students navigate the nuances of the industry when it comes to different functions, roles, company sizes, and more

What This Means for the LBS Tech & Media Club:

One of the reasons I am so excited to be one of the Co-Presidents for the Tech and Media Club (TMC) for the '20-'21 academic year is that I get to apply these learnings to help widen the impact of the club and the Elevate program.

With the number of students completing internships in the Tech industry growing from 20% to 37% over the last 2 years, students are increasingly eager to discover and develop the skills they need not only to get the interview, but also to succeed once they get the offer. Next year we want to continue to foster a community that empowers students to explore the tech and media industries through hands-on, real-life experiences and believe developing thorough extracurricular programming will help students get the most out of their time here.

Key goals for the ’20-’21 academic year…

  • Build and strengthen the Tech-focused community on- and off-campus so that students and alumni can remain connected to each other and the larger industry in meaningful ways

  • Increase access to the insights and learnings captured from our guest speakers, skills workshops, and other key events - some ideas we've had to achieve this include to develop a robust digital content strategy, consolidate interview resources, and update alumni directories

  • Actively bring together students, faculty, careers services, key companies, and alumni, to further elevate TMC and our student-led initiatives as the focal point for the technology agenda at LBS

One of the best aspects of being involved in student-led initiatives like Elevate and TMC is the opportunity to build something that will leave a legacy by helping the students who will come after you. With increasing uncertainty in almost every aspect of the world today, it's exciting to be a part of an agile and living organism that is able to quickly adapt to support the needs of the student body.

We are optimistic for what the '20-'21 academic year has to bring and look forward to collaborating with the new cohorts of students across programs – from early careers to EMBA and SLOAN students – to shape the future of TMC at LBS.

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