Photo Essay: Carlson MBA Touches Down in Silicon Valley
Each fall, Carlson MBA students pursuing careers in technology venture west to visit leading companies, network with distinguished alumni, and explore career opportunities in San Francisco, Seattle, or both. Look back on their action-packed day exploring Facebook, Intuit, Adobe, and more.
The students get an early start.
The trek begins through San Francisco.
Mari Davis, '18 MBA, signs in at Adobe. The day's first tech company visit gave students a fuller sense of what career opportunities exist on the west coast.
"The company site visits allowed me to get a sense of the culture and the type of people that work there," says Davis. "Those things are pretty hard to assess without being there in person, and I think they're crucial in finding the right fit."
Priyanka Lamba Nadgiri, '18 MBA, interacts with a data visualization display.
"My favorite part was visiting the work areas of the firms and having a firsthand feel of their culture and work environment," she says. "The discussion panels set up by companies provided meaningful insights."
Carlson School alum Steven Bruce, '16 MBA, delivers a presentation on career opportunities at Adobe. Bruce is a Product Manager at Adobe and organized the students' visit.
Adobe employees discuss their roles at the organization and answer students questions.
"During the trek, my understanding of how rapidly the technology industry is expanding and how different opportunities are stored in it, definitely made me consider it as a future career option," says Lamba Nadgiri.
Bruce leads the students on a tour of the Adobe campus.
The visiting students gather near the digital photo wall for a snapshot as they depart Adobe.
Tom Walz, '17 MBA, listens to a talk on career opportunities at Intuit; the second company visit of the day.
Sehdev Sharma, '18 MBA, also ponders the presentation.
The group arrives at Facebook for their third and final campus and are greeted by a vibrant art installation.
Michael Moriarty (center), '18 MBA, joins his classmates on a tour. He hopes to someday work in clean energy.
"The experience convinced me that California is the innovation center of clean energy. If I'm not there in the future in this industry, I better ensure that I travel there often and stay connected. Another point of intrigue was how engaged each of the tech companies we visited were with corporate sustainability and energy innovation. I could also see myself working on a sustainability/energy efficiency team at one of many tech companies invested in decreasing net climate impact of their businesses and increasing positive social impacts related to sustainability," he says.
The students encounter a yellow car that now sits in the Facebook office. The car was the centerpiece of an early Instagram account to gain traction that featured users documenting their adventures in the car.
Carlson School alum Bru Mutebi, '10 MBA, shares her story: She began her career working for the Minnesota Timberwolves, and later General Mills. She joined Facebook as global marketing manager in 2014.
The group concludes their visit at Facebook.
The students leave the company visits armed with new connections and enhanced knowledge of the technology landscape.
"The connections I made were valuable to me because in addition to giving me points of contact in a city I'm not yet established in, it also gave me more personal insights as to if I can see myself living and working [in San Francisco]," says Davis. "This experience confirmed my interest in the [bay area] region and companies based there."
The group concluded their trip with an alumni reception where they made valuable connections with Bay Area professionals.