The future is awaiting almost 400 #OSB undergraduate and graduate business students of the graduating class of 2018 - a future of new opportunity, excitement, and even uncertainty. What does the future hold for them? Where are they headed next?
A member of the popular OSB Florida and Montreal business case competition teams, Roya Mahfouz, is eager to join international management consulting agency Oliver Wyman in Dubai as an entry-level consultant. “OSB gave me many opportunities to apply what I have learned in class to the real world," says Mahfouz, recalling the BUSS 245 internship course at Rim Waters where she conducted hands-on market research for a new product. Thinking ahead, the business information and decision systems graduate knows exactly what she wants: “I hope to have gained enough experience in the business consulting field to land an Ivy League graduate education opportunity."
Mahzouz's teammate Karim El Melki sealed a summer sales internship opportunity with Fattal Group, a leading distributor for premium brands in Lebanon. El Melki described his 3 years at OSB as both prodigious and transformative. “The Toastmaster s workshops and Fullbridge U helped shape the person I am today and they prepared me for real-life situations, including public speaking, job interviews, and even crisis communications." El Melki's long-term plan is to pursue a career in consulting.
MBA graduate and accomplished international business case competitor Narine Bolghourjian now works as a contracts administrator and project coordinator at the local architectural and engineering consulting firm Samir Khairallah & Partners. There she oversees construction projects from design through execution to ensure successful completion while mitigating contractual and financial risks. “The three years I spent at OSB for my MBA degree introduced me to new areas of knowledge and improved my macro-level management and leadership skills both through coursework and the various initiatives I participated in, mainly those related to the international business case competitions, " explains Bolghourjian. “The connections I made with fellow MBAs, professors, company executives and case competition participants are second to none and I will try to leverage those as I move forward with my career after the MBA."
Another MBA graduate, Matthew Trotter moved to UAE to join McKinsey & Company’s Dubai office. “I was working before the MBA program, but wanted to make a change. OSB helped take my career to the next level with a solid academic foundation and regional expertise," explained Trotter, who plans to continue working with companies in emerging markets and to serve on a non-profit board one day.
Finance concentration student Marion Kheirallah is head over heels about moving to Switzerland for a 6-month internship at a private banking and asset management firm Edmond de Rothschild, an opportunity that she secured through the mandatory undergraduate internship program. Kheirallah, who will be working as a private equity intern, is also planning to pursue graduate studies in the near future. “OSB always encouraged us to seek excellence in our work as well as motivating us to select the best opportunities."
Sara Chehab, accounting concentration graduate, is a new assurance associate at one of the big four auditor firms, PwC, in Lebanon. Chehab believes she landed the job because the school helped enhance her knowledge related to real business challenges. “Through the workshops that the program offered, I was able to demonstrate different communication and presentation skills, and it also helped me to gain an understanding of every aspect of creating and maintaining a good business." What is the next stop for Chehab? “A CPA certificate and enough experience to grow into a managerial position," she noted.
Similarly, another accounting concentration graduate Amine Abraham Nassar has a job lined up at PwC in the auditing department. “I honestly owe my acceptance at PwC to OSB and its Career Management Services. Furthermore, all the courses and knowledge acquired during these past three years were crucial in helping me get the job," notes Nassar. In fact, before entering the job market, Nassar went through mock interviews and honed his communication and project planning skills through the Fullbridge U, a transformative learning experience that introduces students to professional and career-readiness skills through authentic workplace scenarios and team-based activities. As for the future, Nassar plans to gradually gain experience in the auditing field and then become a CPA.
Master's in finance graduate Aman Sankari has accepted a graduate-trainee position at Majid Al Futtaim Holding in Dubai, the leading shopping mall pioneer across the MENA region. During her traineeship, Sankari will rotate among various departments within the company before transitioning into a permanent full-time position. Sankari says OSB studies prepared her not only with soft skills, but also characteristics needed to make an impression and succeed in the workplace. Sankari sees herself growing within the field where she found her passion: strategy and business development.