Recently the Yale Daily News ran an article about how the Yale SOM alumni network has matured to the point where current students benefit from the wide variety of Yale alumni across industries. This is notable since the school has only been around since 1976 — making it a spring chicken compared to most top MBA programs.
However, as good as that news is for Yale students, what we found even more impressive is how the school’s own administration — all the way up to Dean Sharon Oster — hasn’t hesitated to make 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.
We love this kind of commitment to helping Yale students find jobs. 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 remember this (in our opinion) as the economy started to sink in 2008, but it’s great to see that this is not the case in 2010.
Of course, when Yale SOM makes news, our co-founders (both Yale SOM ’02) are always happy to weigh in! Veritas Prep co-founder Chad Troutwine was quoted in the article, and he cheered Oster’s actions:
Chad Troutwine SOM ’02, the co-founder and owner of test operations and admissions consulting company Veritas Prep, said he was glad to receive Oster’s message.
“I’m always impressed with a dean who rolls up her sleeves and dives in to perform what is perhaps her most important function