Meet Nicolás and Todd, Class of 2013
Nicolás Bence came to the Carroll School’s MBA program from Argentina after five years in marketing and sales at ExxonMobil and a brief experience in consulting. Todd Labbe grew up in Connecticut and worked in mergers and acquisitions for EMC Corporation, an IT company, before returning to Boston College, his alma mater, for a dual MBA/MSF degree.
But for all their differences, the two members of the Class of 2013 have one important thing in common: Both did extremely well in the job market.
For Labbe, the job search began the day he stepped foot on campus as a graduate student. “On the first day of orientation, I met Marilyn Eckelman, the director of Career Strategies,” he recalls. “I knew she would be an excellent resource, so I reached out to her the next day to set up a meeting.”
Labbe’s early meetings with Career Strategies focused on refining his career goals and determining the type of organization he wanted to work for. Later, as internship and job opportunities began to emerge, the meetings focused more on specific companies and strategies.
“As opportunities came up, I would go to Career Strategies to learn everything I could about the particular company,” Labbe says. “Before I interviewed for an internship with ExxonMobil, for example, Career Strategies organized a conference call with a recent graduate who works in Exxon’s corporate finance group. It was a great opportunity to hear the unfiltered version of what the company is really like.”
Labbe took the internship at ExxonMobil and worked in the company’s downstream controllers group in Fairfax, Va. At the end of the internship, he received an offer to join the company on a full-time basis. His new job took him to Houston, Texas, in August 2013.
Bence also worked closely with Career Strategies throughout his time at Boston College. An on-campus interview led to a summer internship in Buenos Aires with CMPC, a Chilean forestry, pulp and FMCG company with offices throughout Latin America, and then to a job offer. Meanwhile, he also participated in a recruiting process with Simon-Kucher & Partners that began on campus and ended in a job offer.
“I have friends in other top business schools, and their experiences with the schools’ career services have not been as happy as mine,” Bence says. “The level of engagement here is extraordinary. Not only do they provide good information, but they also go out of their way to help students prepare for interviews, make connections, and even choose between job offers.”
In addition to the opportunities at CMPC and Simon-Kucher, Bence received an offer from a previous employer for a position in San Francisco. In the end, he accepted a consulting position in the Santiago, Chile, office of Simon-Kucher & Partners.
“Getting a job offer depends on your experience and your ability to sell yourself,” Bence notes. “But getting to the right person depends on someone else, and that’s where Career Strategies plays such an important role.”