Our office had the chance to sit down with the HBS student Hospitality Club COO, Keaw Poopichapong. Here’s what she had to say:
As a club officer for The Hospitality and Travel Club, what are you most excited for?
- We are really excited about the variety of events that our HTC team is planning, both on the career and fun sides. For example, we just had an exclusive dinner at the Chef’s table at Menton which was praised as one of Boston’s best restaurants. The Marriott team visited campus to give an HTC-exclusive industry education presentation. The best part was that they gave our members a surprise gift – Marriott Gold Membership status! We are also pleased with the increased collaboration with other clubs at HBS, such as the Real Estate Club who we are working with on the Dubai Trek and the Annual Conference.
What are the top buzz words among your members this year?
- Treks! We might have up to 4 treks this year, doubled from previously just 2. There was a lot of excitement around the inaugural Dubai trek this coming January that we are co-hosting with three other clubs. This is a great addition to our usual Las Vegas Trek and New York Trek. We are also in the planning phase for the Italy Trek during spring break. Let’s see how it goes.
Describe one of your greatest events last year?
- The New York Trek was our favorite event last year. The lineup was amazing. Our Keynote Speaker was Amar Lalvani (HBS 2001), Managing Partner of Standard Hotels, former Global Head of Luxury & Lifestyle Development for Hilton and former Head of Global Development for W Hotels. The celebrity Chef Daniel Boulud made a special appearance during our lunch and restaurant tour at Bar Boulud. We also had a coffee chat with the NYC Dining Room Collaborative (executives from some of NYC’s most notable restaurants such as Per Se, Eleven Madison Park, Jean-Georges, Daniel, Del Posto etc.). We did hotel tours at three of NYC’s top properties – W Downtown, the Standard High Line and Dream Downtown. We also met with the Tao Group’s Director of Nightlife and Director of F&B, did some wine tasting with a wine expert and also visited two start-ups in the travel and food industries. It was such an eventful day and we hope to make the trek event better this year.
What events are you most looking forward to in the year ahead?
- Our 5th Hospitality & Travel Conference this Spring is going to be bigger than ever. We are partnering with the Real Estate Club and will have joint panels of great industry leaders. It will be on March 29th, 2015 and we are already starting to work on it.
Keaw Poopichapong, Chief Operating Officer, Hospitality & Travel Club (HTC)
A few weeks ago we successfully kicked off first-year recruiting with Company Information Day (CID). 49 companies representing 22 industries based in Boston, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, and more filled the HBS campus. From the presentations to the networking sessions company representatives had the opportunity to connect with over 350 members of the Class of 2016.
If you were unable to attend CID but are still interested in recruiting for summer interns or full-time hires, there are a variety of ways to get involved:
- Educate students about your company’s culture and opportunities by participating in Company Presentations at HBS. We already have 89 companies signed up to present in November and December.
- Participate in an Industry Education Event which is educational in nature and offers companies the opportunity to engage with students on topics of interest outside of recruiting.
- Connect with students through targeted recruiting events including receptions, coffee chats and dinners.
- Attend an upcoming student-led club conference to connect with students interested in your organization industry, function or location.
– Kendall Borges, Digital Engagement Manager, HBS Career & Professional Development
On October 25th, 2014, the Finance Conference took place at Harvard Business School, with the theme of Finance in the New Era of Growth. This was the first year of a joint-hosting for the event between the Harvard Business School Finance Club and the Harvard Kennedy School Finance and Macro PIC. Over 400 attendees registered for the event, which featured three keynote speakers and six panels through the course of the day.
The opening speaker was Mr. Doug Braunstein, current Vice Chairman at J.P. Morgan Chase. With experience in investment banking spanning back to 1986, Doug spoke on the inevitable cycles of the industry as well as his optimism in the ability of financial institutions to adapt to the deluge of regulatory changes seen since the financial crisis.
His discussion was followed by a selection of panels, which included M&A, Structure of the Financial Industry, Women in Finance, and Capital Markets, each of which probed deeply into the subtopics covered.
Following lunch, Steven J. Goulart, CIO of MetLife, was able to speak about the investment philosophy at MetLife and on his views of the investment world following the crisis. This was followed by the panels Industry Regulation, Impact Investing, and Careers in Finance. Attendees also had the opportunity to engage in coffee chats with recruiting representatives from select firms.
The day ended with the closing speaker, Roger Altman, Founder and Executive Chairman at Evercore. Roger spoke on the broader economic risks he sees today as well as on his outlook for the future, which was a fitting close to the day’s discussions.
Janet Jin, HBS Finance Club Co-President
Creating a compelling job posting can be tricky. Within a short amount of space you have to strike a balance between being informative and engaging. With first-year job postings going live on 10/10, it feels like the perfect time to share a few questions to keep in mind as you add your summer internship job postings:
- What makes your organization unique? In addition to your organization’s industry and mission, the company description section is a great opportunity to highlight what distinguishes your company from others in your sector. Is there a quirky aspect of your company culture you want candidates to know about? Use this space as an opportunity to share what truly makes your company one of a kind.
- What is expected of an intern? Students often report that they did not apply for positions because the job descriptions were vague. Use the job description as a place to convey not only the day-to-day tasks but also final project deliverables, internship structure, and any distinct opportunities (i.e. working with CEO or other senior leaders, collaborating with other interns).
- Could this position lead to a full-time opportunity? If there is opportunity beyond the internship, let students know. This is a great way to identify candidates that are really interested in pursuing a career at your organization.
- Is this role open to international students? Yes! All international students are eligible for U.S. work authorization after the first year of the MBA program and none require visa sponsorship. Work authorization is issued by Harvard so hiring international students requires no more paperwork than when you hire U.S. workers. With more than 30% of the HBS student population from international locations, do not forget to select “All May Apply” under Work Authorization.
- Who is your ideal candidate? Use the qualifications section to clearly state who your ideal candidate might be. If you have specific requirements, let candidates know. If your qualifications are more open, let candidates know that as well. Many of our students are interested in transitioning to a new industry or function, so consider the value that someone with a unique and diverse background might bring to your organization.
Content Presentations provide companies with the opportunity to meet 1st and 2nd year students and to discuss an educational topic not related to recruiting. Students are able to engage with company representatives to learn about a newsworthy topic while organizations build their brand on campus.
Company Information Day is the first day organizations are able to present on-campus to 1st year students. Students do not have class on Company Information Day which maximizes your attendance numbers. It is a great way to introduce your recruiting structure, promote opportunities within your organization, and connect with students at a Meet & Greet in the afternoon or evening. Learn more about Company Information Day:
Interested in recruiting HBS students next year but not sure where to start? Or have you recruited at HBS before but just need a little refresher? Here is what you need to know as you start planning for on-campus recruiting in 2014-2015.
What is “Date Release”? The new recruiting season for the next academic year is kicked off with Date Release, when our office informs recruiting partners of the available recruiting dates for interviews and recruiting events. This year, Date Release occurred on Wednesday, April 23rd.
How can I learn more about the recruiting events at HBS? Visit our website for details on the many ways to connect with current students. We have a variety of options throughout the year, including interviews in Boston and San Francisco, company presentations, and small group meetings between your company representatives and students. You can also view these event opportunities on our Recruiting Calendar.
When can I start making requests? You can start making requests for specific dates in Career Hub (our online recruiting platform) now.
Why so early? Doesn’t recruiting start next fall? Yes, recruiting does not officially start until September 8th for second-year students and October 27th for first-year students, but given busy travel schedules in the fall, many companies like to make their plans early.
How does the process work? Companies participating in Date Release will have until Friday, May 9th at 12 PM ET to submit their top date preferences and then date assignments are made by lottery. We will then send email confirmations by May 29th.
Still have questions? If you any questions feel free to reach out to your industry recruiting coordinator to discuss which events and interview dates might be a good fit for your recruiting strategy.
Not ready to recruit now? If you need more time, keep in mind this is just the start of event planning for 2014-2015; we will continue taking date requests throughout the year.
If you are ready to get started? Create an account in Career Hub and input your date requests.