Dartmouth Tuck might be tucked away on the East Coast, but that hasn’t stopped graduates from taking the West Coast by storm. In October, 40 students ventured West to network with tech and venture capital companies.
It’s just one of the ways that Tuck is increasing its visibility in Silicon Valley and making connections with the burgeoning tech industry.
California Career Advisor
Laura Mogilner, the associate director of career services, is also a full-time MBA career advisor based in San Francisco. Her unique location and understanding of the technology sector in Silicon Valley gives Tuck students access to many expansive job opportunities. She’s able to support them on their individual career pathways and expose MBA students to the full range of what the West Coast has to offer.
In addition to fashiontech, healthtech, and foodtech companies, Mogilner is introducing students to startups and other companies disrupting traditional services. It’s a big deal, especially considering the fact that the Bay Area has “the third-largest population of Tuck and Dartmouth students outside of Boston and New York,” says Mogilner.
Silicon Valley Career Trek
Then there’s the Tech Trek to the Bay area. Each year, around 35 students spend four days visiting tech companies throughout Silicon Valley and into Seattle. Throughout the trek, students are exposed to a wide range of tech companies, all of which offer a different vision and lifestyle. They visit large organizations such as Adobe, Google, Salesforce, and Twitch, as well as smaller up-and-coming firms like Segment and New Relic.
“The goal is for students to dig deeper and get more clarity on the industry, as well as get a feel for the culture of the offices and the city,” Mogilner says. It’s through these in-person visits that they can better understand the tech industry and the potential career paths available to them beyond product development and coding.
Private Equity and Venture Capital Deep Dive
Last, but certainly not least, a smaller group of 10 students will head to the Bay Area for a two- to three-day immersion in investing. The trip allows MBA students to dive into the area’s startup ecosystem and learn more about what it takes to start and invest in an early-stage company within this hotbed of entrepreneurship.
“The ecosystem deep dive was the most impactful experience I have had at Tuck,” says Robert Sewell (T’21). “This learning is impacting how I am structuring my company for funding going forward.”
Learn more about how Dartmouth Tuck is helping students interested in tech in the West here.