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Oct
20

Fluent or Faking It?

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Hugh Courtney

In the following post, D’Amore-McKim School of Business Dean Hugh Courtney talks about the importance of experiential learning in the development of effective and knowledgeable business leaders.

The other night I was helping my son with his Spanish homework and was reminded of my own Spanish-language training – six full years in elementary school, followed by four in high school and a semester in college. I never had a chance to use my Spanish much, though, until I started traveling extensively during my career as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company.

While I had always thought of myself as nearly fluent in Spanish, these trips showed that I was really just faking it. The problem wasn’t vocabulary or grammar, both of which I learned well during countless classroom drills. No, the problem was that I had very limited ability to use that vocabulary and grammar to think and communicate in real time in the context of a real business situation. That sort of functional fluency requires extensive immersion and practice in a Spanish-speaking world, and the many simulations, drills, and conversations we had in the classroom just weren’t adequate substitutes for the real thing. Read more…

Jun
16

Alternatives to a summer internship

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Lynne Sarikas

In the following post, D’Amore-McKim School of Business Graduate Career Center Director Lynne Sarikas discusses the six ways to add value to a resume and increase employment opportunities after graduation.

College students look forward to the summer break as an escape from the classroom and often as an opportunity to earn money.  Finding a paid summer internship can be very competitive but don’t panic if you don’t land an internship.  There are other opportunities to add value to your resume and prepare for your future. Read more…

May
26

The Ultimate Experiential Learning Opportunity

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Hugh Courtney

In the following post, D’Amore-McKim School of Business Dean Hugh Courtney talks about the importance of immersing students in the entrepreneurial process to prepare them for today’s evolving business world. 

I often share how important I think entrepreneurship education is as we prepare students for today’s evolving business world. Given Northeastern’s emphasis on experiential learning, it is no coincidence that we are so committed to entrepreneurship education. In fact, I believe that working to define and begin building a new enterprise from scratch is the ultimate experiential learning opportunity for college students. It’s an experience many of our students are guided through with the support of our entrepreneurial ecosystem and IDEA: Northeastern University’s student-led venture accelerator.
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Apr
28

Practicing what we preach

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Hugh Courtney

In the following post, D’Amore-McKim School of Business Dean Hugh Courtney talks about how advances in information technology, globalization, and disruptive innovation impact not only global business industries, but higher education as well.

Professors are great diagnosticians. Our job involves observing the world around us and developing conceptual and empirical models that explain what we see. In my case, I was trained as an economist and business strategist and thus have a toolkit at my disposal to identify the forces at work that are transforming our global economy and the implications these changes are likely to have on business strategies and performance.
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