Alumni Life; Transitioning Away from Booth

To the graduating class of 2014, congratulations! We know that you are primed and prepared for your professional careers, but do you know what it means to be an alumni? ChiBus interviewed leaders of many Booth alumni chapters around the world to help you understand what to expect, what is expected of you and how to invest in your future-in your new role as a Booth alumnus/alumna.

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Career Advice

Don't prioritize short term career goals over long term human capital development. All too often recent grads may take a job that sounds attractive in the short run but offers few opportunities for true growth. Always keep learning and surrounding yourself with people who will challenge you intellectually. This holistic pursuit of knowledge will serve you well in your career over the years.  
- Guy Lakonishok ‘09 (Chicago) Partner, Portfolio Management at LSV Asset Management


Biggest mistake - thinking people I worked with wanted my opinion right from the start abouthow to make things better without first showing respect for their experience and seniority.

-John Salvino ‘06 (Chicago) Partner, Private Client Advisor , William Blair & Company LLC


I succumbed to the herd mentality when I was in business school – I started my post-MBA career as an investment banker, a job which I did not enjoy.  If I had the chance to rewind the clock, I would have taken a harder look at the MBTI survey and explore more career options instead following the crowd.
- Sue Luh ‘01 (China) 


Find meaning and purpose in your work. Sustainable success lies in creating success for those around you.
- Matt  Winter ‘11 (SF)  Senior Investment Officer at Bottom up Investments

Alumni Network

There are numerous opportunities to connect with alums in just about every city so attend a social function or a roundtable.
- Guy Lakonishok


The personal touch will remain important as we are all human and usually decide to work with those who we like and trust.
-John Salvino  


We make it, not the school. The school supports alumni efforts, but we can’t wait around for them to plan everything. Be willing to host events and encourage people to attend.

The Booth education you’ve received is just the tip of the iceberg. Next time you’re looking for a job, if you’ve maintained your network you’ll know people in all the best companies.

The alumni life cycle (not everyone, but average) seems to be that alumni stay connected the year after, but still stay in their clique. A couple of years later there’s a dead zone where they lose connection, have a couple friends left, but are busy having kids and getting married. There comes a point 20 years out when people start connecting again, because of career changes or kids left house.
-Sari Kaganoff


Expectations of Alumni

Come to events. Volunteer and follow through. If you’re going to events, pull people in.
-Sari Kaganoff  '13 Associate at McKinsey & Company


Eternal Advice

The best debt is no debt.
-John Salvino


Internal perspective

I want to see the class of 2014 be solution oriented. Bring our office with you when you’re finding better ways to do things. Your alumni experience is a very unique thing to you - no one’s path or approach ever looks the same. Also there’s a lot to gain from Booth two years out and twenty five years out. Employers are always going to look at the present value of a Booth education, so stay involved. Lastly, what I want most from this class is not your treasure, but your time. Always take a call or reply to an email from alumni or current students.
-Tracy McCabe, executive director, Alumni Relations


It’s not just about seeing where people’s careers go after Booth, it’s about seeing what they are doing with their life.
-Brian Holtz,‘15, GBC VP  of Alumni Relations


As prospective students write their life goals out in essays, it’s really important  for them to see where alumni end up.
-Kristin Berta ‘15, DSAC fellow