By Harmesh Bhambra ‘16
The end was always going to come, but maybe not so quickly. The Class of 2015 will soon have their last lecture, go to their last TNDC and take part in their graduation ceremony.
The strength of Booth is illustrated by the range of industries, companies and countries that the second-years will be going to. Of particular interest to your correspondent is the ‘migration’ of Boothies to new countries compared to Boothies that will stay or head back to their ‘home’ countries. Approximately 70% of full-time roles, in the interim Employment Report (covering 367 students), are in the same country as the students’ citizenship. Of this percentage, 224 US students will stay in the States and 30 international students will move back to their home country.
For Alfonso Amaya, a second-year from Colombia, “going back home was always the plan...the job opportunities are very good and the economy is growing faster”. Anurag Sud, a second-year from India, will be going back to India to pursue Private Equity. His decision was motivated by the nature of the PE industry, “It is very difficult for internationals to break into PE without local PE experience. On the other hand, Asia requires people who speak one of the native tongues”.
The international students have gained perspective on the different working practices between their home country and the US. Sofia Medina, a second-year from Mexico, says “there are different working styles between the two countries...the US working culture is maybe more individualistic”. For Anurag Sud, “India has a very laid back attitude in the workplace whereby deadlines and time are not adhered to”. He looks to inculcate in the workplace “the strong work ethic and respect for others' time as demonstrated in the US”.
Many of these international students envisage staying in their home countries but mention that specific job opportunities or family circumstances may warrant moving back to the US. Many will miss the “technology...that everything is accessible with a click” as described by Sofia Medina.
As the second-years prepare to leave, ChiBus would like to wish the second-years all the best in their future endeavours, and to thank them for their ChiBus contributions, comments, feedback and banter.
Harmesh is News Editor for Chicago Business