This post is a part of the Student Perspectives series – each post is written by a current UCLA Anderson student, and provides first-hand perspectives and experiences about being an MBA student at UCLA Anderson.
Q. What is a Professional Club?
A. A professional club allows Anderson students to gain crucial insights into specific industries and/or functions. UCLA Anderson offers membership to many different types of clubs, including professional clubs, identity clubs, interest clubs and even athletic clubs! Most Anderson students join multiple clubs to not only aid in their career search but also have fun with fellow classmates. While I have leveraged my membership in the Marketing Association and AnderTech to explore different career options, my wife and I have also been active members of the Anderson Wine Club – a social club that offer trips to Sonoma and Santa Barbara, as well as monthly wine tastings.
Q. What has been the most important Professional Club during your time at Anderson?
A. The Marketing Association has helped me tremendously, as I am making a career pivot from being in the military to marketing. Club events – such as company sponsored case studies, workshops in ecommerce and advertising — have helped club members broaden their skill sets. Since Anderson is a very much a student-run school, I’ve had ample opportunity to join the Marketing Association leadership and plan events. For example, in early January I helped plan a 3-day event to visit several marketing companies in the Bay Area during a DOJ (Days on the Job). A group from the Marketing Association spent the day at three different top CPG companies: The Clorox Company, The J.M. Smucker Company, and E. & J. Gallo Winery (pictured below).
Q. What are other type of events Professional Clubs offer?
A. Professional Clubs not only offer relevant industry workshops and company visits, but also many ways to interact with Anderson alumni. Events such as D48s (Dinners For Eights) allow Anderson students to share dinner with recent alumni. This past week the Marketing Association hosted a Winter Company Panel and Reception. The best part of being in Los Angeles is that we can attract alumni from great companies. After class on Tuesday, Anderson students were able to interact with local marketing professionals from companies like Sugarfina, Quest Nutrition, and Popchips and hear about their roles and experiences in the marketing industry.
– Nick Caro '19