MSOR & MSIE Pre-Work

Welcome Incoming MSOR and MSIE Students,

First let me say congratulations on being accepted into the MSOR or MSIE program at Columbia University! We are truly excited to have such a talented group of students on board. 

To provide you with a brief introduction, I am your Career Placement Officer in the IEOR Department and will be working exclusively with you to assist with your career development needs and placement. I am excited to soon be meeting with each and every one of you. In order to help you prepare for the upcoming semester and job-search process, you must complete the following mandatory career development tasks that are outlined in this email.

Over the course of this summer, I ask that you complete the following assignment:

Complete the MSOR+IE New Student Career Pre-work by Sun, Jan 8th, 2017.

This will require you to complete a number of tasks, including:

  • Conducting industry research on your specific area of interest
  • Submitting a sample resume and cover letter (You can find the attachment to this email as a resource to help guide you through the survey as well as utilize our Resume & Cover Letter Guidelines page for help, Resume templates can be accessed using the confidential password: Mudd315)
  • Writing a one-paragraph personal bio to market to employers, including information on your experience, strengths, desires, goals, and something unique about you. Show some personality!
  • Create a Professional 30-60 Second Pitch 

NOTE: Partially completed surveys cannot be saved, so should you wish to complete it over a period of time, we suggest you save your responses in another document and then, when you have all of your responses and materials ready, you can copy and paste into the survey and submit.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Late survey submissions are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. 
  • For non-native English speakers: The number one critique we receive from employers is that students need to improve their English communication skills. We know this takes time and effort, so please work on your verbal and written skills this summer. A wealth of suggested resources can be found on the IEOR website by clicking here. We also strongly suggest finding a conversation partner.


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