Prospective Students

Please find FAQs below.  For any additional inquires, please contact  Shlok Vaidya (svaidya18@gsb.columbia.edu)

What is Technology Business Group (TBG)?

Regardless of your career path, a knowledge of technology is vital.  TBG is a professional club organization that seeks to educate students about the tech industry through guest speakers, panelists, company visits, alumni networking, and technology conferences.  Additionally, the club helps students find school year, summer, and full-time employment.

What types of events / activities do you plan?

TBG hosts panels, workshops, company visits, and an annual West Coast Tech trek.

Select NY Company Visits:

  • Google
  • Amazon
  • Spotify
  • AOL
  • LinkedIn

Workshops:

  • SQL workshop
  • Ace the Product Management Interview Workshop
  • Web Development Workshop
  • Data Science Workshop

Panels:

  • Second year panels, where second years talk about their internships and give advice
  • Alumni panels
  • Panels with other club organizations (example: RLG and the impact of TBG on the retail industry)

The West Coast Trek is a chance to experience Silicon Valley, Seattle and LA tech businesses first-hand.  Companies range from startups to well-established players such as Google.

In what ways does TBG assist with career prep?

TBG offers a wealth of resources to assist both first and second year students with their internship and full time job search.

The club sends out communications about:

  • Job opportunities
  • Upcoming events on campus, including corporate presentations

Additionally, TBG has a career resources drive, containing recommendations for navigating the tech internship search, a TBG interview question bank, and a TBG summer internship experience and feedback guide.

What types of companies does TBG have relationships with?

Some of the tech companies that recruit on campus include:

  • Google
  • Amazon
  • Microsoft
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • IBM

We also have relationships with many other smaller companies and startups that don’t recruit on campus.

Is there anything I can do to help prepare for tech recruiting prior to the start of the school year?

One of the most important things an incoming MBA student can do to prepare for recruiting is take time prior to getting to school to research and reflect on the career path(s) and areas within tech that they want to explore. A great way to do this is by having coffee chats with current TBG members and CBS alums. Having done this, the student can start the school year off strong, focusing on interviewing techniques, corporate presentations and networking with their target companies.

What are your thoughts on Pre-MBA TBG internships / Should I pursue a Pre-MBA internship?

While some students in TBG do take pre-MBA internships, it is by no means required. These sorts of internships can be particularly helpful for those people who are hoping to change or pivot their career path and would like extra experience and to build up their resume.

It is important to highlight that while some students in TBG find value in pre-MBA internships, many students, including career changers, successfully recruit without having done one.

What are your thoughts on the curriculum and classes/electives I should take that are relevant to working in tech?

No matter what your planned career path is, there are classes CBS offers that will help prepare you for that field; additionally, there are workshops that TBG hosts that teach relevant skills for the job.

For careers in Product Management:

Classes Workshops
·         UX & Product Management

·         Digital Literacy for Decision Makers

·         New Product Development

·         Web App Programming in Python

·         Applied Regression Analysis

·         Design & Agile Project Management Engineering Lab

 

·         Product Management

·         SQL

For careers in Marketing:

Classes Workshops
·         Market Research & Analytics

·         Applied Regression Analysis

·         Internet Wars

·         Brand Management

·         Product Management

·         SQL

For careers in Business Development:

Classes Workshops
·         Entrepreneurial Selling

·         Research to Revenue

·         Product Management

·         SQL

For careers in Strategy:

Classes Workshops
·         Internet Wars

·         Tech Strategy

·         Operations Strategy

·         Media Platforms and Strategy

·         Product Management

·         SQL

For careers in Operations:

Classes Workshops
·         Operations Strategy

·         Service Operations Management

·         Other courses with Professor Singh

·         Product Management

·         SQL

For careers in Sales:

Classes Workshops
·         Entrepreneurial Selling ·         Product Management

·         SQL

For careers in Business Analytics:

Classes Workshops
·         Applied Regression Analysis

·         Design & Agile Project Management Engineering Lab

·         Big data courses at the engineering school

·         SQL

For careers in Supply Chain / Procurement:

Classes Workshops
·         Supply Chain Optimization ·         SQL


What is the membership like? How I would be able to contribute to the club?

TBG members are a diverse group who have an interest in technology and understand that technology is impacting and disrupting every industry. The club is a great resource for students to broaden their knowledge in the technology industry and learn, not only through company visits and events, but also from the experiences of other TBG members.

There is a wide-variety of leadership positions available within the club. At the start of each year, AVPs (Assistant Vice Presidents) are selected to work with the second year VPs in shaping the programming and future of TBG. These roles range from AVP of Careers and Education to AVP of Company Visits. Being involved in these TBG leadership roles are a particularly great way to get involved with the club, meet second years, and have a lasting impact on TBG at CBS.