During the fall semester each year, WBL holds a 101 education series geared toward new associate members generally in their freshman or sophomore years looking to learn more about career opportunities in business. The education series provides overviews of industries that members have historically had the greatest interest in: finance, consulting, and entrepreneurship. The series also reviews professional practices in business, general networking tips, and interview preparation. This year, our fall education series culminated in an associate member stock pitch, judged by our upperclassmen.
Once new members have completed the education series, they may choose to join an industry focus group where they are able to learn in greater detail about a specific industry they find interesting. More experienced WBL members lead the focus groups, providing industry-specific recruiting and interview tips, organizing more advanced education seminars, and offering more individualized advice in a smaller-group setting.
Throughout the school year and especially during the recruiting season, WBL hosts a wide variety of networking events in partnership with our corporate sponsors, all of whom are leading firms in consulting, finance, and financial technology. Some external networking events are exclusive to WBL members, while others, particularly those during our WBL Career Week, are open to all MIT students. These events serve as a great way to learn more about the opportunities available at top firms and develop connections with current employees.
In addition to hosting various corporate networking events, WBL also provides numerous internal networking opportunities for current and prospective members. We believe the greatest resource available to WBL members is the network of other WBL members and alumni, who serve as a combination of advisor, mentor, interview coach, and friend. From casual coffee chats to club retreats, WBL fosters a community of female business leaders in support of one another even beyond MIT.