Meet The Rochester Simon MBA Class Of 2018


Nessi Harari

Simon Business School, University of Rochester

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Citizen of the World, Curious, Ambitious, People Lover, Loves to cook

Hometown: Tel-Aviv, Israel

Fun Fact About Yourself: I still don’t know how to tie a tie.

Undergraduate School and Major: Tel-Aviv University, Psychology 

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:

Appleseeds Academy – Director, “FixIT – Community Computer Repair Lab” Program

Appleseeds Academy – USAID Compliance Officer

Israeli Defence Forces – Manpower Allocation Consultant (Lieutenant Rank)

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Leading a transformation in the labs by designing, developing and implementing a custom innovative CRM system that assisted in boosting sales by 250% in two years.

Looking back on your experience, what advice would you give to future business school applicants?

  • Interact with current student and alumni from the school. Try to get a sense of the culture and if feasible – schedule a visit. Never jump into conclusions just by interacting with one person. Remember that the application process is like dating – it’s a matter of fit.
  • Do your homework before chats – ask educated questions after you’ve done enough research. Make sure you ask questions that the person you’re talking to is able answer.
  • Know where you want to be placed upon graduation. It’ll help you prepare better.
  • Start building your personal brand before school starts – refine your LinkdIn and your resume, work on your STAR stories, and tailor them to your career goals.
  • Establish and nurture relationships with your prospective classmates before school starts! 

What led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA? It would be the exquisite academic level, amazing leadership opportunities, and the strong feeling that your success as an individual and as a group is important to everyone.

Tell us about your dream job or dream employer at this point in your life? I aspire to become a management consultant. The constant intellectual challenge, the exposure to contemporary cross-industrial business challenges and the opportunity to work in groups and build relationships make this field perfect for me. 

What would you like your business school peers to say about you after you graduate from this program? That I have made the appropriate refinements to prepare me to become a successful businessman while supporting and helping my classmates and while being humble.

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