Pre-Career

Adams' 2018-19 Resident Pre-Career Tutors: Gorick Ng (Lead), William Burke, Sheila Enamandram, Samir Junnarkar

Adams' 2018-19 Non-Resident Pre-Career Tutors: Michael Aft, Jonathan Arena, Danny Avraham, Ratnika Prasad, Lee Wang

Our mission is to support students who are interested in post-college careers not immediately associated with graduate school (e.g. tech, consulting, finance, social impact, corporate, entrepreneurship) and students who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in business.  We meet our mission by:  

  1. Organizing events and sharing resources that build greater awareness of different post-college career pathways  
  2. Helping students navigate the internship search and post-college career planning process  
  3. Connecting students to resources available through the greater Harvard community (e.g. OCS)  
  4. Assisting students in their deferred admission applications to business school (e.g. HBS 2+2 and Stanford GSB)  
  5. Building a community of like-minded students and alums through weekly dinner office hours and other programming  

 

Let’s grab a meal! Please feel free to email any of us anytime. We’d love to get to know you.

 

Resident Tutors:  

Gorick Ng  

Gorick Ng

 

I am an education entrepreneur, a newly-minted HBS grad, a third-year Resident Tutor specializing in career advising, and a former Government concentrator from Lowell House.  I am currently writing a book that helps new grads navigate their first jobs and am building a technology platform that helps colleges improve their career services; these initiatives are especially meaningful to me because I was the first in my family to attend college.  Prior to HBS I worked in management consulting at BCG and in corporate innovation at BCG Digital Ventures.  In college I was a member of Harvard Student Agencies (where I ran HSA Cleaners), the IOP, and the Harvard College Consulting Group.  I have also touched the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors after having worked in investment banking (Credit Suisse), public policy (the Ontario provincial government), and a few non-profit boards.  I’ve dabbled in quite a few things over my college career and can hopefully speak to many of the topics you might be scratching your head about: cross-registering, finding summer and term-time opportunities, managing your time, picking your concentration, pursuing grad school, studying abroad, writing a thesis, being first-gen in college, figuring out what to do with your life... the list goes on.  Hit me up anytime for a meal!  I’d love to get to know you.  

  • Email: gng@mba2018.hbs.edu  
  • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gorickng/  
  • Talk to me about:  
    • How to get a job in investment banking, consulting  
    • How to start a startup  
    • Studying abroad over the summer  
    • Pursuing a fulfilling career out of college  
    • How to think about the public, private, and non-for-profit sectors  
    • Applying for deferred admission to business school  
    • Navigating college as a first-generation college student  
    • Navigating the recruiting process as an F-1 visa student  
    • How to wrestle with the idea of “doing well and doing good”  
 

Samir Junnarkar  

Samir Junnarkar

 

Hello Adams!  My name is Samir Junnarkar and I am currently an MBA student at HBS.  I am thrilled to be a Pre-Business Tutor at Adams House.  Originally from San Diego, I traveled up the California coast to Stanford, where I studied economics and interned at the U.S. Department of Treasury.  After graduating from The Farm, I was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, where I focused on tech IPOs.  More recently, I was at LinkedIn, where I focused on business strategy for various groups, including our e-learning business, litigation team, corporate development team, and more.  As a recent transplant to the Boston / Cambridge area, I've brought with me my Californian passions for flip-flops, running, road biking, swimming, and surfing.  When I'm not outdoors, I also love reading and cooking.  I look forward to getting to know everyone, and can't wait to host study breaks over at A-13!  

  • Email: sjunnarkar@mba2019.hbs.edu  
  • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sjunnarkar  
  • Talk to me about:  
    • How to get a job in investment banking, tech  
    • Pursuing finance vs. economic policy vs. Ph.D  
    • Understanding the lifecycle of a tech start-up: from seed funding to IPO and beyond  
    • Strategizing about "when" and "how" to apply to business school  
    • Writing a good cover letter and resume  
    • Interviewing tips—dos and don’ts  

 

Sheila Enamandram  

Sheila Enamandram

 

Hi Adams House!  My name is Sheila Enamandram, and I'm an MD/MBA candidate at HMS/HBS.  I am so thrilled to be returning as a Pre-Medical and Pre-Business Tutor.  Originally from West Windsor, NJ, I graduated from Yale in 2013 (boola boola!) with a double major in Molecular Biology and Political Science.  I have previously worked across the healthcare sector spanning efforts in public health advocacy, basic science and clinical research, global health-level (the US Department of State’s Office of Global AIDS Coordinator/PEPFAR) and hospital institution-level strategy (Massachusetts General Hospital), mobile health apps (https://parablehealth.com/), international quality improvement collaboratives (http://globaltrach.org/), and health technology VC (GE Ventures).  I am really excited to be back again this year, and to continue learning about the things that excite you here at Adams and at Harvard!  

  • Email: senamandram@gmail.com  
  • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheila-enamandram-95a94226  
  • Talk to me about:  
    • Writing a good cover letter and resume  
    • Interviewing tips—dos and don’ts  
    • Balancing professional and personal commitments  
    • Pursuing internships/careers in public health, health policy, tech in medicine (e.g. digital health, medical devices)  
    • Working for a large corporation  
    • (Whatever else is on your mind!)  

 

William Burke  

William Burke

Hi Adams!  I live in D-11 with Rekha (my wife) and Beam (my dog).  I’m a graduate student in Professor Katia Bertoldi’s lab in the Engineering School where I study material nonlinearities.  I grew up in Sudbury, Massachusetts before coming to Harvard/Adams House.  Since graduating in 2013, I've been a management consultant at Oliver Wyman, a software engineer at a healthcare social enterprise (https://www.vecnacares.org/), and now a graduate student/Tutor.  You can find me in the dining hall or at the weekly Adams House yoga classes.  

I like intramural sports (IMs) and I spend weekends running trails in the many forests of Massachusetts.  I love cooking and cold, cloudy weather.  Stop by D-11 anytime to sit by the fire and enjoy tea, hot chocolate, or homemade desserts.  During baseball season, we watch every Mets game on MLBtv, and are open to being convinced to watch other teams as well, particularly those with winning records.  

  • Email: wburke@g.harvard.edu  
  • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/williamconroyburke/  
  • Talk to me about:  
    • Pursuing a fulfilling career out of college (stole that from Gorick)  
    • Finding mentors  
    • Case interviews  
    • Resumes  
    • What to do/say at recruiting events  
    • Software engineering interviews  
    • GMAT/GRE  
    • Getting letters of recommendation  
    • AB/SM  
    • Working in a research lab  

 

Danny Avraham

Danny Avraham

Hey Adams!  I’m a second-year MBA student at HBS.  This past summer I lived in SF and worked for Waymo (formerly known as Google’s self-driving car project) on the commercialization of their technology.  My other work experience includes management consulting for Bain & Company in New York, serving as an Intelligence Officer in the Israeli military, and working as an editorial intern at The Economist.  I went to college at Yale, where I majored in Ethics, Politics, and Economics, and grad school at Oxford, where I studied international development.  I have great memories staying at Adams House both times the Game was held at Harvard during my college years, so I’m excited for the chance to re-connect with the Adams community.  Please feel free to reach out to chat about anything that might be on your mind.  Looking forward to getting to know many of you!  

 

  • Email: davraham@mba2019.hbs.edu  
  • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-avraham-61467467/  
  • Talk to me about:  
    • Career stuff (I pivoted from wanting to work in government/politics to business/social entrepreneurship)  
    • Grad school  
    • Deciding on a major (I switched mine about 5 times!)  
    • Working in tech as a liberal arts major  
    • Backpacking  
    • Diving  
    • Anything else!  

 

Jonathan Arena

Jonathan Arena

 

I’m Jonathan, an MBA candidate at HBS.  My path has been full of unexpected twists and turns; unique and “non-traditional” as HBS would say.  I applied for and was accepted to the first 2+2 cohort of HBS when I was a college Junior at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) back in 2008, for the MBA class of 2013.  I graduated with a degree in Graphic Design, and subsequently deferred my HBS matriculation for an extra year, working for three years as a product and interaction designer in the Bay Area and Seoul, Korea.  

I did my RC year at HBS with the class of 2014, started Harvard’s first Design Conference, xDesign: http://influencexdesign.com/, started a company at the Harvard iLab during my summer internship, which led me to defer HBS (again).  I then somehow landed at Facebook HQ, where I stayed for the past four years.  While at Facebook I got the chance to work on the Growth team, the Photos team, and help build the first product team at Building 8: see https://bit.ly/2BTS2Vs, and https://futurism.com/inside-building-8-facebooks-secret-innovation-weapon/.  

When I got a note from the school that my window of opportunity to finish HBS was nearing an end (they gave me 5 years), I thought it best to come back for one last Boston winter—but not before doing my “MBA Summer Internship” at Coinbase, where I worked on their Institutional Trading Platform this summer.  This year I'm helping organize the HBS Tech Conference.  

I live with my wife who works at Google's Cambridge Office as a Creative Lead (let me know if you want a tour!).  I love backpacking, surfing, sailing, and mid-century architecture.  I’m so excited to be back and I can’t wait to learn from each other.  

  • Email: jarena@mba2019.hbs.edu  
  • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathanarena/  
  • Talk to me about:  
    • Working in tech  
    • Product  
    • Design  
    • Startups  
    • The Bay Area  
    • Starting a company  
    • HBS  
    • Branding  
    • Careers in Creative Fields  
    • Interview Tips for Tech companies  
    • Recruiting  
    • Networking  
    • Backpacking  
    • Sailing  
    • California  
    • Living in Japan or Korea  
    • HBS 2+2  
    • Writing a good essay  
    • Presenting yourself and telling your story  

 

Lee Wang

Lee Wang

 

Hi Adams House!  My name is Lee Wang, currently a 2nd year MBA student across the river at HBS.  I was born and grew up in Houston (fun fact: Houston is also my middle name) and did my undergrad at UT Austin.  I spent two years after school doing investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Bay Area covering tech.  I later spent three years in corporate development at Yahoo, where I worked on acquiring startups, doing internal strategy, and ultimately selling the company.  I've also spent some time at a seed-stage startup.  It's my first time living on the east coast, so still trying to figure out how to integrate my rock-climbing, food-loving, road-biking habits with the weather.  I always make time for reading both literature and books on social issues.  

 

 

Michael Aft

Michael Aft

 

I'm a second-year MBA student with a background in tech, entrepreneurship, and finance.  Most recently I led business operations and strategy for LinkedIn's messaging platform, and also spent some time working as a product manager.  Prior to that I worked at a software investment firm called Accel-KKR, where we invested in everything from growth equity to full buyouts.  Prior to AKKR I worked in Investment Banking with Moelis & Company.  Throughout this time I've also served as an advisor to startups (Integraph) and mentor to many students seeking jobs in these fields.  

  • Email: maft@mba2019.hbs.edu  
  • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelaft/  
  • Talk to me about:  
    • Getting a job in banking  
    • Getting a job in PE  
    • Getting a job in VC  
    • Getting a job in tech  
    • Figuring our what you want to do  
    • Search funds and entrepreneurship through acquisition  
    • Starting your own company  
    • Raising VC money  
    • Life in general!  

 

 

Ratnika Prasad

Ratnika Prasad

 

Hi Adams House!  My name is Ratnika Prasad and I’m excited to join as a Pre-Business Tutor.  Originally from India, I graduated Cornell in 2014 with a major in Applied Economics & Management (focusing on Resource Economics), with minors in Natural Resources, Climate Change and Science of Natural & Environmental Systems.  I spent my college years working across a spectrum of climate change related research and advocacy, ranging from the local county government to USAID to the UNFCCC.  This cemented my passion for sustainable development, but also really highlighted the growing intersection of the public and the private in solving environmental challenges.  After getting into the Business School through 2+2 program I've interned in investment banking and also worked in management consulting with Bain in San Francisco and across Southeast Asia across tech/private equity/telecom/chemicals/defense.  I’m back at school now pursuing the joint MPA-ID/MBA between the Kennedy School and Business School, and just completed a summer interning with the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility.  Happy to chat about sustainability/economics/international development/2+2/working in SF/working in Southeast Asia/being an international student/anything that crosses your mind!  

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