Zarb Student Success Stories
Name: Ruben Portelli
Major/Degree: MBA, Accounting
Hometown: Toscolano Maderno, Italy
Why did you come to the Zarb School?
I chose Zarb based on my research. It is one of the best business schools in the New York-Long Island area. I also knew about Hofstra from the NCAA basketball tournament.
My first accounting internship at Sixpoint Brewery was the result of hard work and career help from the Graduate Business Career Center, specifically Lauren Moy. I found my second internship through Handshake, with the assistance of the Career Center, and obtained my third internship through networking at the many events the Zarb School hosts.
I currently work at GC consulting, a business consulting company in Manhattan. I found this job again through networking. Hofstra prepared me thoroughly for my interview. I do not think I would have been able to land the job without the interview preparation help from the Career Center. My experience so far is great, not only because I succeeded in my dream to work in Manhattan, but also because of the great professionals that I am working with. I am already managing clients after only two weeks, which is an incredible accomplishment.
How did the Zarb School prepare you for your career?
The Career Center had a tremendous role in my professional growth. During my first year I participated frequently in the events offered by the Career Center, such as various workshops, seminars, and executive speaker events. Additionally, I often set up appointments with the Career Center to help critique and perfect my resume. I also worked as a graduate assistant within Hofstra University, where I met amazing people that enriched me as a person.
What is your favorite memory/experience at the Zarb School?
The best experience I recall during my MBA at Hofstra was the executive speaker event that I organized for ZAGA (Zarb Accounting Graduate Association). I invited the managing partner of KPMG to present as the speaker for the event. There was a very large turnout of students that attended the event and I felt very proud of the work we accomplished.
What advice do you have for students who want to follow in your footsteps?
Network, network, network. Try to network all the time. Volunteer and offer your help to others, especially at the very beginning of your career at Hofstra. Also, be active in the school’s associations/clubs and learn from your leaders. Use your spare time to always learn new things.