William Blades

Full-Time MBA, Class of 2020

Hometown: Houston
Home State: Texas
Home Country: USA
Previous Institution & Degree: Vanderbilt University, Mechanical Engineering

Pre-MBA Industry: Energy
Pre-MBA Company: Baker Hughes
Pre-MBA Title: District Engineer
Desired Post-MBA Industry: Consulting
Desired Post-MBA Function: Consulting

Summer Internship Company: EY
Summer Internship Title: Summer Consultant

Degree Concentration: Finance
Student Organization Membership:

  • Beer Club
  • Consulting Association - President
  • Energy Association
  • Sports Business Club¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

What about the Rice MBA program has surprised you the most?

I was surprised that I spent more time on recruiting then on time working on assignments outside of class.

What has been your favorite moment of your Rice MBA experience so far?
My favorite moment at Rice was seeing classmates help each other network with firms even if they were also competing for the same job. This really helped me realize the culture at Rice.

What is your favorite thing about and/or favorite spot in Houston?
I like that I can see the Astros play.

In a sentence, what is the one piece of advice you have for prospective students?

It is never too early to start the recruiting process by reading about companies in the industry you are considering.