Josh describes his experience at Scheller College of Business and how it has benefitted him personally and professionally.
MBA, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology
Occupation: Brand Manager, Danone Medical Nutrition: Bethesda, Maryland
How would you describe Scheller's social scene? What do people do for fun outside of class?
The Scheller College of Business is a close-knit community and social activities are common and encouraged. Students are often found planning informal weekly happy hours as well as gathering for tailgating prior to Georgia Tech football games. As a class, we also found time to plan unique cultural events for the whole school such as the MBA Battle of the Bands. On top of all of this, the school sponsors several events each semester as well, including an annual Alumni Crawfish Boil and Spring Gala.
I really appreciated the amount of social interaction I was able to have with my classmates in and out of the classroom and am still close to my classmates today. Social activities were a critical element of getting to know the other members of the program and aided in our ability to work closely together in the classroom and on business projects.
What do you think is Scheller's greatest asset?
I really loved the Scheller College of Business program and if I had to choose a school over again, I would absolutely choose Scheller. I would say the culture of mutual support amongst the students combined with the fantastic faculty and the individual level of attention they provide to each MBA candidate are what makes the Scheller MBA program great! These cultural elements allow Scheller to offer an amazing classroom experience and a fantastic overall environment. The time I spent at Scheller was certainly one of the most academically and professionally enriching experiences I have had.
What has been your favorite classroom experience?
One of the best classroom experiences I had was an advanced holistic management simulation we performed in teams over the course of several weeks as a part of our marketing management course. The simulation focused on making key management decisions for a pharmaceutical product focusing on sales force size, product positioning, research and development, promotional activities and sampling to name just a few. It required group work between students with various concentrations to make decisions for the brand that resulted in either sales and share growth or decline relative to other teams in the simulation.
It was a fantastic experience that illustrated the cross-functional knowledge and skills a business leader must have in order to make informed decisions that drive brand health. It also highlighted just how competitive the business landscape can be and the need to constantly evolve and pursue opportunities.
What resources and support did your school offer you through your career search?
The school offered a great deal of individualized support and resources in the areas of both job search as well as career development. Each entering student participates in a required class led by the Career Resource Center teaching skills fundamental to finding the right job and building a sustainable and enjoyable career. In addition, the individualized attention and guidance I received from my own career counselor throughout the job search process was wonderful. If I ever had questions on interviewing techniques, job search strategies or personal positioning, they were always there to provide guidance. In addition, they were tireless in their efforts to bring top notch companies to campus for recruiting. In my opinion, the Jones MBA Career Center is a really an incredible resource available to all students of the program.