When Olin’s newest MBA class arrived on campus in August, they knew from the start that they had a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it (ask any MBA – the two years fly by at supersonic speed). There was, of course, the academic challenge of being back in school after some time away. Then there was the need/opportunity to develop a strong network among fellow classmates, alumni, faculty, staff and the Olin community at large.
But the ultimate challenge might have been for new students to clarify (in some cases verify) their professional and career goals. This sorting out process requires that students develop a thorough insight into jobs, careers and industries that they might be interested in – but not thoroughly familiar with. This needs to be done effectively – but it also needs to be done quickly. Especially since our MBAs are looking to maximize the value of their academic choices and to access high impact resources while in the MBA program. Remember – supersonic speed.
To the rescue comes the Olin MBA Platforms – and specifically the Platform Industry Seminar courses. They help make the career sorting process fairly easy (there are only five platforms to choose from). They make the “shopping and selection process” quite reasonable (no two Platform Industry seminars are scheduled against one another allowing you to test the waters before aligning yourself). And finally, they bring a fair, comprehensive and insider look into individual companies, business sectors, industries, job functions and careers. All the things an MBA needs – deliverd at supersonic speed.
Between September and November the Platform Industry Seminar courses brought more than 40 industry insiders (alums, recruiters, and friends of Olin) to describe their jobs, careers, companies, and industries. Each guest spent an hour or more in conversation with interested MBAs. It was a networking opportunity to be sure – but first and foremost it was a learning opportunity. Our MBAs gain the insight needed to make informed choices during their supersonic two years at Olin.
Platform Industry Seminar courses are delivered at the right time, in the right place and by the right people. It’s a different approach and uniquely Olin.
Photo credit: St. Pancras Station, London, Max Cortegianno, Flickr