Like many students, Jorge wanted an MBA to advance his career. But he didn’t anticipate how the degree could change his perspective on doing business. After his first year, he found himself with a more holistic approach to problems, with more complete frameworks and sound fundamentals.
In the Business Solutions Group, one of the career-focused student groups on campus, first-year students participate in a consulting project for companies. So, companies reach out to us, and they want help with some particular issue. Most recently, we worked to launch a new product to the market for a sponsor - from analyzing the product itself to marketing to the practical logistics. And, throughout the project we worked with different professors, including professor Ann McGill, who helped us with marketing. She was completely available to us and gave us guidance, all on her own time.
The alumni network is international, diverse, and extremely helpful. Before coming to Booth, I reached out to the president of the Booth Alumni Club of Argentina and he helped me understand the process. He gave me, and many prospective students, contact information of other alumni, who talked to us and helped us better understand the experience in Chicago.
When I was preparing for interviews and internships, the moment I reached out to alumni, they were instantly available and willing to help me prepare. It’s impressive how in every industry, in every country, you have someone willing to help.
Simply, the range of courses I took over my first year gave me a more complete vantage. Now every time I address a problem, I consider finance, marketing, competitive strategy – all angles I can draw from. I have a more open view of the problem itself.
Also, I’ve had opportunities to be part of student groups where the interaction between faculty and students continues outside of the classroom, with countless opportunities to create hands-on environments - to further challenge the way I think about and address problems.