November 30, 2017

Before enrolling in Carlson’s FT MBA program, I knew I wanted to advance my career quickly by stepping into a management role with a larger corporation but didn’t know which path I should take. As a career switcher, I hadn’t decided on my industry or function even after my first semester and admittedly didn’t know “what I want to be when I grow up.” The Carlson Consulting Enterprise has allowed me to explore a variety of interesting career paths including management consulting, supply chain operations and product management.

November 11, 2017

The Carlson School’s trailblazing focus on weaving experiential learning throughout its core curriculum was the perfect fit for my MBA goals. Prior to Carlson, I worked as an urban planning consultant in the transportation industry. As a career-changer looking to move into CPG brand marketing, I knew it was going to take real experience to bridge my knowledge and skill gaps. The Enterprise program, especially, set me up for success to land my MBA dream job as an Associate Marketing Manager at General Mills.

November 6, 2017

I am a career accelerator in my MBA journey, I have done B2B marketing in my past work experience and would be doing the same post my graduation. However, like most marketing specialists I didn’t join Brand Enterprise but rather selected Ventures.Why did I do so? Enterprises at Carlson to me are mini-organizations or rather playing fields that give you an opportunity to experiment and practice business problems in a laboratory setting. They are like real-world simulations, where you have a real business with a real problem but the one thing that is different is ‘risk’.

September 11, 2017

For MBA candidates pursuing an internship in consulting, a lot of (read: every waking second of every single day from the time you show up on campus in August through mid-January) focus is placed on preparing for interviews. I was definitely no exception to this rule, especially going into recruiting as a candidate that passed straight to grad school without taking time to build what is commonly referred to as “experience,” but looks a lot more like two years at a job you sort-of hate. I digress.

August 28, 2017

Why Consulting? There is no right or wrong answer to that question. Personally, I was fascinated by Consulting due to the exposure one can gain about various industries and the opportunity to impact organizations on a large scale. After repeatedly hearing how difficult it will be to work in Consulting and to work with Consultants and then experiencing it first-hand, I am happy to say that I did it. It was not a smooth sail, as you will find out as you read ahead, but it was a great learning experience.

August 17, 2017

I spent this summer as a brand management intern at Starbucks in their Food Strategy & Innovation group based in Seattle, Washington. A group of less than 20, the team had recently splintered away from the core food team and focuses exclusively on future state development of the food business. A key part of the company’s strategic plan, growing food was an exciting place to be, especially with recent food program launches across select markets: Mercato menu & the FoodShare program.