Cross Continent MBA*
Industrial & Systems Engineering, 2008
The most meaningful experience of my program was during our residency in Istanbul, where one of my classmates organized an open cultural discussion for our class. Nearly everyone in the class attended even though the session was not required and took place during our limited free time. For hours we openly discussed challenging social issues, biases, and stereotypes. We created an extremely safe environment, allowing us to struggle with issues that created discomfort, yet provided significant insights. Given the current political chaos in Turkey today, our class’s conversation that night becomes even more meaningful in retrospect.
I worked for BWAY Corporation, the market leader in manufacturing metal and plastic rigid containers. I led a group of engineers whose job was to improve operational efficiencies and reduce infrastructure expenses in 24 North American manufacturing facilities.
I transitioned to Google, where I deploy data centers around the globe. My focus is on supply chain, strategy, and operational improvements, which are the backbone of Google’s services and products.
5 Tips to Navigate a Career Transition
- Realize YOU own your journey. Advisors and services can help, but you are the one who will dedicate countless hours to case interviews, networking, and learning how to sell yourself.
- Get started the first day of school, because the 17 months will fly by.
- When Steve Dalton from the Career Management Center talks about his book, The 2-Hour Job Search, listen. His methodologies, tips, and tricks helped me land my job at Google.
- Once you start interviewing, the process will pick up speed quickly. Be sure you’re ready to embrace new opportunities before you dive in. Timing is everything!
- Enjoy the process and try to learn as much as you can about yourself.