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Post Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:08 pm
Angela-

You may not know the answer to this, but it's a point that has been nagging at me a little bit. I am applying for the two year MBA program (not MMM) and I want to go into marketing and product management for a high-tech company. Do you think me applying for the MBA program and not MMM might raise red flags among the adcom?

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Post Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:52 pm
Hi Brian,

I wouldn't worry about that at all -- there are plenty of folks interested in high tech that are not in MMM Smile

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Post Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:03 pm
Ah Angela you're too quick to the keyboard! I forgot about the "no asking about admissions in this thread" rule and came to delete my post.

I am glad to hear that though Smile Thanks for the quick reply.

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Post Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:32 am
Hi Angela -

I've been on the fence about the MMM program for a while. My pre-MBA career has centered around software development and IT systems integration, and post-MBA I plan to pursue more of a marketing and strategy role (product management, etc.). My core area of interest would be web-based products, but the close ties with and logical extension to hardware products make the MMM program appealing to me.

Are there integration projects available across different industries, and do the students have a choice in that matter? If I had the choice to, for example, work on a project with the likes of Apple, Dell, etc., that would be of great interest to me, but other projects might not fit my interests. What types of projects have you seen?

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Hi there,

I can't speak from personal experience since I haven't done my integration project yet (it happens during your second year) but I was able to get a list of potential projects for this year:

- Abbott Labs: determine actionable design inputs for future improvements in a handheld blood analyzer device
- Academy for Urban School Leadership: analyze and improve a variety of operational issues
- John Deere: analyze and develop recommendations for supply chain & suppliers regarding sustainability
- Emerson: supply chain & inventory optimization projects
- General Motors: energy challenges in automotive manufacturing; key business and technical drivers to make advanced electric motor manufacturing economically viable
- Northwest Community Hospital: design new space for a laboratory & high level implementation plan
- SAB-Miller Coors Brewing: determine optimal SKU portfolio
- Harley Davidson Motor Company: review & revamp dealership incentive system

As you can see, there are a variety of industries as well as different functional areas (e.g. some are more design-focused, some more on operations, some even have elements of marketing). Students do have input in the project process, and of course it also depends on which companies participate. I would also keep in mind that a lot of what you learn would likely be applicable to other industries, even if you don’t get a project specifically in the industry you’re pursuing. In addition, outside of MMM, Kellogg offers other ways to get practical experience (e.g. labs, case competitions, consulting projects with companies, etc.).

Hope that helps!

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Post Tue Jan 12, 2010 6:27 am
Hi Angela,

Thanks for your valuable inputs.

Some people I was discussing the programs with, had this doubt that the MMM program may not be as well known as the normal 2Y MBA. So you might need to sell your MMM degree every time, unlike the normal MBA degree which is well known throughout the world.
I would like to get your perspective on this. Basically, does the MMM course hold the same value as the 2Y MBA program?

Also, to a recruiter who comes to the school to recruit MBAs, what is the difference between the MBAs and the MMMs?

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Hi there,

Just to clarify, the MMM program does give you an MBA degree from Kellogg. You also receive a Master of Engineering Management (MEM) degree from the McCormick School of Engineering.

I certainly think the MMM program has as much value as the “regular” 2Y program, but I do think it's not the right program for everyone. You are still very much a part of the Kellogg community -- most of the time other students can't tell who is in MMM and who isn't. You take part in the same orientation and same activities, and you can take the same classes. Some of the requirements are different but you have the same access to courses as Kellogg students, you just also have courses from the McCormick side that you can take. (Some of these courses are also open to Kellogg students). Personally, I feel like the MMM program gives you the Kellogg experience as well as a smaller community within the MMM program. That being said, I think the program is designed for students wanting to focus on design and/or operations, in addition to the business skills that Kellogg provides -- so whether or not to join the program does depend on what you are pursuing after business school and how you think the MMM program will or won’t help you get there. I think the case can be made for a variety of career paths, but it depends on each person.

From a recruiting perspective, you still have a Kellogg MBA so again, I think it’s more about your story about why you chose the MMM program in addition and how you think it applies to what you are pursuing. This is my personal opinion, but I don’t think an employer would reject you solely because you have the additional MEM degree - but they may ask you about it if it doesn’t seem relevant.

Does that help? Thanks!

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Post Tue Jan 12, 2010 5:42 pm
Wow - very helpful advice there Angela, thanks so much.

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Post Wed May 19, 2010 11:20 pm
Hello, I am interested in learning more about Kellogg. I have several questions:

1) What attracted you to Kellogg first over other top-tier schools?
2) Does Kellogg have any industry mentoring program to get real world exposure to various careers within your academic specializations?
3) What strategy and financial consulting initiatives exist where you can get hands-on experience?
4) What's your favorite class so far and why?
5) For those interested in a career in finance or even Wall Street, how do you deal with recruiting at a distance from Chicago or New York, the typical major financial hubs? (Yes, I know there is a downtown campus in Chicago, but the main campus is in Evanston, an hour away)
6) When is the best time to visit campus? Is the summer time before Round 1 applications a good time?

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Post Mon May 24, 2010 6:20 pm
Hi there,

I will do my best to answer your questions but I am pursuing a career in the high tech industry, so I'm afraid I don't have personal experience with some of the resources in paths you asked about.

1) There are a lot of reasons but I think if I had to call out the major factors: First and foremost, it was the people. I think any of the top business schools will give you a great education and network, so I think it comes down to what culture is the best fit for you. In talking to current students and alumni, everyone I talked to from Kellogg was really enthusiastic about their experience there, and I wanted to be in a place where people were genuinely excited to be there. Kellogg is known for its collaborative culture, and it's very true. Students are open to getting to know each other, really involved in the community at Kellogg, and always willing to help one another. There are a bunch of different clubs and activities to get involved in, and pretty much everyone is involved in something (if not multiple things). I've reached out to students I didn't know who had interned at companies I was interested in, and everyone was really helpful and honest in answering my questions. I’ve also had similar experiences reaching out to alumni. Even for things like recruiting, where you could imagine students being competitive, we help each other -- there are interview prep groups where students get together to prepare.
I would say the next big thing for me was the MMM program, which seemed like a unique offering and a good fit for what I want to do after business school.

2) There are different avenues for getting exposure to various careers. There is a general alumni mentoring program, where you get paired up with an alum based on your professional interests. You are also able to set up informational interviews with alumni per the alumni database - so you can seek out those in roles or companies you’re specifically interested in. I would also not discount the wealth of knowledge among your fellow students - everyone comes from a wide variety of careers so you have easy access to people who have come from the field you want to enter. Many of the industry specific clubs will also provide overviews of career paths as well as bring in industry speakers to talk about careers, companies, and trends in the industry.

3) I am not pursuing strategy or financial consulting so I can’t speak from personal experience, but Kellogg has a few different resources. If you go to the Kellogg website, there is a section under Academics called Experiential Learning which discusses ways to get hands-on experience through classes, competitions, or other programs. There are a number of different classes called “labs” in which students will do a project for a client in a specific industry, with support from a faculty member. Many of the “regular” Kellogg courses also have components of client work for real companies. For example, I’m currently taking Technology Marketing and Research Methods in Marketing, and both of those classes have projects that entail you finding an outside client and doing a project for them.

4) I’ll tell you my two favorite classes so far and why. The first is Technology Marketing and I like the class because a) it’s relevant to what I’m interested in after business school and b) the professor is really good. And by good, I mean the professor has a lot of industry experience (he consults for a lot of major companies in the industry) and he’s a great speaker so he keeps the class engaging. The course covers a variety of cases in the tech industry, and you also do a project with a real company so you get hands-on experience as well.
The second is Advertising Strategy, which I enjoy because again, the professor is really good, and the class is really interesting, even though I may not do anything related to advertising in my future career. In the class we learn the strategic frameworks and considerations when developing advertising, and we learn how to critique strategies and executions. I think it’s a testament to the classes and the professors at Kellogg that you can really enjoy and get engaged in classes that are not very related to what you plan to do career-wise.

5) Again I can’t speak to this personally since I haven’t recruited for those paths, but it’s a similar question to one I’ve gotten about the distance factor between Kellogg and the high tech industry being concentrated on the West Coast. Kellogg is a well-known enough school that all the major companies across industries will likely recruit here. The distance may mean that you’re doing more phone interviews or have to travel to be on site, but I don’t think you’re at a disadvantage in terms of whether or not they will consider Kellogg students. A great resource for you to reach out to would be the different industry-specific clubs. You can access the club websites from the Kellogg website, and from there you can contact the clubs to reach students who have personally pursued those paths and can speak better to their own recruiting experience. The Kellogg website also has an employment report so you can see the specific companies where students are going for internships or full time jobs.

6) I don’t think there’s necessarily a good or bad time to visit campus - it probably depends moreso on what you want to learn and how that fits in timing-wise to your application plans. I would suggest that coming during the school year may be better if you want to be able to sit in on classes or speak to current students. The Kellogg website has a lot of information on what kinds of events you can partake in when you visit, and you can also contact the admissions office if you have specific questions.

Hope that helps!

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Post Tue May 25, 2010 4:10 pm
Amazing Angela! I am grateful for your super-detailed replies. I sincerely appreciate it. I am actually in the Chicago area. Do you know if it's possible to get referred to someone at Kellogg who is interested in strategy/financial consulting? Thanks!

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Post Tue May 25, 2010 5:01 pm
Hey there,

I would definitely reach out to the industry clubs (you can get to the club websites via the Kellogg website, and they should have contact information for the club/officers). Thanks!

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Post Thu May 27, 2010 10:33 am
Hi Angela, I really appreciate all the information that you are sharing with us.
I would like to ask about life at Evanston. Can you please tell us how is life there.
What things do you miss from your home and things like that.
Thank you in advance for your time.

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Post Thu May 27, 2010 6:25 pm
Hi there,

Life in Evanston is good -- it's a small college town. I live about a 10 minute walk from school, which is really convenient, and there are a lot of good restaurants, shops, and bars within walking distance in Evanston. You're also close to Chicago, which is a great city with lots to do (you can take public transportation down there or a lot of students have cars -- and some students live in Chicago).

In terms of things I miss from home, I grew up in California so the weather's definitely better at home! The snow and cold take some getting used to Smile

I'll also add that sometimes it's easy to get caught up in school life, so it's important to carve out time to keep in touch with friends and family from back home.

Hope that helps! Let me know if there was something in particular you were wondering about.

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Post Sat May 29, 2010 4:07 am
Hi Angela, really useful information. Just what I was looking for.
Thanks one more time for your time!

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