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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2011, 07:41
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Hi Rodrigo,

Very interesting questions here - thanks for posting.

Regarding the opportunity to recruit into the Automotive industry after grad school, I think your opportunity here at LGO would be at least as high as at any other MBA program. Keep in mind that you can recruit formally through LGO (GM is still an active partner company), informally through the LGO alumni network (lots of alums working at many of the major auto manufacturers), and formally through MIT Sloan (I believe the big three recruit here, as well). I'm not sure, however, how your work authorization status would affect hiring in the US - that's not really my area of expertise. You might be able to get some more information from either the LGO or Sloan Admissions teams.

I will see what I can do about putting you in touch with an alumni that aligns with your situation. I'm not sure what the policy is on directly connecting prospectives with alumni, but I'll certainly check that out.

Hope that helps to answer some of your questions.

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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2011, 05:28
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Hi fsaq, LGOdream,

I would like to chime in briefly on your debate. More specifically, I would like to point out that LGO frequently is adding new partner companies (in fact, we have added Nike and MAG in the past month or so).

Additionally, we (as students) are given the opportunity to join committees that have a large bearing on the management and direction of the LGO program. I would recommend researching the committees further and seeing if you could leave a positive impact on LGO by taking an active role on these committees (the New Partners Committee for your interest) and perhaps working to add an airline to the list of partner companies.

Additionally, as a I assume you are aware, MIT is home to some of the world's greatest researchers on the airlines and flight safety. In fact, we had one of these exceptional professors as an instructor for a summer class-it was awesome.

As always, Bob and I are open to any further clarification and to answer any additional questions.

-Zach


I have a quick question about the committees mentioned above. Are they listed on the LGO website? What's the best way to research further on these committees? How many are there and what are they focused on?
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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2011, 12:07
Hi manye,

Thanks for the questions. It is a good one as the committees are not currently listed on the website. Additionally, the best way to research the committees is to ask questions like you are now. Feel free to ask more follow-ups. Further, on your visits to LGO, I recommend talking to some current students who are members of the particular committees you may be interesting in joining.

Here is a blurb about the committees that is very accurate:
A benefit of the LGO experience is the opportunity to work with classmates, faculty, staff, and industry representatives on standing committees and subcommittees that define the governance and operation of the LGO Program. The established committees are Internship; Leadership; New Partners; Plant Trek; Curriculum; New Student Recruiting; Student Life; Alumni Relations; Seminar; and CLFM/LGO Synergy Committee.

Each standing committee is comprised of students, faculty, staff, and in many cases industry representatives and has a specific mission with a number of tasks to be completed during the year. Industry representatives are often selected from our Operating Committee (comprised of officials from the partner companies) as part of a specific charter decision each June. Students are expected to participate as full members of the standing committees and attend all standing committee meetings.


Basically, the committees are the way the students are able to give their input and help run (in many cases) parts of the program. They provide good leadership opportunities and have given me experience doing jobs that I did not do in the past.

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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2011, 11:21
how was ambassador's day? I went to last year's, I could not go to this but I imagine it was the same information. AMB Day is what really captured my interest for LGO. I hope I get admitted this year.
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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2011, 16:07
I have a question for current LGOs listening into this board (or LGO alumni). Is there a bucket for how many internships for each of the different schools there will be ? i.e. we only have 10 for ESD, 5 for Environmental and Civil Eng, 2 for Aero and Astro, etc?

And what kind of internships are you guys as current LGOs getting or aiming for (company, topic of research)?

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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2011, 16:31
Hi fsaq,

That's a very good question.

There are definitely not any official quotas for internships by engineering discipline. To a large extent, any LGO can sign-up to interview for any internship. There are no restrictions made by engineering major. That being said, some of the more technical assignments obviously may be better served by an LGO with a complimentary background (i.e. drug design or manufacturing might be best suited to a chemical engineer), and the partner company's often express their preferences in this regard, but there's certainly nothing stopping any LGO from interviewing.

The off-cycle internships (February - August) were just announced, and we have about 20% of the class that will be doing off-cycle this year. We had several operations offerings from Amazon, process engineering offerings from our local hospital partners, and some supply chain jobs with Nike, to name a few.

I'm actually going to be doing an off-cycle internship with Nike looking at production readiness for their new NFL product lineup being released next Spring.

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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2011, 15:56
If you guys are applying to LGO through Sloan, are you guys mentioning in the cover letter question the fact that you want to get into LGO or should the cover letter address the adcoms as if you were only seeking admission to the Sloan program? Any LGO want to share some of his/her experiences as to how they did it? Thanks!
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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2011, 16:19
fsaq,

Definitely write the cover letter with the intention of getting into LGO.

Assume that the first person who will see your application will be the director of LGO. Now, I don't know that this is literally true, exactly, but that's my advice as to the tone and theme of your application. Make it "all LGO, all the time."

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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2011, 05:36
Excellent Platform

Bob,

You mentioned that applying for an engineering track we should keep our competition in mind and at the same time it should fit our goals.

Someone like me with a BE in Mechanical Engineering and a minor (& 2 published papers) in BioMedical Engieering might have a better chance at cracking the BioMed track of Mechanical Engineering but since I was looking at a career heavy equipment manufacturing (current exp in the technology division of same domain) I though the Manufacturing Systems track would make more sense. After reading your response to Rajadi I am slightly confused. Should I select my engineering track based on my strength or on what fits my goal ?

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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2011, 06:49
Hi Carmon,

My advice on considering your background when selecting an Engineering major was focused more on departments as a whole, and not on tracks within a department. For example, if your undergraduate degree & background is in Mechanical Engineering, it may not be wise to apply to Electrical Engineering unless you have a compelling reason to do so.

It sounds like you're considering two tracks in the Mechanical Engineering department, right (BME & Manufacturing)? If this is the case, then you should be all set. The ME department isn't going to review a BME-track application differently than it's going to review a Manufacturing-track application.

Overall, I would recommend keeping in mind the main reason for which you'd likely be coming to graduate school: further preparing you for your future career. Use that vision as guidance in your application, not what you think will give you the best chance to get in.

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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2011, 05:24
Hi Bob,Zach
I'm applying to the LGO program. I have an experience of 28 months till now(35 months till Jun 11).
Will this affect my application,since the average experience in the current batch is about 4.6 yrs ?

My profile :
Company : Cisco Systems,Bangalore(LGO Partner)
Role : Leading 3 teams of 6 people each(One of youngest leaders in Cisco)
Undergrad : National Institute of Technology,India(among reputable college in India).
GPA :3.7 (major)
GRE :1450(760+690)
Publications : 4 Patents in progress.
Interest : Product development and process innovation in Computer Networking.

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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2011, 06:25
Hi ashwinshankar,

As I am a current student with no tangible input (or even visibility) to the workings of the admissions process, I unfortunately can't comment on the specifics of your profile.

Regarding your level of experience, my advice is to apply when you feel like you are ready. In graduate school, much of the coursework and discussion is predicated upon the experience of the students in the class. There is no substitute for this, and you'll get much more out of the classes when you can relate to the discussions through your own career experiences.

I would try to view your endeavor into graduate school as a forum for acquiring the skills you lack to take your career in the direction you want it to go. Once you know what direction that is, and what skills you need to acquire to get there, then your application should write itself.

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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2011, 07:36
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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2011, 12:33
Hello again, to anycurrent LGO:

For the recomendattions, did you guys get a very high profile company person (CEO CFO type of guys) or did you guys used your managers or supervisors, perhaps even peers?

I have one rec to give out still and I am thinking wether it should go to the highest rank I get along with or just other managers or people that truly really know my work.


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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2011, 11:46
First of all apologies for late response, i had been travelling and couldn't write updates :( ..

I had attended LGO Ambassador day and it was wonderful. There was so much energy in the atmosphere and everyone was accomplished in some of the other sense. Our tour was organized by Victoria and she knew almost every corner of MIT and its history (Since I always consider MIT as best engineering school, I enjoyed learning about it). Every one was so welcoming and willing to share their thoughts
LGO felt more like a corporate setting than a b-school setting and it didn't feel like an MBA with some engineering inputs or vice-versa. I found a focus on engineering with a manager's eye and this is what I had been looking from a program.
The visit was also critical for me as I wasn't able to decide on the engineering track (for me the two engineering tracks were in two different departments). I was lucky that I could attend a second class on the next day, and got a feel of the difference on the classes in the two engineering tracks and now I know I am applying to Mechanical Engineering

Overall, I recommend everyone considering to apply to LGO to visit LGO if possible, as its not a regular MBA and it may be more different than you imagined.
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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2011, 11:51
Ashwinshanker, since it says the average is about 4.6 years, there have to be people with lesser no. of wrok-ex. Having said that, there are students in both LGO 12 and LGO 13 who had similar amount of work-ex
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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2011, 11:56
A question to all:
For LGO, we need 3 reco and the third should be from some one who can speak comprehensively about my technical abilities, preferably from an academic source
Does it definitely have to be from a professor, or could it be also from a manager. Its important for me, as even though I am in regular touch with my professors, its been six years since I passed out of college (and it is considered a long time I guess)
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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2011, 02:37
Hello everybody,

I am keen on applying for the MIT LGO programme, but I find myself in bit of a quandary- I am a Computer Science Engineering graduate who is keen on applying to the ESD dept, specifically the Manufacturing and Supply Chain track. While I understand from the LGO website that one either needs to have a MS in any field or a BS in Industrial Engineering to apply for it, it also mentions that weightage will be given to the work experience. I was a senior software engineer working in the SAP Governance, Risk and Control Practice at Bosch for 3.5 years. Currently I'm based in the Middle East working in the procurement division of a manufacturing company(for a change, i've become the end user of an ERP system :-D ) that provides extruded aluminium profiles for the construction needs of the region. From my pov, it makes more sense for me to major in ESD than EECS. But will my application be considered because I only have an undergraduate engineering degree in Computer Science?
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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2011, 03:15
rnin wrote:
Hello everybody,

I am keen on applying for the MIT LGO programme, but I find myself in bit of a quandary- I am a Computer Science Engineering graduate who is keen on applying to the ESD dept, specifically the Manufacturing and Supply Chain track. While I understand from the LGO website that one either needs to have a MS in any field or a BS in Industrial Engineering to apply for it, it also mentions that weightage will be given to the work experience. I was a senior software engineer working in the SAP Governance, Risk and Control Practice at Bosch for 3.5 years. Currently I'm based in the Middle East working in the procurement division of a manufacturing company(for a change, i've become the end user of an ERP system :-D ) that provides extruded aluminium profiles for the construction needs of the region. From my pov, it makes more sense for me to major in ESD than EECS. But will my application be considered because I only have an undergraduate engineering degree in Computer Science?


Hey rnin,
Though, I am not from the adcom, but I don't think you need to worry about it. The application center clearly states that 'Engineering Systems' doesn't require a specific engineering degree. Your application should be considered.
However, a word of caution, since ESD has the highest intake, and EECS one of the lowest; you need to frame your story pretty solid. I can see, you've more experience in supply-chain than CS, you need to communicate the same firmly and it would make a lot of good if one of your managers can vouch about your supply-chain knowledge
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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2011, 03:39
rajadi wrote:

Hey rnin,
Though, I am not from the adcom, but I don't think you need to worry about it. The application center clearly states that 'Engineering Systems' doesn't require a specific engineering degree. Your application should be considered.
However, a word of caution, since ESD has the highest intake, and EECS one of the lowest; you need to frame your story pretty solid. I can see, you've more experience in supply-chain than CS, you need to communicate the same firmly and it would make a lot of good if one of your managers can vouch about your supply-chain knowledge


Program Details-> Engg Programs->ESD-> 'The Leaders for Global Operations Connection: Engineering systems is an appropriate field for LGO students who already have a master's degree in an engineering field or an undergraduate degree in a field such as industrial engineering.' (Since I'm a new member to this forum, I can't post the link.)

I know this statement doesn't really exclude students who've done their undergrad in other fields, but I thought I could use some clarification about this before I decide to invest time in preparing a LGO app with a ESD focus.
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