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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2011, 08:12
Hi guys,

I wanted to try to answer a few of the questions that have snuck by me here. I used to get an email notification every time somebody posted, but that seems to have stopped for some reason. I didn't change any settings or preferences, so when I wasn't seeing emails, I assumed it was because nobody was posting. I see now that I was wrong! Sorry about that.

Anyway, kobtain12, to answer your question about age, I would say that you should absolutely consider applying. It sounds like your background is perfect for LGO, and your experience can add quite a bit of insight in class discussions compared to a student with only two or three years in the workplace. We have several students in LGO well into their 30's, and one or two that are knocking on the door to 40, so I wouldn't feel at all like this isn't the right program for you.

fsaq - If you think that your application has improved over the past year, I would definitely encourage you to re-apply. Regarding your interest in airlines, I'd have to agree with what Zach has posted; We don't have any airlines as partners now, but the aerospace industry is a huge focus of LGO. The larger MIT community has quite a few experts in the field, as well. If your passion is in airline operations, my personal advice would be to let that shine through, regardless of LGO's nominal involvement in the industry.

gunnertv - It's great to hear that you're planning on applying! International work experience is definitely something that can help your application to stand out. I don't think it will count significantly MORE than domestic US work experience, but it's something that makes you unique, so that's definitely something you can work with. The diversity of the LGO class is wonderful, although from an international-student perspective, it doesn't compete with the larger Sloan community. Our Sloan MBA Class of 2013 is nearly 40% international, while our LGO Class of 2013 is around 10% international. (This is largely due to the policy that LGO Partner Companies prefer US work authorization upon graduation.)

Hope that helps, guys! I'll be sure to check back often, especially if I can't get my notification emails active again!

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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2011, 09:25
Hi Everybody,

If you're considering applying to LGO this application cycle, I wanted to take a minute to encourage everyone to consider coming to MIT for LGO Ambassador Day. It's a tremendously informative event for a prospective applicant and a great opportunity to learn more about the program, meet some current students, and interact with the LGO staff and faculty.

You can read more about Ambassador Day here:

http://lgo-blog.mit.edu/2011/09/lgo-amb ... ation.html

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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2011, 10:57
Hi Bob & Zach,

Many thanks for starting this thread.

I am planning to apply to LGO this year. I am BE Mechanical 2005 from Delhi University, worked with Cummins & Timken for about 4 years in various functions - Operations, R&D Engg, Sales. In 2009, I started consulting company with a partner, into Business Performance Transformation, Productivity Improvement & Business Strategy especially for Manufacturing, Infrastructure & Energy. We have established a good clientle in the company. However, I plan to work more on New Product Development, or Program Management and Resource Optimization
I am an international student, and unfortunately don't have a work permit for US or even Europe. I went through the Engineering Tracks, and I liked ESD and AeroAstro. Since I don't have much background in AeroAstro, would it make sense to apply for AeroAstro?
When I was going through the Engg Tracks, I could see some focus on Design & Innovation (I also saw it in the blogs, faculty profiles and projects). Would I be able to focus on Innovation and Sustainability, as that is a priority for me?
How does the Summer Internship shape up the program? Do students usually get absorbed in the companies where the do the summer? Is there a possibility of getting picked up by a partner company even before the summer internship?
I am planning to attend Ambassador Day on Nov. 7. I got in touch with Leah & Ashleigh for this. Hope to see you then

Many thanks for helping me out,
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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2011, 04:56
Hi rajadi,

Thanks for your questions. It sounds like you have a very interesting background.

To answer some of your queries:

- Keep in mind when applying to an Engineering track, you need to be accepted by that Engineering department. This means that your application will be in the same pile as everyone else applying for a Masters degree in that field. So if you feel that you can submit a competitive application to AeroAstro, and that's what interests you most, I'd say go for it. Just keep your background (and your competition's backgrounds) in mind when you do so.

- You can definitely focus on Innovation and Sustainability within both Sloan and your Engineering department. I'd probably recommend the ESD track, if this field is your intended area of study.

- Regarding internships, students can select to work either off-cycle (Jan - June) or on-cycle (July - December). About 80% or so of the students select to work on-cycle, for various reasons (recruiting, class availability, internships offered, etc.). Some students do receive offers from their internship companies, and decide to work there, but it is certainly not required. Nobody receives a formal offer before completing an internship. I also believe that there are no formal offers extended during the internship, either.

Hope that helps! See you at Ambassador Day on 11/7.

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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2011, 09:34
Hi Bob,

Many thanks for your responses & encouraging words. They really help! I seriously hope to make it to LGO, as for my preferences even Stanford MBA doesn't come close to it

In fact, on research and from their tweets, I have started to like ESD. I am going to apply to ESD only. My interest in AeroAstro is just limited to the fact that anything that has motion fascinates me. So my first love has been engines and I feel there is enough opportunity in ESD to pursue my love for engines and motion (transport, logistics, automation etc.)

Hope to see you on Ambassador Day.

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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2011, 07:13
Hi Bob,
Thanks for such a useful post.
I want to know that if we are not selected for LGO and our application is considered for MBA program,is there any bias when compared to those who apply for MBA,during evaluation for MBA?
Secondly,can you tell me what are my chances of getting into LGO ? My details are:

Female,24,India
GMAT- 720 (QA-51,VA-38)
Under graduation- B.Tech in Electrical Engineering with GPA 8.4 on a scale of 10 ,from a reputed National Institute of Technology,India.
Work Ex- 26 Months (As of Sept 2011) in India,s largest and World,s 6th largest power producer -NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation) which is known worldwide for its operational excellence.Moreover I got the opportunity to work in NTPC,s and Indias first Super critical Power Station.
My long term goal is to venture into renewable energy based power plant of my own.Therefore I want to get into LGO which will provide me best of both worlds,technology and management, which i consider very crucial for achievement of my goal.
I do not have any international experience.

It will be very kind of you to evaluate my profile and give suggestions
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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2011, 10:03
Bob, Zach - thanks for your opinions and answers.
A few question's:
1. I visited the the LGO ambassador last year, when i was scouting various programs, and I have spoken to some current students and some alumni and consider LGO as the only program worth quitting my current fulltime job and go back to school. Is there any value in attending the Ambassador day this time also - considering I am applying this year?
2. I am interested in Product Development/Marketing in tech industry post LGO [if i get in]. I am currently in the Semiconductor Industry with almost 9 years of experience & already have an MS in EE. I have looked at ESD - Systems Engineering, Mengg - Manufacturing, EE - Semiconductor & Information and Decision Systems [the EE one's i am not sure if I can pursue with an MS in EE already - is that correct?]. What would you recommend & are either of you in any of these tracks?
3. My GMAT score is 680, i know the average last year was 710, which means there were a few people with score less than 710 in the program. Would it help to spend some time to improve the score by another 40 points [if i spend 3 weeks, i might be able to improve by 30-40 points] or just spend the effort on application [essays]?

I am an international with PR, currently working in a partner company, my academics are not stellar - just to complete the profile.
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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2011, 06:57
Hi Edream,

Thanks for your questions. Here are some related thoughts:

1.) If it's possible for you to attend the Ambassador Day, I would always recommend it. However, if it's a huge inconvenience (far to travel, difficult to leave work, etc.), it's probably not that big of a deal, especially considering you attended last year. The content will be largely the same as last year's.

2.) LGO is an Operations/Supply Chain driven program, so if your passion lies in Marketing, it might actually not be for you. I view product development (from a technical/engineering perspective) and marketing as two distinct tracks, and the traditional MBA would probably allow you more flexibility to take depth courses in marketing - just something to think about.

3.) GMAT scores are important, but they're not the only thing to consider in your application. As a student, I have no real insight into how the admissions team evaluates applications, so I can't really give you any specifics on what an additional 30 points would do for your application, but higher is obviously always better. I think what's most important, though, is to be sure that your personal interests and values come through in your application, rather than spending all of your time trying to stand out quantitatively (GMAT, GPA, etc.).

Hope that helps, and good luck with the application process!

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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2011, 15:49
Hi All,

I want to post about MIT-LGO's Ambassador day (the main visit day). It is a great time to see if MIT-LGO is a good fit for you and experience a day in the life of a LGO.

So, heres the info:

Event: Experience MIT Leaders for Global Operations, Ambassador Day and Information Evening
Where: MIT
Date: Monday, November 7, 2011
Time: 10:00AM-5:30PM
RSVP: Email lgo@mit.edu.

The following blog has much more detail about the event: http://lgo-blog.mit.edu/2011/09/lgo-ambassador-day-and-information.html

Hope to see you there,
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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2011, 15:03
Hi Bob! Your initiative is very helpfull. Please, coud you put some light on my doubts?

My name is Rodrigo and I've been reading about LGO Program for a long time. I'm really amazed about the Program and how it is developed, and I'm very keen on applying for it. Although, I still have some concerns about it.

I'm 29 years old and current working as Engine Production Superintendent at Ford Motor Company, in Brazil. I intent to continue developing my career in the Automotive Industry. So, to take part in MIT LOG program would certainly add me some great experience, besides, gaining an extraordinary knowledge on Operations field, what would help me to be prepared for Senior Positions. At the same time, I'm uncertain about how hard it would be to return to an Automotive Company after being 2 years off.
Do the Great Automotive companies recruit LGO students? I read that Ford is no longer a LGO Partner Company, but GM still is. Is it true that GM is active in this partnership?
Here in Brazil, the Automotive Companies, such as: Ford, GM and Volkswagen do not hire MBA graduates for Operations or Engineering Management positions ( which is the focus of LGO Program, I believe ), they prefer to promote internal employees. Do you think that it would be possible for me to be hired by an Automotive Company in USA ( being a Brazilian without a USA work permitt )?
Also, is it possible to get in touch with some of LGO Alumni that developed their career in Automotive Industry? Do you know any Brazilian that took part in LGO Program and that I might get in touch?

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Re: 2012 MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Thread [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2011, 05:18
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 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.

I hope this helps,
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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."

Hope that helps!
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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 ?

Thanks
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