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"Rigorous curriculum"...really?

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Re: "Rigorous curriculum"...really? [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2008, 03:18
Yeah, I guess it depends on what classes I take. In which case, I will go for the manageable ones. The way I look at it, what am I to gain by taking advanced courses? I am not looking to get a PhD and I am interested in GM. I doubt there would be much practical use to the advanced courses for me personally. I have no interest in studying anymore courses that I would never use the rest of my life - my B.S and M.S took care of that :)

Anyway, I may be putting the cart before the horse, with no R2 invite in sight (and I only applied R2).
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Re: "Rigorous curriculum"...really? [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2008, 11:38
Its all time management
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Re: "Rigorous curriculum"...really? [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2008, 08:41
At DAK I talked to a few students who were taking or took the "turbo" courses...its interesting to see the different perspectives on taking the advanced levels. One flat out said it was foolish since she wanted nothing to do with finance but was an econ undergrad so she felt the need to push herself. She basically told me if you arent planning on doing something that requires the heavy knowledge of a particular field take the basic stuff, its still challenging but no where near as demanding. Focus your energy on the courses that will be of the most benefit to your future career and really get as much out of those as possible. Then again one of my DAK team leaders said that Turbo Fin was her favorite class, she loved it but wasnt doing anything finance related. I do think that having it on your transcript is probably an advantage when recruiting for banking jobs but not so much for something in GM.

I think at virtually every school I was told case classes can be the most time consuming because of the prep work, especially if its team oriented. It can be challenging getting everyone on the same page and honestly we all have to admit we view ourselves as intelligent and confident people, so putting half a dozen people who are confident in their ideas in a room to all come to an agreement can take alot more time and effort than just hammering it out yourself in your own way.
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Re: "Rigorous curriculum"...really? [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2008, 13:48
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so putting half a dozen people who are confident in their ideas in a room to all come to an agreement can take alot more time and effort than just hammering it out yourself in your own way.


That in itself is a huge part of the education, splitting workload and time management within a team environment. I have a few strategies that may work. Sort of like a divide and conquer methodology, where everyone has to present to each other their specialist area in the area of study, so that it helps a the rest of the team catch up and improves the presentation skills of the 'expert'. Since everyone will have different core skills, there is an opportunity for everyone to do that.
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Re: "Rigorous curriculum"...really? [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2008, 16:58
wait till you get to school. divide and conquer sometimes works, but sometimes you need to do it together or the whole won't work out correctly.

And sometimes - seems like often lately - the projects don't divide evenly along functional lines.
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Re: "Rigorous curriculum"...really? [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2008, 17:28
I would agree with Aau. There is no point planning a strategy. Depends on who you work with and their styles, plus the project. In the whole it teaches you one main skill that you need. The art of being very, very flexible and quick to react.
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Re: "Rigorous curriculum"...really? [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2008, 00:47
3underscore wrote:
I would agree with Aau. There is no point planning a strategy. Depends on who you work with and their styles, plus the project. In the whole it teaches you one main skill that you need. The art of being very, very flexible and quick to react.


Yep, understood :oops:

Although currently i'm juggling 11 different projects at the same time in the office (leading some, consulting on others). So hopefully that is good practise
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Re: "Rigorous curriculum"...really? [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2008, 06:37
Hey - don't worry (I may overreact to the embarrassed emoticon - I don't like it). It is something you wouldn't know! Teams can really vary. I have been really lucky with my main study group, others I know have found the group more work than the projects. It is a great way that you have to learn people skills, and having ideas about how to get them to work is a great thing. The thing you need to manage is getting the right method for the people, and sometimes that isn't going to be the best way to do the project.

My friends study group had five people to work on two projects with a three day deadline. It seemed like some things might work until three of them were out of the country until the next week recruiting, and you find you have a lot more to do than you first thought, and all "team" strategies are blown up without any reason. Considering you have to work with these people for the rest of the semester, and many of them are your friends by now, you end up with some perverse solutions. As long as everyone is OK with the solution, you run with it. That kind of thing happens all the time, and that is why I say the flexibility part is most helpful to getting things done.

Don't get me wrong, dividing work can be great. But sometimes you only have two double line-spaced sides, and the result would end up a mess. So you get used to doing very little bar discussion sometimes, and other times writing a fifteen page model summary on your own at 2am. Like last night.
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