Do you want to learn about what makes the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management such a special program? We learned all about program perks and benefits when we heard directly from current Consortium fellows. Here’s an excerpt from the recent 2013 Consortium MBA from the Perspective of the Fellows Q and A:
Question: What kind of support did you get from the Consortium, either the Consortium the organization or from other Consortium members?
Khalif Oliver: It starts with orientation program before you go to school allowing you access to meet other people in the same situation as you, preparing to go to school so that builds your network. So that gives you opportunity to access people outside of just the Consortium program itself. Those people were very supportive throughout the entire process....So a lot of just small things like that, leveraging the network was very supportive....The other part of the orientation program was that you were able to access companies prior to anyone else. Companies were coming specifically to get the best and brightest students before any other companies got their hands on them. So you were able to not only interact in the job fair aspect, but any of you could get a leg up on pretty much everyone else in business school. So those things speak specifically to the Consortium for allowing you access to a company and also to how the rest of the network was leveraged throughout school and a lot of them became just friends that I keep in contact with to this day.
Puja Kalra: ...I feel like the Consortium network lives on post-business school. And in my current job, I have this vast network of people that have run into and am able to lean on at work. I have friends now that are Consortium graduates as well at work which is another amazing network that I can leverage that none of my colleagues can. So just another testament to how the network lives on, not only during school but post-school.
Brace Clement: Yes, one thing that I would also stress about the program is here at Wisconsin we prep people before the OP prep. So I think that that was really beneficial for me, just because it gave me a sense to know what I needed to know before I actually went to the orientation program when I was in there. And like my fellow Consortium members have just said, it is pretty competitive. I think Peter Aranda had mentioned at my OP that one-third of minority students that are in the MBA programs come out of the Consortium. It's a who's who in that kind of arena, and you want to be prepared and you also want to be able to put your best foot forward....So that's the way to be prepared, so you're prepared before the first day of class in September or August.
To learn more about the how the Consortium benefits its fellows and how the fellows benefit from the Consortium, read the full Q&A transcript or listen to the MP3 audio file and visit the Consortium B-School Zone. And don’t forget – the Consortium application deadline is in just a few days!
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