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Mayra Garcia-Guzman

Why I Chose to Pursue a Wisconsin MBA in Supply Chain Management and How It Will Impact My Career

by Mayra Guzman Thursday, May 30, 2013

When I decided to pursue my MBA, I looked for a program that would help to expand the breath of my work experience. Prior to applying to the Wisconsin School of Business, I worked in the area of procurement. I was looking for a school that could help me to leverage my previous work experience and take my career to the next level. For me, the next level meant making the transition from the public to the private sector and expanding my focus to other areas of the supply chain. When I began my search, I looked for a school that had a strong reputation in supply chain management. The Wisconsin School of Business fit that bill.

After visiting various schools in the Midwest, I realized the Wisconsin School of Business fit the bill in many more ways. I was impressed by the specialization curriculum, which afforded me the opportunity to immediately immerse myself into the study of supply chain. During my first semester at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I took supply chain management courses in addition to core classes. Because of the school's specialization model, I was also able to take applied learning courses, which provided me the opportunity to interact with supply chain representatives from corporate partners, and to learn directly from the experts about best practices in the field of supply chain management. As I would later come to learn, this became a significant advantage as I began to interview for summer internships and set me apart from other candidates. In addition, the professors who teach the courses are subject matters experts and well known throughout the country, so I knew that I would be learn from the best.

However, what made me decide that the Wisconsin School of Business was the right school for me was the culture. When I came for my on-campus visit, I was very impressed by the quality of the student body, the MBA office, and Grainger Center staff. Everyone was pleasant, courteous, and very helpful. The people I met were genuinely interested in learning about my background and how they could help me with my application and decision process. They made me feel comfortable during my visit. After my visit to campus, the Wisconsin School of Business became my top choice.

I am now a candidate for the class of 2014 and couldn't be happier with my choice of school. During my first semester, I had extraordinary opportunities that have already helped to advance my career. To begin with, I collaborated multiple times in cross-functional teams. These cross-functional teams-common in the area of supply chain-exposed me to other disciplines and also provided a foundation for the language that is spoken in these disciplines. I also had the opportunity to meet and interact with many executives from corporate partners, including the CEO of Unilever. In addition, I was selected to participate in an international case competition and will be participating in a four-month consulting project in Brazil with GE Healthcare. These opportunities are providing me with real-life exposure to business challenges, and providing me with the tools to succeed in my post-MBA career.

The Wisconsin School of Business was a great choice for me because it is providing me with practical experiences and transferable knowledge. I am confident that my experiences at the school will prepare me for a successful career in supply chain management.