Friday, December 9, 2011

Countdowns of all kinds

Countdown for applications - LGO '14 applications are due in five days!

Countdown to the end of term - my last final of the three I'm taking is December 16th and then I'm done for the holiday break.

Next big thing for LGO - Plant Trek!

We had an informational meeting this morning where the all but final schedule was handed out to everyone and we met the two Sloan Ops Club members (regular MBAs) who will be joining us on the trip.  Each year Ops club gets to add a few people onto the contingent of LGOs who go.

This year's trip will take us to see CAT in Peoria, IL; GM and Ford in greater Detroit, MI (multiple sites); Boeing in Seattle, WA; Amazon in Phoenix, AZ; Dell in Austin, TX and Amgen in Juncos, Puerto Rico.  I'm part of a group that has decided to stay longer in Puerto Rico as a mini vacation.  This should be a great trip and one that is incredibly packed with things to do.  I'm really looking forward to it.

To help learn about out partner companies, one thing I've done since LGO started is set up Google alerts for them.  Google alerts are custom searches for keywords and when they are found in news articles, it delivers the article to your email or RSS feed.  While searching for "GM" in the news sometimes brings up articles about pro sports, the filter has been useful, even if I cannot read all the stories, I try and scan as many headlines as I can.  Sloan's CDO (Career Development Office) has recommended this as a way of doing research on companies to help in writing cover letters and interviewing.

Speaking of interviewing, when we get back from Plant Trek, we'll be beginning our On-Cycle interviews for the projects that will be the foundation for our theses.  Lots of things are happening and that's good.

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