Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Teamwork at Kelley

If you've ever done a campus visit at Kelley, one of the things you will hear a lot is how our student body is very collaborative and that teamwork is crucial to our success. This is something that is near and dear to my heart and I wanted to share with you just a few examples of how students work together at Kelley.

1) Classwork: The MBA course curriculum really emphasizes group work. In the CORE (the first semester of the first year) teams of 4-5 people are assigned and the work that they produce together comprises a large portion of their overall grade. While it may seem like a challenge to work with the same team every day for a semester, in some ways it was easy because all of us were on the same schedule (more or less). However, this seven week period, I am taking four classes that each require a team ranging from 2-5 people. It has been a challenge finding mutually convenient times to meet when you are trying to coordinate the different schedules of so many people!

2) Career Development: One of the great things about Kelley is that almost all students here go above-and-beyond to help their colleagues attain their dream job. This is particularly helpful for career change MBA's. Second year students act as peer coaches to first year students and help them prepare for interviews by reviewing resumes and mock interviewing. We also help one another by sharing our contacts and facilitating networking with companies of interest.

3) Social Activities: MBA's at Kelley are very social and we enjoy spending time with one another outside as well as inside the classroom. We have some very active Social Chairs who plan fun activities each weekend such as bowling, dinners, and tailgates in order to bring the student body together. In fact, some of the best friendships I've made with MBA's in Bloomington have been at social events in Bloomington. MBA social life is always very busy, but it helps reinforce the bonds between our classmates and strengthen the friendships we form at school.

These are just some of the ways that the Kelley program encourages teamwork and one of the reasons I am so happy to be here!

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