Sometimes during the semester, I wondered what I was doing learning the material. Would I use it in my career, or was it all theoretical gibberish? Sure, I could build models that could predict outcomes with a 2% better probability than randomness, but was this stuff even used in the real world?
On April 12, I had the opportunity to attend the Kelley Forum on Business Analytics. The keynote speaker Michael Chu, Principal at McKinsey & Company, spoke to the transformative value of data to test hypotheses, replace human decision-making, and to innovate new business models. Representatives from FedEx, Deloitte, Proctor & Gamble, and IBM spoke to the difficulty in finding managers who understood analytics. I was inspired; analytics was real, powerful, and firms were looking for talent.
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At the company roundtables which completed the program, I was able to network with a number of firms recruiting for analytics consultants, such as IBM, Booze Allen Hamilton, and Deloitte, as well as firms looking to fill internal analytics positions, including Discover and Proctor & Gamble. As opposed to the crowded finance and marketing networking fairs from the winter recruiting season, this crowd was sparse, and the recruiters were eager. At the end of the day, I knew that the analytics skills I have been learning in class are in demand, and my Kelley MBA is setting me up for success.