I think the real leverage at Yale SOM comes from its truly diverse community, and from the way your classmates are always willing to help you out.
When I was looking at MBA programs, Yale SOM really sparkled as the most global school out there. Since I plan to build my career in Europe, an international perspective is critical to me. I have an engineering background, and I was already working in the UK as a project management consultant, but I knew I needed the fully array of business skills before I could take the next step.
While Yale SOM’s integrated curriculum touches on every major business perspective, there’s also a very diverse, global spin on everything we do. During the core, we’re organized into small learning teams, and on any team you have students from around the world, from Asia to Europe to the Middle East to South America. This adds different cultural perspectives to the fact that we already have vastly different professional backgrounds, and we learn to solve problems as a diverse team, full of differing opinions. We work through conflicts to reach solutions that move us all forward.
I think this is the key skill you need in business nowadays. You have to think as a team and act as a team—across global and cultural barriers. Our learning teams really reinforce that.
And the fact that everyone has to take the core together means that we’re all struggling with some area of the coursework. I have no background in economics or finance. I had to learn them from scratch, and my teammates helped me learn. I think the real leverage at Yale SOM comes from its truly diverse community, and from the way your classmates are always willing to help you out.
Interviewed on April 21, 2015.