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Frederick Kim ’18

MBA

Post-MBA Position: Associate Strategy Manager, PepsiCo

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I was looking for a school where I could combine my interests in business and nonprofit development. Yale was a natural fit. At SOM, people have such diverse interests, and the culture really resonated with me. People tend to think beyond the corporate realm and the profit motive. The student population is also very international. Every day, you meet people who are from different parts of the world, and who have different perspectives.

Yale is a very good place to explore. The students are diverse, and so many different companies, and industries, recruit on campus. When I first came to Yale SOM, I wanted to go into general management or strategy. After meeting with different companies during corporate presentations, I narrowed my choices down to financial services, consumer products, and healthcare. They’re all quite different, but I recruited in all three industries, and I was able to explore all three in depth. CPG was the best choice for me. Pepsi particularly is a very exciting opportunity. They needed someone who understood the international market, but who also has a good grasp on finance and data. That’s the exact combination of my previous experience and the skill sets that I’ve gained from SOM.

I’ve had a number of very different, but complementary, global experiences. I went to South Africa as part of the International Experience course, and it was an amazing experience. South Africa is such a fascinating place with an interesting history and background, expanding business opportunities, and a good nonprofit setting. We heard from speakers in politics, academia, and business. I feel like I gained a year’s worth of perspective in just one week.

I also did some smaller trips with my classmates, just as a group of friends. We went to Costa Rica, Peru, and Iceland. We learned a lot about the places we visited, the history and culture, but we also learned a lot about ourselves and about each other.

I was looking for a school where I could combine my interests in business and nonprofit development. Yale was a natural fit. At SOM, people have such diverse interests, and the culture really resonated with me. People tend to think beyond the corporate realm and the profit motive. The student population is also very international. Every day, you meet people who are from different parts of the world, and who have different perspectives.


Yale is a very good place to explore. The students are diverse, and so many different companies, and industries, recruit on campus. When I first came to Yale SOM, I wanted to go into general management or strategy. After meeting with different companies during corporate presentations, I narrowed my choices down to financial services, consumer products, and healthcare. They’re all quite different, but I recruited in all three industries, and I was able to explore all three in depth. CPG was the best choice for me. Pepsi particularly is a very exciting opportunity. They needed someone who understood the international market, but who also has a good grasp on finance and data. That’s the exact combination of my previous experience and the skill sets that I’ve gained from SOM.


I’ve had a number of very different, but complementary, global experiences. I went to South Africa as part of the International Experience course, and it was an amazing experience. South Africa is such a fascinating place with an interesting history and background, expanding business opportunities, and a good nonprofit setting. We heard from speakers in politics, academia, and business. I feel like I gained a year’s worth of perspective in just one week.

I also did some smaller trips with my classmates, just as a group of friends. We went to Costa Rica, Peru, and Iceland. We learned a lot about the places we visited, the history and culture, but we also learned a lot about ourselves and about each other.