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Living the Dream - Kelly Budziak

Masters of Business Administration (Weekend Fri/Sat Program)

Class of 2015

Post-Program Career: Fast Track Management Program, AkzoNobel

Pre-Program career: Supplier Development Leader (Supply Chain), Rolls-Royce

Previous Degrees: BSBA in Marketing & Logistics from The Ohio State University

Why Krannert?

I was drawn to the weekend MBA program because the flexible weekend schedule, proximity to my work/home, and the overall program ranking. It also allowed me to stay in the Big Ten Conference.

Tell us about your experiences at Krannert

It was great getting to know people, especially for those of us that stayed in the hotel on campus. The class trip to Brazil was also very educational and a lot of fun. The only thing I would have done differently is taken advantage of the career services looking for a new job earlier in the program.

Are you a career changer, career enhancer or a new professional?

Career enhancer

How did you find your new career?

The Krannert Job Portal and through googling Masters rotational programs

What drew you to this company?

I wanted to take advantage of international opportunities.

What will be the challenges of your new career?

The Fast Track Management Program at AkzoNobel is certainly a fast-paced, with a very demanding culture. I a mvery excited to be selected for the program, as less than 0.5% of applicants receive an offer. I am also looking forward to the challenge of learning to work outside my home country (USA).

What courses from the MBA program have you found beneficial?

All of the OBHR courses.

Advice for someone looking to work at the company you are working at?

Be patient and do the best you can on each component of the interview process.