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Living The Dream - Peter Jacobson

Master of Business AdministrationPeter in Front of Shell Corporation

May 2015

Pre-Program career: Procurement and supply chain for government contractor and electronics manufacturer

Post-Program career: Logistics Resource Planner, Shell Oil

Previous Degrees: BS in Finance and Economics (Dual Major), International Studies Minor – Utah State University (Jon M. Huntsman School of Business)

Why Krannert?

As I researched business schools, I was attracted to Krannert because I saw an opportunity to improve my analytical skills and expand my network globally. I ultimately chose Krannert because I observed a culture of students and alumni that are committed to supporting one another. I knew this would be critical to getting the most out of my MBA experience.

Tell us about your experiences at Krannert.

I grew tremendously professionally and personally in my time at Krannert. The most impactful experiences came outside of the classroom, where I was able to apply the concepts I had learned from Krannert’s great professors.

My favorite memories at Krannert include:

• Bonding with my classmates on study teams, case competitions teams, intramural teams, over meals, and on trips throughout the country and the world (city treks, internship, and study aboard);
• Giving back to Krannert--most notably, leading a rock solid team to grow the Krannert Energy Club into one of the most impactful at Krannert;
• Working and studying internationally: working in India as part of the TVS Motors internship program, and studying abroad in Germany at the European Business School at Reutlingen University

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

Career Enhancer

What was your internship?

I completed two internships in the summer of 2014:

Intern, Commercial Air Conditioning Marketing - Emerson Climate Technologies in Sidney, Ohio

Intern, Three-Wheeler (Auto Rickshaw) Business Planning - TVS Motor Company near Bangalore, India

What did you take away from your internship experience?

Intern, Commercial Air Conditioning Marketing - Emerson Climate Technologies: As I worked on my projects and interacted with colleagues at Emerson, I observed that the analytical skills emphasized at Krannert are extremely valuable in the workplace. However, it is the ability to clearly articulate, communicate and successfully implement your ideas that will set you apart in an organization.

Intern, Three-Wheeler (Auto Rickshaw) Business Planning - TVS Motor Company: I gained international work experience and a deeper understanding of what it is like to work across cultures. I worked for an Indian company and with Indian colleagues, on products targeted specifically at Indian markets, with a project partner from Japan. I also gained an understanding of Indian culture, in addition to the political and economic situation of this massive emerging market.

What did you enjoy about your internship?

Intern, Commercial Air Conditioning Marketing - Emerson Climate Technologies: I enjoyed the opportunity to kick off on a brand new initiative within Emerson Climate Technologies and present my recommendations to management. I also appreciated the opportunity to visit Emerson’s corporate headquarters to learn from the executive management team about how Emerson’s corporate strategy trickles down to its various business units.

Intern, Three-Wheeler (Auto Rickshaw) Business Planning - TVS Motor Company: My project gave me a great opportunity to learn about the unique cultural, economic, and political environment in India. However, I most enjoyed the opportunity to experience Indian culture, including visiting an Indian home for dinner, observing a traditional Indian dance performance, and a visiting students at a school in a village supported by TVS.

How did you find your new career?

Shell came to recruit at the fall 2013 Krannert Masters Career Fair. The Krannert Energy Club hosted an engagement session with Shell prior to the fair, where I was able to interact and connect with Krannert alumni working at Shell. Over the next year I kept in contact with those I had connected with, and in the summer of 2014 was invited to Shell Recruitment Day, Shell’s new hire assessment center for graduates. I was successful at Shell Recruitment Day and was made a full-time offer.

What drew you to this company?

Energy was one of the industries I targeted entering Krannert. Shell’s culture, the opportunity to grow within a truly global firm, and the strong Krannert alumni network within Shell made it a great fit for me.

What will be the challenges of your new career?

I will be most challenged by the complex and highly technical nature of the global energy industry. Navigating such a massive organization in a new city and culture will also be a major adjustment. However, I feel that Krannert has prepared me well to meet these challenges.

What courses from the MBA program have you found beneficial?

The Krannert MBA core curriculum and the courses offered in the operations/supply chain concentration will be most beneficial to me as I join a logistics business improvement team within the Shell’s Upstream Deepwater operations. My favorite Krannert MBA core courses were Strategic Management, Financial Management, Macroeconomics, and Operations Management. The concepts I learned in Supply Chain Management, Logistics, and Strategic Sourcing & Procurement will be will be critical to my job at Shell.

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

Join the Krannert Energy Club. Given the complexity of the energy industry, it is important that you become familiar with the industry to see if it is right for you. The Krannert Energy Club was founded specifically for this purpose. It seeks to foster a passion among Krannert graduate students for careers in the energy industry; strengthen member’s knowledge of industry fundamentals; cultivate a network for career opportunities; and provide applied learning and leadership opportunities for students.

In addition, read as much as you can about the company and the industry. Finally, network with current Shell employees to gain insight into the corporate culture. Be sure this industry and company are right for you.