University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin School of Business
MBA Graduation Year: 2017
Specialization: Supply Chain Management
Hometown: Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India
Before Wisconsin School of Business: Supply Chain Buyer, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.
Rajat wanted a holistic supply chain education that covered the full spectrum from sourcing through downstream supply chain effects. The specialized, fully integrated program at Wisconsin is exceeding his expectations. Rajat has found the specialization program takes collaboration to great heights. Students know their specific career focus from day one, which encourages support rather than competition. And the varied backgrounds across all ten specializations is offering valuable and diverse professional perspectives.
The Wisconsin MBA is one of the very few MBA programs where your peers don’t compete with you for jobs, but enable you to find your perfect job fit. Classes are highly collaborative so I have developed great relationships—a culture that helped me ease into the program. My classmates across specializations have helped me prepare for job interviews and improve communication and networking skills. They have coached me to be a better version of myself.
The specialization focus of the program is definitely the highlight for me at Wisconsin. In class, the varied opinions of people from different business functions helps me appreciate diverse contributions and leads to some stunning conversations and enlightening debates. I look forward to my career with this lens of both diversity and collaboration.
The program’s variety of applied learning activities connects classroom learning to real world applications. I am enjoying opportunities ranging from site visits, industry guest lectures, and cross-specialization applied learnings as a great way to learn about specific industries outside the classroom. I participated in an amazing simulation game that taught me how to use SAP industry software, but also helped me understand the importance of trust and respect in cross-functional team assignments.
I have participated in seven case competitions so far, which gave me opportunities to lead, follow, and drive teams. The fast-paced nature of case competitions has helped me develop strong leadership skills. I learn better in challenging circumstances, and through case competitions I learned the concepts of servant leadership, leadership without direct authority, and getting a team out of analysis paralysis. Developing these leadership skills will guide many of my professional achievements in the years to come.