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Kellogg professors work with the Career Management Center to offer course guidance to students headed for consulting careers

2/3/2011 - A collaboration between faculty and administrators is helping students navigate the difficult path of choosing from dozens of Kellogg courses.

In the fall of 2010, the Management and Strategy Department partnered with the Career Management Center to identify specific elective classes that would benefit students who choose management consulting as their first post-Kellogg job, and to contact such students with information about these classes.

The department sent targeted e-mails to about 150 second-year students who, according to the CMC database, had completed a consulting internship during the previous summer. The e-mails described the elective courses in the Management and Strategy Department and addressed a variety of subjects, from international business strategy to management of technology.

“We look for outlets that will help students perform well when they are out in the real world,” said Thomas Hubbard, the chair of the Management and Strategy Department. “The collaborative nature of Kellogg is reflected not only in the student body, but among all facets of the school, including faculty and administration.”

This partnership between faculty and administrators began after CMC Director Roxanne Hori and Hubbard, the John L. and Helen Kellogg Professor of Management & Strategy, served on the Kellogg dean search committee in 2010. The pair’s informal conversations about how their departments could better assist each other resulted in these targeted e-mails, Hori said.

Hori and Hubbard hope that this is the start of many joint projects to better serve students.

“These partnerships are important because they help serve the students in their long-term career success,” Hori said.