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DAK011.JPGWhat is DAK? That was my first question as I began my role as Managing Director of the Career Management Center (CMC) just over a year ago. DAK stands for “Day at Kellogg” and we held our first DAK of 2015 this past February.

DAK is an extended weekend where admitted students and their spouse, significant other, partner, etc. come to get a feel for the real Kellogg. It is a peek behind the curtain and a glimpse into what a life at Kellogg would feel like, from the social experience and academic life to my personal favorite – navigating your career life!

I spoke with a few hundred admitted students about the high-quality student and alumni career support they could expect to receive as a member of the Kellogg community. I also reassured them that there is nothing quite like springtime in Chicago and that winters are short-lived.

Next, the students split into groups based on different industries. These breakout sessions helped them relate to the kinds of interests, motivations and values held by current students and alumni across the major industries pursued by Kellogg students. A CMC career coach moderated these sessions.

Current students and alumni discussed utilizing clubs to learn about different fields, breaking into a new field, personal anecdotes about internships and securing jobs, and the best ways to take advantage of the resources offered by the CMC.

At the CMC, we are able to help students by offering:

  • Recruiting timelines for particular industries
  • Resources to help you job search in a certain field
  • Industry specific on-campus recruiting opportunities
  • Relevant career research tools and resources
  • And more

Right now we’re already planning for DAK II, which will be held April 23-26. Here is a glimpse at some of the breakout session topics we will be hosting:

Consulting Strategy & Business Development High Tech
Private Equity/Real Estate Social Impact/Sustainability/Agribusiness Entertainment/Media/Sports
Marketing/Brand Management/Retail/Luxury Goods Entrepreneurship/Startup/Venture Capital Energy/Clean Tech
Investment Banking/Investment Management General Management/Operations Healthcare/Biotech/Pharma/Med Devices

On behalf of the entire CMC team, we were pleased to meet everyone at DAK I and look forward to getting to know our Round 2 admits at DAK II. For everyone else, we can’t wait to show you all that Kellogg and the CMC have to offer.

Best wishes,

Mark Gasche
Managing Director
Career Management Center

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