“A really big value add that Kellogg has is the support for career switchers. That, combined with a nonjudgmental culture, allows people to take risks and switch careers.”
Rashaad Jamal used to live in a world of controlled chaos, and he loved it. As an F-18 pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps, he flew planes more than 600 miles-per-hour. He landed atop aircraft carriers in the Pacific Ocean. He also had a front-row seat for some of the most awe-inspiring views and sunsets he’d ever seen.
As exhilarating as the experience was, though, he knew he wanted something more.
“I was enjoying myself, but I didn’t feel like I was contributing to the world in the way I wanted to,” Jamal says. “So I started thinking about what it was that I enjoyed doing with my life, and I looked for a career to match that.”
He realized he liked working on small teams to solve challenging problems, so he decided a career in consulting would be a good fit. He knew if he was going to make that career switch, he wanted to land at one of the most prestigious consulting firms.
In order to get there, he came to Kellogg.
Jamal’s focus never wavered from consulting, and he shaped his Kellogg experience to best prepare him to fulfill that goal. His diligence led to an internship with McKinsey and Company, and eventually, a full-time job there as a management consultant.
“A really big value add that Kellogg has is the support for career switchers,” Jamal says. “That, combined with a nonjudgmental culture, allows people to take risks and switch careers.”