Second-year Full-Time MBA student Gaurav Jain spent 10 weeks this summer interning with the supply chain department of GAP in San Francisco.
Jain was excited to apply his classroom supply chain knowledge in the work place, but soon found out that would not be the only skills he would need.
“Being a supply chain major I thought that only expectation from me would be to implement supply chain knowledge,” he said. “I soon figured out that things are not black and white as far as job functions are concerned.”
Jain also had to use marketing skills in customer segmentation and 5 forces analysis, as well as finance concepts used in discounted cash flow, NPV, and terminal value.
This made him realize that “instead of existing independently, these functions are highly integrated.” And he’s convinced that an MBA is expected to know everything.
“As an MBA we are expected to be a master of one function but knowledgeable of other functions and have an understanding of how all these functions integrate with each other,” Jain said. “This definitely helps us to differentiate ourselves.”