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May 14, 2010 5:38 PM Subscribe
Rotational program in a huge company: what kind of experiences should I look for?
posted by universal_qlc to Work & Money (2 answers total)
I have a mechanical engineering background, but was recently accepted into the operations rotational program at my company (a large defense-contractor). Before applying, I'd been doing analysis and design work, but was not totally in love with the technical side of things. I was also curious about all the other factors that seem to affect my company's business: supply chain/inventory issues, manufacturing/production, business development, risk management, etc. (Side note: other engineers think this is weird.)
I have yet to decide if I'll return to technical work or try to transition to something else immediately after I finish my rotations; it's an early-career program, so I'm planning on using the program to explore a bit and more closely define what I'd like to do in the long run. So for now, I am interested in building the broadest, most widely applicable base of knowledge and abilities possible. I have some freedom to search for my own assignments, and also receive full tuition for a part-time, business-related graduate degree if I choose to go within the next few years.
With all that in mind, based on your working experiences, which skills and experiences should I look to gain during the next couple of years? What do you wish you could go learn or do in a corporate environment if you had the room to search a bit? Also, can anyone who's gone through a part time MBA or operations research degree comment on their usefulness? Quitting my job and going full-time isn't really a feasible option for me.