When asked why he chose the Broad College of Business, Vivek Iyer (BA Supply Chain Management ’15) replied, “Honestly, why wouldn’t I?”
Initially, Iyer was attracted to the Broad College because of the internship and postgraduate job placement opportunities that it offers. Then he became interested in supply chain management. His fascination with supply chain management comes from the opportunity to understand a company by being involved with its product or service. He also likes the flexibility the degree provides.
“I chose SCM because of all the opportunities available in the field/workplace, and because Broad has the No. 1 program in the country,” Iyer said. “No matter what organization you decide to work full time for, you can easily obtain experience in other fields outside of supply chain with this degree.”
Iyer says that participating in the Residential Business Program made the transition to Broad much easier.
“By being in that environment, I was able to live and learn with peers who were in business just like me and make friends that I wouldn’t have otherwise,” he said.
As a sophomore, Iyer served as the publicity chair for Multicultural Business Students and was able to obtain the greatest number of paid members for the organization since its inception in 1990, with the help of the membership chair. He is also involved in the Women in Business Students Association and Native American and Hispanic Business Students. Through his participation in these groups, he has gained valuable communication, leadership, and organizational skills.
Last summer, Iyer was hired by medical supplier Owens & Minor as an operations intern. Along with the nine other interns, he was given the chance to have lunch with Craig Smith, the company’s CEO. He also had the opportunity to visit one of the company’s biggest clients, the University of Maryland Medical Center, and see the receiving of products and how those products were being stored and utilized for daily tasks.
“I was immersed with so much knowledge within one summer and received a head start in my field,” Iyer said. “Just having that internship with them really made me feel that I was ready to tackle the business world; not in the sense that I had all the knowledge I needed, but that I was given the tools to be an active learner and be able to adapt to any environment I was thrown into.”
Currently, Iyer works with Multicultural Business Programs and Undergraduate Academic Services as a department aide, and he says the experience of working with Broad faculty and staff has been “irreplaceable.”
“I honestly wouldn’t trade this position for any other position on campus,” he said.
When he graduates, Iyer hopes to work for Intel Corporation or Owens & Minor, but he is confident that the flexibility of a supply chain degree and the opportunities the Broad College has given him have prepared him for anything.
“Even though Broad is one of the top 50 business colleges in the country, I think that it is still highly underestimated. With the number of student organizations within the college and the quality of instructors and courses available, recruiters love to come here,” Iyer said. “We have professors whose services have been requested by major companies, and that experience is passed on to the student body. What better way to learn than to hear about the real-life experience of some of the most highly regarded people in their respective fields?”
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