When I started my professional MBA program with Katz, I had heard a lot of talk about the Global Research Practicum during my orientation session. I was immediately intrigued by this opportunity; I always had wanted to study abroad when I was an undergraduate student, but never took the opportunity. So this past fall, when the locations of this school year’s GRP program were announced, I was immediately drawn to the Europe trip to London and Brussels. Not only because I have never traveled to Europe, but also because with the Brexit vote being so prevalent in global business, I knew that this was the class I wanted to be a part of.
The GRP program allowed for a perfect mix of business and cultural development. I enjoyed the fact that we had a structured schedule that allowed for time to explore the cities we were in, while also building in site visits to businesses that helped me learn more about how the Brexit vote is affecting business in London and the EU.
The businesses that Professor Dr. Harper organized for us while in London and Brussels were great. The fact that either the business itself, or an employee at the business were tied to Pittsburgh, made the business visits more enjoyable and relatable. Some of my personal favorites of the Europe visits were Level 39/Startup Home (London), J.P. Morgan (London), Deloitte (London), LOW Europe (Brussels), and K&L Gates (both London & Brussels locations). It was great to hear and see how these companies are adapting and adjusting their businesses post-Brexit vote and pre-Article 50 being triggered.
The GRP program also afforded me the opportunity to engage with other professional and full-time MBA students. When I signed up for this course, I did not know any of my classmates. But after spending almost 24 hours a day for about eight days with this group, they are now not just classmates; they are practically family. It was awesome being able to see and explore these cities with such a great group of people. We attended a Premier League Football match, toured the British Museum, stopped by to see the Queen at Buckingham Palace, took a chocolate workshop class in Brussels, and saw the Grand Place.
Before this trip, I had always envisioned that after graduating from Katz, I would like to work for a company with a global presence. But now after returning from Europe, I am also entertaining the idea of potentially working abroad.
There is no doubt in my mind that I will be looking to embark on another GRP next spring.
And, as they say in London: Cheers!
To learn more about global opportunities available to students at Katz, please contact Bill McShane, experiential-based learning program manager, at email@example.com.