I went on an adventure in Seattle this summer to a new industry—technology. The title of this article is not a reference to the mostly overcast weather in the Pacific Northwest, but rather to Microsoft’s cloud, Azure. Working in the Cloud Infrastructure COGS Finance team, I sought to build a framework to assess margins of various cloud computing products and to find solutions that enhance efficiency.
As I spent the first few days learning about the cloud from various experts in engineering, program management, demand forecasting, and capacity planning, it became clear that the problem we were tackling was complex, salient, and interdisciplinary; cloud growth and margins are key drivers of valuation. I found the process of understanding various stakeholders’ perspectives thoroughly exciting. Being able to translate the language of engineering or economics research into that of finance and vice-versa was something my liberal arts education at Wellesley College, followed by investment banking for two technical industries—power and renewables, and financial institutions—had prepared me well for.
Continue reading Summer in the Cloud(s)
Attending business school in the heart of a major city affords you many opportunities, one of which is taking advantage of the plethora of companies in the area. For students who are hoping to enter a specialized or niche sector, internships provide opportunities to build your resume or get your foot in the door of your desired company while still a student.
Having completed four internships, Mary Wang is one student who has taken full advantage of in-school work opportunities. I sat down with my friend (and roomate!) to learn more about her experience with internships at Booth.
Continue reading Balancing Four MBA internships while at Booth
“Tell Your Story” is a regular series that features one of our Booth community members. In his or her own words, the contributor details their path to Booth and other interesting personal highlights.
Where are you originally from? And what did you do prior to Booth?
Continue reading Tell Your Story: Javier Mozo
I was born in Miranda de Ebro, a small city in northern Spain. As a child I lived in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, and Pamplona, sparking my interest in visiting new places. Before coming to Booth, I worked at Airbus in France, Germany, and Spain. I started designing electrical systems for Airbus Helicopters, and I spent the last 3 years working as a manufacturing engineer in a military aircraft factory.
After a dream-come-true internship with my favorite professional baseball team, it’s great to take a look back at how exactly I got to this point—and how it really is possible to follow your passions at a b-school like Chicago Booth.
Continue reading A Nuclear Engineer in Baseball
Throughout the recruiting process, people advised me to keep
in mind the “airport test,” i.e., to answer the question, “Would I want to hang
out with these people if we were stuck together in an airport for four hours?” During
my summer internship, I had an extreme experience of the airport test come to
fruition. While driving back from a client site three hours away, my team and I
got stuck in an 8-hour traffic jam due to an accident on the highway. After a
long week, while such a situation was extremely painful, we made the most of it,
sharing music that we like, speaking about our experience at Booth, and even
celebrating our manager’s birthday in the car with a bar of chocolate we found
in our bags. To say the team passed the airport test with flying colors, would
be an understatement!
I spent my summer at McKinsey and Co.’s Chicago office,
working on a large digital transformation project for a public sector client. The
best part about the experience—the team was made up of four Boothies (one each
from the MBA class of ’17, ’18, ’19, and ’20)!
Continue reading Do your co-workers pass the “airport test”?