An Opportunity to Learn from Industry Leaders
Gustavo Amorim was thrilled to be selected as a graduate assistant for DCMME because the center’s activities aligned with his professional experience. Before joining Krannert’s MBA program, he had worked for a large heavy mining equipment company in his native Brazil, where he was responsible for the service department operations, proposals, and financial reports. “The center gave me the opportunity to learn directly from industry leaders their best practices, new technology, and solutions to problems that I had never thought at the time,” Amorim said. He was pleasantly surprised to get the opportunity at DCMME to use his marketing and design talent to help the center with conference logos, website coding and design, and even discover talents he didn’t know he possessed. For his first conference as a graduate assistant, he was responsible for running the poster competition. He gave participants instructions and guided judges throughout the competition.
“It was something that I had never done before, but this experience prepared me for what was coming at the next conference,” he said. At the following conference, he was asked to be the master of ceremonies. This required him to learn about the speakers, welcome everyone, and be the host for the conference. “It was a growing experience that I really enjoyed,” he said, adding that it gave him the opportunity to interact with speakers and network with people in attendance. Amorim, who graduated in 2015, works for a company in the automotive industry in a position that can be described as a “master collaborator,” which gives him the opportunity to interact with many areas of the company and push innovation to market challenges. He credits his experiences at DCMME, including the network and learning opportunities, with preparing him for his job, searching for new products and features, distinguishing the company he works for, and raising industry standards to consolidate the company’s leadership position. “Today I feel that I am a better professional and a leader in the company, stretching myself to new challenges, even if outside of my area of expertise,” he said. “I am very grateful for DCMME and the people that made all of this possible during my time there.”
“Today I feel that I am a better professional and a leader in the company, stretching myself to new challenges, even if outside of my area of expertise...”