Krannert Experiences Lead to Fulfilling Career Path
Gisela Condado joined the MBA program at Krannert after earning an undergraduate degree in production engineering from Universidad Metropolitana in her native Venezuela and gaining four years of work experience at the multinational companies Cargill and Novartis.
Possessing a passion for operations, she believed that a Krannert MBA would reinforce her leadership skills and technical knowledge, allowing her to take the next step toward her professional goals. In particular, Krannert “offered an innovative curriculum that joined the fundamental MBA toolkit and the flexibility to draw my career path in the operations concentration,” she said. The MBA program also allowed her to be more than just a student. “I became a key partner of classmates, faculty, and community, through working as the president of the Krannert Operations Club and being a graduate assistant at the DCMME center,” she said.
As a graduate assistant during the 2015/16 academic year, she had the opportunity to participate in interesting consulting projects, conduct research on trending topics in the supply chain industry, and coordinate a variety of conferences and networking events that brought together students, faculty members and industry leaders.
What she calls her “holistic academic experience” at Purdue led to her current job at Amazon. Through an MBA summer internship, she worked as an operation manager pathways intern at Amazon, where she managed the initial stages of a new self-service tool that helps customers solve their problems quickly while reducing operational costs for the organization. After graduating in 2016, she joined Amazon as senior program manager at the company’s Seattle headquarters. “I have been working in exciting projects on Prime Now, coordinating more than 13 crossfunctional teams and finding a professional fit in the peculiar ‘working hard and having fun’ culture of the company,” she said.
“Finding a professional fit in the peculiar ‘working hard and having fun’ culture”