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Management Education Prepared Emily Martin for Unexpected Opportunity

Management Education Prepared Emily Martin for Unexpected Opportunity

Emily Martin, BSM 2010, can't say enough about career services at Georgia Tech College of Management.

"The College of Management is ahead of the curve in career preparation," says Martin, who will join the North Highland Company as a consultant this summer. "The school has done a great job of building a strong network of in-house and external resources that's been vital to the success of management students."

Martin hadn't originally planned on a career in consulting, given that her earlier internships for Chick-fil-A and Newell Rubbermaid were oriented toward organizational behavior. But she decided to investigate consulting after opportunities kept knocking on her door.

Well-rounded Education

Though she concentrated in marketing, Martin feels that the general nature of Tech's management degree has well prepared her for the consulting field. Students in the undergraduate program learn to approach challenges from a broader perspective through education in various functional areas of business. "I've gained a lot of exposure from the management curriculum that I'll be able to apply," she says.

A native of Oconee County, Georgia, Martin will head to London in July to work for Qedis, a corporate partner of the North Highland Company, on a two-year assignment involving technology and management consulting. "I've never been outside of the United States, so it's going to be a grand adventure," she says.

Martin considered a number of universities before deciding to pursue a management education at Georgia Tech.  Meeting with administrators and faculty made her feel that she "wouldn't just be a number, but a person that professors knew."

"I wouldn't change a thing," Martin says. "Without a doubt the best decision I could have made was coming to Tech. It was a very powerful experience."

Outside of class, Martin engaged herself in the campus community through numerous leadership positions in such organizations as Omicron Delta Kappa, Collegiate Panhellenic Council, Student Government Association, Student Foundation, College of Management Student Advisory Board, and her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta. She was also active in initiatives of the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship as a student assistant.

Strong Network

Martin says she treasures the many connections she made while at Tech. "I tried to view the classroom as the business world with the other students as my network," she adds. "I worked to build those relationships so that they could be perpetuated into our future careers. The key is to start building your network while you're still in school."

She encourages students to forge connections with alumni as well. "Georgia Tech boasts a wide network of intelligent, successful individuals who are waiting to assist people on the cusp of their careers," Martin says. "It was so beneficial to have the opportunity to connect with those individuals."


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