“Tech savvy, business smart.” That’s how Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business strives to prepare its students. The college of business revolves its education around weaving together both business and technology into nearly every aspect of its mission.
“We realize that technology is a vital part of every role and function in today’s global marketplace,” Craig Womack, associate dean of Undergraduate Programs at Scheller, says. “We strive to leverage our unique positioning at the intersection of business and technology to prepare our students to meet these demands in the global marketplace head-on.”
What makes the Scheller experience unique is its interdisciplinary education. And that nature of interdisciplinary education is apparent in its curriculum. For instance, students in the Strategy & Innovation concentration take courses to learn about management in the healthcare sector, technology and global and intellectual property strategy.
Womack says the school recognizes that innovation skills are in high demand today. Global companies, like Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company, for example, offer internships and entry-level positions with titles including strategy analyst, innovation analyst, and strategy and innovation analyst.
“Many of the issues facing the world are interdisciplinary in nature,” Womack says. “They are not solved by business people, scientists or engineers alone, but through collaboration. Our experiential learning and interdisciplinary programs help prepare our students for these challenges.”
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY
Scheller College of Business is located in Midtown Atlanta’s Technology Square district. Home to rapidly developing startups, accelerators, incubators, and corporate innovation centers, the area is perfect for students looking to explore both business and technological. One of the best examples of Scheller’s relationship with business and technology is the Denning Technology and Management Program (T&M). Established in 2007 through the support of Scheller alumnus Steven A. Denning, the T&M Program is a two-year course of study where undergraduate students “learn together in an integrated program while preserving disciplinary depth in their major fields of study.”
The program was created with the goal of helping the next generation of Georgia Tech students become multi-disciplinary problem solvers. Students of the program are exposed to real-world projects provided by corporate partners including Boeing, Caterpillar, Equifax, The Home Depot, and Siemens.
Malcom J. Danmola, a class of 2018 alumnus of Scheller, says the strong emphasis on business and technology attracted him to the school.
“I chose Scheller College of Business mainly because of the mere fact that it incorporates two of the main drivers for aspiring entrepreneurs in the 21st century: business and technology,” Danmola says. “With technology forever evolving at such a fast pace, I thoroughly believed that Georgia Tech stood at the forefront of innovation and its business school could teach its students the innovative, strategic values needed to be successful in the ever-changing corporate world.”
Evie Owens, another class of 2018 alumnus, says the relationship between business and technology at Scheller was critical to her future success.
“My ability to learn the language of business was enhanced through the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and understand the importance of technology in the years to come,” Owens says. “In my four years here, I wasn’t just taught business, I was taught how to be an invaluable member of a company, as I was equipped with the ability to understand all aspects of a successful business — from cross-functional interactions to key processes and technologies.”
LEARNING FROM A PRACTICAL STANDPOINT
Scheller is focused on giving students a practical and “no time wasted” education. Students admitted to Scheller immediately begin studying business their first year. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) curriculum allows students to complete all degree requirements, including one semester abroad and two internship semesters within four years.
“From your first semester, our class structure encourages you to learn the coursework material from a practical standpoint,” says undergraduate student Shane Phillipps. “Whether it be constructing a financial portfolio, acting as a consultant to a Fortune 500 company, or even starting your own business, Scheller College gives you the experience you need to excel in the business world.”
Additionally, with the help of an advisor, students at Scheller have the option of building their own personal four-year plan to move around courses on the check-list depending on their career and personal goals.
The career outlook for Scheller grads is strong. According to Scheller admin surveyed by P&Q, 91.2% of Class of 2018 grads seeking employment were employed full-time within 90 days of graduation with an average salary of $62,545.
Overall, Scheller grads speak highly about their education. Around 63% say their education at Scheller was “very” helpful in reaching their dream career. A whopping 89.86% report that their first job after graduation was in their desired industry with 85.51% saying that first job was even at their desired company.
What Alumni Say:
“Our capstone class used a simulation that allowed us to monitor product lines and invest in marketing, labor, and other areas. We first completed the simulation competitively in teams, and then on our own for the final project.” – Recent Alumnus
“Our Capstone Project involved a Business Simulation with well over 60 Variables. The strategy our team put together (The Baldwin Approach) – which allowed us to beat three human teams and two bots – was profoundly impactful. I’m actually in the process of executing The Baldwin Approach right now in the real world, as I launch a new phase of my career in Real Estate. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything.” – Recent Alumnus
“The Capstone experience at Scheller is incredibly well-rounded and provides its participants with an overall working knowledge of all major aspects of business. Group members composed a board and worked through simulated business cycles of the business, where each member would perform various job functions in order to understand multiple aspects of business administration.” – Recent Alumnus
Where The Class of 2018 Went To Work:
Deloitte – 17
The Home Depot – 13
NCR – 11
SunTrust – 8
Newell Brands – 7
Capgemini – 4
KPMG – 4
Accenture – 3
The Hershey Company – 3
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey – 3