Former Student Profiles
Kelly Albright ’14
|What extracurricular activities were you involved in at Texas A&M? Business Honors Program, Mays Business Fellows Program – Group XXXI, Pi Beta Phi Sorority (officer), Texas A&M Panhellenic Delegate, and The Big Event (staff assistant)
Did you participate in an internship? Yes, I worked as an Associate Consultant Intern at Sendero Consulting in the summer of 2013. I served in a project management role for a supply chain system implementation at a major utilities provider, monitoring the status of 175 functional specification documents, change requests, and business process flows which became the inputs to system design and organizational change management materials. I developed a system to track daily project progress and motivated the team through completion of the design phase. I also assisted in creating a high level outline of a technical training course used by Sendero’s entry-level associates.
What was your favorite supply chain course at Texas A&M? My favorite supply chain class was SCMT 465 with Dr. Jamieson. I liked this class because the coursework consisted of mostly case studies and team presentations related to technology solutions for supply chain problems. It was directly related to my job after college and so I enjoyed getting practical experience through the class and learned a lot from the case studies that will help me in the future.
What do you feel was the most beneficial course you took? The most beneficial class I took at A&M was the Business Fellows class. Each week, we had the opportunity to learn from speakers working in a variety of different industries and hear their thoughts on leadership and lessons learned in their careers. In addition, we were given case studies to work through on teams which gave me a practical experience in working on a consulting project in a team setting and also enhanced my presentation skills.
Describe your career and what led you to finding your first professional job. I was interested in consulting because it is a field that is people-oriented, while also allowing me to be analytical and solve problems in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. I would say that experience with past internships and conversations with older mentors helped ultimately lead me to pursue a career in consulting.
Any specific advice you would give to current supply chain students? Supply chain management is unique because unlike many of the other majors at Texas A&M, there is not a “clear path” for you to follow upon graduation, which is both daunting and exciting at the same time. My advice to a current student would be to not be afraid to try something different and forge your own way because it’s an opportunity that many others do not have.