Thursday, October 15, 2009

Interviewing future leaders at Carnegie Mellon - Heinz College graduate students

It's truly inspiring to speak with young graduate students who passionately feel about positively changing the world. This week I was asked to join a small team interviewing graduate students (Carnegie Mellon - Heinz College) who are seeking employment in late winter or late spring to put their degree to a good use.

The most exciting part of the interview was seeing how most students in my group were able to discuss concrete problems from an end-to-end perspective. Here is a general observation about the future leaders:
- they can effectively organize and leverage team members' time and skills; they are have a disciplined and patient approach for deciding who would lead and how the tasks should be distributed
- they continue to learn and care a whole lot about learning opportunities their employer offers
- they are open to new ideas and observations; change is not a distant concept, it's a way of life
- they are data driven at all the right places; they understand the value of business intelligence and they know how to formulate a problem so that the right data is gathered and analyzed so that the right insight can be provided in a timely manner
- they are professional and passionate
- they are fearless and ready to tackle new challenges
- they know they can and shall change the world

On my journey to Pittsburgh I was wondering if this trip was the best use of my time. On the way back I realized that I learned from the students as much as they learned from me. This was time well spent.

Constantin K.
Firebrand Architect®

1 comment:

Brad Stephenson said...

Thanks for the positive comments about our students! Very happy to hear that your time in Pittsburgh was well spent.


Brad Stephenson
Web Media and Marketing Manager
Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III College

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