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The business immersion programs are two-week crash courses for engineers to learn business basics. | Image: Texas A&M Engineering

The business immersion programs for engineers offered by Mays Business School give engineering students a crash course in business. Over a two-week period, participants learn the fundamental skills needed to succeed in their future careers and also gain insight into what career paths are best suited for them through the CliftonStrengths Assessment.

On this episode of the Engineering SoundBytes podcast, student hosts Ritika Bhattacharjee and Drew DeHaven discussed the programs with previous attendee and industrial engineering senior Edward Hirs and Dr. Andrew Loring, associate director of Reynolds and Reynolds Sales Leadership Institute.

So, why would engineers want to know about business?

Loring explained that recruiters want students to be well-rounded from a business knowledge and competency standpoint.

“Although you can do the technical and the analytical, also being able to apply it to business settings is imperative,” said Loring. “This program gives you that general business knowledge, but also it's application-based, so you get to test it in a live environment in front of a panel of judges.”

There are two programs offered by Mays Business School for engineers. The first is the Business Immersion for Engineers, in which students learn accounting, finance, marking management and supply chain fundamentals before applying it to a project and presenting it to judges. The second is the Sales+Analytics Immersion for Engineers, which focuses on sales and communications skills for engineers who want to work in customer-facing consulting or sales roles after graduation.

In addition to brushing up on business, the program also challenges students to look introspectively and become better leaders through the CliftonStrengths Assessment, which identifies an individual’s top five strengths. These can then be used to help guide career paths, leadership style and more.

“And I think one of the best things about the sales aspect of this program was the strengths,” said Hirs. “Knowing your strengths and your own weaknesses, it's really great because then you get to understand other people and what strengths they might have, what weaknesses they might have, who might complement you, as well as how to sell yourself a little more. That'll help you in relationships all throughout life.”

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