Supply Chain Club Trip to Chicago

It’s not every day, as a student, that you’re able to leave class a little early and travel for FREE. But this is exactly what I was able to do this past week. Last Thursday April 12, I went with the Supply Chain Management Club on a trip to see a couple businesses in Chicago. That businesses that we saw were: TMC – C.H. Robinson and J.B. Hunt Intermodal.

TMC – C.H. Robinson has a beautiful new office location and has been featured as one of the “Coolest offices” in Chicago! This was our first stop, and we were able to have a breakfast meeting and talk to a few employees that recruit Iowa State students heavily. It was really cool experience for me to be in their John Deere room because I was able to see value stream maps and project management activities all around the room, just like my classes are teaching me. We were able to also see some of their technology in action that helps them run the Microsoft account for all of their hardware products globally. The classes I’m taking at Iowa State are truly preparing me for the modern business world.

At J.B. Hunt Intermodal, we were able to talk to a few Iowa State alumni that worked at that location. We were also able to get a tour of the BNSF rail yard to see exactly how huge this location truly is. It was a great opportunity to see another way of how I can apply my major after graduation. A huge reason that these trips are beneficial is that you are able to network with upper management, and when it comes time for a job, they know the type of people they want to hire are those that make the extra effort to connect with them as well.

Overall, while we were in Chicago, we stayed at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Chicago, just a quick 15-minute walk from the Bean (AKA Cloud Gate, pictured below) and Millennium Park. I am so glad that I went on this trip with the Supply Chain Management Club, the experiences and the knowledge that I gained because of this trip is what makes my college experience so memorable, and as a graduating senior I’m glad I chose my adventure at Iowa State.

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