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Good morning all,

I've spent a lot of time on this site, and asked quite a few questions myself, so I figured I'd do my part to give back by answering any questions you might have about corporate finance or fldps in general.

A little about myself: 2nd yr FLDP (1.5 yrs in) at a F500 in Chicago. I'm currently at the end of my 2nd of 3 rotations.

My plan is to try to end up in a FP&A or operations finance role around graduating the program in May, and then work a few yrs before pursuing an MBA.

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  • TwoThrones's picture

    Thanks for doing this big man. Do you do anything other than forecasting, budgeting, variance analysis, and billing?

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    GoIllini's picture

    TwoThrones wrote:

    Thanks for doing this big man. Do you do anything other than forecasting, budgeting, variance analysis, and billing?

    No problem.

    I don't do any budgeting or billing. I doubt you'll find FLDPs doing billing, but I may be wrong. At the plant level we have clerks responsible for AR & AP. For me personally, the budgeting is handled by the Controller and the department heads.

    Some of the things I regularly do at the plant include: forecasting, variance analysis, consolidations/roll-ups, accounting (JEs, acct recs, etc), cost analysis, margin analysis, and other ad hoc projects. Our accounting manager left this summer and has yet to be replaced, so I have picked up most of her responsibilities as well.

    My projects largely revolve around showing financial metrics in different presentations for management, creating new reports to track different metrics, etc. I recently just created an entirely new financial package for our plant financials/results.

  • Thurnis Haley's picture

    Do you enjoy it? Is it intellectually engaging?

  • In reply to Thurnis Haley
    GoIllini's picture

    Thurnis Haley wrote:

    Do you enjoy it? Is it intellectually engaging?

    The answer is...it depends/sometimes. It largely depends on the role you have, who you work with, and the projects you get. I'm not a big accounting fan so it's been alright so far. I have really enjoyed some of the finance projects I have worked on here at the plant. One of my issues so far has been down time during the day. I'm the kind of person who likes to be busy the entire day, because then it flies by. So yes sometimes you're doing grunt work, sometimes you get lucky and get to tackle more engaging projects. It's a mixed bag really.

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    AndyLouis wrote:

    great, i'll get this on the homepage now, thanks for doing it!

    Thanks I really appreciate it!

  • D M's picture

    Awesome, thanks for doing this! Does your company hire non-FLDPs? If so, is your career trajectory more promising than "normal" analysts?

    "You stop being an asshole when it sucks to be you." -IlliniProgrammer
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  • thoughtpolice's picture

    Thanks for this! Does your company have a corporate strategy rotation? What's your exposure like to divisions of the company you don't rotate through?

  • Poff's picture

    Thanks for doing this, Illini. Couple questions:

    1. Do you think people who come in from the outside at the Manager-level are viewed differently than people who make Manager after going through the FDLP?
    2. How important does your company view MBA when determining promotions at the Manager and higher levels? Would you say there is a ceiling for non-MBAs, even for high performers?
    3. What kind of hours do you work? What about your Manager / Directors?
    4. What do you dislike most about your FLDP as well as your company?
    5. What kind of interview questions did you get for your FLDP? Do you know what kind of questions they ask for more experienced positions?
    6. Can you give an estimate of comp #s (and bonus) for the various levels? (eg FA--> SFA --> Mgr --> etc)

  • In reply to D M
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    D M wrote:

    Awesome, thanks for doing this! Does your company hire non-FLDPs? If so, is your career trajectory more promising than "normal" analysts?

    For entry level? As of right now not really...right now they are trying to stock the entry level talent with almost exclusively FLDP hires. There have been some in the past, but since hiring is limited right now it's been almost 100% FLDPs getting hired.

    However, since this is a new change, the majority of the finance/accounting folk are still not former FLDPs. I'd say in general the career trajectory is more promising, given that you have upper management supporting the program and allocating resources towards it. I also think you get more a lot more exposure and your name gets out there more as an FLDP so more people know of you.

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    thoughtpolice wrote:

    Thanks for this! Does your company have a corporate strategy rotation? What's your exposure like to divisions of the company you don't rotate through?

    As of right now they don't. There has been restructuring of the strategy group just this past month, so it's possible that there may be one in the future. Strategy is definitely something I have a strong interest in myself.

    A lot of our exposure to non-rotation groups come from talking to people who have exposure. This includes your managers, former FLDPs, FLDPs in those current rotations, etc. We do yearly presentations as FLDPs on our work as well so that the rest of the FLDPs and managers of other groups know what everything is doing.

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    Poff wrote:

    Thanks for doing this, Illini. Couple questions:

    1. Do you think people who come in from the outside at the Manager-level are viewed differently than people who make Manager after going through the FDLP?
    2. How important does your company view MBA when determining promotions at the Manager and higher levels? Would you say there is a ceiling for non-MBAs, even for high performers?
    3. What kind of hours do you work? What about your Manager / Directors?
    4. What do you dislike most about your FLDP as well as your company?
    5. What kind of interview questions did you get for your FLDP? Do you know what kind of questions they ask for more experienced positions?
    6. Can you give an estimate of comp #s (and bonus) for the various levels? (eg FA--> SFA --> Mgr --> etc)

    1. Not necessarily. It just depends how good you are as networking. To move up from the manager level you need to have some strong connections pulling for you, while continuing to be a high performer. The advantage that former FLDPs have is that they know more people, probably have more people pulling for them, etc. If you come in from the outside and are a high performer & good at networking you won't be at much of a disadvantage once you get established. You can't expect to hit the ground killing it right away though.

    2. I'm not sure if there is any sort of ceiling, but it seems that most, if not all, of upper-level mgmt have one. The way it works in my company is that an MBA means you need less years of experience to be eligible for certain positions. For example, an internal job posting might say 5 yrs experience or MBA and 3 yrs of experience required. In my company a CPA or MBA are often preferred for roles starting at manager and above.

    3. I generally work 45-55 hours a week, just depending on the week. In general, you don't necessarily work more at higher levels. (excluding c-level) I'd say most managers & directors work 50-55 hrs a week in finance at my company. It's usually more lax in summer, around holidays, etc. It's often expected that you work the hours that your group/manager works.

    4. Company as a whole hasn't been performing well recently. We'll see how this shapes out in the near future. For the program, I wish we had a strategy rotation.

    5. Mostly questions to assess your fit and to hear more about your experiences. Also had basic accounting questions, NWC case, and a basic excel test. I don't, sorry.

    7. Some rough estimates (Highly variable past manager due to bonus)
    FLDP (50-60k)(10%) ->FA (60-70k)(10%) -> SFA (65-90k)(15%) -> Manager/Controller (80-130k)(15/20%) -> Director (130-250k)(25%)-> VP (200-400K) -> SVP (400k+) -> CFO(800K+)

  • Poff's picture

    Thanks, GoIllini.

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    Poff wrote:

    Thanks, GoIllini.

    No problem. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  • romborama's picture

    What's the career landscape look like for FLDPers at the MBA level? And any ex Big 4 in your different divisions? That's where i'm at now, but hoping to go the MBA to FLDP route in the future.

  • In reply to romborama
    D M's picture

    There are a lot fewer FLDPs at the MBA level. If you're talking career trajectory, it's good as long as you perform. Getting into a post-MBA FLDP depends on the company (as to which schools they recruit from). Generally they recruit from top regional and top national schools.

    EDIT: GoIllini might have some more insight, especially if you give him some more detail on that question. That's just generally what I've seen while looking at UG FLDPs.

    "You stop being an asshole when it sucks to be you." -IlliniProgrammer
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  • Going Concern's picture

    Quick question, how come everyone that went to UIUC puts Illini in their username? I can think of at least two other certified users that have done this. Is that a thing? The only other school I see this for is Harvard. Thanks.

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  • In reply to Going Concern
    D M's picture

    Working on that brand rec fo sho

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  • amach3's picture

    Did you end up taking a South America rotation or will be? How do you plan on building a "story" around corporate finance role since corp fin. is not as strong as IB/consulting for MBA. If there is anything outside of work that you do and is willing to share that'd be great.

  • In reply to romborama
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    romborama wrote:

    What's the career landscape look like for FLDPers at the MBA level? And any ex Big 4 in your different divisions? That's where i'm at now, but hoping to go the MBA to FLDP route in the future.

    My company doesn't have a FLDP for MBAs so I can't really help you with this. I have done some research into companies that do, and it looks like many of them look for people with 3-6 years experience in a previous finance/acctg landscape, and have you exiting into a business manager role.

    Yes there are a good amount of former Big 4 at my company. Most of them are on the accounting side of things, but if you went Big 4 -> MBA -> corp fin I would expect you to not be pigeonholed in accounting. The Director I'm going to be working under in January (and have worked under before) worked in an accounting role for about 5 years before transitioning to a divisional FP&A group.

  • In reply to Going Concern
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    Going Concern wrote:

    Quick question, how come everyone that went to UIUC puts Illini in their username? I can think of at least two other certified users that have done this. Is that a thing? The only other school I see this for is Harvard. Thanks.

    Because we're always straight repping the Fighting Illini...

  • In reply to amach3
    GoIllini's picture

    amach3 wrote:

    Did you end up taking a South America rotation or will be? How do you plan on building a "story" around corporate finance role since corp fin. is not as strong as IB/consulting for MBA. If there is anything outside of work that you do and is willing to share that'd be great.

    I actually decided at this time it wasn't for me. I've been away for the past year at a plant in the south and want to spend some time (a yr or two) with friends and family before taking my next job opportunity outside of the area. My plan is to eventually work abroad, but who know when that will be. Since posting that topic I have talked to someone currently in the job I was interested in, if you want any specifics. In my ideal scenario, I will take a Controller role at a plant in ~5 yrs, keeping me on the fast track, whether it be with my current company, or another.

    My ideal job abroad would be in a Spanish speaking country. I'm half Hispanic by birth, but don't speak a lick of Spanish. (Just know basic words) There's always been a strong part of me that wants to become fluent, so getting a job as a Controller at a mfg plant in central/south america, or similar, would be a dream position for me. People who takes these positions are usually fast-tracked because of it as well.

    There aren't many people who are doing what I'm doing. I'm a top performer at my company, and will start my 4th job after only 2 years of experience. I have spent a year in the south at a plant as well. I think having so many diverse experiences in such a short time will make it relatively easy to stand out. Being a top performer should also allow me to get promoted to SFA in a year to a year or at most two years from now. Chances are I'll have 4-5 jobs in 4 years.

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    GoIllini wrote:

    amach3:

    Did you end up taking a South America rotation or will be? How do you plan on building a "story" around corporate finance role since corp fin. is not as strong as IB/consulting for MBA. If there is anything outside of work that you do and is willing to share that'd be great.

    I actually decided at this time it wasn't for me. I've been away for the past year at a plant in the south and want to spend some time (a yr or two) with friends and family before taking my next job opportunity outside of the area. My plan is to eventually work abroad, but who know when that will be. Since posting that topic I have talked to someone currently in the job I was interested in, if you want any specifics. In my ideal scenario, I will take a Controller role at a plant in ~5 yrs, keeping me on the fast track, whether it be with my current company, or another.

    My ideal job abroad would be in a Spanish speaking country. I'm half Hispanic by birth, but don't speak a lick of Spanish. (Just know basic words) There's always been a strong part of me that wants to become fluent, so getting a job as a Controller at a mfg plant in central/south america, or similar, would be a dream position for me. People who takes these positions are usually fast-tracked because of it as well.

    There aren't many people who are doing what I'm doing. I'm a top performer at my company, and will start my 4th job after only 2 years of experience. I have spent a year in the south at a plant as well. I think having so many diverse experiences in such a short time will make it relatively easy to stand out. Being a top performer should also allow me to get promoted to SFA in a year to a year or at most two years from now. Chances are I'll have 4-5 jobs in 4 years.

    As someone who manages FLDP at a very similar company to yours - you are definitely taking the right approach. Keep kicking ass at different experiences. The depth of these experiences will pay off in spades in the long run.

    That being said 4-5 year to be a Plant Controller (I think you're ~2 years out of school) is very aggressive. Maybe possible, but very aggressive.

  • In reply to accountingbyday
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    accountingbyday wrote:

    GoIllini:
    amach3:

    Did you end up taking a South America rotation or will be? How do you plan on building a "story" around corporate finance role since corp fin. is not as strong as IB/consulting for MBA. If there is anything outside of work that you do and is willing to share that'd be great.

    I actually decided at this time it wasn't for me. I've been away for the past year at a plant in the south and want to spend some time (a yr or two) with friends and family before taking my next job opportunity outside of the area. My plan is to eventually work abroad, but who know when that will be. Since posting that topic I have talked to someone currently in the job I was interested in, if you want any specifics. In my ideal scenario, I will take a Controller role at a plant in ~5 yrs, keeping me on the fast track, whether it be with my current company, or another.

    My ideal job abroad would be in a Spanish speaking country. I'm half Hispanic by birth, but don't speak a lick of Spanish. (Just know basic words) There's always been a strong part of me that wants to become fluent, so getting a job as a Controller at a mfg plant in central/south america, or similar, would be a dream position for me. People who takes these positions are usually fast-tracked because of it as well.

    There aren't many people who are doing what I'm doing. I'm a top performer at my company, and will start my 4th job after only 2 years of experience. I have spent a year in the south at a plant as well. I think having so many diverse experiences in such a short time will make it relatively easy to stand out. Being a top performer should also allow me to get promoted to SFA in a year to a year or at most two years from now. Chances are I'll have 4-5 jobs in 4 years.

    As someone who manages FLDP at a very similar company to yours - you are definitely taking the right approach. Keep kicking ass at different experiences. The depth of these experiences will pay off in spades in the long run.

    That being said 4-5 year to be a Plant Controller (I think you're ~2 years out of school) is very aggressive. Maybe possible, but very aggressive.

    Thanks!

    Yeah it's aggressive. I should have been more specific. 4-5 yrs + MBA (either taking a break for FT or PT) So 6-7 yrs experience with an MBA and CPA. I know it's aggressive, but I know of people who have done it, as I'm sure you have as well.

    Are you in Chicago or the surrounding area as well? I'd love to hear about your experiences.

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    GoIllini wrote:

    accountingbyday:
    GoIllini:
    amach3:

    Did you end up taking a South America rotation or will be? How do you plan on building a "story" around corporate finance role since corp fin. is not as strong as IB/consulting for MBA. If there is anything outside of work that you do and is willing to share that'd be great.

    I actually decided at this time it wasn't for me. I've been away for the past year at a plant in the south and want to spend some time (a yr or two) with friends and family before taking my next job opportunity outside of the area. My plan is to eventually work abroad, but who know when that will be. Since posting that topic I have talked to someone currently in the job I was interested in, if you want any specifics. In my ideal scenario, I will take a Controller role at a plant in ~5 yrs, keeping me on the fast track, whether it be with my current company, or another.

    My ideal job abroad would be in a Spanish speaking country. I'm half Hispanic by birth, but don't speak a lick of Spanish. (Just know basic words) There's always been a strong part of me that wants to become fluent, so getting a job as a Controller at a mfg plant in central/south america, or similar, would be a dream position for me. People who takes these positions are usually fast-tracked because of it as well.

    There aren't many people who are doing what I'm doing. I'm a top performer at my company, and will start my 4th job after only 2 years of experience. I have spent a year in the south at a plant as well. I think having so many diverse experiences in such a short time will make it relatively easy to stand out. Being a top performer should also allow me to get promoted to SFA in a year to a year or at most two years from now. Chances are I'll have 4-5 jobs in 4 years.

    As someone who manages FLDP at a very similar company to yours - you are definitely taking the right approach. Keep kicking ass at different experiences. The depth of these experiences will pay off in spades in the long run.

    That being said 4-5 year to be a Plant Controller (I think you're ~2 years out of school) is very aggressive. Maybe possible, but very aggressive.

    Thanks!

    Yeah it's aggressive. I should have been more specific. 4-5 yrs + MBA (either taking a break for FT or PT) So 6-7 yrs experience with an MBA and CPA. I know it's aggressive, but I know of people who have done it, as I'm sure you have as well.

    Are you in Chicago or the surrounding area as well? I'd love to hear about your experiences.

    6-7 with MBA and CPA is still pretty aggressive, but nothing wrong with aggressive goals.

    I'm pretty sure we're very close to each other. Feel free to PM if you want to chat further.

  • In reply to accountingbyday
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    accountingbyday wrote:

    6-7 with MBA and CPA is still pretty aggressive, but nothing wrong with aggressive goals.

    I'm pretty sure we're very close to each other. Feel free to PM if you want to chat further.

    That's true, something to shoot for though. Great, will do!

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  • Poff's picture

    Do you like the company that you're at? That is, would you want to return at a higher level post-MBA (if that's what you decided to do)?

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    Poff wrote:

    Do you like the company that you're at? That is, would you want to return at a higher level post-MBA (if that's what you decided to do)?

    Yes and no. I'm not really far enough in to my career yet to know how fast of a career progression is possible for myself yet. I like a lot of the people at my current company, but I'm just not sure on my long-term future here yet. It's one of those things you just have to let play out, and go with your gut feeling. Chances are I give it a few years, try to get 1-2 promotions, and then decide whether to go for a FT or PT MBA. If I go FT, it will because I want to transition to another place. The only reason to go for a PT imo is if you are planning to stay at your current company, and they are paying at least a part of it.

  • JYeung Rutgers's picture

    Just some background. I'm a second year business school student trying to figure out what I want to do and the world of business, so my questions may not be 'challenging'.

    1. What exactly does a FLDP do on a daily basis? and what are the biggest challenges that you face on a day to day basis?

    2. What led you to choose a FLDP position over other job offerings, if they were an option?

    Jason Yeung
    Rutgers Business School
    Candidate B.S. in Accounting
    Candidate B.S. in Economics

  • In reply to JYeung Rutgers
    GoIllini's picture

    JYeung Rutgers wrote:

    Just some background. I'm a second year business school student trying to figure out what I want to do and the world of business, so my questions may not be 'challenging'.

    1. What exactly does a FLDP do on a daily basis? and what are the biggest challenges that you face on a day to day basis?

    2. What led you to choose a FLDP position over other job offerings, if they were an option?

    1. For the answer to this you really need to research the different areas you could be rotating for. There is really no set answer I could give you. You could be going accounting, variance analysis, forecasting, consolidations, cash flow, etc.

    2. Work/life balance and fit. I really felt like I fit the best with my current company versus the other opportunities I had.

  • MrReagan8's picture

    Hey thanks for doing this GoIllini.

    What are you thinking of doing off-program? Staying with the company, looking at a different company, or a different industry?

  • In reply to MrReagan8
    GoIllini's picture

    MrReagan8 wrote:

    Hey thanks for doing this GoIllini.

    What are you thinking of doing off-program? Staying with the company, looking at a different company, or a different industry?

    As of right now, my plan is to work ~2-3 years after the program before going to get my MBA FT if I want to transition or PT if I'm happy with my current situation. I should be able to hold around 2 jobs in that time and should be a senior financial analyst when I apply.

  • hakuna.matata's picture

    I AM about to graduate and go into an FLDP with a F500 top 5 company that explicitly told us they do not place any significant emphasis on needing an MBA to move up later on. While I probably want to pursue one for personal learning and satisfaction, do you think it would be wise to take the GMAT or other exams in order to have the scores on file for later on?

    Would you mind messaging me the company you will be working for (if comfortable sharing)?

    What was your undergraduate study in?
    Do you find a lot of CPAs/MBAs in manager/controller roles?
    What would you do differently if you could start over from Day 1 of your FLDP?

    Thanks

    Some say the struggle is real; I say the hustle is.

  • In reply to hakuna.matata
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    mitchel_lee wrote:

    I AM about to graduate and go into an FLDP with a F500 top 5 company that explicitly told us they do not place any significant emphasis on needing an MBA to move up later on. While I probably want to pursue one for personal learning and satisfaction, do you think it would be wise to take the GMAT or other exams in order to have the scores on file for later on?

    Would you mind messaging me the company you will be working for (if comfortable sharing)?

    What was your undergraduate study in?
    Do you find a lot of CPAs/MBAs in manager/controller roles?
    What would you do differently if you could start over from Day 1 of your FLDP?

    Thanks

    They might not place a significant emphasis on one, but I would expect it to be a great way to stand out from your peers. It would also make it a lot easier to transition to a different company once you are at the manager role or above. If you have the time, it can't hurt to take it. Just remember, the gmat score is only good for 5 years from your exam, so don't take it yet if you're not sure when you're going to be wanting an MBA.

    Do you mean the name of the company that I am currently at? I've been here for almost 1.5 yrs already. (Not a new hire) I don't feel comfortable giving you the name since I'm pretty candid in my posts here, but if you have more specific Qs feel free to ask.

    Major: Finance

    Yes, CPA and/or MBA are pretty well represented in mgmt roles. In my company you can move into certain roles quicker with one of them.

    Kill it from day 1. I started off a little slow (big transition from college to FT first 6 months) but was one of 3 that got rated as exceeding expectations for the past year. (Hard to do since fldps have higher expectations than most)

  • GoIllini's picture

    If anyone has any more Qs, feel free to post them here!

  • Bschoolnoob's picture

    Are there summer hires at your company? If not, what internships would be most beneficial to do in their junior summer to prepare for a FLDP position FT?

  • GoIllini's picture

    Bump da bump

  • Mucho Dinero's picture

    Do you happen to know if there are any programs that hire people with prior experience? I'm currently an SFA at a F500 media/ent company with about 2.5 years experience post undergrad. I'm looking to possibly get into a FLDP program before heading to get my MBA in a few years. Thanks in advance.

  • In reply to Mucho Dinero
    D M's picture

    I'm gonna step in on this one since I've researched the heck out of FLDP -type programs.

    Not a single one. Most say with less than 1 year of post-college experience. Some companies offer programs to proven financial analysts, but you have to go work for that company and then break into the program.

    Your best shot at one is AFTER your MBA. If you're just looking at this to improve your chances at an MBA and then switch job functions, sorry.

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    Mucho Dinero wrote:

    Do you happen to know if there are any programs that hire people with prior experience? I'm currently an SFA at a F500 media/ent company with about 2.5 years experience post undergrad. I'm looking to possibly get into a FLDP program before heading to get my MBA in a few years. Thanks in advance.

    Not that I'm aware of. My company does it once in a while for internal candidates, but not outside of the company. Why are you looking to get into a FLDP? If you're a SFA with 2.5 yrs experience, it sounds like you've been a high performer at your current company. I think it makes more sense to try to make it to manager, or get another promotion at the SFA level before pursuing your MBA.

  • In reply to GoIllini
    Mucho Dinero's picture

    Thanks again DM and Illini. Yeah that's what I thought as well. My company currently offers two programs - 1 external and 1 internal. The external one is only for recent grads/FLDP?

  • In reply to Mucho Dinero
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    Mucho Dinero wrote:

    Thanks again DM and Illini. Yeah that's what I thought as well. My company currently offers two programs - 1 external and 1 internal. The external one is only for recent grads/<1 year of post-college exp and the internal one is only for high performing managers right before they hit the director level. I was honestly looking to improve my chances at an MBA as well as gain more well rounded industry knowledge through the different rotations. I should be able to hit manager in about a year or so with all the current changes happening in my group. Would you happen to know if applying to an MBA program at the manager level puts me at a disadvantage compared to a candidate who applies at the manager level after going through a FLDP?

    Maybe slightly, but on the flip side you have extremely good career progression, especially for not being a former FLDP. Are you planning on getting your MBA PT given your good progression, or are you planning to go a different way? Would you consider the internal program? That sounds pretty cool, I've never heard of anything like that.

  • da chief's picture

    GoIllini,

    First off, thanks for doing this.

    Is there any advice you'd give someone starting their first rotation or FLDP internship? Anything you wish you would have known before you started? I'm doing an FLDP internship this summer and will interview for the FT FLDP program towards the end.

    ILL

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    illini pride wrote:

    GoIllini,

    First off, thanks for doing this.

    Is there any advice you'd give someone starting their first rotation or FLDP internship? Anything you wish you would have known before you started? I'm doing an FLDP internship this summer and will interview for the FT FLDP program towards the end.

    ILL

    No problem!

    Yes, my advice is to kill it from the start. Just do the little things to stand out. Network with managers, stay later, ask questions, volunteer for projects, etc. Just look at what other interns and fldps are doing, and try to stand out from them. I naturally have an outgoing/social personality, so I stand out in that way, but I also work hard. If people like you, and you are a good/productive worker, you're going to do just fine.

    INI

  • D M's picture

    Can you give us an example of how an FLDPer was able to make him/herself stand out and be deemed a "high performer"?

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