Jennifer's Journey as the MDP Program Manager at Dell Technologies
Jennifer B. | Senior Manager, Project/Program Management | Dallas, Texas
How has Dell Technologies contributed to your success?
When I was job searching after I earned my MBA, I realized I still didn’t have a career. I knew a lot about business but had no direction on what “my business” should be. However, five years into my role at Dell, through a combination of great leaders, growth opportunities, and my desire to learn, I realized that I turned my job into a career. Dell gave me direction and focus, and I have loved how much I have accomplished and enjoyed throughout my career. I am now what I call “a Dell Lifer.” I’ll be here another couple of decades continuing my journey and making more great memories along the way!
How does MDP work, and what does a typical rotation look like for a member of the program?
The Marketing Development Program consists of four unique, six-month global marketing organizational rotations for recent graduates, supplemented by a structured curriculum centered around marketing, communications, and business operations.
There are two sides to being in MDP: The rotations and the curriculum. The rotations provide real, hands-on, on-the-job training allowing for learning four different parts of the Dell Marketing organization, networking and collaborating with different teams, and growing true Marketing skills along the way. The MDP curriculum provides a safe environment to learn core marketing skills and leadership soft skills as participants engage in a variety of stimulating and challenging assignments, MBA-type coursework, conferences, mentorship, performance feedback, and career planning.
Both sides of MDP contribute to the corporate success of our MDP Participants, but what contributes most to the longevity of our participants at Dell and low attrition is the bond they create with each other as they learn and grow together in their cohorts and their careers.
What are some of the benefits of joining the MDP?
The MDP provides a comprehensive understanding of Dell and the Global Marketing Organization and offers a wide breadth of career experiences in a short period of time. Personal and professional growth are key to the program including opportunities to enhance core marketing skills and soft skills, experience extensive professional career development, and opportunities to demonstrate and build leadership capabilities.
What advice would you give potential candidates who are interested in applying for the MDP?
My advice would be to have a great attitude - be humble and kind, but also be confident with a can-do attitude. As a recent grad and our future talent, you have a lot to offer so don't hesitate to bring your best self to the table. Also, have a learning mindset, be flexible and adaptable, and be ready to learn from any situation. These are character traits that should already be present in candidates, and with these traits, we will grow your marketing and leadership skills, so you are ready for a successful career at Dell!
To learn more about graduate programs at Dell, visit jobs.dell.com/graduates.
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