Maikel Mikaiel is a sophomore pursuing a degree in supply chain management with a collateral in international business. Mikaiel is interested in working in global supply chain. His desire to pursue this objective has only been increased by his current experience studying abroad in London with the Greg and Lisa Smith Global Leadership Scholars as well as his upcoming internship at Caterpillar this summer. One of his career goals is to be a successful supply chain manager for a Fortune 100 company and to work in a foreign country due to his desire to experience and learn about new cultures.
“A career in global supply chain will give me an opportunity to understand different perspectives and will assist me in developing skills to conduct business globally,” says Mikaiel.
One of the unique identifiers of the Haslam College of Business, Mikaiel says, is that its faculty and staff go beyond teaching basic business strategy and ensure that students are equipped for many areas of the business world, including leadership skills.
“In classes and through organizations within the Haslam College of Business, I have learned essential business concepts while improving my leadership, teamwork, communication and management skills,” says Mikaiel. “Furthermore, I have learned to network, connect and build personal relationships. For example, last semester I was able to land an internship with Caterpillar through the Supply Chain Management Forum, a networking event hosted by the college and department.”
Mikaiel is grateful for the support from alumni and donors that make the opportunities for growth in both his education and in experiential learning possible.
“Without financial aid and scholarships, I would have not been able to attend the University of Tennessee,” Mikaiel says. “Donors and alumni from the Haslam College of Business have worked hard and given generously to support scholarships for students like me, and, as a result, I was able to afford college. Without financial aid, I would have missed out on an amazing new experience, and I would not be able to afford studying abroad.”
While Mikaiel feels fully involved in the University of Tennessee community through the investment by the students, faculty and staff in the school and in school spirit, the Smith Global Leadership Scholars is where he has found his home.
“Our GLS faculty and staff have made a lasting impact on me,” he says. “Dr. Mark Moon and Ryessia Jones Russell gave me an excellent opportunity by selecting me to be in the program. They have provided me with wisdom and encouraged me to be the best person I can be.”
Mikaiel credits the supply chain faculty for the department’s success and for its desire to push its students toward great things.
“Cole Burns has made a lasting impact on me,” Mikaiel says. “He has helped me learn about a career in supply chain and how to approach finding internships and career opportunities.”
His favorite thing about the Haslam College of Business is the Smith Global Leadership Scholars program.
“Being in this honors program, I have learned to step outside my comfort zone and to challenge myself by participating in program events,” he says. “I am also learning to develop a global mindset and understand different ideas and perspectives."
Mikaiel hopes that future Haslam College of Business students take advantage of the current opportunities offered to get involved. He also hopes they have additional opportunities to interact with employers through classes like BUAD 100 - BUAD 400.
“I hope for more on-campus events with employers and more site visits for students who express interest,” he says. “I also hope future HCB students have more networking events with UT HCB alumni. We need our alumni involved in our education to help us see what lies ahead. This would be a great opportunity to learn from someone who was in your position and to visualize what your future could be like with hard work and dedication.”