Sogeti Cohort Graduates the 2,000 Young Professional

April 3, 2014

The Ohio University College of Business marked the 2,000 participant through the Sogeti Young Professional Development Program on Fri., Mar. 28, 2014.  Several times a year, Sogeti, one of the world’s leading providers of IT consulting services, sends newly hired consultants from the Netherlands to Ohio University for three weeks of team building, project work, and skill building.  Graduates of the program emerge polished and ready for client interaction.

“The young professionals that go through this program are transformed into ‘client ready’ employees that learn skills that might otherwise take years to acquire on the job,” said Mike Snavely, director of curriculum content and academic technologies for the College of Business Graduate Programs. 

"It is inspiring to see how eager the young professionals are in learning and demonstrating new skills that they will need to be client-ready for Sogeti," said Bill Young, director of online MBA program and assistant professor of operations management.  "Not only has the program been transformative to so many young professionals, it has also changed the way I connect with my students in class as I prepare them for their professions." 

This is the 81st class of young professionals to come through the program.  In 1999 Ohio University partnered with Sogeti to design a curriculum and a program that would meet their business needs.

“We were looking for a [training] program that would be a differentiator,” said Piet Wybe Wagter, chief executive officer of Sogeti Netherlands. “After some research, we came to Ohio University and they [built] a program based on what we needed.”

According to William Lamb, associate dean for graduate programs in the College of Buisness, the experience over the last fifteen years benefited both Sogeti Netherlands and Ohio University. 

"I started teaching in the program recently. I've been pleased to see how nicely my involvement in the program dovetails with my work in my Ohio University classes," said Lamb. "My work at OHIO fuels what I'm able to do for the Sogeti Young Professionals. My time with the Young Professionals and coaches also recharges my industry perspective and helps me bring the real world into my courses."

The residential experience was a key for Sogeti’s leadership. Wagter told students during a celebration via SKYPE, “It’s very important for you to understand the American way of working and for you to be away from home so that you can be completely focused, work with people you like and don’t like, and gain new insights.”

For more information on continuing business education at Ohio University, visit cob.ohio.edu/mba. 


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