Recently, a group of MBA students had the privilege of visiting the Delta World Headquarters in Atlanta, GA. The Auburn University Harbert College of Business has strong alumni connections with Delta, and the Delta team is always happy to welcome Auburn students.
Upon arrival, we were given a tour of Delta’s “mission control”, where logistics, flight planning, and even their own team of meteorologists reside. We then had the opportunity to listen to and question an esteemed panel of executives, including Auburn Alumni and current Delta Chief Financial Office Paul Jacobsen, about a variety of issues concerning the airline industry. We were then joined by Auburn alumni who are current Delta employees for a networking lunch, allowing the MBA students to learn about the vast array of potential career paths that Delta offers. Our group was treated to a series of afternoon sessions concerning fuel hedging, cargo transport, and finance. These sessions allowed us to apply knowledge learned in the classroom to real world situations. We were even given a tour of Delta’s very own trading floor, a much smaller version than that found at the New York Stock Exchange. Before concluding the visit, Paul Jacobsen joined us to answer our questions, as well as to give us life advice. Mr. Jacobsen was both candid and engaging, encouraging us to truly consider a career in the airline industry, particularly Delta. He ended his time by sharing with us how grateful he was to be an Auburn man. He reiterated that his time at the university not only taught him the value of hard work, but instilled within him a strong sense of responsibility. Mr. Jacobsen is the true embodiment of a successful and hardworking Auburn man, and the MBA students were extremely thankful to garner his insight not only into the airline industry but also into his time spent at Auburn. Regardless of our industry interest, this is something we can all take to heart.
Graduate Research Assistant
Raymond J. Harbert College of Business