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Student Spotlight: Ryan Doyoun Kim, Class of 2021


Born and raised in Incheon, South Korea, but spent half of my life in Seoul, South Korea

Undergraduate Institution & Major: Sungkyunkwan University,

Business Administration

Pre-MBA Work Experience:

BMW Group Korea for 7 years, specializing in customer experience and sales operations

How would you describe your first year of business school?​

At the beginning of the program, I found that my classmates were from totally different backgrounds and never imagined these people could work in harmony. But as time went by, I witnessed that Johnson students have a lot of similarities and now, I feel we are firmly connected as one big team. Johnson truly provides a balanced, fun and professional experience, leading me to successful first year in every aspect. One of my goals was to make life-long friends, and I succeeded to do so only after a year. My core team members were especially excellent and warm-hearted, and I’m so glad to have been a part of that great team!

What do you love about Johnson most?

Obviously, the people. All of my classmates are so talented and have such a strong passion for challenging themselves. Johnson’s tight-knit community is not just talk. Even when I didn’t realize I needed help, I got so many offers from second-year students and staff. I knew I would never be alone in anything I had to go through.

There are so many factors prospective students consider when choosing an MBA program. Being a member of Johnson gives me a sense of belonging to the world’s best group of people, rather than just being part of a highly ranked MBA program.

Where will you be doing your summer internship?

I will join the McKinsey Seoul office for strategy consulting.

What drew you to this company?

At a pre-MBA event, I interacted with McKinsey consultants and loved how much the firm cares about the impact they make on their clients and the society. My personal interest lies in social impact, and I found that McKinsey’s corporate values fit perfectly with this.

Also, I believe that maximizing resources always brings a better result. After talking to a couple of consultants, I was convinced that McKinsey’s “one firm culture” would allow me to access its strong global network and resources, enabling me to come up with the most competitive strategies for clients.

What drew you towards consulting?

During my seven years at BMW Group, I’ve observed that the automotive industry experienced new interactions with other business areas that people never imagined, and that this new phenomenon is happening in industries all over. Because of this, I thought learning how to solve general problems would be more important than being an expert in a specific area, and the consulting industry would be the perfect place to train as a generalist. In the future, I would like to focus more on supporting the growth of small and mid-size firms.

What are you most excited for with regards to your internship?

I’m so excited to work in totally different industries and provide solutions for clients from different perspectives. Many firms are facing a high level of uncertainty due to rapid technological improvements and threats such as the recent virus outbreak, and this increases the need for consulting services. Despite the short internship period, I hope to bring new thoughts and ideas to provide differentiated value to our clients.

Any other fun summer plans?

My first impression of Ithaca was that there was nothing to do in this town, but after a few months, I truly enjoyed discovering the beautiful places nearby. I have returned to Korea for the summer and I plan to visit local sites that I have never visited before. Additionally, I am looking forward to cooking for my family. COVID-19 gave me plenty of time to try different recipes like okonomiyaki (a savory Japanese pancake), and I would like to share a few of my successful dishes with my family.

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