From Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
Prior to MIT Sloan’s Tech Trek to Seattle, I was only peripherally familiar with the city’s major tourist attractions, employers and weather patterns, so I was excited to see the city in person for the first time.
Having spent the previous four years in Denver, it sounded like a place with a similar urban lifestyle, access to the great outdoors, and tech community. As I am planning to transition from the energy sector to tech, I ultimately wanted to know if I could see myself relocating from Boston to the Pacific Northwest.
Making my way from the airport terminal to the Link light rail, I was admittedly surprised to see snow falling in Seattle. I wasn’t perturbed by the snow so much as the fact that I had only packed a raincoat for my week on the West Coast. Thankfully, the snow eventually turned to rain, but the rain continued for the entirety of our visit.
I was repeatedly assured, however, that the picturesque Seattle summer makes up for the remaining months’ ongoing precipitation.
We spent our first afternoon touring the Seattle sights — the Farmers Market, gum wall, Chihuly Museum — and began the trek the following morning.
Our agenda included visits to Tableau, Amazon, Disney Interactive and Microsoft. All of those companies had hosted MIT Sloan MBA students on past treks except for Tableau, which students had previously visited at its location in San Francisco. I was excited to see these companies’ campuses in person, get a sense of their cultures and learn about career opportunities for MBA students.