Current title/organization: Financial Analyst, Duke University
Q: Why did you choose the NC State Jenkins MBA program for your graduate education?
A: One of the things that popped out to me is the real world experience that you receive through NC State. You do not just get an education, you get to add to your skillset and learn through actual projects.
Q: How did your experience in the program contribute to your professional achievements and successes?
A: I had the opportunity to find my passion through this program. I originally wanted to pursue supply chain, but the more involved I became in the classes, the more I discovered my strengths. I was able to actively pursue these strengths and turn them into a viable career. I took two practicum courses: one in supply chain and one in data analysis. This gave me the opportunity to learn how to sift through data and actually make a difference to the business/company. In the data analysis practicum, I went on to win best value in the TUN data challenge, but what is even more meaningful is that I had the opportunity to use data to help people and provide information to help raise money for a good cause. Today, I no longer work in Supply Chain, but I am a Financial Analyst for Duke University. I am doing what I love and that would not have been possible without NC State and this MBA program.
Q: What did you enjoy most about your time in the Jenkins MBA program?
A: The thing I loved the most about this program was that I felt like I was part of a community. I had like minded people in class, the instructors were there to help and the advisors actually listened and helped me. I was able to get involved in a number of different activities such as the McLaughlin Leadership Series, the PMBA Delegates and working with the career coaches. There were so many valuable tools to use and a community to help you use them.
Q: What do you miss most now that you have graduated?
A: I miss learning and I miss the connection that I used to feel. It may be because I have a busy schedule now and do not have the time to be as involved as I was.
Q: What advice do you have for prospective Jenkins MBA students?
A: Explore all classes and take advantage of every opportunity you have. Get involved and just show up! You may discover people that can help you, a passion that you never knew you had or an avenue to get you where you want to go.
Q: What do you believe is your most interesting accomplishment since graduation?
A: Landing my dream job! I never knew that a position like this existed and one of the reasons they considered me is because I have my MBA.