Current Position: Business Analyst, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Previous University: Northeastern University
Undergraduate Degree: Psychology
Q: How has the Part-Time MBA program influenced your career plans?
A: My interests have evolved since I started the program. I’ve been interested in healthcare since I was an undergraduate student at Northeastern and I currently work at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, so I assumed a career in healthcare would be my future.
But since coming here for my MBA, I’ve discovered that I have much broader interests. My accounting class coursework reminded me how much I like math, and I definitely want to stay involved with information technology—I love data.
I may stay in healthcare, but by taking classes in accounting, finance, and international business, I’ve realized that I could find fulfillment in other fields as well.
Q: Has the MBA program helped you in other ways?
A: I’m known to be a quiet person. I’ve always been hesitant to voice my opinions because I’m afraid I might not have the perfect answer. But my goal is to become a manger who inspires and motivates other people, so I have to overcome that.
I chose Northeastern because I wanted a program that would break me out of my shell. This program emphasizes class participation and group projects, which has forced me to voice my opinions and make classroom presentations. As a result, I’ve become much more confident, and I’m proud of that.
Q: What attracted you to D’Amore-McKim?
A: My mentor at Dana Farber earned her MBA at Northeastern, and she is so self-assured, knowledgeable, and a great communicator. She told me that the program helped her become the professional she is today.
I also have more than 20 family members who have gone to Northeastern. My brother graduated three years ago with a degree in behavioral neuroscience and my father earned his master’s degree in scientific leadership, with a focus on project management, this year.
Since I had attended Northeastern as an undergraduate, I knew what a great job they do of molding and grooming students. Before I went on co-op, I took a course devoted specifically to professional skills, such as interviewing for a job, writing resumes, and handling yourself in the professional world. I felt so far ahead of my peers at other schools, and I knew that the MBA program would provide me with the same level of career services.
“The professors are engaging and bring unique perspectives to the classroom,” says Charles, “learning from the expertise of professors and the relevant course content has been most valuable.”
“If having a strong relationship with your advisors is important to you, D’Amore-McKim is a clear choice,” says Tan.
“Academics have always worked best for me when I can apply what I learn immediately. The day after a class, I can almost always apply what I’ve learned to something I’m doing at work.”