Q:Where is your hometown?

A:Natick, Massachusetts

Q:What did you study at the D'Amore-McKim School of Business and what is your graduation year?

A:MBA, Finance concentration, 2018

Q:What did you do in your corporate residency?

A:I worked at PwC in their advisory practice.

Q:What skills did you build at D'Amore-McKim that you used in your corporate residency or will use in your future career?

A:I gained financial acumen that will help me to evaluate business problems through a quantitative lens. I also learned about the complexities of supply chain management, which allowed me to understand the full operations of my workplace.

I have also refined my skills related to job seeking through fine-tuning my resume and LinkedIn profile, and I learned how to craft a compelling cover letter and prepared for all types of interview questions.

Q:What was the biggest take-away from working toward your MBA at Northeastern? What can you do today that you couldn't do before you started your MBA?

A:My biggest take-away was the importance of communicating ideas effectively. As a career changer, I came into this program hoping to learn the language of business so that I could turn my ideas into solutions that could be applied to the business world. Through readings, written assignments, class discussions, and conversations with professors, I gained new perspectives, learned new frameworks for organizing my thoughts, and practiced concisely articulating my ideas.

Q:What was your most valuable experience?

A:The most valuable experience was the interview practice gained through the corporate residency recruiting process. Throughout this process, I spent a significant amount of time outlining my answers to potential interview questions, I researched different businesses and business processes so I could be prepared for case-interview questions, and I participated in the mock interview sessions offered to us by the Graduate Career Center.

Q:Why did you choose D'Amore-McKim?

A:As a career changer, I knew that there was great value to being able to participate in the six-month corporate residency. Also, I knew that companies would be more willing to take on an intern from a completely different career background for six months as opposed to a two-month summer internship, there would be more time for me to get up to speed and add value.

Q:What would you say to a prospective student considering D'Amore-McKim for their business degree?

A:The Graduate Career Center is there to fully support you in your career search. The access that you are given to local executives through scheduled luncheons, weekly events on campus and at company sites, and guest speakers is incredible. You are assigned a career advisor who gets to know you very well, and you will be coached through your Corporate Residency search process from start to finish.

Q:Where do you see yourself in 5 – 10 years?

A:I hope to be working in a consulting role where I am able to help clients to find solutions to the business problems that they face. I had the opportunity to test out this career path during my corporate residency (which helped me) gain more insights into where that career path could take me.