About Sascha

Hometown: Landstuhl, Germany
Previous University: Northeastern University
Undergraduate Degree: Finance and Accounting Management, minor – Information Technology

Q: Why did you decide to get an MS in Business Analytics?

A: While I was working in Revenue, Accounting and Controls at MathWorks, I handled a lot of data that needed to be interpreted to make crucial business decisions. I was oftentimes unsure of how to apply it or transform it into useful information. This experience made me realize that in order to excel in the finance industry, I needed to equip myself with data tools and techniques used to solve current business problems.

As a Northeastern undergrad, I had first-hand experience of the academic excellence that the university is known for. From the people to the professors, I had a great experience while I was here, so I knew it was the right choice to help me accomplish my graduate education goals as well. The Double Husky Scholarship also provided financial help and made the decision that much easier.

Q: Why is understanding analytics important today?

A: Data is so prominent today because the world is increasingly embracing technology. To stay relevant in business, it's important to learn applicable skills that'll promote your understanding of data, so you can manipulate it to be useful. Knowledge of business analytics provides me with the opportunity to seamlessly transition into various business roles.

I would love to work in operations because I'm interested in solving performance- and process-related issues in a company. I'm grateful to be learning about data and analytics from this program, so I'm prepared for the future as a business analyst.

Q: How has your program prepared you transform data into a powerful and predictive asset?

A: From this program, I've learned coding tools and technology, which have improved my knowledge of data visualization and transformation. These are invaluable skills needed to succeed as a business analyst in an operations role. I will be able to utilize the knowledge I gained in this program to improve business processes and drive crucial business decisions.

Q: What advice would you share with future students?

A: I would recommend the D'Amore-McKim MS in Business Analytics program to anyone considering it. It's a very flexible and structured program. Within a relatively short amount of time, students get to learn a lot about business analytics and how to navigate their various fields with relevant data skills and tools. The professors here are also engaging; they're knowledgeable about business and data analytics and that prepares you to become a leader in your field.

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