Student Voices

Dola Dhar

Dola Dhar

MBA'18, Supply Chain Management Track

"Come in with an open mind, meet new people and build genuine relationships with them, learn from the professors and make them lifelong resources, get involved in clubs and use them as a networking platform, which is the best way to get a genuine insight into the professional world that you may be targeting."


Q:Where is your hometown?

A:New Delhi, India

Q:What are you studying at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business and what is your graduation year?

A:MBA in supply chain management, 2018

Q:What do/did you do in your corporate residency? What are/were your responsibilities? How did you impact the business?

A:I will be working with Raytheon as a Graduate Supply Chain resident, focusing on supplier diversity in small business, and working with sub contract advisory team.

Q:What skills are you building at D’Amore-McKim that you are using in your corporate residency or will use in your future career?

A:I’ve developed interpersonal and leadership skills - the ability to understand others' perspectives, communicate effectively, and build meaningful relationships. The first year is so busy, that we are forced to develop our project management and time management skills. Because the business world is so uncertain, managing risk is an important skill to learn, and in this program I continue to learn that skill.

Q:What has been 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:Coming from a legal background I am used to looking at things in terms of black and white: what the rule says and how the facts align with the rule. The MBA program has enabled me to look beyond rules or what is already defined, and seek innovative solutions beyond the judgement of right or wrong in the traditional sense. The program has taught me that things are contextual and as business professional we should be able to understand and cater to the context quickly.

Q:What has been your most valuable experience so far?

A:Working in different teams during these semesters has enabled me to see how important it is to be a team player for the ultimate result of the project and learn the various skills it takes to not only work in a team but also lead a productive team.

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

A:6 months corporate residency. The ability to work in an MBA level job for the corporate residency was tremendous.

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

A:Come in with an open mind, meet new people and build genuine relationships with them, learn from the professors and make them lifelong resources, get involved in clubs and use them as a networking platform, which is the best way to get a genuine insight into the professional world that you may be targeting.

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

A:In a leadership development program with a big corporation, using my international work experience to build relationships between corporations of different countries.

Q:How has D’Amore-McKim helped you to become more?

A:As a mother of a 2 year old toddler, my time at as a student at D'Amore-McKim has been one of great learning of how to balance work and family. The program is challenging, and my urge to do better has helped me become more efficient as a mother and as a student. The program has even encouraged me to push myself further, and I founded the Graduate Consulting Club in January 2017. The support of the professors and staff has been tremendous and very encouraging.


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