Student Voices

Katrina Graves, MBA'12

Katrina Graves

MBA'12
Assistant Marketing Manager, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.

"Why I chose the D'Amore-McKim MBA: Six-month residency was unique among MBA programs."


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Katrina blogged extensively about her experiences as a second-year MBA student at Northeastern in 2012. Dive into her archive for a powerful first-hand account.

Living the Northeastern MBA

Q: What skills did you build in the MBA program that you are applying at your current job?

A: There are two key skills that I built during my MBA program that I apply daily in my current position. The first is learning how to work on cross-functional teams, which I developed through the extensive amount of group work that is integrated into the program. The second is the base knowledge of business that I gathered through the core courses, that now allows me to hold my own on diverse teams.

Q: How has your MBA helped you at work?

A: The core courses of the D'Amore-McKim MBA program are extremely helpful when working in cross-functional teams, which I do every day. Not a day goes by where I am not in a meeting with individuals from operations, finance, procurement, legal, R&D, etc. as we strive to bring new products to market.

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

A: The main reason was the six-month corporate residency, which I found to be completely unique among MBA programs. The exceptional reputation and results provided by the Career Center, along with the International Field Study and location in Boston didn’t hurt either!

Q: What was the best thing about your corporate residency?

A: I completed my residency at GE Aviation. The best part was having the opportunity to work for one of the most well-known and respected companies in the world. Before the program I worked at a firm with just 12 people. To then transition to a corporation like GE was such a great learning experience. I was entrusted with actual projects and even presented my final results to management. GE is also an industry leader in employee development, and they extended that down to interns and corporate residents with amazing courses, facility tours, and weekly lunches with upper-level management.

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

A: While my courses were great and the student organizations very valuable, the biggest take-aways from my time as an MBA student at Northeastern were the teachings provided by the Career Center through Career Management courses, interview training, resume workshops and networking events. I know everyone talks about the power of networking but I had no idea what I was doing in that realm until I came to Northeastern.



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