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Michelle Mandino

Michelle Mandino

MBA'18, Finance Concentration

"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."

Q:Where is your hometown?

A:Natick, MA

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

A:Finance, 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 at PwC in their Advisory practice starting in June.

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 am gaining financial acumen that will help me to evaluate business problems through a quantitative lens.

I have learned about the complexities of supply chain management which will allow me to understand the full operations of my next workplace.

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

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:Thus far, my biggest take-away has been 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 have gained new perspectives, I have learned new frameworks for organizing my thoughts, and I have practiced concisely articulating my ideas.

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

A:The most valuable experience I have had so far has been 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 6-month corporate residency. Also, I knew that companies would be more willing to take on an intern from a completely different career background for 6-months as opposed to a 2-month summer internship, as there’d 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; 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:In 5-10 years 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 will have the opportunity to test out this career path this summer during my corporate residency and know that I’ll gain more insights into where that career path could take me.

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