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Bradley Shepherd, MBA '18

Bradley Shepherd

MBA'18, Finance Concentration

"Before starting the MBA program I had zero training. Now, I am equipped with useful skills like using a Bloomberg Terminal, financial modelling and investment analysis. I am now able to better understand the impact of financial and strategic decisions within publicly traded companies."


Q:What skills are you building that you will use in your future career?

A:The program has helped strengthen my analysis and strategy skills, as well as my general financial and business acumen.

Q:What do/did you do in your corporate residency? What are/were your responsibilities? How did your experiences prepare you for your future career?

A:I am currently working at IBM as a Senior Financial Analyst for my Corporate Residency. As a member of their GTM (go to market) Hybrid Cloud Team, I am reporting worldwide revenue trends, creating future budgets and supporting senior management to ensure that revenue targets are achievable within IBMs e-commerce cloud offerings. As a career changer, I do not have a financial background, so I am leveraging this experience to build new skills and to get out of my comfort zone while learning about a new aspect of a large company.

Q:What has been your most valuable experience so far at D’Amore-McKim?

A:The opportunities for networking and relationship-building have been extremely valuable. The staff and faculty make it very easy to meet and connect with many different people in a variety of industries and roles.

Q:Are you participating in any student clubs?

A:Participating in 360 Huntington Fund has deepened my knowledge of investment finance. Before starting the MBA program I had zero financial training. Now, I am equipped with useful skills like using a Bloomberg Terminal, financial modelling and investment analysis. I am now able to better understand the impact of financial and strategic decisions within publicly traded companies.

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:I think what’s most impressive to me about the MBA program is the new breadth of fields with which I have familiarity. While the opportunity to specialize in a specific field was certainly valuable, I credit the core curriculum for providing me a set of fundamental business skills that are applicable across any industry and job function. My biggest takeaway is the confidence I have in myself that I possess the necessary skills to grapple with practically any business challenge.

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

A:I chose D’Amore-McKim because of its strong relationships with corporate partners, the corporate residency program offered, and its location in the education capital of the USA.

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

A:I’d tell them first of all that if their preferred learning style is hands-on and experiential, this is a great fit. And I’d tell them, if they’re not sure what to do, come visit and sit in on a class. If at all possible, try to see a class you don’t think you’ll be interested in. This program has a magical way of taking topics that you wouldn’t expect to find interesting, and then making them engaging and compelling. I started off dreading the very concept of accounting, and it wound up being my favorite class. So come check out a class, talk to the students, and let that experience inform your decision.

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

A:D’Amore-McKim offers an ideal class size which lends itself to personal interaction with the professors, fantastic networking opportunities, and un-paralleled corporate residency opportunities.

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

A:In 5-10 years I see myself owning my own business and being a mentor to younger business professionals.


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