Student Voices

Andrea Ornelas

Benoit Colrat

MIM 2016

Q: What skills are you building in the D'Amore-McKim MIM program that you will use in your future career?

A: Strongly motivated by my passion for technology and digital trends, I aspire to work on topics where technology and product come together to greatly improve the experience of users. The program helps me acquire the skills to innovate in business in order to boost growth for the organization while respecting the environment and communities.
In addition to new concepts and theory, the D'Amore-McKim MIM program helps me further develop my analytical and problem-solving skills through practical situations, course content and classes. We also regularly receive direct insights and solutions to real business problems from personal experiences of speakers invited to classes.
Following this program also provides a great deal of intercultural management skills as you study in two different countries and constantly work on projects in an environment promoting a strong diversity.

Q: What would you say to a colleague considering enrolling in the MIM program?

A: I would say that it is a great program because of the variety of skills that you can learn. It provides a strong basis on which you can build through corporate training and experience at your company. Furthermore, the generalist nature of the MIM program ensures that you don't close any doors in regards to employment opportunities, enabling you to really choose a company you feel connected to rather than based on the type of master's degree you have.

The career development facilities and services are also a great plus in my opinion. They also really provide you with a hands-on approach and offer a vast array of workshops to ensure that you get that first job but also to help you learn about yourself and grow, even after getting employed.

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

A: Since high-school I have been intrigued by the American business and entrepreneurial spirit, especially towards innovation and technology. Choosing the D'Amore-McKim MIM program was for me an opportunity to witness it first hand. For me this was a great way to complement my European academic experience.

Moreover I selected the D'Amore-McKim MIM program because of the possibilities it offers to further inspire you through the numerous conferences, networking events, and exciting project opportunities.

I would give as examples the IDEA startup incubator and the support it provides to students as well as the keynote with the co-founder of Kickstarter, Perry Chen or the Presidential Series events where I could learn more about the future of dating with OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder.

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

A: Definitely working in or with emerging markets as I find the opportunities they present fascinating. They are integral to the future of our planet, whether it be for the markets they represent or the environmental and societal challenges they are tackling.  Being an avid inter-cultural explorer and fortunate enough to have lived in several countries in my life, I would like to be able to use my inter-cultural sensitivity and open-mindedness in conjunction with my international management education.