What do you do in your current job/what are your responsibilities?
A: I am a Financial Analyst at Euro-Pro, creator of the Shark and Ninja brands. In
this role, I work predominately with the infomercial and digital teams, analyzing
the profitability of product add-ons (such as cookbooks or vacuum accessories).
For example, a free shipping offer, even though it decreases per-unit profit, might
increase sales enough to justify the change. I also work with our supply chain
team to examine how trends in upsell purchases will affect future weeks of
Q: What skills did you build in the D'Amore-McKim MBA that you are applying at your
A: My current position emphasizes analyzing data to drive business decisions.
Working on business cases helped develop my ability to approach abstract issues
with creative solutions. It also increased my comfort level with making estimates.
OTen, I do not have the exact number that I need for a model, but I can come up
with an approximation with rationale.
Q: What would you say to a colleague considering enrolling in the Corporate Finance concentration?
A: Honestly, it depends on the colleague’s role, expectations, and goals for career
growth. I was new to finance coming in to the program, and I built a solid
foundation to shift into a financial role.
Q: Why did you choose the D'Amore-McKim MBA?
A: As a career-changer, the opportunity to complete a 6-month Corporate
Residency was extremely important to me. I was also impressed with the
commitment of the Career Services department to host networking events and
lunches with business professionals. I wanted as much information as possible
about various industries and professions to make the right decision for my next
career move. Part of this is the relatively small cohort size at Northeastern, which
enables the Career Center to get to know each individual’s goals.
Q: What was the best thing about your Corporate Residency?
A: The best thing about my Corporate Residency was gaining confidence that a
financial analyst role was a great fit for me. In interviews for full-time positions, I
was able to clearly articulate the type of projects I enjoyed in the past and the
type of projects that I was looking to undertake in my next position. In my
Residency, I also worked on a number of abstract, independent projects, which
improved my ability to interpret and present data, as well as significantly
improved my Excel skills.
Q: What was your biggest take-away from earning your MBA at Northeastern?
A: I entered the Full-Time MBA program as a career-changer, and an advantage of
the program that I hadn’t fully understood before being on campus was the core
MBA classes: supply chain, operations, marketing, and information systems. Understanding the way various teams within an organization
approach problem solving has been extremely beneficial. In my current role, I am
starting to work with the supply chain team. The curriculum in the core MBA
gave me a strong understanding of the basic metrics that are relevant to the
team so I’m able to deliver starting on day one.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: I enjoy my current role, especially working in the consumer goods industry, and
in 5–10 years I hope to be leading a team in a management role.
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