M.S. in Commerce (Business Analytics) 2017, University of Virginia
B.S. in Economics 2016, Texas Christian University
After: Transfer Pricing Consultant at Deloitte (Dallas, TX)
Leveraging liberal arts with business
The M.S. in Commerce Program allowed me to focus my undergraduate Economics degree in one specific area. I was able to complement my more theoretical background with practical concepts that apply directly to my career.
Most memorable class
Although challenging, my most compelling class was “Strategy and Systems.” The course helped us understand how businesses operate and the complex issues they face today through case studies and hands-on projects. Our capstone project required us to collaborate with a real business to help it solve a current problem that allowed us to actually use the skills we had been learning all semester.
Value of Commerce Career Services
CCS was a great resource even before the program officially started. I was able to start communicating with CCS in the summer to discuss my future career goals. The staff provided invaluable advice about my career options, resume, and navigating the job search process.
A day in the life as a consultant
Each day is very different, depending on the types of projects I am staffed on and the stage of each project. Most of my time is spent on the economic analysis, during which we review data provided by the client and create an appropriate model. This analysis usually involves researching the business, industry, and any applicable regulations. Afterwards, we document our analysis in a technical report for the client.
Advice for a career in consulting
My advice would be to say yes to new experiences as much as you can. Saying yes will allow you to grow in your career by working on something different, meeting new people, and helping you discover what you do and do not like.
Most memorable Global Immersion Experience company visit in Latin America
My most memorable company visit was a flower farm outside of Bogota, Colombia. A large percentage of all cut flowers in the U.S. are sourced from Colombia every year. We were able to see firsthand the flower farm operations and discuss issues they face such as freight costs and logistics. I haven’t been able to look at supermarket flowers the same ever since.
Key takeaway from McIntire
Although it sounds cliché, my most valuable takeaway from my time at McIntire was the relationships I built. I do not currently live in the same city as any of my classmates, but I keep in touch with them regularly. It is great hearing about their careers after McIntire. Some of them have visited me in my city, and I even had the opportunity to travel with a former classmate to New Zealand a year after our program.
Favorite Charlottesville activity
My favorite activity was either hiking in Shenandoah or visiting one of the many wineries in the area.