M.S. in Commerce 2014 (Marketing & Management), University of Virginia
B.A. in Biology and Politics, Washington & Lee University
After: McKinsey & Co., Junior Specialist (Washington, DC)
Now: Atlantic 57, Associate Director Business Strategy and Operations (Washington, DC)
Leveraging science with business
As I have started my new career and met many interesting and intelligent coworkers, I’ve found that the depth and breadth of knowledge I now have, both related to business and my undergraduate studies, have been invaluable in today’s professional environment. The combination has afforded me the ability to look at a problem from many different angles and contexts and has allowed me to connect with people from various backgrounds.
Preparation for a job in consulting
The program gave me both the hard and soft skills needed to launch my consulting career. Without the program’s marketing analytics preparation, I simply would not have the skills to do the job I have now. In addition, McIntire’s emphasis on working in groups positioned me well to add instant value to my team from day one.
The value of Commerce Career Services
CCS helped me throughout the year, from connecting me with alums in industries I was interested in, to lending me quiet space in the office to sit for videoconference interviews. The staff was also a wonderful source for support and rallying morale in the face of setbacks, which was just as helpful as the more tactical assistance.
What makes the job great
I enjoy working with extremely bright, dedicated, and fun people. I find that my own work is elevated by the caliber of those around me, and being surrounded by so many interesting, smart, and diverse people is inspiring.
Advice for future students
Take classes such as Consulting to Management seriously, as there is much overlap between the internal training I’ve been through and the knowledge I gained in the classroom at McIntire. The level of real-world preparation at McIntire is high, and though our professors reinforced that with us, I’m just now realizing how true it is.
Importance of the Global Immersion Experience (GIE)
I actually started and completed two-thirds of my interview process for my first position while abroad on GIE, so, if nothing else, it was a good interview icebreaker at the time and provided ample material to use in my interviews. In my job now with coworkers from around the world, being able to talk about my GIE travels has helped me connect with them, personally and professionally. If you’re interested in a global company or a global career, GIE is an invaluable experience to have in your arsenal.
Most memorable GIE company visit
I went to Latin America. Seeing the Panama Canal Expansion project was absolutely breathtaking. It made me realize its massive scope and just how important the project is to both a growing country and international trade.
Most memorable cultural experience
The entire trip was chock full of them. Watching the Argentina national football team play a “friendly” before the World Cup started, hiking Machu Picchu, and skiing in the Andes take the cake. But even the little things—the way people of all ages and genders kiss each other on the cheek as a greeting in Argentina –made every day a memorable culture experience. It was great finding a corner steakhouse to join Argentines at 10:30 p.m. for dinner and equally as great trying guinea pig and corn beer in the Peruvian countryside. I could go on and on.
My biggest take-away was learning how to do high-quality work, both alone and with others, in a fast-paced, demanding environment. And how to have fun doing it.
Favorite Charlottesville activity
It’s too hard to pick one. Simply enjoying everything that the amazing place has to offer—running in the city’s beautiful surroundings, dining at its amazing restaurants, catching live music at the Southern or Jefferson, or posting up outside on the Michael’s patio and soaking in the Corner. And there’s nothing better than a Bodo’s run after a night out in the city.