1. What would you say to a colleague considering enrolling in MIM?
To those considering enrolling in the MIM program, I say, “Go for it!” Not only is it a valuable degree for the field of management, but many of the people I’ve mentioned it to, whether friends or in an interview, are caught off guard by the international element. It is something interesting, different and only a one-year program. What could be better?
2. Why did you choose the D’Amore-McKim study track?
I chose the D’More-McKim study track because I know I want my first job after graduation to be in the United States. In my final year of the BSIB (Bachelor of Science in International Business) program at Northeastern last year, I was located in Madrid, Spain, making it difficult to land second or third round interviews. The D’More-McKim study track not only physically puts me in a position where I can attend interviews throughout the Northeast, it also provides me with a degree from a university with a very strong reputation in the region as well in throughout the country.
3. What was the best thing about your MIM experience?
The best part about my MIM experience was the variety of classes offered at both institutions. Since I started the program directly after finishing my undergraduate degree, I was expecting an overlap between the material I studied in my final year of college and the MIM program. Instead, I got to take a wide variety of courses; all focused more on interactive cases and specific international issues, forcing us to really use what we learned from our previous courses and from our professional experience. From supply chain to innovation to global leadership courses, the topics were extremely interesting and will be valuable as I begin work after graduation.
4. What was your biggest take-away from earning your MIM at Northeastern?
These days, graduate school has a bit of a negative reputation. It’s more about making the sacrifice to do full-time for two years directly after college or making the sacrifice to do night classes for years while simultaneously working a full-time job. The MIM program doesn’t fit into either of these categories! Not only do you get the opportunity to take a challenging course load, you get to study in two different countries and still graduate in one, academic year. There is no reason graduate school has to feel like a chore and, for me, the MIM program was the perfect mix of international opportunities and challenging, yet rewarding, schoolwork that made the program 100% worthwhile.
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
In 5-10 years I see myself in a strategy or strategic marketing role at a multinational company. Ideally I would have already had, or will soon be having, the opportunity to live and work abroad. Up until now, I’ve always lived abroad in a country where I spoke the language (Spain and Mexico), so I hope the next international opportunity I get challenges me to learn a new language as well.