Master’s in Business Analytics ’19
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Current Job Title: Applications Developer
Hobbies: Skiing, running, rock climbing, backpacking and hiking
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What advice do you have for prospective students?
To perform great analytics, it starts with business domain knowledge. You have to understand the business thoroughly, as well as the problems the business faces, before jumping into the data. Ultimately, predictive modeling is about 10% of the task, so don’t jump right into the data. You must understand every aspect of the business first.
If you could tell your past-self one thing before you started grad school, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Business is about relationships. If you’re going to be an effective leader, you have to be able to work with and understand many, many types of people. This is a skill that takes practice.
Tell us about an “Ah-ha” moment where you put to use what you learned in the classroom.
During the first day of classes, we talked about the life-cycle of business data. It starts from sourcing data, storing/cleaning data, and then reporting/sharing that data. I took one look and said, “Wait a minute, that’s exactly what my job is”. My first course put into context everything I was already doing all day long, but now I understand what the point was. I learned how to effectively talk about it and to improve what I was doing.
What are some of your favorite things to do in or around Denver?
Denver has great access to hiking and trail running year-round, and the ski season never seems to end. I also love the mountains, Cheesman Park, Colfax and the plethora of concert venues, especially Red Rocks.
What were you looking for in a business school?
I wanted the opportunity to validate and improve upon my current skills. My job revolves around financial software systems, so a business degree with a somewhat-technical focus fits perfectly. In addition, the statistics and predictive analytics in the Business Analytics program are cutting edge, and completely new to me. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed gaining that additional experience and already know that it will pay dividends in my future.
Why did you choose Daniels for your graduate degree?
I chose DU because it’s a quality education in a beautiful place. The Business Analytics program at Daniels caught my eye after several coworkers suggested it. The number one thing they praised was the faculty. Daniels has absolutely delivered on that praise – working with the faculty has been the best part. Every faculty member has a ton of experience in analytics and information systems.
What has surprised you most about business school?
The people, both faculty and students. I always thought graduate school is where people go to hide from the real world, but at least in the Business Analytics program, everyone contributes something great to the program. All of the students come from a diverse background, but we find commonality in our interests in Business Analytics and technology.
How has Daniels prepared you to be market-ready?
The job opportunities related to data analytics are limitless. My resume will always stand out in a pile because I have both relevant work experience in the field paired with a top-notch degree.
How have you evolved as a leader during your time at Daniels?
I’ve absolutely evolved as a leader. The Business Analytics program gave me a formal education and vocabulary to use in my day job. I became much more confident having conversations about our financial systems and processes. I became a more valuable asset really quickly; in fact, I was promoted from a junior-level developer to a mid-level developer, largely related to my expanded skill set.