Tuesday, April 24, 2018

MSBA Class of 2018 Job Placement: Michael Morris

If you are a current senior or recent college graduate wondering if the MSBA program is right for you or how it can help enhance your undergraduate degree, keep reading!

Michael Morris, MSBA '18, has accepted a job as a a Junior Research Analyst at FRANdata in Arlington, VA. Below, Michael shares his experiences in the program, and how it helped him to find his career:

Q: Why did you choose the MSBA Program?

I chose the MSBA Program because I saw a disconnect between the business executives and the lab technicians at the labs that I interned for. I wanted to figure out if there was a way to bridge these two mindsets. When I received the offer from Prof. McHie to join the program, I showed it to my former supervisor, who was the head of the company I was interning at. He thought it was a good idea to gain these business skills and encouraged me to take the opportunity.

Q: What company will you be working for, and what will your title be?

I will be working at a company called FRANdata in Arlington, VA. My title is a Junior Research Analyst.

Q: How did you get interested in this type of work?

I always had an interest and proficiency for Data Analysis. The MSBA Program helped me understand how to apply this skill set to fields outside of the mainstream sciences.

Q: How did the Catholic U MSBA program help prepare you for this career path?

There are three main classes that helped prepare me for this particular job. Quantitative Analysis challenged me use to a lot of the excel programs that my job uses. Accounting helped me to read financial data and relevant formulas. Career Development aided me in preparing for interviews. The MSBA Program as a whole helped me prepare for this position by showing me that there are other fields that I can pay my skill set towards other than the sciences.

Q: Can you recall a favorite memory from the program?

Professors Seegers' shares stories in class to provide a practical example of what we are learning or just to tell a funny story. The way he relates these stories  make them particularly memorable.

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