Rachelle Ollee | July 24, 2019
As a native of Seattle, I never saw myself moving to South Bend, Ind. The idea of trading in my raincoat for an ankle-length parka (seriously, a game changer!) was not something I ever anticipated. But, a little under a year ago, I left a job at Amazon and moved more than 2,000 miles from the only place that I called home to attend the University of Notre Dame’s MBA program.
Admittedly, I was a career switcher, and I struggled to find my professional place. I had ideas of careers I wanted to try and I knew broad goals I wanted to achieve, but I was not sure of the right path to take.
Luckily, the Notre Dame MBA program offers a series of mini-panels designed for students like myself who want to explore a variety of different career options. These are called “Career Deep Dives” with topics ranging from marketing and general management to corporate finance, technology and consulting. I have always been interested in consulting, and after hearing various consultants talk about their experiences, I knew this is exactly what I wanted to do.
Eager to learn more about consulting, I got involved in the Consulting Club. Through the club, I learned invaluable tools for interviewing, and I started building a network of like-minded classmates. I became a champion for the Consulting Club where I was later elected as chief communications officer for the 2019-2020 academic year. It was in the Consulting Club where I saw the need to focus more heavily on my quantitative courses.
Although I enjoyed many of my quantitative classes during the first semester, two courses stood out as my favorites: Economics and Accounting. If you asked me during my undergraduate years about my favorite classes, those two would not have been on the list, but the professors at Notre Dame made the difference. Professor Jason Reed is by far one of the best professors I have ever had. His dedication to students is unmatched. Professor Reed used everything from podcasts to videos of game theory to explain concepts, and he made himself readily accessible to his students.
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