Explain how the Desautels Master of Management in Analytics program will help you achieve your professional goals. 500 words
• I believe the Master’s in Management in Analytics (MMA) Program will hone my business and technical skills. I have always been interested in the business aspect, and by developing core technical skills, I will be able to possess essential tools that can bring planned projects to life. The MMA curriculum touches on three key disciplines – statistics, technology, and business strategy – called the “three pillars” The program provides a balance between the three pillars that can help me broaden my skills, perspectives, and opportunities. As Professor Shoaib Hossain said, “it is a perfect blend of skills”. One of my goals is to fully understand the front- and back-end of business operations, and the Desautels MMA curriculum can assist in achieving this goal. I am specifically interested in financial services and consumer product services. However, as we are entering the fourth industrial revolution and facing a pandemic, it is becoming necessary to be familiar with as many industries as possible, in this case it would be beneficial to tap into the technology and healthcare sectors. While the three pillars are the fundamentals, MMA also offers complimentary courses, which would help me build on that foundation and present an opportunity to explore particular areas of interest.
• The most exciting part of the program is the Experiential Learning Module. With the analytics skills and business knowledge that I will gain from the MMA program, I will be able to assist companies in the future in making strategic decisions impacting their top and bottom lines. It is especially rewarding as we get to apply the skills we will learn in the classroom in a practical setting through real client projects. The experiential learning module helps us become comfortable in the field before setting foot into the job market. The hands-on approach is by far considered the most valuable in implementing and showcasing your skills. Thus, the program will train me to continuously learn new techniques, find innovative solutions, and develop new business insights that can help businesses thrive. Consequently, another goal of mine is to direct businesses to adopt sustainability practices in a cost-effective approach, which will potentially benefit the community. Fortunately, the capstone projects offered by the program come in various forms – community projects, corporate projects, and philanthropic projects. The fact that the capstone projects touch on different entities with different common interests and specialties allows me to gain exposure to all three fields. The yearlong corporate capstone can help me achieve the goal of understanding the front- and back-end of business operations. While the community and philanthropic projects can help achieve my ultimate goal of giving back to the community. The MMA program introduced a new initiative called “MMA Gives”, which is essentially a philanthropic project. Participating in “MMA Gives” will be a major milestone towards my goals. It will allow me to help small and medium-sized businesses during this unprecedented time (goal of refining business strategy and rebuilding operation in the hopes of directing businesses to a more sustainable and cost-effective approach, thereby creating a positive community impact).
• The Desautels Faculty of Management is renowned for its talented and knowledgeable instructors. In addition to that, I appreciate the diverse faculty members. Having lived in India, Australia, and the United States, I have come to put a great importance on diversity because it has made me more open to new ideas and perspectives. I take pride in my global experience because I have become adaptable to various situations. Moreover, the MMA program will allow me to get acquainted with its diverse faculty, enhancing my networking web. I want to build meaningful connections with professors in the MMA program because it is through their help that I can learn, enhance, and improve. Nadiem Makarim is an inspiration for me. He is an Indonesian entrepreneur who obtained his degree abroad and worked abroad until he decided to give back to his community and formed Gojek, a multi-service platform and digital payment technology. Today, Gojek operates in various countries, gaining a world recognition. Just like him, I intend to bring back all the knowledge, software, and tools I learned from the MMA program to Indonesia, my home county. In 6 years, my goal is to join a tech start-up in Indonesia and utilize my skillsets to add value and disperse my knowledge. The benefit of building meaningful connection is that you can go back to them when you need a different perspective or guidance. I will be able to use my connections from the MMA program to strengthen the technology industry in Indonesia. Lastly, with my experience and knowledge, I want to mentor Indonesian youths to become robust future leaders.