When I decided to change my career and applied to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I didn’t know what to expect as we were going through the pandemic and the uncertainties associated with it. I was worried about managing classes in the online environment and other family responsibilities. As I reflect now on my experience as a first-year student, I am fortunate that I am in the A. C. Nielsen Center and have had the opportunity to learn from my peers, second years, professors, alumni, and the Executive Advisory Board. I am also grateful that the University gave us this flexibility in terms of online and in – person classes, and it alleviated some stress and challenges for me while transitioning to my new career.
First, it has been a tremendous learning curve for me, and I think I have already acquired some general business as well as Consumer Insights knowledge. Within my core classes I have been exposed to financial management, statistical analysis, and business strategy. However, I think that the most value came from our specialization classes, sessions with the Executive Advisory Board, and discussions with alumni and second-year students.
Second, career management services and training enabled me to enhance my interview skills and prepare me for an internship interview to land opportunities with top companies in the country.
Third, the A. C. Nielsen Center has already provided me with networking possibilities and connections with board members and alumni that will be so helpful in my future career.
Finally, as we are moving forward in our journey and getting closer to the end of the first semester, I am looking forward to specialization courses and to the new learnings and opportunities that the second semester will bring!