Year Graduated: 2009
Degree: Bachelor of Science - Economics
Favorite class at Michigan
Econ 422, Labor Economics. I really enjoyed learning about incentives in the labor market while I was job searching myself. And I would definitely recommend taking a class with Charlie Brown if you have the chance.
What’s your favorite thing to do in a typical day?
As a people person, I really enjoy working with other enthusiastic and intelligent people. Additionally, I appreciate being able to meaningfully contribute, as part of a team, analyzing the business issues I read about in the news. The academic culture at Cornerstone Research provides for challenging, thoughtful projects on a variety of collaborative, and often fun, case teams. Outside of work, I always look forward to dinner with friends and exploring San Francisco.
What’s the least favorite thing you do in a typical day?
As with any client-services firm, the work environment sometimes requires working under demanding deadlines. However, I enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, the flow of work is variable and everyone is very respectful of personal commitments.
How did you decide on this field? How did you get hired?
I first heard about economic consulting from one of my professors who thought I would enjoy being able to apply what I learned in my coursework at Michigan in my day-to-day work. I also knew I wanted to work in a field where I could develop my quantitative, problem-solving, and leadership skills. Economic consulting was a great fit because it provides the unique opportunity to work with leading academic and industry experts and analyze complex business issues. I applied to Cornerstone Research through the Career Center and landed the first of three rounds of interviews. I received an offer after flying out to interview in San Francisco.
How does your Michigan experience help you in your job?
My varied coursework at Michigan provided me with the analytical and problem-solving skills that I use and continue to develop daily as an Analyst at Cornerstone Research. However, I credit Michigan more with sparking my intellectual curiosity, fostering my outgoing personality, and creating long-lasting friendships and networks – all things that will continue to benefit my personal and professional development.
What are possible next steps for your career? Is another degree required or recommended?
I’m planning on getting my MBA after working for a few more years. Cornerstone Research is a great place to start a professional career as it exposes you to many different industries and fields. After developing research and leadership skills for 3-5 years, analysts at Cornerstone Research often pursue degrees at top business, law, PhD, and other graduate degree programs.
What do you wish you had known as an undergraduate preparing for your career?
There is such a variety of places you can go with a Michigan diploma and I encourage you to talk to your professors, advisors, classmates, alumni, family and friends to explore all possibilities. Michigan has so many great clubs, organizations, and other resources to help prepare you for a successful career wherever your interests lie. I wish I would have taken advantage of more of these opportunities while in school.
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