My short-term post-MBA goal is to become an investment banking associate focusing on Latin American or Emerging Markets at a financial services company such as JP Morgan or Wells Fargo or, thus enhancing my analytical, financial and regional knowledge.
Doing so will help prepare me for my longer-term goal, which is joining the family home-finishing business in Venezuela, initially in the financial department, and helping to expand it throughout Latin America. By joining the business in my area of expertise, I will be able to learn the ins and outs of the market directly from my father, eventually running the company, opening locations throughout the continent, and achieving stable growth.
By joining a financial services firm post-MBA, I will also be hedging against the possibility of Venezuela taking a turn for the worse by preparing alternative career options in the US.
The financial, analytical and managerial skills I developed during my time at Smart Capital and now at Clal Industries have prepared me to maximize my MBA experience and achieve my goals. Namely, at Smart Capital I worked extensively in the financial analytics department, while my knowledge of the company’s processes and my contributions to its growth from 4 to over 100 employees eventually earned me a position as operations manager.
Consulting and observing my father’s business success led me to realize that I must develop and improve my own negotiation, sales and presentation skills, as well as my knowledge of the retail industry. I, therefore, joined Clal Industries as Executive Assistant to the CEO. Here, I am gaining first-hand exposure to how business is done at the highest level in many industries and regions.
The uniquely customizable Emory MBA will provide the perfect blend of theoretical and practical business that will best prepare me to achieve my goals.