Duke - The Fuqua School of Business

Roxanna Goudarzi

Class of 2010

So far, my favorite part of the job is collaborating with people across the company...I really value this opportunity, especially having been exposed to all areas of business as part of the MMS program. Knowing about these other areas and how they connect helps me better understand my role in the company and allows me to do my best.

Talent Abounds at Fuqua Idol

Music is a big part of my life. I love to sing and perform, and I play the guitar and piano. The most memorable experience for me during the MMS program was Fuqua Idol. I auditioned and was selected as one of the acts. Our judges were professors. I performed a Dido song, "Life for Rent," and played guitar. The auditorium was full and everyone was cheering. Fuquans support each other, that was clear—and I didn't even know most of people who were there.

There are so many talented people at Fuqua; it was really fun to see. I almost forgot it was a competition, it was so fun—it was a true Fuqua event. I'm really glad I participated in it and hearing my classmates cheer me on made me proud to be a part of the program.

While in the MMS program, I also tried to take part in the many other events, like the Distinguished Speaker Series and student club events. But, it's impossible to do everything because you have to spend a lot of your time studying at Fuqua!

An Inside Look at Business

I tried to take advantage of all the career services offered. I had regular meetings with the career counselors, and I attended as many of the workshops as I could. But, some of the most valuable events were the corporate visits. I went to several in the Durham area including Burt's Bees and Cisco. I also went on the Career Exploration Trip to Washington, DC, where we visited Strayer University, the Washington Nationals, and Hargrove. 

It was really valuable to talk to employees, some of them Duke and Fuqua alumni, at the companies and see a day in their life. Because we went in small groups, we got a lot of time to hear about their experiences and see their work environment. We also had Q&A sessions where we could ask anything. It gave me a better sense of the professional world and how to be a successful businesswoman.

I was also impressed with how helpful the alumni were during the visits, and also when I contacted them personally. I reached out to many alumni during my job search, and they went above and beyond the call of duty to help out. They helped me to think outside the box and about other avenues I could take to gain marketing experience. At the same time, they helped me narrow my focus because I realized that certain functions and industries would not be a good fit for me.

Prepared to Succeed on the Job

Working in the marketing department at Queensboro, I have seen how valuable the MMS program has been for me. I didn't have the knowledge nor the skills to take on this job before I did the MMS program. Plus, I get so much more out of my job now that I have the education.

So far, my favorite part of the job is collaborating with people across the company including the rest of the marketing team, customer service, merchandising, the logo department, IT, and even top executives. I really value this opportunity, especially having been exposed to all areas of business as part of the MMS program. Knowing about these other areas and how they connect helps me better understand my role in the company and allows me to do my best. Also, it feels natural to work with a diverse group of people because I worked in a team environment at Fuqua.

Down the road, I'd eventually like to run my own business, maybe in the food and beverage industry. I like marketing, so I'm going to continue to focus on that and gain more experience. I'm also interested in green marketing, which I didn't even consider before the MMS program. My possibilities are wide open, partly because of the experience and knowledge I gained in the MMS program!