Duke - The Fuqua School of Business

Ryan Drews

Class of 2013

I found myself practicing case interviews with at least a half dozen students, all of whom were applying to the same company. We knew that if we were all successful our program would be successful.

Bridging the Gap between Health Care and Business

Having a passion for health care, I always thought I would go into medicine. I had spent two summers as a research analyst for an oncologist and shadowed a number of physicians in a range of disciplines. I was also the trip leader for Boston College's global health care immersion program in Guatemala.  Luckily, before I took the next step of applying to medical school, I realized that being a physician was not for me. 

My brother was a Duke undergrad when MMS launched and he told me about the program. I was thrilled, because the degree would help bridge the gap between my potential and demonstrating value to employers while the breadth and depth of the business courses would expand my opportunities for landing the perfect job.

Learning the Art of Collaboration

When I was a pre-med student at Boston College, the competition was fierce and the environment pretty hostile. On the other hand, the MMS environment, and to a larger extent Fuqua, is much more collaborative. I found myself practicing case interviews with at least a half dozen students, all of whom were applying to the same company. We knew that if we were all successful our program would be successful. Now as a consultant, I'm expected to work in a team-based structure with 3-5 colleagues and thanks to the MMS program, I have easily made the transition.

Building My Personal Brand

I worked hard at building my resume and refining my interview skills and the Career Management Center helped me every step of the way. They provided resume writing workshops to give structure and depth to my resume, and paired me with a Fuqua grad to coach me in networking and interviewing.  This training made me a much stronger job candidate, built my confidence, and most importantly, taught me how to sell myself and stand out from others.

I have often heard that using your network is a great way to land a job. Through an MMS team member, I was able to connect with someone at Putnam Associates, the consultancy where I now work. I received a very candid perspective on the firm and what to expect if I worked there. 

How I Stand Apart

Earning my MMS degree was one of the best decisions I ever made. I found that with my undergraduate degree and another year of study, I was able to better align my interest in healthcare with a strong business background. Most of my colleagues at Putnam studied pure science, but I've realized that getting a strong foundation in business has been invaluable to me and the firm a move that has helped me stay one step ahead of the game.