MQM: Business Analytics
My Program Track:
Why I Chose Fuqua
I was looking for programs where I could explore my passion for finance and develop a strong technical skillset without restricting myself to any one function or industry. I didn’t want a strictly technical program as I want to position myself at the intersection of data science and business. The MQM program was perfect for what I wanted.
I interned at United Bank for Africa in the finance and risk management departments. I also interned at ICEA Asset Management where I tracked micro and macro indicators for investment teams and conducted industrial research, due diligence, and financial analysis of potential investment opportunities.
I hope to work in finance, preferably in a role where I can use the range of technical and communication skills that I have developed during this program to derive actionable insights.
5 Tips for Maximizing Your Time at Fuqua
- Participate in Campout. Camping outside in the summer heat with your friends is a special experience plus you get the opportunity to buy discounted season tickets for Duke basketball.
- Join as many clubs as possible. This is the easiest way to meet fellow classmates, other Fuqua students, and share in your passion for activities or your intended industry.
- Attend Fuqua Fridays. This is a necessity for anyone at Fuqua. Besides the free food and drinks, this is also the best time to meet other students, alumni, and professors and it’s one of the best ways to start the weekend.
- Time management. There is so much to do academically, professionally, and personally, so knowing how to spend your time is critical. Just remember why you are here!
- Explore the Raleigh-Durham community. The Research Triangle has so many resources and opportunities, my personal favorites have been joining the Triangle Tableau User group and attending concerts in Raleigh.
My MQM Track
I chose the finance track because I wanted to develop the skillset to drive actionable insights around finance. In our courses, we explore the fundamental financial theories and models and how they are used in practice as well as adapting these models to new market conditions. We also study portfolio management and evaluate investment decisions across various asset classes.