What brought you to Kelley? I am from Lima, Peru. I have a degree in computer science from PUCP (Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru) university. Before enrolling in the Kelley MBA program, I had worked for several international organizations, in their subsidiaries in Lima. My work experiences have been always focused on data analytics and business intelligence areas. What brought me to Kelley was first and foremost the passion and the pride fellow alumni talked about their experiences at Kelley and what it means to be a Kelley MBA. When I had just been accepted into the MBA program, it called my the attention the emails, letters, and notes that I received, I felt that they really wanted me there, and to be honest I did not feel the same when I was accepted into other school’s MBA programs, that was very important to me. Furthermore, the prestige in Marketing that the school has as well as the focus that the school was giving the analytics major were also important decision factors (I knew from the beginning that those two would become my major). Moreover, Kelley’s values strongly resonate with me and my personality, especially being in a collaborative environment, always striving to excellence and becoming a better version of myself. Finally, the fact that it was a school that was in the top 25 in the US, relatively small classes, close faculty‐students relationships and how beautiful the campus and Bloomington are, were additional reasons to make up my mind.
Why did you decide to pursue the MBA/MSIS joint degree?
My decision to pursue an MBA was mainly to validate my business experience and solidify my career, however, I was not planning to completely switch my career, in fact I wanted to remain in the data analytics field, perhaps with a little more marketing-oriented profile. That is why the MBA/MSIS came to me as a surprise at first but it was exactly what I had been looking for, I knew the school work burden would be heavier than just doing the MBA, but after analyzing the situation I decided that the benefits of the program would greatly compensate the sacrifices to be made. I had already a background in IT, so I felt the program would bring me a reinforcement in areas I had already studied but were perhaps a little rusty. In addition, the program would benefit me in updating my knowledge in new technologies, practices, and frameworks. Furthermore, I saw it also as an opportunity to network with people in the tech industry, which was the sector I was planning to get into after finishing my master’s degree. Lastly, the possibility of getting a STEM degree was also very appealing to me since I was planning to remain in the Data Analytics field and in most cases these roles require are STEM-oriented.
What sticks out to you most about how the joint MBA/MSIS prepared you professionally for your current role?
What sticks out to me the most about how the joint MBA/MSIS prepared me for my current role is being able to understand how different technologies are coupled together to leverage business initiatives, whether it is to provide the organization flexibility, agility, efficiency or new capabilities in developing new products/services to their customers. The joint MBA/MSIS degree gave me the additional and necessary tools to speak both the IT technical and business languages to be able to become kind of the bridge between those two worlds, which is something actually several organizations are looking for in future employees.
Do you have any advice for students pursuing or considering pursuing the joint MBA/MSIS?
My main advice to the students pursuing the joint MBA/MSIS degree is to seize the moment, learn as much as you can and really grasp as much knowledge as you can from your MSIS professors, talk with them, share doubts and ask for advice. However, I would emphasize that they must also be sure of the roles they are pursuing and try to narrow those down in accordance with their experience and skills. They also should be strategic in the way they want to get those roles and prioritize what they need to focus on.