I decided to get my MBA because I wanted more technical skill that I could apply
to business. Learning statistics and various statistical methodologies in a programming
language bolstered my resume. I chose CSUSM because it was convenient, priced competitively,
offered a specialization, and I was familiar with the great teaching quality that
I experienced in the undergraduate program at CSUSM.
Since graduating, I was hired as a Data Analyst for a financial services company. I
work for Rivo Holdings, a financial services company. Rivo Holdings manages large
portfolios for lending. Rivo resides in downtown San Diego and employs near 200 people.
Tell us about your role?
I have recently received both a bonus and a promotion to Data Analyst where I responsible
for creating insightful analytics for decision making and creating automation for
certain tasks. My favorite part about my role is the opportunity for impact in the
decision making of the company and the development of the analytics team. The company
is at a point in its growth that it is building an analytics force and I was fortunate
enough to be the first studied Data Analyst for the company—allowing for a lot of
I aspire to be in a leadership role at some point for the company offers a lot of
opportunity for career development. I have gotten the opportunity to work closely
with manager across nearly all departments and I have learned a lot through their
managerial styles including: a view that human-capital is the essential driving force
for company performance.
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Do you have any advice for students or alumni?
My advice for students is to take advantage of the incredible teaching quality—set
appointments with professors, ask questions, do whatever is necessary to extract knowledge
from the professors that is beyond the scope of the class. As mentioned above, automation
was not something within the scope of the program, but it was a topic I questioned
some professors with because it seemed like a valuable skill in programming for a
business alongside analytics. Automation was a skill that ended up on my resume and
played a large part in getting hired.
What is your favorite memory from CSUSM MBA?
My favorite memory from the CSUSM MBA is a toss-up between the office-hour appointments,
some extending multiple hours, where I learned fascinating topics from the professors
beyond the scope of the program, or, the dining events held periodically. There was
great food at the dining events and it was fun to relax and have a beer with fellow
classmates and the professors.