MBA Reflections: Anila John ’17

In this “MBA Reflections” blog post series, we will be featuring the profile and thoughts of a select few Whitman MBA students graduating in May of 2017.

Anila John
Major: MBA – Marketing
Background: B.A. in economics and commerce
Hometown: Ludhiana, Punjab
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Why an MBA?
After working for over two years, I realized being knowledgeable in only my own field wasn’t enough. To be successful in any organization and work your way up the corporate ladder, it is important to gain insights into the science of management and its interdisciplinary connections, such as strategy, finance and operations. I decided to pursue an MBA because I wanted to not only learn as much as I could in the field of marketing, but also acquire the managerial acumen to be successful in my future job(s).

Why Whitman?
The experiential learning aspect of the program is what drew me to it. Whitman offers multiple courses that have allowed me to learn while problem-solving for actual companies.

What have you gained from your time at Whitman?
Other than the knowledge that I have gained from my professors, I have learned a lot from my classmates, who come from various countries. We also all come from different backgrounds, such as engineering, healthcare, advertising and the military. It is interesting to see how different people approach problems.

What is your most memorable moment from your time at Whitman?
It’s hard to think of one particular moment since almost all my weekends and Wednesdays are spent with my Whitman family! I have met people that I know I will keep in touch with for a long time to come.

I was part of the summer associate program at the NPD Group, a market research company in New York City. I am currently working remotely for the company as an associate analyst.

Are your goals or plans different since starting your MBA?
My goals are more defined from when I began my MBA. Instead of wanting to get a job in marketing, I now know that I initially want to begin with a role in analytics and then move forward into a brand management role.

What is your dream job?
My dream job would be in brand management for a music management company.


Alexander Straus