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 2016.
Episode 3: Kyle Coleman
Major: Dual Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Public Administration
Background: B.A. in Accounting, Finance, Economics and Information Technology
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kylebcoleman
Why an MBA?
After getting my bachelor’s degree I wanted to gain a higher level sense of the different aspects of business before I started working.
I got my undergraduate degree at Whitman. I really liked the people, faculty and staff so I wanted to stay here.
What have you gained from your time at Whitman?
I can now look at business problems in a more applicable format. I gained this skill through case studies rather than the task-based approach my undergraduate classes took. The case discussions in my courses helped me look at general business scenarios from different perspectives to most effectively analyze and solve them.
What is your most memorable moment from your time at Whitman?
I helped create a series of 5K races that started out for the Jim and Juli Boeheim Cancer Foundation and now help support the Ronald McDonald House here in Syracuse, New York. Every time I take part is very memorable.
I had an internship with American Express over the summer of 2015 as a data analyst. I was given the task of analyzing customer inquiry data to determine the sources of the inquiry growth for the purpose of improving their customer inquiry responses.
Are your goals or plans different since starting your MBA?
Yes, I would say that my goals are different. I came into the MBA program wanting to strictly study finance. However, after being exposed to data analysis and analytics in general, I have developed a curiosity and desire to applying both throughout my career.
What is your dream job?
To eventually own my own business…stay tuned.