Brandeis International Business School

Yao Long, MA’20: Data skills ‘exactly what my employer was looking for’

Yao LongWhy did you choose Brandeis International Business School?

Location was an important factor and Brandeis University is close to Boston, which I felt was a perfect city to start my career after graduation. The International Business School’s Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MA) program has an excellent reputation.

What were the highlights of your experience?

During my time at Brandeis, I made friends from all over the world and I know these friendships will continue long after graduation. Academically, I was happy there were so many different classes to choose from and the MA concentrations helped me learn what I wanted to focus on in my career. Events outside the classroom were also key — it was great to learn about some famous companies and talk with employees and alumni as part of the Industry Treks program. The staff at the Career Strategies and Engagement Center also helped me land two internships.

How did your Brandeis education help you obtain your current position?

My current job is at JP Morgan doing fund servicing analysis, which includes fund accounting, data analysis and other operational work. My concentration at the International Business School was data analytics, so I acquired useful skills in SQL and Python as well as Excel modeling, which is exactly what my employer was looking for.

What would you say to prospective students?

Brandeis International Business School is a great place to learn and grow. You should attend as many events as possible. You’ll quickly build close relationships with other students, the professors, staff and alumni from the business school and across Brandeis University.

Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance
Class of 2020

Job
Fund Servicing Analyst, JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Undergraduate degree
Sichuan University, Accounting

Home Country
China

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