Brandeis International Business School

Milos Becarevic, MSF’17: An entrepreneur and analyst at BlackRock

Milos BecarevicWhy did you choose Brandeis International Business School?

When I started researching universities, I saw that the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) at the International Business School was one of the top finance programs in the United States. I loved that Brandeis University was founded in the aftermath of World War II as an inclusive university with Jewish roots that fosters critical thinking. Coming from a political science background, I appreciated that social justice and inclusiveness were key to the university.

What surprised you the most at Brandeis?

When I started the application process, everyone was so helpful, accessible and organized that it seemed too good to be true. I also had the same experience throughout my time as a student and even as a graduate. Alumni can still rely on their professors, Career Coaches and other staff.

What was a highlight of your experience?

The Hassenfeld Immersion Program trip to Panama and Colombia was definitely the highlight of my time at Brandeis. The trip was a great mix of academics, culture and fun. Prof. Aldo Musacchio knew the region very well and introduced us to some of the leading government officials and businesspeople in top industries. Many of us formed much stronger bonds because of this trip. And I can’t say enough about the school’s advising staff and administration.

How did experiential learning at Brandeis prepare you for your career?

I interned at Discovery Inc., one of the world’s largest media companies, with their financial planning and analysis team at their then-headquarters near Washington, D.C. Brandeis provided me with relocation support and my Financial Modeling class gave me the practical skills that let me get a fast start with my role. After graduating, I got an offer to work there as a senior financial analyst.

What is your current professional role?

I work with BlackRock as an investment data analyst, providing analytical support for one of their financial technology tools related to alternative investments. My knowledge from the MSF program has allowed me to be agile and adaptive at such a large financial company.

In 2019, I also founded Equedu, an admissions consulting company aimed to promote equal access to the world’s top universities. At Brandeis, I helped found the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Club and learned that entrepreneurs often require a different mindset and use different skills than those working in the finance industry.

What should prospective students know about the International Business School?

Going to business school can definitely provide you with the knowledge and opportunities you need to succeed, but there’s a lot of individual hard work and nothing is simply given to you. This includes job applications, hours of networking, reaching out and constantly learning. There are many alumni whose successes seem amazing now, but a few years ago they were all sitting in the same chairs, going through the same challenges. The key is simply to work hard, remain agile and open-minded to new ideas, and be patient.

Master of Science in Finance
Class of 2017

Investment Data Analyst, BlackRock
Founder, Equedu

Undergraduate Degree
International Politics, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

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