Name: Christine Silva
Year of Graduation: 2015 (December)
Previous Education (degree and institution): BBA, Pace University
Current Employer and Position: Accounting Manager, Belimo Air Controls (USA), Inc.
Tell us about your work history before Marist, including years of experience, industry, companies, and positions:
BDO (Public Accounting firm ) – staff accountant, (2 years)
Oxford Instruments – Accountant (5 years)
Belimo – Accountant (1.5 years)
Belimo – Accounting Manager (9 years)
What are your career goals? My short term goal is to use the knowledge I received in a positive way around the office. I’d like to contribute more and showcase my new skills. If I stay at my current company, I hope to help grow the department and enter into a different role or have one created for me.
Why did you choose to pursue your degree at Marist: I’d like to be considered for upper-level positions at my company, as well as be prepared for a new position at another company if I decide to go that route. I feel that, especially in finance, an upper-level position is not obtainable without a higher degree. Marist has a solid reputation for their MBA and online learning.
Tell us about a project or course that was particularly meaningful to your professional development: My final project was a paper on a company of my own choosing, describing it’s financial status and projected future, along with recommendations for the company’s future success. I was able to dig in deep to all aspects of a company and make a solid recommendation that one can only make after a considerable amount of research. I was able to conduct executive interviews that normally would not have been available to me.
How has a degree from Marist and your course work enhanced your career: Getting my MBA through Marist College allows me to be better prepared for what may come my way in the future. It allowed me to be a more positive role model for the working women around me, and more importantly, for my daughter. Although I had to sacrifice time with her for school work, she saw how hard I worked. She saw the struggles first hand, but also saw me overcome the struggles.
What advice would you give to a student considering pursuing their master’s degree at Marist: I think it is a great program and have already recommended it to several colleagues. The flexibility of the online program allows the student to set aside the time that works best for her/him. The quality of the master’s program and the instructors show a deep understanding and concern for everyone’s goals.
If you took an online class or had online learning as part of a regular course, tell us about your experiences – any tips or suggestions to pass along to future students? The online classes were a really great experience and like any experience, it is what you make of it. I feel that online learning is positive and should be encouraged. Like many of my classmates, we are at a point in our lives where we already have a career and a family and pursuing an MBA in a traditional classroom environment isn't always possible. Online learning allowed me to work on projects at any time, and read over lecture notes when it was good for me.
Profile Tags:Profile Type: Alumni
Major: Business Administration
Academic School: Management