JIM SEVER: A graduate of the College of William and Mary from Washington, D.C.
WHY OREGON? I viewed the Oregon M.B.A. as the best small program in the country. The individualized attention from professors and the chance to know all of my classmates were the ideal learning environment for me. Additionally, I wanted to transition from the East to the West Coast; the Oregon M.B.A. linked me to career opportunities from San Francisco to Seattle.
CURRICULAR FOCUS: Securities Analysis. As one of four centers of excellence, the SA Center is one of the ways the Oregon M.B.A. delivers on its mission of experiential education. Not only is the curriculum strong and balanced, but the chance to work on consulting projects and network with players in the financial services industry is invaluable.
NOTEWORTHY EXPERIENCES: My Strategic Planning Project gave me the opportunity to analyze, evaluate and recommend a go or no-go action on a new venture for a private equity firm. This consulting project demonstrated the challenges of working for a client and managing deliverables according to a constantly evolving timeline.
INSIDER ADVICE: Pursue a passion and share it with others. The Oregon M.B.A. offers many opportunities to make an impact, but no one is going to take the initiative for you. You will get back twice what you put in, so take the time to get involved.
POST-M.B.A.: I accepted a job as a financial analyst with Intel in Portland while continuing part-time with former classmates on a startup venture.