As an early career Part-Time MBA student at Chicago Booth, Andres shares his experience in shifting career goals and the value of a Booth network.
- September 14, 2021
While I thought it would be Booth’s world-renowned financial courses that would make me a successful analytical tech investor, it was the human-centric strategic innovation, marketing, and entrepreneurship courses that shifted my career goals towards a career in product management. During my Digital Marketing Lab class, where my team and I consulted as a digital marketer for a tech company in the Bay Area, I had the opportunity to learn and use HubSpot as a CRM. In class we even had a HubSpot marketer provide training. This same connection and experience led me to find a job as a Product manager at HubSpot, only half way through my MBA program. As I continue to grow as a product and entrepreneurial leader, Booth’s New Venture Challenge accelerator gave me the opportunity to co-found a company and learn from household names such as Grubhub, Braintree/Venmo, and Simple Mills. While we shut down the company, the tools and friendships I gained along the way helped me become a better product manager and will help me as I pursue entrepreneurship later in life.
The Booth network is incredibly powerful in the classroom, but also outside with alumni and professors alike. As I transitioned to a career in product management, it was Anita Brick, one of our career coaches, who prepared, connected and guided me. When I started a company, it was professors like Mark Tebbe and Lindsey Lyman who pushed me, listened to me, and advised me. I’ve gotten to serve as a student leader in various organizations and help both nonprofit and for-profit organizations scale their businesses through Polsky’s Small Business Growth and the Booth’s Social Impact programs. Finally, I’ve celebrated promotions, weddings, and baby showers with the most driven and incredible people in the world. People who I know will change the world as corporate CEO’s, government leaders, and founders.