Raya Taft MA’13

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How would you describe the learning environment and support services at the International Business School?

One of the things I loved about the MA program was the good mix of theory and practice, and the opportunities for experiential learning like internships and field projects. It helped overcome some of the cultural differences in the way business is conducted in various parts of the world and allowed for great networking opportunities with people outside the school.

The International Business School is also very inclusive and focused on making sure students can accelerate their careers after graduation. I loved how the professors and staff worked together not only to educate us, but also to help us find jobs where we could apply what we learned. This is an extremely hard task for a school with so many international students, so I think this needs to be recognized and appreciated.

How has your education helped your career?

In my current role, I rely heavily on the financial modeling, accounting and business writing skills I acquired or improved while at Brandeis. Every day I discover how meaningful my education was and how well it prepared me for every job I’ve had since then.

What should prospective students know about the International Business School?

To focus on the longer-term benefits of the programs, not just the immediate result. The curriculum at times can be challenging, but every single thing you learn will become useful at some point in your career. Five years from now, you’ll look back at when you were interviewing for jobs after graduation and laugh at how minor that was compared to the decisions you have to make as a successful professional in the present. And you’ll still have all the amazing lifelong friendships with students, professors and staff.