Meet the MBA Class of 2023: Amelia Mockett, UCLA (Anderson)

“I’m a enterprise analyst who loves the outside, cooking, and lengthy conversations with new associates.”

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Enjoyable Reality About Your self: My first job in school concerned inserting light-emitting electrodes into mouse brains to govern their recollections!

Undergraduate Faculty and Main: Massachusetts Institute of Know-how, Organic Engineering

Most Latest Employer and Job Title: Capital One, Enterprise Supervisor

UCLA Anderson is based on the Three Pillars: Share Success, Assume Fearlessly, and Drive Change. Which pillar resonates most with you and why? Once I was first studying about Anderson, the “Share Success” pillar strongly resonated with me. All my largest achievements and progress experiences in my skilled and private life have come by collaboration. Lots of these experiences have resulted in life-long friendships. Once I was fascinated by the place I wished to go for enterprise faculty, it was crucial for me to discover a collaborative and supportive tradition, the place the scholars helped one another to develop somewhat than always competing towards one another. It’s so necessary to really feel such as you belong throughout the whirlwind two years of your MBA, and all of the Anderson college students I’ve met have been extremely type and welcoming.

What makes Los Angeles such an awesome place to earn an MBA? Los Angeles is a world-class metropolis, stuffed with cultural range, pure magnificence, and year-round sunshine. For those who drive 5 hours from LA, you can be within the desert, within the mountains, at any variety of marvelous seashores, or abroad. There’s all the time one thing new to discover on the weekend! Los Angeles additionally has a large set of industries the place MBAs can go: there’s extra than simply leisure in LA! UCLA could be very near Century Metropolis and all the businesses in Santa Monica and Venice, and the Metro makes downtown LA accessible as nicely.

Apart out of your classmates and placement, what was the important thing a part of UCLA Anderson’s MBA programming that led you to decide on this enterprise faculty and why was it so necessary to you? I used to be actually impressed by the Parker Profession Administration Heart. An enormous a part of going to enterprise faculty is the internship and job you’ll get after faculty. I wished to enter that job search with as a lot assist as attainable from high profession advisors and construction from a rigorous profession definition and search program. Up to now, I’ve been past impressed with Parker’s diligence and group. Parker begins working with you earlier than you even arrive on campus, serving to you just be sure you keep forward of the curve.

What course, membership or exercise excites you probably the most at UCLA Anderson? The category I’m most enthusiastic about (to date!) is advertising – it’s an space I’ve by no means labored in however have all the time wished to be taught extra about. The information-driven method to figuring out and promoting to your prospects could be very fascinating to me. I’m additionally very excited for Anderson’s broad number of golf equipment. I need to discover each the skilled and the curiosity golf equipment. I’m extremely excited for our ski journey this December – the snowboarding on the West Coast really is one of the best!

Describe your largest accomplishment in your profession to date: I’ve pivoted a number of occasions in my profession. The primary pivot—from organic engineering scholar to life sciences guide—didn’t really feel too massive. I had the assist of my cohort of incoming consultants as all of us realized collectively. I made a much bigger pivot a number of years later from life sciences consulting to enterprise evaluation within the monetary companies business, the place I had no prior expertise. This pivot enabled me to enhance my quantitative expertise and have possession over long-running initiatives and initiatives. Whereas on this function, I immediately supported P&L homeowners on key initiatives associated to setting and monitoring enterprise technique – it was nice publicity to the number of work you are able to do in strategic planning roles. Surviving these pivots and thriving in these roles has given me a lot confidence that with arduous work, I can be taught rapidly and change into a helpful contributor and chief in new industries.

How did COVID-19 change your perspective in your profession and your life usually? Working remotely throughout COVID-19 jogged my memory that you need to benefit from the day-to-day particulars of your job. The massive image issues, however eight (or extra) hours a day is an excessive amount of time to spend doing one thing you don’t take pleasure in. You additionally must be part of a resilient group that cares about one another and may talk overtly. Whenever you don’t see one another every day within the workplace, your group wants a supportive tradition to fall again on! Lastly, this previous yr and a half jogged my memory that life is brief, and there may be way more to expertise exterior of labor.

What led you to pursue an MBA at this level and what do you hope to do after commencement? I took zero enterprise lessons in school, so I deliberate on doing my MBA sooner or later for many of my profession. I waited till I had readability on my long-term skilled targets and confidence in who I’m as a group member. After practically a decade on the East Coast, I used to be prepared to maneuver again to the West Coast and pursue my MBA. My skilled community is usually in NYC, so I wished to put money into constructing a brand new skilled and private community on the West Coast for this subsequent section of my life. I’m hoping to discover a function in generalist consulting or strategic planning within the Los Angeles space after commencement!

What different MBA packages did you apply to? HBS, Stanford GSB, Wharton, Kellogg, Berkeley Haas

What recommendation would you give to assist potential candidates achieve admission into UCLA Anderson’s MBA program? Communicate with college students to know Anderson’s tradition. Anderson could be very student-driven: in case you are seeking to become involved and form your MBA expertise, there’s no higher place! The corollary to that is that Anderson is in search of college students who will become involved—in Anderson, of their careers, and of their communities. The extra you’ll be able to present your real enthusiasm for this in your software, the higher!

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