Landing your Dream Job: How These MBA Grads Did It

By Morgan Bernstein

From consulting to investment banking and marketing, people come to Haas to change the course of their careers—and we can't think of a better MBA ROI.

Here are three graduates of our full-time MBA program whose studies launched new career trajectories:

Jessica FeltsAssociate, McKinsey & Company, San Francisco, California


Jess, a 2013 grad, previously worked in investment banking and, while she liked the pace, wanted to "work in a setting more focused on people." She calls her time at Haas "the critical first step" to her new career in management consulting.

“I didn't have a lot of the experience necessary for success in consulting," says Jess, citing live problem solving in a team environment and an understanding of the importance of hypothesis-based work.
"Core classes in strategy combined with experiential electives like Social Sector Solutions were the perfect combination to quickly get me up-to-speed.”

See how Jess tailored her curriculum to meet her career goals.

Matt RoehlInvestment Banking Associate, Jefferies, New York, New York 

Matt Roehl, Berkeley MBA 14Matt Roehl, a 2014 grad, traded a previous career as a research analyst for one as an investment banker.

“At Jefferies we advise clients in a variety of industries on M&A transactions and provide financing through the debt and equity capital markets," says Matt of the global investment firm he's joined.

While finance electives such as Corporate Financial Reporting and Financial Statement Modeling were integral to building his skills, Matt also appreciated serving on a nonprofit board through Berkeley Board Fellows, which he says, "gave me the opportunity to sharpen my project management and presentation skills.”

See how Matt tailored his curriculum to meet his career goals.

Lauren WongStrategy Manager, Genentech, South San Francisco, California

Lauren Wong, Berkeley MBA/MPH 13Lauren, who graduated in 2013, tapped the power of Berkeley's dual degree program in business and public health and currently works in Pricing and Contracting for oncology products at Genentech.

"My work involves a mix of strategy, analytics, project management, and extensive collaboration," says Lauren. "I'm often problem-solving around uncertainties presented by the rapidly evolving health care environment."

She says the Haas core curriculum offered valuable preparation for the demands of this new role and that each of her electives offered tangible value. "My favorites included Pricing, Marketing Strategy, Health Finance, and Negotiations," says Lauren. "I draw on principles from these courses every day."

See how Lauren tailored her curriculum to meet her career goals.

Take a look at our student profiles to find out what other students plan to do with their Berkeley MBA degrees and why they chose Haas to make their career transitions.

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Posted on March 11, 2015
Themes: MBA Benefits
Morgan Bernstein
Morgan was the Executive Director of Full-time MBA Admissions at Haas from 2016-2019 as well as a graduate of the program. She enjoys making personal connections with prospective students and guiding them through the MBA admission process.