A passionate dedication to lifelong learning and career progression is a common trait of alumni from the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics. We reached out to some outstanding Lerner alumni to share their professional experiences and insights on improving the world of business for future generations of Blue Hens.
Minghui He earned a doctorate in financial services analytics (FSAN) in 2016 and currently works as a research scientist at Amazon. He shared spoke with Lerner about her journey to the FSAN program and what she learned through the program at Lerner.
Lerner: Why did you decide to pursue your program at the Lerner College?
He: I heard UD’s name because my undergraduate school SWUFE (in China) has a joint program with Lerner Business College. The feedback from previous students was pretty good so I decide to join.
Lerner: What did you learn through this opportunity that you wouldn’t have learned anywhere else?
He: Interdisciplinary knowledge from business, management, CS and finance.
Lerner: Please share an example of a course or concept that you were able to apply directly to your life and/or career.
He: Data mining.
Lerner: Describe an important connection you have made through your program.
He: Rick Andrews, Bintong Chen and Lan Ma
Lerner: If you were to describe your classmates in one word, what would that be and why?
He: Collaborative; everyone is willing to share and help.
Lerner: How did you balance your career with your studies?
He: Through the internship, I know what I’m interested in and what I need to learn; Then I go back to school to learn what I needed.
Lerner: Fill in this sentence: “My program helped me become…”
He: My program helped me become more professional and more knowledgeable.
Lerner: What piece of advice would you give to current UD students?
He: Start your internship as soon as possible. Not necessarily the companies with big names but it should be in the field that you really have passion for. Your smartness, hard work and perseverance will finally lead you to the top companies.
Lerner: What are your professional plans or next steps for the future?
He: Research Scientist then Product Manager then Data Science Manager, then start a start-up if I’m lucky enough. 🙂
Lerner: What piece of advice do you have for fellow businesspeople?
He: Do what you really want to do.
Lerner: What does it mean to you to be a Lifelong Lerner?
He: Always happy to connect with Lerner.