It wasn't until after graduating from Le Moyne that I truly was able to appreciate my knowledge and background in business analytics. All undergrads carry the fear of not having a job after college, and of having no way to keep up with those not-so-fun student loans. So having a marketable skill-set to employers is vital. For me, business analytics was a major contributor for landing my first job, the one I am currently in now.
I was able to get my first job in a training program with a local broker/dealer in Syracuse. I remember bringing Excel spreadsheets from different business analytics classes I had taken into my first interview. I was able to market myself to my future employer using my knowledge of financial analysis, and my employer was really interested in seeing what I could do with Excel.
After graduating, I began working in the training program and moved between various departments, learning about the finance industry, and about the company I work for. Knowing how to work in Excel provided me with so many advantages than if I had not. I was able to work on projects that ran simulations for possible structure changes, and without understanding Excel, I would have been lost.
Not only did majoring in business analytics provide me with a greater understanding of Excel, and the tools for financial analysis, but it also improved my team work and public presentation skills. Many of the projects done in business analytics require students to work in groups. Students must collaborate on how to produce results, such as cost savings simulations and risk analysis, while also working together to develop written papers and presentations. These projects and presentations were graded on the terms that the students were in fact in the work environment. Professional appearance and presentation were graded heavily. I believe these classes greatly helped me prepare for what I'd face in the real world.
As a graduate dual-majoring in finance and business analytics, I strongly suggest any potential business major to look into business analytics as a possibility. If I had to choose again, I would undoubtedly still choose business analytics.