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    The Madden School of Business at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New YorkWelcome to the
    Madden School of Business
    Business Analytics Alumni Testimonials

    Our business analytics students have gone on to succeed in many different fields of work, and they have cited the skills and knowledge gained from their studies as the main reasons that they were offered their positions. Click on the names of our recent graduates to read their testimonials.

    RANDALL BITTEL | Branch Analyst, Solvay Bank

    Starting off at Le Moyne as a finance major, I quickly realized how well finance and business analytics complemented each other. After I took statistics and the intro to business analytics courses, I decided to do the finance and business analytics dual major, and I'm glad I did. The way the courses are taught, in computer labs using workbooks that are easy to follow, really allows the student to gain valuable skills that can be applied in a career after Le Moyne. In fact, I still use the business analytics workbooks today as a reference when building Excel models.

    The skills I have acquired through the business analytics major are not skills I could have gotten with any other major or even at some other colleges. I have friends who graduated from other colleges with degrees in business that have told me they wished they had the opportunity to learn how to utilize Excel like I have. The "Consultants to Emerging Enterprises course" was a great way to apply the knowledge and skills I acquired through my studies at Le Moyne in a real-world setting. As part of a small team of students, we were assigned to work with a local small business and to analyze its operations and offer suggestions to the owner(s) based upon you analysis. These recommendations can have a lasting impact on the enterprise and help it emerge as a profitable business for years to come.

    My business analytics background has helped me get my career started. I currently am a Branch Analyst for Solvay Bank, a community bank that has served Onondaga County for over 95 years. I use what I learned as a business analytics student every day, as well as to build a forecast model for sales and a teller staffing model to make our branches run more efficiently. Prior to working at Solvay Bank, I was an Operations Analyst for Citi where I utilized my acquired skills to help make one of the world's largest financial institutions run more efficiently and effectively.

    One of the most marketable majors at Le Moyne, business analytics taught me how to create solutions to common problems found in every type of business. The analytical strategies that I have learned always take into account the bigger picture: the contexts and situations in which problems occur. Although I hold minors in three other disciplines, only business analytics taught me this type of precise and holistic reasoning.

    Every day I use the advanced analytical methods that I have learned in my job at St. Joseph's Hospital, where I work in the Supply Chain division. Sometimes that means creating spreadsheets to simulate potential cost savings, while other times it means interpreting the ripple effect of those savings.

    Although business analytics helps me immensely in my current job, the skills I learned are applicable in a wide range of fields and career pursuits. I will use the knowledge that I have gained wherever my future takes me.

    I can't imagine a more valuable major in preparing a student for life after graduation than business analytics. There isn't another major out there that can set students up for success in so many different fields. Business analytics is more than just data analysis or financial analysis; it's about finding solutions to problems beneath the surface. My time studying business analytics trained me to think logically as well as systematically.

    As a revenue officer for the Internal Revenue Service, I use what I learned in the business analytics program daily at work. Whether I'm analyzing the finances of an individual or determining the ability of a business to make a profit, I am able to apply aspects of business analytics to everything I do. One thing that has stood out to me is how much I value obtaining financial information and statements from taxpayers. By using what I learned studying business analytics, I'm able to put that information to use in ways that other people cannot, giving me a significant advantage in the workplace.

    Business analytics has such a practical use that there isn't a field out there to which it wouldn't apply, and as a student I loved each business analytics class I had. They gave me an opportunity to learn something that I knew would help me in the future, and it has aided me in my development as a professional and individual. I would recommend business analytics as a major to any prospective business student who is interested in making a difference in the business environment.

    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.