Graduating from Colgate University with degrees in political science and history, Lauren O’Bray, BC MBA ’15, knew how to think critically and be a problem-solver. But she lacked the business knowledge to advance in her marketing career. After working for five years in various marketing capacities, Lauren knew that to be more competitive she would need an advanced business degree.
When Lauren started looking at MBA programs, Boston College stood out as the place for her for many reasons. She was looking for a program that would provide a community and a network, “I wanted a strong and vast alumni network to tap into and BC has one of the best. I wanted to be a part of a network so that no matter where I live, I’ll be able to find BC alums.” Lauren knew that with the Carroll School’s strong Marketing department and Career Strategies Office, she would be able to gain the competitive edge she needed to move beyond the plateau in her career. Most importantly, BC MBA students must display a clear sense of social responsibility by completing 20 hours of community service. This was important to Lauren because it shows that, “BC attracts people who want to have a positive impact, whether it’s in their communities or in business.”
Once she entered the BC MBA program, Lauren took full advantage Boston College’s resources. She competed in the Business Plan Competition where she and her team developed a business plan for a local entrepreneur, “To be a part of developing the strategy to launch this business and think critically about what would be most effective to make this business succeed was challenging, eye opening and rewarding.” Lauren also participated in Graduate Tech Treck, visiting 20 technology companies on the West Coast including Google, Apple, and Vmware. There she was able to have real conversations with executives and ask them questions about their business, experience, and strategy. Lauren was also the co-president of Graduate Women in Business, where she developed programs to promote networking and professional learning experiences for students and alumnae. She says, “There are so many opportunities at BC but it’s a busy time - you’re only here for two years so make the most of it and go to every event that you can. It’ll be worth it in the end.”
On top of her busy schedule as a student, Lauren earned an internship with Liberty Mutual as a Corporate Development Program Summer Associate with the help of the Career Strategies Office. She was offered a fulltime position at Liberty Mutual in the Corporate Development Program at the end of her internship and is looking forward to working in a complex, constantly changing, and innovative industry.