I'm able to apply everything I learn in the classroom to my daily job duties as a project manager for an international company.
I received my bachelor's degree in Spanish and I always knew I wanted to incorporate that into a career. I tried teaching, but quickly found out that it wasn't for me. The International Business program sounded like a good fit, and I started attending D'Youville in 2010 and fell in love with the program. I really like the close-knit community at D'Youville and the fact that all of my professors know me by name.
I was lucky enough to be able to use my full-time job as part of my degree completion. I work at Life Technologies, a global life sciences company. My daily job responsibilities fit perfectly with the International Business internship requirements. As a project manager, I lead domestic and international conference calls for both external customers and internal departments. I also oversee international shipments and ensure all documentation is correct and received in a timely manner.
The IB program incorporates current global events, as well as innovative business practices into the curriculum. This enabled me to significantly improve my job performance. I'm able to apply everything I learn in the classroom to my daily job duties. My core understanding of international business has increased significantly while attending D'Youville and, as a result, I have been able to form substantive business relationships through networking within my corporation, as well as externally.
I look forward to my future with Life Technologies and I hope to travel outside of the United States. In fact, I am planning on conducting my graduate independent research project on the dynamics of being a female expatriate.
Jessica Grace Tombolesi
International Business MS