Owen Daly, alumnus of Gabelli School of Business, describes the many skills he learned during his MBA and offers advice to future candidates.
- Name: Owen Daly
Business School: Fordham University Gabelli School of Business
Originally From: Poughkeepsie, New York
Occupation: Associate, Prime Brokerage, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Q: What was your favorite classroom experience?
A: The most interesting and beneficial classroom experience I had took place in a course on negotiation. Toward the end of the semester the professor handed out index cards with each students’ name written on one side. She then assigned everyone to write a few remarks on each student’s negotiating abilities. The constructive criticism that I received from my classmates greatly enhanced my skills by exposing blind spots and reinforcing areas where I was deficient. I think this also gave each of us an opportunity for honest self-reflection of our interpersonal abilities
Q: Have you stayed in touch with your program's alumni network, and if so, what have been the benefits of maintaining these relationships?
Q: What advice do you have for future MBA candidates?
A: I often tell prospective MBA candidates that there are a multitude of factors to consider when choosing where and when to begin an MBA and that it is really for the individual to decide what elements are most important to them. I always offer to explain the decision making process that I went through to arrive at Fordham.
One piece of advice that I give is that whenever a fellow student says “do not take that professor; they give too much work” ignore it and take that professor. “Get your moneys worth and get to work.
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