Alexander Abi-Najm

B.S. in Commerce 2016, M.S. in Global Commerce 2017

Getting two master’s degrees in under a year, while studying in three different countries with a diverse classroom, was too good to pass up.

Why did you decide to pursue the M.S. in Global Commerce Program at UVA?

Getting two master’s degrees in under a year, while studying in three different countries with a diverse classroom, was too good to pass up. I knew of UVA’s quality of education from undergrad, and I trusted that it would be a great experience, despite it being the first year of its existence.

What was your most memorable class and why?

The most memorable class for me was probably Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. We learned about tools and methodologies to understand and interpret sustainability strategies in a corporate setting and how corporations can promote social responsibility through these strategies.

Did you take advantage of Commerce Career Services and if so, how did they help you in the job search?

I used Commerce Career Services to prepare me for interviews (especially case interviews), help structure and update my resume, and connect me with UVA alumni at different companies across the country. I couldn’t have asked for better help, and they were instrumental in getting me my first job.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy working with data. I get to use that passion across a multitude of different projects in my role. I work with a software called Alteryx, and I am learning more and more on a daily basis from people at my company and the job I work in currently. I also enjoy working from home, the flexible hours, and all of the great benefits!

What is your favorite Charlottesville activity or place to eat?

My favorite Charlottesville activity is to hike Humpback Rocks at sunrise. Even though you have to get up really early and hike in the dark, it is worth it for the views. Otherwise, Blue Hole is a lot of fun to hike to and swim!

What was your biggest takeaway from the program?

My biggest takeaway was learning to work with a diverse team of other students and how crucial it is to have those team skills in the workplace.

What advice do you have for future students in the program?

Make friends (or be friendly at least) with everyone! These are lifelong friends who will connect you around the world when you are done with the program. Also, make sure to keep up with your thesis throughout the whole program so you don’t have to cram towards the end.

  • Undergraduate DegreeCommerce
  • Undergraduate InstitutionUniversity of Virginia
  • HometownWashington, DC
  • Current Job Aimpoint Digital, Analytics Consultant (Washington, DC)
  • First Job Post-Graduation Marriott International, Manager, Program Evaluation (Bethesda, MD)
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