Angelica Walter graduated last May with an undergraduate degree in Computer Information Systems at Quinnipiac. Now a graduate school attendee to the Health Care Management MBA program, Angelica has been hard at work for the past five months. While in school, she has also been working as a Junior Analyst in the Business Optimization Leadership Development Program at Aetna.
The Business Optimization department works to create initiatives and solutions that help Aetna stay competitive in the insurance market. Working in the Business Optimization department has been a great experience for her so far. She has learned a lot and has gained much exposure throughout the experience. As an analyst, she supports the internal consultants that facilitate the initiatives. Angelica considers her job to be challenging, since it is often intense due to a significant learning curve. Currently, she is working on a Six Sigma Green Belt Project to improve call closure rates, and is also developing new websites for a few different areas within her department.
When asked if Angelica has a hard time balancing graduate school with working, she replied that she does not. She believes that Quinnipiac allows her to do her job more effectively, because the hands-on experience deepens her understanding of the material she gets tested on in school. “Quinnipiac enables me to learn at my own pace without feeling overwhelmed. The MBA program allows for a lot of applied learning, which I actively utilize in my position at Aetna,” Angelica explained.