Online Master of Finance Student Spotlight: Brian Pellegrini

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In this video, Brian shares his thoughts on our online learning platform, global communication and partnerships, and how earning his Online Master of Science in Finance has increased his professional value and advanced his career.

My name is Brian Pellegrini. I completed the masters of science in finance program.
I chose Northeastern for a few reasons. The first is that the school itself is a good school. A highly accredited business school. And unlike a lot of other programs, the online program is the exact same program that the in person students take, which is not always the case for different schools. And there’s a lot of faculty-student interaction from what I understood from my investigation beforehand.

It took a bit of getting used to, interacting with people who I had not met in person at all. One of the good things about it was that you do get used to working in a completely global context. One experience I had – we had a group project and I’m located in New York, one of the group partners was in Kuwait and then another one was in China. And so we had to figure out how to balance getting the work done without having a convenient time we could all talk by phone. And so once we got used to that, it actually worked out well because we could pass off the work to each other based on the time zone. So, I finish, go to sleep, pass it off, then the guy in Kuwait would take over. And then when he went to sleep, the guy in China would take over. And so it was a different experience, it was not something I had the opportunity to do before. And it was very useful and I enjoyed it.

I would say don’t take the decision lightly because it is a big commitment in terms of time and in terms of financially. But it is worth it if you’ve decided this is what you wanna do and you see it through to the end, then it is worth it. But there were people who I came across over the time who seemed like they may have done it on a whim. They seem to struggle a little more than people who were passionate it about it and who wanted to make sure they saw it through to the end.

It’s been a big help to my career. I decided to pursue a master’s program to supplement my CFA charter. CFA is very useful and you learn a lot, but it’s all pencil and paper. So, you’re never actually doing labs, you’re never doing group work. And so, this was a great supplement to that, because it actually allowed me to utilize in a realistic context the things I learned in CFA. And so it allowed me to more directly implement the things I had learned at my job. And it’s allowed me to take on a new role as a more senior role producing my own research.

All the time, pretty much in every single class it involves generally a group project component. And then there’s usually a discussion board that allows the students to interact outside of the group context. And then the professors are always very available for office hours and the teaching assistants were very helpful and most of them had been through the program themselves. So, they understood when you run into a roadblock, ways to help you figure it out and work around it.

I mean it’s a great move for your career and make sure you choose the right program because it is a big financial commitment and it’s a big time commitment, and it’s the kind of thing that you really can only do once, so you can’t take it back. So make sure you get the right place that’s gonna be a good fit for you.

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