Winston JonesMBA, Concentration: Strategy & Innovation Bronx, New York
“As a career switcher, I wanted to be a part of a culture where the students helped each other. After reading about Questrom’s emphasis on building that culture, and talking to admissions and current students, I knew this was a place for me to spread my wings a bit.”
While some travel across the world to arrive at Questrom, Winston Jones only had to walk down the road to get here. After studying Psychology and Economics at our neighbor Boston College, Jones went on to work in the financial services industry at Bain Capital and The Bank of New York Mellon. With a desire to make a career shift and eventually work in sports and/or digital media, he saw his opportunity in Questrom’s MBA program.
Jones says his MBA curriculum is like “a buffet of sorts” because it includes so many great options to strengthen the skills he needs to work in the sports and digital media industries.
“BU stood out to me because of its focus on teamwork and collaboration.” Jones says, “As a career switcher, I wanted to be a part of a culture where the students helped each other. After reading about Questrom’s emphasis on building that culture, and talking to admissions and current students, I knew this was a place for me to spread my wings a bit.”
Spread his wings is exactly what he’s done. Jones has immersed himself in the Questrom community he speaks so positively about. He is 2016-17 President of the MBA Sports and Social Club and was also involved in the 2016-17 Case Competition at the National Black MBA Association Conference. His internship at a startup company called Nix, based out of the Harvard Business School Launch Lab, gave him an experience where the stakes were high and the tasks varied. He says, “Thankfully, the Questrom curriculum prepared me to wear multiple hats.”
By being involved, Jones has had the opportunity to lead in a powerful way. He says, “By involving myself in aspects of the Questrom community, I have had an opportunity to learn about different cultures, but also teach my classmates about my culture and the black experience. Considering the current social climate in the United States, I think it’s important to raise awareness about certain issues regarding race, gender, and classism, especially when you factor in the high amount of international students at Questrom. A more informed population is better equipped to incite and inspire positive change, and I would like to believe that I played a role in that at Questrom.”
Looking ahead, Jones hopes to be working for an NBA or NFL team in a management or strategy role. His “buffet-style” Questrom curriculum has, he says, prepared him “to wear multiple different hats” as a professional. His story proves that your next step could be closer than you think. Sometimes, as it was for Jones, it’s only a short walk away.