Born and raised in the United States, Marya Mufti has kicked off her international career with a rapid start. From working in a diner while studying in the US, she’s gone on to undertake two internships, firstly at Al Jazeera Media Network and most recently at UK-based Luxuriate Life Magazine. We spoke to Marya about her experience at IE University, why she chose the Bachelor in Data and Business Analytics, and her plans for the future.

I’m originally from McClean, Virginia in the United States. After studying business at James Madison University in Virginia, while working part-time as a waitress in a diner, I decided to study the Bachelor in Data and Business Analytics at IE University. As I wasn’t sure where my skills could be best applied, I chose a program which would give me plenty of options further down the road. Since October 2022, I’ve been the marketing coordinator for IE Coding Club.

Could you tell us about your experience as an intern at Luxuriate Life magazine?

Working with the luxury travel and lifestyle magazine, Luxuriate Life, was an exciting opportunity for me to explore my passions outside my degree: marketing and digital media. I was able to learn from using publishing software, and I was trusted with hands-on editing and publishing articles, as well as managing the social media sites. This internship, alongside my time at Al Jazeera Media Network, were great introductions to the media and creative world.

How did your experience at IE University prepare you for your professional career? What competitive advantage do you feel it has given you?

Throughout my time at IE University, I learned to handle rigorous schedules and to expect to be challenged. My experiences every day with my professors and classmates allow me to practice and learn how to contribute, speak out and learn from those around me.

The international community at IE University is unmatched. I think the opportunity to meet students from all over the world and learn about their cultures and traditions is a fantastic way to expand your knowledge and encourage you to ask questions. Being open-minded and cultural is a trait I pride myself in, as many other people are not as proficient in this. IE University allows these traits of mine to thrive, and encourages me to challenge my preconceived notions.

Can you tell us about the IE University alumni community and the impact it has had on your life or career?

I have not had much experience with the alumni network, but it’s reassuring to know they are there and ready to help whenever I reach out. It’s always pleasant when you connect with someone on LinkedIn and you see that they are an IE University alum. It’s comforting to see that success is in your near future.

Do you have any advice for IE University students and alumni who are looking to pursue an internship?

I recommend taking matters into your own hands and actively looking for things you are interested in. If not through LinkedIn or IE University, go directly to a company’s website, or even make the jump and contact them offering your skills and assets. Things aren’t going to fall right into your lap, so definitely always be active in your search!

Why did you choose the Bachelor in Data and Business Analytics program at IE University?

I chose to study the Bachelor in Data and Business Analytics because it is a very versatile program, and I wasn’t sure exactly what kind of path I wanted to take, nor where my skills applied best. Many of my classmates plan to pursue other things on top of being a data scientist, so you are not alone in terms of your curiosity. Employers really value the skill set that comes with this degree, so it’s a great and rewarding thing to have in your back pocket.

What skills do you consider are needed to succeed in your field?

Data analytics is a very technical subject, and learning the basics and understanding the logistics behind the work is essential. The Bachelor in Data and Business Analytics also allows intuitive thinkers and communicators to utilize the numbers and make conclusions about the data we have in front of us. If you’re like me and not incredibly technical, this degree is a good challenge and a way to combine analytical skills with business.

What would you like to say to anyone considering going to IE University?

Being independent is a huge part of studying at IE University. You have to be able to manage your time, meet and converse with people from all over the world, and determine your career path yourself. It’s not easy, but it will certainly shape you into a more resilient and skilled individual.