Aaron Croad, '12
Residence: Novi, Michigan
Career: Consulting - Data Analytics, Ernst & Young
In a nutshell, what do you do?
I work as a data analytics consultant at Ernst & Young. In general, I am brought in on projects to assist in analyzing big data to determine real-world applicability to our clients. We do this mainly by using tools such as Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Access, and Tableau (to name a few) to load, store, and transform data into something meaningful. A few specific projects I have dealt with concern identifying duplicate payments made by the client, creating models to determine likeliness of committing fraud, and creating a database in Microsoft Access to aid in a client's billing process.
Why do you love what you do?
Ernst & Young is such a big company that there is quite a bit of variety in my line of work. There are employees who have worked there for their entire careers and say that they always have something new and exciting to work on and learn from. So far, everything I have done has been new, and consequently, I haven't stopped learning after graduating from Albion. Being able to have variety and a continued education (in any sense) in my line of work was the two things I valued most in a job coming out of college, and Ernst & Young provides both for me.
How did Albion help you get there?
I had a very well rounded education at Albion. Academically, my major in Math-Econ gave me the knowledge to learn quickly and efficiently the world of data analytics. By getting a minor with the Gerstacker Institute, I was able to see the incredible value of data in the context of the business world. The other classes that filled up my course load and met the requirements for a liberal arts degree gave me the confidence to approach new challenges with vigor, the perspective to always look outside the box, and the ability to relate and communicate effectively with clients and colleagues.
Through my connections with Gerstacker and the Econ Department, I was able to obtain, and excel at, internships with Humanergy (a management consulting company in Marshall, Mich.) and Ernst & Young.
The connections at Albion allowed me to get my foot in the door in the working world. My education (and what I did with it) did the rest!
For me, Albion ...
... helped me discover my potential, introduced me to lifelong friends, prepared me for life after college, and will always be my home away from home.
Amber Myers, '13
Major: Economics and Management with an Emphasis in General Business, Gerstacker Institute concentration
Postgraduate Education: JD/MBA Candidate, May 2017 Michigan State University, Supply Chain Management
Career: General Procurement Intern, Dell Inc. Past, Ford Motor Company, Michigan Attorney General’s Office.
In a nutshell, what do you do?
I am pursuing my JD/MBA in supply chain management, focusing in procurement. In a procurement role, I analyze current spend, negotiate supplier contracts, and work with internal and external stakeholders to purchase the right good or service at the right price, for the right business need.
Why do you love what you do?
Because I can positively impact my business and community in one role. I specifically target sustainability-focused procurement projects that promote diversity inclusion, environmental responsibility, and profitability. Being a JD/MBA I am able to offer a unique, holistic perspectives to strategy.
How did Albion help you get there?
Practicing law is about strategy, analysis, and experience. If not for Albion, I would not have been prepared for the challenges of law school. Albion's liberal arts curriculum prepared me for MSU's diverse and deeply analytic classroom experiences. Also, interning for house counsels at Poptent, Inc., and Roush Enterprises, provided me with invaluable experiences, skills and networs that opened doors to my current positions. Most importantly, Albion's support system of faculty, staff and alumni continuously guide my career. I may be a Spartan, but at heart I am always a Brit!
For me, Albion…
…is undeniably the best choice I have made. Albion challenged me into personal growth and rewarded me with opportunities I could never have forseen. I would not be where I am today, personally or professionally, without the support of my Albion friends and family!
The business world is dynamic. By preparing students in the fundamentals of common business practices, and creating challenges that provide opportunities to develop critical thought into action, this program creates in-demand employees and future business leaders.
Students majoring in Business can expect:
An approach to business education that addresses depth (through specialties such as accounting, marketing, management, and finance) as well as breadth (through a foundation anchored in the liberal arts).
A focus on putting the critical thinking skills developed through the liberal arts into action -- in the form of many experiential opportunities, such as internships, off-campus and study-abroad experiences, and others.
An exploration into entrepreneurial thinking in and out of the classroom -- through case analyses, simulations, business plan development, and even the actual launching of ventures.
- An internship component is designed into this major.
For more details, please see our page on Required Courses for the Business major.
Omicron Delta Epsilon - This honorary organization recognizes scholastic attainment and outstanding achievements in economics.
Economics and Management Investment Club - Students manage an investment portfolio, buying and selling real stocks. Profits are used to fund a scholarship for E&M majors. Investment Club members take an annual trip to Chicago to meet Albion alumni working in finance.
Delta Sigma Pi - Albion's chapter of this co-ed business fraternity does volunteer work and provides networking opportunities.
Career And Internship Center
The Career and Internship Center (CIC) is committed to assisting students plan for and move into their future. The staff is dedicated to helping students through the maze of information available, no matter which career path is chosen. The CIC staff works closely with faculty mentors and the College's institutes and centers to help students prepare for the next step.
- Career planning
- Career assessment - Strong Interest Inventory, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, O*Net
- Job search assistance - resume & cover letter writing, practice interviews
- Internship search
- Job and internship postings - local/regional and national
- Alumni connections
For More Information
We welcome your questions about economics and management study at Albion College. Please contact the Department of Economics and Management.
International Student Profile: Chen Chen, '11 (Traditional Chinese)
E&M Majors Koaches, Merritt Named All-America Scholars in Men's Golf
Albion College placed Brent Koaches (left) and Scott Merritt on the list of NCAA Division III Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars. Merritt graduated earlier in May after majoring in economics and management with a Gerstacker Institute concentration. Koaches, an E&M major with an emphasis in accounting as well as a Gerstacker concentration, completed his junior year at Albion.
Twenty-three golfers from D-III gained the honor and Albion was the lone Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association program to produce All-America Scholars.
“Scott and Brent set an example for everyone else on the roster,” Albion coach Jordan Rich said.
2012 Economics and Management Award Winners
The Albion College Economics and Management Department congratulates the following department award recipients.
Outstanding Senior E&M Major Award: Sean M. Hendon and Timothy R. Wernet
Walter A. Terpenning Award: Robert D. Clark
E. Maynard Aris Award for Outstanding Scholarship: Melissa K. Megerian and Caroline N. Dobbins
Maurice Branch Award for Scholarship and Research: Aaron A. Croad
Scotty Cracraft Scholarship Award for Scholarship in Accounting: Daniel W. Merritt
Gaylord Smith Award for Scholarship in Accounting: Kathleen L. Petchell
Tim Cash Ernst and Young Scholarships in Accounting: Brent Koaches, Rahman A. Isayev, Jeremy F. Simms, Charles J. Carroll, and David J. Budka
Robert Hetler PriceWaterhouseCoopers Scholarships in Accounting: Brent Koaches, Charles J. Carroll, David J. Budka, Ryan M. Moretti, Donald W. Strite, and Allan L. Adair
For more information on these awards, please see the Department's Scholarships and Awards page.
Admission, Costs, and General Information (Traditional Chinese)
Admission, Costs, and General Information (Simplified Chinese)
Bieber, Malecke Balance Soccer, Monetary Policy
Albion College students are noted for their ability to juggle their academic and extracurricular pursuits, though the balancing act performed by Andy Bieber and Evan Malecke this fall may stand alone.
The E&M students went to class each day until about 4 p.m., when they would go to practice or matches as midfielders for Albion’s men’s soccer team. After soccer, the juniors would have just enough time to grab dinner and clean up before spending hours sifting through papers and debating economic policy with members of Albion’s Fed Challenge team as it prepared for its Nov. 16 regional competition in Chicago.
Seniors Rewarded for Mentoring Local Youth
The highlight of the week for many children at Albion's Harrington Elementary School is the one-hour visit by their mentor, who happens to be a student from Albion College. Three senior E&M students who are also members of the men's basketball program – Bob Wernet, Luke Walker, and Sean Hendon – were among 25 Albion students who recently received Michigan Campus Compact Heart and Soul awards for their dedication to community service. They were also among the recipients of the Jessie Longhurst Rotary Service Award.
The mentorship program, now known as Jessie's Gift in memory of the 2002 Albion High School graduate and former Albion College student-athlete, was developed and is currently run by Peg Turner, the wife of former Albion men's basketball coach Mike Turner.