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Jesse Mara

Jesse Mara


Strategic Business Analyst

Personal Information

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School: University of Minnesota

Major: Finance and Marketing

Years at College Works: 2012 to 2013

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Target

Title: Strategic Business Analyst

Industry: Retail

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

Act as support role for Merchandise Buyers by offering recommendations on how to price their product in order to maintain margin and demand.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Winning Alpha Phi's Most Outstanding Chapter in the Nation 2012-2014 out of 166 chapters in the US and Canada.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

College Works Painting gave me the confidence to take on challenges outside of my comfort zone, as well as teaching me how to work hard and smart.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

I learned how to manage my time and others expectations.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

CWP gave me the confidence to pursue leadership positions and job opportunities that I thought were out of my realm.


Many college students struggle to choose between an internship specific to their target industry or doing CWP. What advice would you give them on this subject if they wanted to enter your career field?

Learning how to sell, manage a team, and be held accountable at a young age is the best thing you can do to catapult your career and develop needed skills. Give everything you have to this opportunity because the more you put in the more you will get out.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

Starting out in a corporate environment is very different than an entrepreneurial. You have to push yourself to break out of the cubicle and get involved in extracurricular at work if you want to find success and passion!