Clare Driscoll

Clare Driscoll

Degree: M.S. in Supply Chain; Business Data Analytics Certification

Occupation: Research Assistant for Dr. Hewitt on the Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) freight industry

When do you finish and what do you hope to do after graduation?

My last quarter is Fall 2021, so I will be done at the end of October this year. I would love to work in logistics/data analytics and distribution.

Why did you choose this program?

I used to be a dancer and a yoga instructor, and my friends in supply chain really enjoyed their careers and introduced me to the field. Since the beginning of the pandemic, I really felt the impact of successful vs. unsuccessful supply chains. That’s ultimately the reason I landed on supply chain for my career change because it felt like an interesting way to make people’s lives, at least a little bit, easier.

What was your favorite experience during your time at Quinlan?

Since I started in Fall 2020, I haven’t had the chance to actually be in the classroom. My favorite experience, so far, was the LINKS simulation in my Global Logistics class with Dr. Nowak. That was an amazing way to build community while working remotely. My group worked together the entire quarter. The simulation was challenging and time consuming, but it was direct use of the skills that I will be able to apply in my career one day.

How has the program helped your career?

The program has given me all sorts of technical knowledge and software skills, in addition to discussion on connecting what we learn to the industry. I feel so prepared to leap into this workforce. Previously being a dancer and yoga instructor, I barely used Excel or R, and since starting the program I feel proficient in both of these software programs in such a short period of time. I was immersed in technology immediately and given the opportunities to test my knowledge.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

This is a two-fold answer:

  1. Ask every question that comes to mind – asking to go over an example, or for office hours is not a sign of weakness, but of strength. Asking for help not only deepens your connection to the material, but it connects you to the community at Loyola, especially the professors who are so willing to help.
  2. If you are making a career change by starting the program – take the leap! Trust that your soft skills will support you in your work ethic, time management, and the development of your software skills.

Why did you choose Quinlan?

The Supply Chain program is incredibly ranked, and they are really unique as a competitive business school because they include social awareness in their curriculum. I’m not just learning technical skills, but also learning a lot about current events that are affecting the Supply Chain industry. It truly feels like this program values every student and wants to see them succeed.

What would you recommend to someone who is just starting at Loyola/Quinlan?

Go to any [virtual] event that seems interesting. Go and listen to the Supply Chain and Sustainability speakers. I have especially enjoyed listening to the Women in Business webinars. My eyes have been opened to incredible people and organizations that facilitate community, even during a pandemic.