Senior Dominique Hawkins readily admits she “always had a drive for business.” But she wasn’t sure in which direction to proceed.
A part-time job at Nordstrom Rack fed her passion for fashion and introduced her to a love of retail management.
She chose Towson University’s project management and business analysis program—part of the business administration major in the College of Business & Economics—because she thought it was perfect preparation for her future career.
Hawkins also valued the worldwide AACSB accreditation CBE’s business administration and accounting programs have earned.
Living in West Village for three years gave the Prince George’s County, Maryland, native opportunities to get involved on campus. She participated in the MentHER program and has been a member of the project management and e-business association since she was a sophomore. This year, she served as the club’s vice president.
Hawkins also took advantage of the opportunity to participate in the 2018 Fall Case Competition. Teams have five weeks to compile solutions to real-world business cases provided by a professional organization and then present their solutions to a panel of regional business leaders.
This year, the participating business was multinational jewelry company Pandora, which has a regional headquarters in downtown Baltimore.
The organization needed a solution for inventory distribution issues it experienced during the holiday season.
“It was really interesting to apply class knowledge to a real-world issue,” Hawkins says. “My friend in my group worked at Nordstrom Rack with me, so we were able to use our business knowledge and retail experience to inform our decision making.”
Although her team finished third, the opportunity to network was just as valuable to Hawkins as a win.
“I had done my research on Pandora, and I knew it was an organization I really wanted to impress,” Hawkins continues.
She connected with Pandora’s demand planning manager Coushatta Cunningham in the meet-and-greet after the presentation and exchanged information. Hawkins applied for several jobs at Pandora before an assistant demand planning position opened in March.
“I sent in my resume and copied Coushatta,” says Hawkins. “I heard back right away. The application and interview process went quickly, and the next week I had a full-time job.”