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Transferring Knowledge and Skills: David Watson ’09

David Watson ’09 transferred from Normandale Community College seeking small class sizes, a liberal arts education, and a tight-knit community. “I found all that and more at Hamline,” he said.

As a senior consultant at Deloitte Consulting, Watson says he uses the skills and experiences he gained at Hamline daily. “In class, we received a lot of hands-on experience working with other students on projects and presentations,” he said. “I do those things everyday at my job.”

For Watson, making the decision to transfer was an easy one. When he began at Normandale, he did not know his career aspirations. After deciding to pursue a bachelor of business administration with a concentration in management, Watson chose to transfer to Hamline for the depth and breadth of courses offered at the Hamline School of Business

“I loved the small class sizes at Hamline,” he said. “The classes are very interactive, and you build relationships with both the students and professors.”

Watson found support from all of his professors at Hamline, not just the professors for his major. “I remember having a lot of questions in my calculus class, and the professor was willing to sit down with me in his office after class,” he said. “I felt very valued as a student.”

Watson recalled his capstone course during his senior year, which focused on strategic management. “The depth of knowledge and the skills I gained from that class—in public speaking, researching, and collaborating with others—are invaluable,” he said.

Watson found a wealth of opportunities outside the classroom as well. In addition to participating in intramural sports, he was a member of the Investment Club, led by professor Beth Gunderson. Each week, students gathered to discuss various investment strategies. They would look at the performance of different stocks and underlying value determinants. At the end of the semester, students would present their recommendations for inclusion in a small portfolio set up for the students by the Hamlin Board of Trustees. 

After graduation, Watson worked for Meditech, a national medical software company, as an applications specialist. His position involved traveling to different hospitals around the nation to manage the implementation of Meditech’s electronic health record software.

Now, as a senior consultant with Deloitte, he serves Deloitte’s healthcare clients to find solutions for complex technology projects and technology-enabled transformations. On any given day, Watson can be found giving presentations, meeting with clients, and researching current trends in the medical software. He credits Hamline for preparing him for the real world.

“The courses I took at Hamline covered such a wide variety of topics at a deep and intricate level,” he said. “I learned how to become a jack of all trades.”

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