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In Consulting, with a Little Help from Her Friends

Relationships with second-year students help Jordan Potter find direction for her career

Jordan Potter
Senior Consultant, Deloitte

Vanderbilt MBA 2016

Had it not been for her fellow Vanderbilt MBA students, Jordan Potter might not have embarked on her new career path in consulting.

After undergraduate, Jordan, who majored in computer science and accounting, completed a Finance Development Program at Dell, rotating through various different corporate finance roles. She decided to pursue an MBA to round out her education and because “I see great value in understanding cross-functional work implications.”

As she entered the program at Vanderbilt, Jordan had begun gravitating toward HOP, which, along with Finance, became one of her concentrations. Participating in the student-run Human/Organizational Performance Association (HOPA) gave her more opportunities to talk with second-year students.

“I found that better understanding the projects they worked on during their summer internships was incredibly helpful,” says Jordan. “I was able to reflect on this and consider, ‘Is that something I could see myself doing?’ Concentrating in both HOP and Finance at Owen, I was looking for the bridge between the people and the analytics. While not originally considering a career in consulting, it was through these conversations that I was able to see how consulting might actually provide exactly what I was looking for. By the time I made my decision, I was very comfortable with it and confident I had found both a professional and personal fit.”

It was that same collegial atmosphere that originally helped draw Jordan to Vanderbilt — another decision she’s very happy about. “Owen completely changed my world,” she says. “I met some of my best friends, spent two years in what is now one of my favorite cities, and learned so much about myself along the way."



Fun Fact: An avid runner, Jordan has completed a marathon and numerous half-marathons.

“I’ve met some of my best friends, spent two years in what is now one of my favorite cities, and learned so much about myself along the way.”