Molera and McRoberts share more below about their experiences at the school.

Question: What advice would you give to someone who has just graduated from Thunderbird and is looking to start their career?

Molera: Before finding a job, leverage the alumni network as much as possible. T-birds are always willing to help. Informational interviews are beneficial for making connections that help you land a job and learn about various industries and job functions. Equipping yourself with as much knowledge as possible about what you want from a career will narrow your scope and help you tailor your resume and job search.

Question: How did the training you received at Thunderbird help you in your career? 

McRoberts: I was fortunate to be offered a job out of school in finance at an international merchant bank in London. The courses I took at Thunderbird prepared me well for the job’s analytical work, and as I traveled extensively, they helped me integrate into different cultures. Most importantly, when I traveled, I often met up with fellow Thunderbirds in each city I visited. Having these contacts made it easier to navigate the business world and helped when meeting clients and colleagues in different geographies.

Question: Which of your personal traits and professional skills help you the most?

Molera: Investment banking, like any industry, requires technical and people skills. I like to demonstrate both, but my top strength is my detail-oriented nature. I have fallen into the “office editor” role and appreciate my attention to detail and pride in each piece of work I put out. I may have Professor (Kannan) Ramaswamy’s or Professor (Michael) Moffett’s case briefs to partly thank for this.

Question: What’s your favorite memory from your time at Thunderbird?

McRoberts: The camaraderie among the students, group projects, rugby games, international dinners/parties most weekends, and of course, pub nights. I was proud to have been the first Zimbabwean to attend Thunderbird and was responsible for providing the first Zimbabwean flag to be flown from the school’s flagpole.

Question: What’s your favorite story from your time at Thunderbird?

Molera: It is hard to choose just one, but Thunderbird's Grand Opening and 75th Anniversary Global Reunion was a week I will never forget. My father was born in Nogales, Arizona, near the border with Mexico. He identifies with his Latin roots, but I hadn't much until coming to Thunderbird. I brought him to Latin America Regional Night during anniversary week. It was extremely special to share Thunderbird with him while experiencing some of his culture.

Question: What’s something you learned while at Thunderbird — in the classroom or otherwise — that has helped you excel in your career?

McRoberts: Thunderbird was a wonderful experience for me. The most outstanding thing about the school was the students. I applied to the school due to its international focus and was impressed with the curriculum and the level of education offered. The diversity of the student body made Thunderbird a unique environment and provided me with a perspective I would not have received from other institutions. It made me feel that anything was possible in any geography in the world and fostered my entrepreneurial qualities.

Dasi Danzig

Senior Media Relations Officer, Thunderbird School of Global Management