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George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

From DaVinci to Spreadsheets: Art History Grad Gains New Business Skills

Written by Jennifer Anzaldi on .

ReiningStudying the likes of historical artists such as DaVinci or Michelangelo one year and moving on to business spreadsheets and management principles the next year might seem like quite a challenge, but for one recent Mason business alum, this is proving to be a great combination.

After graduating from George Mason University in 2014 with an undergraduate degree in art history, Ana Reining decided she wanted to expand her career opportunities by gaining the skills that a Master’s in Management offered.

Prior to entering the MS in Management program, Reining’s goal was to work as a curator at a museum or art gallery.

“The art world is very competitive,” says Reining. “I decided to go back for my master’s degree because I wanted to learn how I could apply business to the art world. I started to develop the idea in my head that I wanted to run my own art gallery, and I thought it would be best to obtain more business knowledge.”

At Mason, the MS in Management program is tailored to recent bachelor’s degree graduates (liberal arts, science or engineering) with less than two years of professional experience who are interested in gaining a foundation in business management principles.

Reining fit this profile perfectly and completed the 11-month master’s in management degree in 2015. After such a great undergraduate experience, Reining says she excited to stay at Mason to continue her studies.

For Reining, the most rewarding experience at Mason was working and getting to know her peers. “For all of us it was a learning experience, but we all managed to grow and help each other along the way,” says Reining.

While in the MS in Management program, Reining completed an internship at Distributed Information Technologies, Inc. in Arlington, VA, which led to her current position as a business analyst there. Reining says her career goals keep changing. She is now working towards becoming a project manager but hasn’t ruled out a more creative field in the future.

“Either way, the master’s in management has prepared me for different career paths because it taught me how to be versatile in the business world.”