Shawn Flynn is from Woodbridge, Connecticut, where he presently works as a Research & Analytics Consultant for The Hartford, a financial services company based in Hartford, Connecticut. He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from Western Connecticut State University, paying his own way as a member of the CT Air National Guard and by bartending. Shawn graduated in 2003 and took his first job in sales, but quickly realized he wasn’t cut out for that. Luckily the company where he was working had just created their own market research team and they took him on as an analyst. Shawn has nearly twelve years of experience in analytics in many areas, the last five of which have been in insurance. Early on his career in consumer goods progressed very well until the great recession, and he would like to return to CPG after graduation. For a long time, Shawn wanted to attend a Master’s program, and it seemed that MBA programs were often the only ones that were available on a part-time basis. Shawn wanted to differentiate himself, so he held out until the time was right and he stumbled upon the Master of Arts in Survey Research program at UConn.
Shawn finds the online class format somewhat challenging because he’s a hands-on learner who thrives in a personal & interactive classroom experience. However, he’s working hard to overcome this challenge and is seeing improvement. The biggest challenge Shawn faces day to day is having capacity to do everything as he has a young family (4-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter), a full-time job, a part-time job, and attending this program part-time. Yet, he tries to stay positive and focused on his goals. For fun, he truly enjoys spending time with his children, going on walks on local hiking trails, and the outdoors. After graduation, Shawn’s goal is to work in a consulting role at a local market research company, and help to grow the business by offering valuable insights to clients. As for advice, Shawn says that “if you have any notion of attending a graduate degree program, that they should do so almost immediately after earning their Bachelor’s degree, and before they settle down to have a family – because life moves pretty fast.”