Student Spotlight: Caitlin Scattarelli

Student Name: Caitlin (Coleman) Scattarelli
MBA Concentration: Integrated Marketing Communications
Current Employer: SMS Commerce

Caitlin (Coleman) Scattarelli combines an undeniable drive with a strong support system to accomplish one professional goal after another. Throughout her career, she has had a laser focus on gaining the skills and confidence necessary to position herself as an ideal candidate for each step she takes along her professional journey. She chose to pursue the St. Catherine University MBA to gain a competitive edge and to strengthen her business skills in order to maintain the momentum she’d had so far within her career.

We recently had the opportunity to chat with Caitlin to learn more about her professional journey, how she ended up at St. Kate’s, and what goals she is focused on accomplishing next. Here’s what she had to say!

Q: Tell us a bit about your background.
A: I graduated from the College of Saint Benedict and the University of Saint John’s with a Political Science Degree. Upon completion of an Government Affairs internship in Washington, D.C. I went back to Minnesota to work as a Consultant at Altair. Last year, I accepted a position at SPS Commerce and now I am a Project Manager on the Mid-Market Integration team.

Q: How did you end up pursuing an MBA at St. Kate’s?
A: While thinking about my future career, I wanted to give myself a competitive edge in the marketplace and strengthen my business education. After listening to some colleagues and friends rave about their experiences at St. Kates, I was intrigued. I attended an informational session and sat in on MBA class before I committed to St. Kates. Overall, I was impressed with the in-person class structure, cost, and the flexibility of the program. I really enjoyed the IMC concentration as well.

Q: Tell us a little about your support system.
A: I am very fortunate! My whole family – including close friends – was very supportive of my MBA. My husband initially pushed me to continuing my education and for him, I am forever grateful.

Q: Describe significant professional milestones that have occurred so far while in the program.
A: I am expected to graduate from St. Kates this December. One advantage of being in an MBA program was being selected for a competitive promotion at my work. I could bring up tactics and strategies that I was learning in class during my interview.

Q: What are your long-term career goals, and how does that tie in to your decision to getting your MBA?
A: I want to continue to grow into my career at SPS and hopefully be involved in management. My husband’s family owns a business, so we will also be using the skills and lessons that I’ve learned in class and apply it to his role.  

Q: When you were five, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: When I was five years old, I really wanted to be a nurse just like my mom. She continues to inspire me today!

Q: What’s been your favorite part about the MBA program so far?
A: Meeting all the people in my cohorts and networking with previous alums. I really enjoy the interaction between different concentrations at St. Kates.

Q: What’s been the most challenging piece about pursuing your MBA?
A: It can be a challenge to manage life, school, and work balance. However, having the proper support network in place is key to succeeding. Also, I took a short time off for my wedding. The MBA program at St. Kate’s really helped me adjust my class schedule to accommodate for this.  

“Education is something that no one can take away from you; it’s an investment in yourself.”

Q: What advice would you have for someone who is considering pursuing their MBA?
A: I’m going to be cliché and recommend Nike’s advice and “Just Do It!” If you are thinking about pursuing an MBA degree, remember that education is something that no one can take away from you; it’s an investment in yourself. Not only will you learn from experienced professors, but you will meet fantastic people in your cohorts that will expand your network exponentially.