From coursework to career, Matthew Wiltse ’15 CLAS has been on a path to discovery. As an associate in the Management Development Program at Sunoco, Wiltse is rotating through three different core departments over the course of three years—allowing him to expand his professional portfolio and become a well-rounded business asset.
At Villanova, Wiltse was a student-athlete and Communication major who focused his studies on Marketing. He first worked for Sunoco as an intern on the Brand Marketing team in the summer prior to his senior year. Upon entering the Management Development Program, Wiltse’s first rotation was as a Fuels Pricing Analyst.
“I learned a whole new side of the business and performed well. I then decided to move into Finance for my second rotation,” he says. “Although I did not have much financial background, I knew I needed to challenge myself in order to enhance my career path.”
As creative thinkers and problem solvers, CLAS graduates are career-ready and poised for what’s next. As students, they are encouraged to use their passions to discover their careers, but that path to discovery doesn’t end at graduation. With each rotation, Wiltse thrived on the opportunity to learn and expand his intellectual horizon.
“In my current financial role, I find the story behind the numbers very interesting,” says Wiltse. “I have learned to manipulate data and pull from various sources in order to uncover the meaning behind our financials for the month, the quarter and the year.”
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has a nearly 175-year tradition of shaping scholars and leaders who are grounded in the fundamental disciplines. It is the crux of a Villanova education, and Wiltse has found his Communication degree invaluable.
“My liberal arts education has made me extremely well-rounded, and I feel that communication in any discipline cannot be undervalued,” he said. “I would tell any Villanova student to be confident in their degree and their education.”