Jered DaCosta (MBA '11)
Barclays Capital Investment Banking Division
New York City
After earning their MBAs together at Notre Dame, this husband-and-wife team (both ex-Army) landed in the Big Apple.
Carly performs private-wealth management for JPMorgan Chase, providing high-net-worth individuals with advice on wealth planning, investments and credit. Jered advises client companies of Barclays on debt and equity transactions.
Carly says they both have fond memories of Notre Dame.
“That was the best two years of our lives.”
Notre Dame can only take partial credit. It was also the first two full years the couple were able to live together.
The DaCostas wed two days after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, as captains in the Army. The military then sent them to different locations for training. Then came a series of assignments – separated – to Korea, Iraq, Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Alaska. For a year they were both in Alaska but at bases eight hours apart.
The separations were a big reason they decided to leave the military after five years, Carly says. Jered was the first to consider doing an MBA. Together they began visiting universities.
“I was kind of along for the ride,” recalls Carly. “But when we got to Notre Dame the spirit overtook me, and I absolutely loved it.”
She says the traditional architecture of the campus reminded them of West Point. And they discovered that, like the military academy, Notre Dame was a place that coveted tradition and protected its values.
“That’s something that we really appreciated,” she says.
The program’s core classes were ideal for them, she says, because they were both making a complete career change. Carly had been in communications; Jered served in an Airborne infantry unit. The coursework also integrated well with the leadership training they’d received in the Army, she says.
One of the highlights of their MBA experience, she says, was studying abroad, in South America and on a trip to China for two weeks over a spring break.
“Those were the most exceptional trips," Carly says. “The industry experts ND arranged to have speak with or teach us on a daily basis were so experienced and insightful. Both trips profoundly affected my understanding of the Chinese and South American cultures and how they relate to global business.”