What drew him to the Roux
He instantly connected with the Roux’s ambitious vision to supercharge the local economy. “I’d just moved to Maine and loved it here, and I thought what Roux was trying to achieve was unique and remarkable,” he says. And when he found out about the generous Alfond Scholars program, he knew the Roux was the right move for him.
In fall 2020, Castro Carrillo enrolled part time in the master’s in analytics program. With the flexibility of evening courses, he could work full time in a new job as an analyst for the mega online furniture store Wayfair.
But the real game-changer was his experiential learning capstone course, where Oscar got to analyze data provided by a local bank to identify what products or services customers might be interested in next. Solving real-world industry problems like that, he says, opened his eyes to a host of new career possibilities.
New connection, new career
Then at a Roux networking event in summer 2021, Castro Carrillo connected with Arkatechture, a Portland-based data consultation and services company and Roux employer partner. That meeting ultimately led to a job offer at Arkatechture as a data analyst.
“I secured this new job 10 months into my program,” says Castro Carrillo, who expects to finish his studies in December 2022.
“My career is growing quickly, and the Roux helped make it happen.”