McKayla Girardin


McKayla Girardin is an NYC-based writer with Forage. McKayla is experienced at transforming complex concepts into easily digestible articles to help anyone better understand the world we live in. McKayla is passionate about writing high-quality content that matters and helping others find fulfillment in their careers.

McKayla received her B.A. in Political Science and Russian from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine - her hometown. Outside of her professional writing, she loves writing poetry and short fiction and often spends too much time in used bookstores. McKayla also is a voracious reader and a collector of antique books and vinyl.

Favorite Career Advice

Your starting point is not your ending point. Be open to new opportunities to learn and grow.

Experience Highlights

  • 2+ years of experience writing in the finance and business space.

Latest Articles

What Is Retail Banking?

Retail banking, also called personal banking or consumer banking, is financial services geared toward individual customers rather than large corporations. Retail banks offer products like savings accounts and debit cards to the general public, and working in retail banking requires high levels of customer service.  In this guide, we’ll go over: Retail Banking Definition Retail …

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What is retail banking? Retail bankers
Guide to Working at Spotify

Spotify is a global music and entertainment streaming service based in Sweden. Whether you’re a die-hard Spotify user or you only use Apple Music (or YouTube music), working at Spotify can be a fun and rewarding experience. The company offers internships and programs for students and recent graduates across more than a dozen departments, so …

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Guide to working at Spotify
What Is User Research?

User research, often called user experience research, is a type of research that aims to understand what users want and need and how consumers interact with a product or service. Researchers use interviews, surveys, web analytics, and A/B testing to gather data from users and consumers. This feedback then informs product design and improvements.   But …

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User research and user experience research
What is Qualitative Research? Methods and Examples

Qualitative research seeks to gain insights and understand people’s experiences and perspectives by studying social organizations and human behavior. Data in qualitative studies focuses on people’s beliefs and emotional responses. Qualitative data is especially helpful when a company wants to know how customers feel about a product or service, such as in user experience (UX) …

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What Is Qualitative Research? Examples and methods
What Is Research? Types and Methods

Research is the process of examining a hypothesis to make discoveries. Practically every career involves research in one form or another. Accountants research their client’s history and financial documents to understand their financial situation, and data scientists perform research to inform data-driven decisions.  In this guide, we’ll go over:  Research Definition Research is an investigation …

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What is research? Types and Methods of Research
What Is Operating Income?

Operating income is a company’s profits after deducting operating expenses. This type of income is commonly calculated in accounting and investment banking to measure profitability. Operating expenses include costs associated with production and regular business obligations like employee wages. Calculating a company’s operating income involves looking at gross profits and subtracting all costs related to …

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What is operating income or operating profit?
Data Scientist Career Path: What’s the Trajectory?

The data scientist career path involves progressing from entry-level analyst roles, gaining more responsibility and leadership roles as you rise through the ranks. Data scientists use a mix of data analysis and business intelligence to drive smarter business decisions and solve complex problems. Eventually, a data scientist may need to choose between focusing on the …

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What is the career path for data scientists?