I’m going to go a little off topic today to talk about the MBA. I’m talking about that because today I will be graduating with my MBA from Elon University.
So what has going after an MBA done for me? A number of things.
- It gave me a challenge, a goal to attain. Getting the MBA isn’t easy. It’s running though an educational gauntlet. While your job or life experiences may make some classes easier than others, there are always a couple of classes that drive you crazy.
- For me, Economics and Managerial Accounting were the big challenges. Economics because the professor focused more on calculus than economics, and let’s face it, not many people use calculus on a daily basis and I barely passed that when getting my undergraduate degree. Managerial Accounting was tough, well because its managerial accounting.
- The classes that were easier for me were the communication and strategic thinking. I think that is because of my experience as a business analyst. I communicate everyday and sometimes have to think outside the box.
- It helped to think differently. You broaden your thought process. If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you know that I advocate asking the Who, What, Where, When, How and Why questions. While pursuing the MBA, I not only learned the value of these questions, I learned about tools to help me expand on them. For example, using tools like the Business Model Canvas and Porter’s Five Forces, when I look at a problem I know to ask more than just who. I now ask Who are the Key Stakeholders, Who are the Clients, and Who is the Competition?
- It broadened my personal horizons. I don’t know what I am going to do with this MBA. I may use it as a stepping stone to another career such as teaching or corporate training, use it to ride the corporate ladder, or even try something totally different. The MBA has given me the tools to succeed, I just have to find the path I want to follow.
- Finally, it gave me a permanent, double shot of confidence. A lot has happened since I started the MBA program. I lost my father, had a knee replacement, sold my family home, and got married. There were a lot of challenges along the way to complete this and knowing that I drove myself through to the finish line gave me the confidence to go forward.