It took all of two weeks to make the decision to apply for Willamette University’s Master of Business Administration for Professionals. Yes, this decision probably warranted a little more thought: an increase of $75,000+ in student loans, 8 hours a week in night class, and the evenings after work completing assignments, readings, and group projects. But I knew that these 3 letters on my business card would have a huge impact on my career and my life.
“I knew that these 3 letters on my business card would have a huge impact on my career and my life.”
I graduated from Oregon State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. This too was a hasty decision (I’m seeing a trend) but one that has placed me in the fast track to an amazing career. I work at US Bank in the Commercial department as a Relationship Manager. My job entails building relationships with business owners, providing financing for working capital needs and capital projects, and making sure that their banking compliments their business.
I don’t work the typical “banker’s hours” but rather schedule my day around my clients’ availability and the community event calendar. Sometimes that means starting at 7 am so I can prepare for an 8 am meeting in the next city over or beginning my day a little later because I have a gala to attend and anticipate a late night. It keeps me on my feet, or should I say pumps, and allows me to utilize my social skills and my accounting knowledge.
My cohort consists of 18 professionals that work in varying industries: from working in HR at a retirement facility to operating a family owned petroleum distribution company. Working on group projects and participating in in-class discussions with people that have such different perspectives and real-world experiences expands your thinking and your approach to problem solving/solution creation. THIS is why I chose [so quickly] to begin my MBA journey. The unexpected and out-of-the-box thinking that is encouraged and nurtured in the MBA program gives me an edge over my competition. I am able to partner with my clients and support their businesses over and above just their banking.
” In the first year, I’ve been able to try on the hats of HR Manager, Organizational Psychologist, Accountant, CFO/Financial Planner, Data Analyst, and Marketer/strategist. “
In just the first year, I’ve been able to try on the hats of HR Manager, Organizational Psychologist, Accountant, CFO/Financial Planner, Data Analyst, and Marketer/strategist. This allows me to take on a holistic approach to address client concerns and I am able to engage in conversations with business owners (other than banking conversations) that I otherwise wouldn’t feel comfortable having. I see a bright future ahead of me and all it takes is $75,000 dollars, 8 hours of class time, and homework. Amortized over 30 years at 6% interest, that’s only $500 a month! See! You’re already learning something…free of charge.
But…maybe it’s not for you. Here are 5 Reasons an MBA is NOT for you.