Just another Life Changing decision…

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.