5 Ways a MBA Program Has Upped My Social Game

Organizational Network: The Social Impact of an MBA by Michael Cooper

1. An effective organizational network breeds inspiration

If you ask me, I’d say I’m paying for inspirational moments that I wouldn’t have experienced if I hadn’t pursued an MBA. This is an environment in which you are listening to multiple perspectives, and it can have a huge impact on a career path.

2. You will meet professionals that work in multiple different industries

The value of meeting people who work across multiple industries which include healthcare, accounting, government, and supply chain management is extremely educational in itself. Every night in class, I have a chance to understand these different perspectives on the course material, and because of this it’s like having multiple professors teaching me at one time.

3. When everyone on the team wants to learn, you have a winning team

My environment is what influences me to be the person I am, and by surrounding myself with an eclectic organizational network of professionals that want to be educated, I’m building an unbelievable foundation that I can always fall back on.

4. Constructive criticism is a great way to learn

In our cohort we challenge each other. We are constantly in situations where we have to compare performances with one another whether it be related to presentations, group work, knowledge of the material, or more. Being critical is important to grow, and as long as you have an organizational network that wants each other to succeed, there is no reason that criticism wouldn’t be constructive.

5. Ultimately, you’re making life long friendships

This is going to sound corny, but we’re more than just a network. We’re a family. We each have our own strengths and weaknesses, and an effective organizational network knows how to utilize each member to the best of their abilities.

Michael Cooper resides in Portland, Oregon but calls Saint Louis, Missouri home. His undergraduate degree was obtained at Westminster College and he is currently completing his first year at Willamette University (MBA). He enjoys learning about global business, traveling, and hiking.