Thursday, August 25, 2011
Some Good Advice
Recently, the subject of making the best of the SU MBA program has come up. Having completed two years in the MBA program (I have one more to go), I have some ideas of how to maximize your time at SU, but I decided to solicit additional thoughts from some of my classmates that recently graduated to help with this blog.
I asked a few recent alumni a simple question; as you reflect on graduation, is there anything that you may suggest for in-coming students? The results covered many topics, but the idea was the same….take advantage of the opportunities available to students!
It is easy to get so caught up in classes and work, that you can forget some of the other opportunities at SU. For example, one person said that she wished she would have participated in the Graduate Leadership Formation Certificate program. Another said the he would have liked to participate in the Mentorship Program from the very start of his graduate career. Yet another said that he wished that he took the Business Plan Competition more seriously. All of these are great suggestions to consider at the beginning of your program, but it’s NEVER too late to get involved.
Personally, I do suggest that you investigate all of the opportunities available to students. Here is a small list of some of the activities:
Also, you will want to seriously consider a specialization early in your career. This doesn’t have to happen before you start, but you will want to think about it early. For some people, this is an easy choice, but, for me, it was difficult. SU has some very good specializations so you should look into them all. They include accounting, business valuation, entrepreneurship, leadership formation, and sustainability. See http://www.seattleu.edu/albers/gradresources/ for more information.
Is that enough info yet? If not, here is a web site where MBA alums give free advice to students just starting their MBAs. This site is not SU specific, but is meant for all MBA students.
I hope this helps! As always, feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.
Albers Graduate Ambassador
Written by PJ Graziani