Looking Back and Looking Forward
I am a second year full time MBA student and am set to graduate in about a month. There is a mix of reflection and excitement (even more so from my wife who has endured having her spouse in a full time graduate program).
When reflecting on the past two years and what I’ve gained from them, I’ve thought of the relationships I’ve made and how walking out of this experience confirmed the things that brought me here in the first place. When talking about Fisher, we talk a lot about the small class size being a key component of the overall experience. The small class size lends itself to more intimate settings which, in turn, lend itself to more opportunities to connect with classmates, faculty and career management. This all made logical sense, but I’ve been able to now have the experience of living it out and I can say it’s all true. Friendships-I have been able to get to know several classmates in a deep way over this relatively short period of time, and I fully expect to continue those relationships even after the program is finished. Professors-even having gone to Ohio State for undergrad, I’ve seen a world of difference in the depth of relationships I have with my professors at Fisher. Most of them are in the Ops/Logistics field (my focus in the program) and I have been able to cultivate these relationships and to lean on them for better understanding a concept and also for career advice.
Another area that sticks out to me is the Corporate Mentor Program. As a student, you fill out an “application.” It’s more of an info sheet on what you’re looking for in a mentor, and they pair you with an executive in the Columbus area. The program is only supposed to last for a year, but often the relationships extend for more, and that was the case for me. My mentor has been a great source of advice and has graciously connected me to others in the supply chain profession.
Looking now to the future. Currently, I am searching for a supply chain position in the Columbus area, but am hopeful that something will come through soon. Coming to an MBA program is somewhat of a gamble, albeit a calculated and relatively low risk gamble (92% of graduates last year had jobs within 3 months of graduation). You’re essentially putting all of your chips in and hoping the investment pays off. Thankfully it almost always does, but at certain times tries your resolve. I've found in those times it’s been helpful to focus on the good things in your life and to know that life is more than just what job you have. For example, my wife and I just welcomed our daughter to the world a couple weeks ago (see picture below). What a blessing!
The MBA program has been a great re-calibration experience for my career and I’m looking forward to a brighter future than when I entered.