The decision to go back to school to get my MBA was not an easy decision to make. Like many of those out there considering the full-time MBA route, there are many questions to consider, such as:
- What do I hope to gain from getting my MBA?
- How will I pay for it?
- Where should my focus in business be?
- What industry do I want to be in after obtaining my MBA?
- What are the trade-offs of investing the time and funds?
- What is my end goal?
Some of these questions are easier to answer than others, and some may not be that important in the decision-making process. For me it was a matter of looking at what I have already accomplished in my career and what would set me up for success in the future. Essentially, my decision to get my MBA was because I was looking for that solid business learning through the Wisconsin School of Business and the great networking opportunities that came with it.
I received my undergrad in communication and spent roughly 10 years in marketing for various companies and industries. I never thought that going back to school was in my future; however, in the last couple of years of working with small businesses, I realized how much I could learn and grow from a formal two-year in-person MBA program.
I have always been very interested in human behavior and how our environments (social and family life) impact and shape the decisions we make in our personal and professional life. Naturally, as I began to research MBA programs and the impact they would make on my future, I had to fully discover my passion—investigating the “why.” One of the main reasons I chose to pursue the MBA program at UW-Madison is because of its marketing analytics and insights specialization and the intrinsic skills, conversations, and experiences I would gain through my time at the Wisconsin School of Business.
As a second year A.C. Nielsen student at the Wisconsin School of Business, I’m excited to apply what I’ve learned thus far and I look forward to an exciting career post MBA!