From Engineering to MBA Virtual Field Trips
Business is everywhere and a graduate business degree like an MBA, can boost your career, no matter your undergraduate major. Attend these virtual field trips to learn ways that real MBA alumni and current students with engineering degrees unlocked their career potential with an MBA. Join us via Google Hangouts for this FREE field trip.
Where: Official GMAT Google Hangout
Webinar Duration: 1 Hour (45-minute interviews + 15-minute Q&A)
Field Trip 1: Destination MBA > Wednesday, February 22 | 1:00pm EDT
During this virtual field trip, you will meet current MBA students with engineering backgrounds. They will walk you through their personal journeys from engineering undergrads to MBA candidates.
Moderator: Alex Lawrence, Assistant Dean of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Meet Andrew Richlen: from the Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business, class of 2017. Andrew's undergrad major concentration was Civil Engineering. Why Business School? "I wanted not only change careers but also advance my career. I wasn’t sure of the career path I wanted to pursue but I knew I wanted to perform a business function. Part of my motivation was earning a higher salary which generally comes after earning an MBA. Last but not least, some organizations will limit high-level advancement unless you have an MBA." What was your career before business school? Project management for a civil engineering firm.
Meet LaVerne Sessler: from Syracuse University, Whitman School of Management, class of 2017. LaVerne's undergrad major concentration was Civil Engineering. Why Business School? "My undergraduate studies in civil engineering will help me with the technical aspect of my dream. However, there is a crucial part of the puzzle missing. I need to first learn how to own and operate a business. The Whitman School of Management has been great in developing a very well rounded set of skills that I think anyone planning to become a manager of any sort should have. Not only has it helped to expand my knowledge in the business world, it has helped me to develop crucial skills that are cross functional with almost any career path you choose. While it is not necessary for engineers to acquire their MBA, I think it is one of the best tools you can have within the engineering field. Having the technical skills is necessary to be an engineer, but having the business skills is what will make you standout. "
Field Trip 2: Destination Post MBA > Thursday, February 23 | 1:00pm EDT
During this virtual field trip, you will meet MBA alumni with engineering backgrounds. They will walk you through their journey from engineering to post MBA business leaders.
Meet Britta Mueller: from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business, class of 2014. Britta's undergrad major concentration was Food Process Engineering. Now she is an independent consultant, however prior to that she spent almost 2.5 years at Amazon. Why Business School? "I had hit a plateau in my career and thought I wanted to switch to marketing. Low and behold, I figured out I really loved working in the operations and supply chain space. So, after a marketing internship, I decided that that wasn’t the correct career path for me. But all was not lost, because even though I had a marketing major, I also had a minor in finance, business analytics and entrepreneurship. Kelley allows you to take a variety of classes based on what you are most passionate about."
Meet Ralph Ewig: from Stanford MSx Program, class of 2015. Ralph has a BS, MS, and PhD in aerospace engineering and served as vice president of engineering at Aerojet Rocketdyne and mission operations manager at SpaceX. Through Stanford GSB courses like Formation of New Ventures and Startup Garage, Ralph created a business plan to provide uninterrupted telecom and data services to clients using low-Earth-orbiting satellites. His team won $25,000 at the BASES Challenge, Stanford University's annual startup competition that awards funding to aspiring Stanford entrepreneurs. He is currently the CEO of Audacy. Why Business School? "I wanted to start my own company, and knew I had both the technical and operational skills to do so, but needed to understand money and plug into the startup funding."