Whitman’s MBA program provided a unique opportunity to relate work experience to my degree. I really appreciated how the full-time MBA program emphasized the experiential learning environment and applied our classroom instruction to real-world situations. Being able to interface with situations that real businesses were facing added depth to the coursework and helped to prepare me for my post-MBA role at Liberty Mutual.
Coming out of the program, the job market was tough. I was fortunate to land a great job at Liberty Mutual Insurance in a relatively new role that was created to place MBA-level talent in offices outside of the home office in Boston. As a Field Management Development Program participant (one of Liberty’s graduate level Advanced Graduate Hire programs), I’m currently tasked with evaluating and managing operations for Liberty Mutual’s Personal Insurance strategic business unit. In the past year, we became a top five personal lines carrier and we’re continuing to grow the business at an amazing rate. Growing at such a fast rate can be challenging and I’m constantly using skills I honed as a Whitman student.
What surprises me most is how often I find myself using information from courses that weren’t part of my finance and entrepreneurship concentrations. Liberty is undergoing a Lean continuous improvement transformation and I’ve been able to provide valuable insight into best practices that I picked up in the supply chain courses. I manage groups of employees and I’m consistently using behavioral organization theories to help develop capabilities within my teams. When I’m putting together presentations for senior leadership, I’m always thinking about presentation skills that I developed while I was a student at Whitman. The list goes on, but it’s safe to say that Whitman had a substantial impact on my career development.
One of the most exciting parts of earning my degree at Whitman has been the connection that I’ve been able to develop as a Syracuse University alum. There are active alumni chapters across the country and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a number of alumni who share my enthusiasm for everything SU. I’d encourage any current student or alumni to reach out to their local chapter and get involved. SU alumni travel well and we all bleed orange.
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