Guest Blogger: Muhammad Fahad Abbasi, RN, BSN, MBA Student
I moved to Michigan from Arizona two and a half years ago after completing my undergraduate in nursing. After I gained strong clinical experience working in various hospitals and sub-acute care settings, I set a goal to move into management. I have been a Walsh MBA student since January 2013 and the past eleven months have been the most transformative experience in my professional career.
Entering from a non-business background, I had to complete the foundation courses. These classes are designed to restart your academic brain and ramp you up very quickly, so that you are ready to get into the real meat of the program. The students here are nothing short of amazing! There is a serious sense of community, and everyone is here to help. I also had the opportunity to revitalize the MBA Association (WCMA), where I currently serve as the president. I will emphasize that the MBA Association would not have been possible without an exceptional team of officers and members. Working together, we set goals and achieve them. It is a true collaborative effort, giving everyone who is part of the organization an opportunity to sharpen their team building and communication skills; Qualities most sought after by potential employers.
Here are a few tips worth sharing:
Stay Organized: This requires a commitment to daily action which, as graduate students in a business school, is imperative. Balancing work, school, and extracurricular activities would be impossible without a daily calendar. Stephen Covey puts it very nicely: “Organize and execute around priorities.” This will guarantee success in personal and professional life.
Be part of Student Organizations: If there is one thing I have recognized in the past 11 months, it is the importance of networking, and student organizations are an excellent vehicle to do just that. I have met with passionate individuals who have become good friends, people I can relate to and hang out with outside of school.
Read, Read, and Read: I was tempted to put a 4th “Read” in the subheading! In addition to reading the assigned course material, I have created a habit to read every day for 30 minutes, selected sections that are mostly “Business” from the Wall Street Journal and The Economist. These resources are available in the library, along with a myriad of business related books.
Like anything else in life, you get out what you put in. A business degree at Walsh College is an excellent opportunity to evolve into a professional, admired and respected by colleagues, creating opportunities and opening doors for professional growth.
Please comment below, sharing some of your experiences at Walsh College and how it has impacted your professional and personal life.