What are your career aspirations and how will an MBA from Booth help you achieve them?
Manjul: “I want to ensure that every project and every entrepreneur who deserves funding receives the capital they need, no matter their background or place of origin. So, I aspire to continue in the path of becoming a sophisticated financier and play a role in fostering innovation around the world. I am originally from Nepal and I am eager to make capital accessible to companies in developing countries like Nepal that don’t have an established capital market. An MBA from Booth allowed me to take classes like International Corporate Finance with Professor Raghuram Rajan and Emerging Markets Finance and Entrepreneurship with Professor Emanuele Colonnelli, which taught how deals in foreign markets can be structured to make it attractive for all parties involved. Those classes also provided the opportunity to hear from high profile guest lecturers from the World Bank and other international organizations.”
Andres: “While I thought it would be Booth’s world-renowned financial courses that would make me a successful analytical tech investor, it was the human-centric strategic innovation, marketing, and entrepreneurship courses that shifted my career goals towards a career in product management. During my Digital Marketing Lab class, where my team and I consulted as a digital marketer for a tech company in the Bay Area, I had the opportunity to learn and use HubSpot as a CRM. In class, we even had a HubSpot marketer provide training. This same connection and experience led me to find a job as a product manager at HubSpot, only half way through my MBA program. As I continue to grow as a product and entrepreneurial leader, Booth’s New Venture Challenge accelerator gave me the opportunity to co-found a company and learn from household names such as Grubhub, Braintree/Venmo, and Simple Mills. While we shut down the company, the tools and friendships I gained along the way helped me become a better product manager and will help me as I pursue entrepreneurship later in life.”
How have you used the flexible curriculum to maximize your time at Booth and get what you needed out of your MBA? What’s a specific example?
Kaley: “I used the flexible curriculum to graduate with four concentrations...and dive deeper into subjects, decision making models, theories, etc. that I hadn’t gotten as much access to before. I was also able to take a summer off and do a few quarters where I only took one class because of a more demanding work schedule. This allowed me to balance all aspects of my life to get the most out of my MBA.”
Anthony: “The flexible curriculum at Booth has helped me narrow my career focus, which was unclear when I began. Because there are no hard requirements on concentrations at Booth, I could enroll in the courses that seemed the most interesting. Early on, I was able to discover the areas I enjoyed and excelled in.”