In 2008, I graduated from the University of Central Florida with my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Like many other recent graduates, I was confident that I would immediately find my dream career upon graduation. For the time being, I continued to work as the Office Manager for my family’s sales and marketing company as I had throughout most of my undergraduate studies. As I began my search, I was sending out tons of resumes and applying to every job that seemed even remotely interesting. I was anticipating an influx of calls from companies begging me to work for them; I imagined how I would graciously turn down the less appealing offers. Well, the calls or the offers never came, and the ones that did were for less money than I was making at my current position. Needless to say, I was disappointed. The current state of the economy and the lack of progress I had been making on my job hunt led me to the conclusion that not only would I not be missing out on any fantastic job opportunities by pursuing graduate school, but in order to acquire my dream job, it would be absolutely necessary. This is why an MBA degree started to appeal to me
At this point, I turned my job hunt into a search for MBA programs. I wasn’t sure of many things, but I knew that I wanted to stay in the Melbourne area and I knew that I was up for something different. After initially pursuing my alma mater for grad school, I realized that I would be forced to commute to and from Orlando in the evenings, this did not appeal to me. Even less appealing was the fact that I didn’t get in! I was devastated! I had never been rejected from anything in my life. A typical overachiever, I got into every college I applied to out of high school and always maintained a high GPA. This is when I turned my sights to Florida Tech. I grew up in Melbourne Beach, I always knew that Florida Tech existed, but wasn’t sure that they had a program suitable to my needs. I was pleasantly surprised to find that an on campus MBA program was offered at FIT and even more pleasantly surprised when I was accepted within only a few weeks of my application. I guess you can say the rest is history; I began my MBA program that summer. Soon after, I left my job to work on campus at the Women’s Business Center in order capitalize on the College Roll Employee program offered by FIT.
I have found Florida Tech to be one of the best decisions I have made. I feel so connected to the College of Business, working here has allowed me to get to know many of my professors outside of the classroom and has increased my commitment to success. I am happy to share my experiences with other students and potential students that may be dealing with some of the same issues that I faced. Blogging for Florida Tech and the College of Business has only increased the connectedness that I feel with the university. Why an MBA degree? Why not!