Dallas Technology Guru Says Advanced Degree Fuels His Travel-Heavy Career

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Chris Spivey earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business with a focus in Finance and Systems from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He worked in sales at Xerox Corporation but wanted to get into management and sharpen his leadership skills. He decided to return to Baylor and earn an M.B.A.

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Armed with his newly earned M.B.A., Spivey went to work for one of the top accounting firms – Ernst & Young. Spivey also worked for PepsiCo, Tatum and a few smaller companies before finding his long-term home at Baker Hughes – a large multi-national oilfield services company.

Spivey commutes between Dallas, Houston, Dubai and other cities and has logged over one million flying miles over his career.

“It is an amazing experience. The multi-cultural viewpoints that you are exposed to are mind-expanding. I have done a presentation through a translator. It has taught me to be very clear and direct. Humor and light sarcasm doesn’t translate well. You learn a focus on communication and knowing your audience that you never thought of before.”

“With the time difference between Dubai, Singapore or Aberdeen, you have to know when your day overlaps with people in other parts of the world. In Dubai, their weekend is Friday and Saturday. Their workweek is Sunday through Thursday. Coordinating meetings can be a challenge. A conference call that goes from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. here in Central Time will be 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. in Dubai.”

“My master’s degree has taught me to model business situations mathematically, financially and statistically. Because of the advanced degree, I am able to make even better decisions.”

“Consider what you really want to accomplish and do a financial analysis of what it is going to cost you to go, what income you are going to forego while you are going to school, the cost of any financial aid you might have and make sure that you really understand the payoff of the investment you are going to make,” said Spivey.

Robin D. Everson is a native Chicagoan who resides in Dallas, Texas. Her appreciation for art, food, wine, people and places has helped her become a well-respected journalist. A life-long lover of education, Robin seeks to learn and enlighten others about culture. You can find her work at Examiner.com 

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