Why did you pursue a master’s degree?
“I pursued my master’s degree to learn more about business and becoming self-employed. I wanted to be a boss instead of being bossed. I eat and breathe business and, therefore, wanted something more than what a bachelors’ degree would offer me. I knew that the playing field would be hard, and I knew that a master’s degree would give me a little bit more of an edge when competing in certain realms of my industry. Although ultimately, I knew I would be an entrepreneur, I wanted to gain as much knowledge about business and relationships as possible. I knew that getting my master’s would be challenging, but I was up for it.”
What would you tell someone who is considering returning to school to earn a master’s degree?
- “I would tell them to take a realistic approach to work/school life balance.
- Re-organize and prioritize your life to focus on your school load.
- Make social adjustments as quickly as possible.
- Have a support group of people who can talk through the emotional uncertainties.
- Know that there will be people in your classes that are much older and much younger. Be open to learning new things from all age groups.
- Stay with it. Don’t give up.
- Network with those in your field for possible future opportunities.”
What was the biggest challenge you faced when pursuing your master’s degree?
“The biggest challenge I faced while pursuing my master’s degree was trying to balance work and school. I managed a full-time sales job in corporate America, which was very demanding. Unfortunately, my managers did not care that I was pursuing my master’s degree. They only cared about me making my quota. School was also demanding and taking a seven-year break before returning didn’t make things any easier. I often doubted myself and wondered if I could manage both work and school. I sacrificed my social life and many business happy hours to maintain good grades and sanity in my life. But, it was all worth it in the end. I worked hard for two solid years and was able to obtain my MBA, which has helped me be the entrepreneur that I am today.”
What was the biggest reward for earning the master’s degree?
“My biggest reward for earning my master’s degree was the feeling of completion. I have to admit that business school was very challenging for me because I worked a full-time sales job. I was able to earn my degree and work at becoming the top sales representative in my sector. It was a major accomplishment – and for that I am both proud and thankful.”
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