I started a series of posts reflecting upon my educational/professional life called, appropriately, “Reflections.” Hold your applause for that cleverly-chosen title, please. Anyway, I think it might be useful to stop dwelling on the past too much and look ahead to the future in a new series of posts called, you guessed it, “Looking Ahead.” Wow, I sure have a knack for creative blog post titles, don’t you think?
So, with this brief introductory post, I’d like to announce my current plans for the near future: get an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. Those who know might be in shock right now. But it’s ok, really. I’m not going to become a corporate shill. Many in Academia have a strong aversion to anything with “business” in the title. But in my experience with various aspects of business (from the short-lived “BG Tech Gurus” to my time with PerceptIS to my current job with Case Western Reserve University), I have gained an interest in the workings of a business. The ultimate goal, some day, would be to have a business of my own.
But for now, the goal is rather modest. Since I work an 8-5 schedule during the weekdays, an evening program is really the only workable option for getting a degree. And the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western has just such an evening program. Almost any other degree that I would be interested in at Case Western would require me to take classes during the day, which would conflict with my work schedule. So why am I suddenly pursuing a business degree if I’ve had the interest building over several years?
Well, it all comes down to money. Until my recent employment by Case Western, I would have had to have paid for an MBA out of my own pocket. And though I have been working at Case Western for almost two years now, I had until recently been employed by a contractor (PerceptIS), and therefore was not eligible for a tuition waiver for Case Western.
The tuition waiver covers up to 6 credit hours of classes in the Fall, 6 credit hours of classes in the Spring, and 3 credit hours of classes in the Summer. So, if I am able to maintain that maximum course load of 6-6-3, I can get my MBA in 3 years. Mandy will be in school for the next 2 1/2 years, so the timing will almost work out perfectly. Now I’ll have homework again to do in the evenings when Mandy is working on hers . . .
I’m looking forward to getting back into the higher-ed environment as a student again. The past two years have been very engaging in terms of my knowledge of computers, but I’ve missed having a regular course load of classes. Granted, an MBA probably won’t be anywhere near the kind of added intellectual stimulation that IMPACT provided. But in my pursuit of learning more about the world of business, and future goal of perhaps owning a business of my own, it’s the first step. And a step that doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg in tuition is an added bonus.
Do you think I should even attempt a “first step”/”costing an arm and a leg” pun? Nah, me neither.
Until next time, bonnes pensées.