One year down and one to go. With a year left, you would think that there is still an outrageous amount of material to learn before becoming a full-fledged MBA. You’d be right to think that, but here’s the kicker. If you also thought yourself a proficient student of business with vast potential and the ability to succeed in any industry of your choosing, you would be right again.
A year ago today, I was making a living making drugs. Don’t worry, they were FDA approved. I have a degree in biomedical engineering and all of my experience revolved around the sciences. I could purify one of the most expensive medicines in the world, but I had no idea how to assess a market, understand a financial statement, or even write an effective executive-level progress report. So what did I do? I went to business school and started exercising my new business skills right out of the gate.
My first exposure to the world of business was my part-time internship at Mytrus Inc. I had the opportunity to work with the Director, the CEO, and external partners involved in promoting new business opportunities. I had only just started business school, and I was already applying a great deal of what I was learning to real world business problems. As my first year drew to an end, I began searching for my next challenge. Mytrus operated in the clinical trials marketplace which is right up my biotech ally, but the real question was: “knowing what I know now, can I be just as successful in an unfamiliar industry?” The answer is yes!
This summer, I put my business abilities to the test when I joined the Keysight Technologies marketing team. It was Day 1 and I hit the ground running. I was able to learn an entirely new industry, size up our competitors, assess large amounts of data to help inform marketing strategy decisions, and so much more. The Keysight culture was one of the most welcoming cultures I’ve ever encountered, and that made networking within the company a great experience. All I had to do was introduce myself and ask for some one-on-one time. That was all it took for me to pick the brains high level decision makers, including the head of internal audit, R&D portfolio manager, and a plethora of other managers and VPs.
There is no denying that I still have a lot to learn, but a year of business school was all it took to transform me from an engineer into an exceptional business development and marketing intern. I hope this gives you a glimpse into what one year in business school can do for you. Imagine the doors that will open after the full two years.