You probably don’t need an MBA to realize that business is an increasingly international affair. Now more than ever, it is crucial to gain exposure to commerce outside the comfy confines of the United States. At Mendoza, second year students have the opportunity spend eight weeks studying international business, or more specifically the Latin American variety, directly at the source.
As a new MBA candidate at Mendoza, I spent my first few days on campus undertaking Integral Leadership Development, or ILD. While I had been through some professional self-examination before, ILD, which is rigorous and quantitatively based, was more profound than anything I had ever experienced. The multi-day exercises were challenging, emotional, and surprisingly fun. Looking back, the program helped prepare me for the rigors of business school in more ways than one:
At the end of last year, the resident statisticians at the Irish Echoes conducted an extensive survey of the Mendoza student body. Difficult questions were asked. Who is your favorite professor? What would you do differently if you could start over? Which bar is most likely to undercook mozzarella sticks? The results were, dare I say, eye opening. Perhaps most astounding was that a plurality of students selected Financial Accounting as their favorite class.
Yes. Accounting. The course in which one presumably learns how to wear a translucent, green visor and tell boring stories at cocktail parties. How on earth did this happen? Well, it turns out that our survey overlooked a significant lurking variable in the form of Professor Jeffrey Miller.
By all accounts, I don’t have a typical MBA background. In high school, I was crazy about theater and competitive speech. In college, I joined a seminary and got a philosophy degree. To this day, one of my favorite pastimes is binge-watching the year’s Academy Award nominees for Best Picture. Yep, I’m a liberal arts guy. It runs in the family. My dad is a high school English teacher, my sister is a music teacher, my other sister is a writer, and the list goes on. So why did I decide to get an MBA (other than to be different from my siblings)? My interest in business first emerged during my three years at Korn Ferry, the world’s largest executive search firm. I found business to be a thrilling arena in which competition, collaboration, and problem-solving all collide. Continue reading “The reason why business needs the liberal arts”
Poets & Quants explores the eye-popping salary potential for new MBA grads pursuing consultant roles in a January 2017 article titled What MBAs Earn at Top Consulting Firms. The allure of a $200K+ compensation package entices prospective MBA admits with aspirations of debt free, jet-setter sexy, problem-solving, solution-oriented careers. Sign me up!