During my time in the Marine Corps I developed leadership skills in highly stressful and complex situations. I found that I thrived in ambiguous environments, and enjoyed leading and developing teams. Once I made the decision to transition from the military I spoke with multiple companies, military head-hunters, and university programs to determine which path would serve my interests to the highest extent. I determined that business school would allow me the opportunity to expand the skills I possessed and provide me outstanding opportunities for my future.
As a military veteran it was extremely important for me to find a community that could understand the value of my skills and experiences while providing the education to mold me into a business leader. Carlson has outstanding support for veterans in the full and part time programs, to include alumni, and leaders in the Twin Cities business community. I have found that the smaller class size provides a more conducive learning environment and individual focus, which has enhanced my learning experience.
A Day in the Life: Thursday, Feb. 12
|5:00 - 8:00 a.m.||Wake-up and drive into school. I commute from the suburbs with my family. Work out at the campus Rec Center, shower and change into business formal in preparation for a Summer Internship interview.|
|8:00 - 10:00 a.m.||Meet my core team to go over a group assignment for Managerial Accounting. Eat/snack on breakfast that I brought from home.|
|10:00 - 10:30 a.m.||Meet with my Graduate Business Career Center (GBCC) Advisor to discuss my experience with the Summer Internship interviewing process. The GBCC helped me transition my military experience into a résumé and story that has helped me be confident during my internship search.|
|10:30 - 10:45 a.m.||Spend some final minutes checking my suit and preparing notes and questions for an interview. Many local companies are involved in On Campus Recruiting (OCR) to make it easier for students.|
|10:45 - 11:30 a.m.||Conduct an on campus interview for a leadership development program at a local business. Go through the résumé and STAR stories that I practiced with the GBCC and classmates countless times.|
|12:00 - 1:00 p.m.||Attend a Career Bytes lunch seminar about small business management put on by the Career Center. Listen to local area small business owners, including Carlson Alum, speak about their experiences. Network and exchange contact info after the event.|
|1:45 - 3:30 p.m.||Managerial Accounting class. Turn in our group assignment and review accounting fun in preparation for an upcoming Midterm Exam.|
|3:30 - 5:30 p.m.||Meet with my Graduate Volunteer Consultant group. We are helping a company determine the financial considerations with creating an indoor farming facility in North Minneapolis using aeorponic techniques.|
|5:45 - 7:30 p.m.||Attend the Medical Industry Leadership Institute (MILI) Valuation Lab course. In this course I work with a student group where we help medical device inventors determine the feasibility of their product on the market. We create presentations geared toward potential investors and make recommendations on supporting the new device. It is extremely enjoyable to work on real world projects as a part of the course curriculum.|
|7:30 - 10:00 p.m.||Commute back home, the drive takes me about 30 min each way. Thursdays are a late and one of the only nights during the week where I don’t have dinner with my family and put my son to bed. I don’t need to rush through school work tonight because at Carlson we don’t have any classes Friday!|