13 Jan On Graduating from Business School (MBA/MHA)
On December 15, 2013 I walked across a stage and graduated from business school. For the past 3 and a half years I had been attending a dual master’s program, Master of Business Administration/Master of Healthcare Administration, at the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL). I love UHCL. I went there for my undergraduate degree, B.S. in Biological Sciences. During my undergraduate career I worked there as a student as a Technical Support Specialist in the University Computing and Technology Support Center. I accepted a position in the Office of Admissions post graduation as the E-Communications Recruiter for the university and then enrolled in the MBA/MHA program. Now I’ve finished the MBA/MHA. I’ve been with the university for a total of 7 years.
It’s funny how things like school can define a person. Though I’ve worked since I was 16, for the last 7 years I’ve identified myself as a student. I’ve always utilized the skills I learned in school at my job, but there was always more to learn. And while the quest for knowledge will never cease, my educational career has ended, or at the very least taken a leave of absence. Maybe there is a PhD in my future.
I appreciate the time I had in the MBA/MHA program. I learned a lot of useful skills, including the skill to teach one’s self, but more importantly I learned a lot about myself. I learned what I want to do and what I don’t want to do. I learned what kind of leader I could be. I learned about my strengths and weaknesses, as well as opportunities for improvement. I learned and put into practice teamwork and leadership skills. I learned economics (would you believe I hadn’t had to take a single economics course till this program? Crazy!). I learned accounting. I learned management. I learned about the entire healthcare industry. I learned a lot.
There were some soft skills I learned throughout my graduate career as well. I learned how to genuinely network. I learned how to leverage social media to create a network of friends, acquaintances, and colleagues. I learned to delegate tasks to a virtual assistant. I learned to develop my emotional IQ (especially with regards to sympathy and empathy). I refined my skill of finding ways to be useful beyond a job or project description. I learned to be a team player.
In the end, I’ve conferred a dual master degree. But the lessons, values, skills, and experiences that have occurred throughout my MBA/MHA journey will be useful to me throughout my career, no matter what direction that takes.
I really enjoyed my time at UHCL. I’ll miss it.