Current Position: Vice President, Quality Strategy and Issue Management - Capital One Bank
Education: BS, United States Military Academy
MBA, Texas A&M University, Mays Business School
Why I chose an MBA
I was very interested in transitioning from military life to business as I felt many of my skill sets would be useful in the business world. An MBA seemed ideal as it would provide me the education I needed to succeed and help me tailor my military background to be useful in the civilian sector.
Military and MBA skills used in my current position
Leadership and communication have played a major part of my current role. My ability to lead and mentor was developed while I was a platoon leader and company commander in the Army, then enhanced as I applied it to team projects and my Capstone project within my MBA. Additionally, communication was always a necessity in the military and was a huge part of the MBA curriculum. In my current role, I have used my skills in communication for both crisis communication as well as corporate presentations.
How the MBA has met my expectations for career readiness
The MBA met my expectations as it armed me with the basic knowledge and education I needed to solve business related problems and communicate subject matter clearly. There have been several times in my current career where I have been able to apply theory or formulas I learned in my MBA to solve real world problems.
The advantages my military background has given me over other MBA job candidates
At Texas A&M, many of our projects were team oriented and required quick decision making to meet tight deadlines. The advantage I had was that my military background was conducive to this environment. Foundational military skills in critical decision making, leadership, and communication translated well to set me up for success in my MBA.
The greatest benefits my combined military and MBA skills bring to an organization
Merging my military background and MBA education has made me very marketable in the business world. Over the past few years, several large corporations have been actively recruiting former military candidates for leadership roles in their organization. By having an MBA it ensures employers that I have business oriented skills in addition to a military foundation.
What to look for in an MBA program
An MBA program is a very large commitment, I would recommend you take time to find the right fit. There are a lot of programs offering different focus areas. I encourage you to visit the program you are thinking about attending, speak with the faculty, and ensure that you are comfortable with the program before making a choice.
Advice for officers considering an MBA
As there are many transition programs offering to help officers find jobs as they leave the service, the question on the value of pursuing an MBA often arises. An MBA will open doors for you that would not normally be available to a transitioning officer. Most of these services focus on placing officers in operational roles that focus solely on the leadership skills of an officer. An MBA allows you to become marketable in roles that require leadership and specific business related skill sets.