George's Story: The Value of the Hybrid Schedule

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Most people work 40 hour weeks. George Jarjour, Class of 2016, is used to 80. “I’ve cut it back to 60 so I can study,” he concedes with a smile.

Before George began Midland University’s hybrid MBA program, he was already a hardworking young executive with a travel schedule that kept him too busy for full-time school, even though he knew he needed it. By finding the right program for him, he hoped to be able to grow his skills and experience, while fitting school into his demanding schedule.

After graduation from the University of Washington, where he worked at Microsoft for two years, he took on the role of COO in his father’s company, Seen on Screen TV. George now travels frequently building the company’s brand. He still lives in Seattle, but spends time in different metros around the world. His time interacting with different executives across the globe taught him the value of an advanced degree. 

“A lot of the people I interact with had MBAs and doctorates,” he says. “I felt like I was a little behind the curve.”

George knew his schedule wouldn’t allow for a traditional business school, but he also knew he wanted more personal interaction than what an online program offered. He decided that a hybrid program was the right fit for him.

He researched 20 or 30 programs, he says, before he found the Midland MBA, but immediately liked what the program had to offer. The time commitment and content stuck out to him.

“When I flew in for orientation,” he says, “it just seemed like what I was looking for, as far as time commitment and the type of program.”

George didn’t have long to wait after orientation to gain value from his MBA. Accounting, he says, used to be a struggle for him, but being a public company, he knew it was a skill he’d need to acquire to succeed. After taking Financial Accounting during his first term, he was able to better understand financial statements and read 10-Ks to help make more informed decisions.

He built on this knowledge just three months later, during Financial Management with Professor Bill Bennett of Walmart.

“We were calculating the net present value* of assets,” he says. “We can really find out more about what we’re spending our money on and what the present value is, instead of deciding on just gut instinct.” Making that connection between brand value and physical products quickly in his MBA allowed him to better implement a major strategic shift in the Seen On Screen brand.

“We used to have 55 physical locations,” he says. “Now we’re mostly focused on e-commerce. We’re also bringing our own branded products. We’re taking them from concept, developing our own TV commercials, and mass marketing each product.”

As George now enters his final term of the program and begins his capstone, he’s thinking ahead to life with an MBA.

“I’m hoping to further enhance my business with what we’ve learned here,” he says. “It’s really been nice. I feel like getting back into the classroom has given me a good perspective on work-life balance.”

George’s long weeks may not be behind him, but he’s developed a strategy to stay ahead of the curve.

“There’s 24 hours in a day, most people work 8, then you’ve got another 16,” he says. “You can find time to get your MBA.”

Ready to make the most of your time with a hybrid MBA? Contact MBA Admissions today to get started. You’re never more than ten weeks from your first class. Call (402) 941-6226 or email Admissions@MBA.MidlandU.edu to take your first steps.

*Net Present Value (NPV) is the difference between the present value of cash inflows and the present value of cash outflows. NPV is used in capital budgeting to analyze the profitability of a projected investment or project. -Investopedia

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