Student Profile: Megan Finn

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Over the coming weeks, we’re going to interview several students and professors involved here in the Midland MBA program. You can find our interview with Megan Finn, a student here at Midland, below.

Good morning, Megan. Can we start by talking about your background?

"Sure. I've been working at Great Western Bank for almost four years now. I started out as a Teller while I was finishing my undergraduate degree. Since then, I've worked as a Personal Banker, as well as in Cash Management. About two months ago, I got promoted to Business Banking Officer, which is the job I've had my sights set on since I started. That was really cool, because wanting the Business Banking Officer job is the whole reason I went back to school."

Even though you won't be graduating until December, do you think that your experience in the Midland University MBA program has helped you in your current job? 

"Oh, yes. I know I wouldn't have gotten this promotion as quickly as I did if I hadn't gone back to Midland University to get my MBA. Showing the initiative to go back to school and investing the extra effort into my career really made a difference."

That's terrific, congratulations! 

"Thank you."

So, it sounds like you knew from the outset that going back to school would at least give you some edge in getting the job you wanted. But what made you choose Midland University over all the other options available? 

"There were two things I was looking for in a school. I needed class schedules that worked with my job schedule. But I also wanted a “small school” experience–something that gave me good access to instructors and my classmates. 

I completed my undergraduate degree at Dana College, and some of the other MBA programs in Omaha didn't have the personal feeling I was looking for."

Can you give me an example? 

"When I was considering the options available, I called another university here in the Omaha area. They almost talked me out of doing my MBA program altogether. It was difficult to reach an advisor, and when I did, they were very rushed and told me I might not have the background needed to be successful in their program. That's obviously not true, but they didn't take the time to get to know me.

I found out about Midland University when they posted an MBA breakfast session on LinkedIn. I registered for the breakfast online, and Elizabeth [Churchich, MBA Program Coordinator at Midland University] contacted me almost immediately. I could tell that she was excited that I was interested in the program, and she spent a lot of time with me, getting to know me. That made me feel really good about Midland University as a place where I could complete my MBA."

It sounds like you had a great experience with the recruiting sessions, but did the program live up to your expectations?

"Yes. I didn't want to hit the pause button on my career while finishing my degree, and the program was very flexible. It was a lot of work, but I didn't feel like I was just working all day and then going to class at night. We could do some online and then some in class."

You touched on the office-to-classroom approach at Midland University. What did you think about the ability to have a face-to-face component instead of just doing it all online? 

"The interactions with the professors in class are very helpful. All of the professors are working professionals, so we get the benefit of their real-world experiences. And, meeting in class gives you the opportunity to really get to know them. 

In addition, by meeting in person, I made a lot of friends in the class. We text each other all the time to get help on assignments."

What advice do you have for anyone considering enrolling in the MBA program at Midland University?

"It was the right program for me because I could work it into my schedule pretty easily without going part-time at work. And I think the program would work well for married people with families, so you can work around kids' activities.

It is difficult at first and takes time to adjust, but it's doable. The nice thing is that you meet people in class and you're all in the same boat, so you wind up helping each other a lot. Because we're all working professionals, including the professors, everyone is very understanding."

When you graduate in December, what will you be taking away from the program?

"Well, there's obviously the resume addition, which is very helpful, especially for me. There aren't many female lenders in Omaha, and this gives me a leg up on the competition for jobs when they become available. 

I don't know if I would've gotten my last promotion as quickly as I did if my employer didn't know that I was so close to graduating. So while I'm just starting out in the role I've been striving for—and I'll be here for a while—it’s nice to have the credentials. 

More than that, though, it's the relationships I built in class. I got to meet people in a variety of industries, but we're able to relate because we have a common background now. I enrolled to get my degree, but I wound up with a great professional business network."

 

Interested in learning more about Midland’s hybrid MBA program? Reach out to us directly in the comments, via LinkedIn, through Twitter @MidlandMBA, or by phone at 402-941-6517—we’d love to give you more information.

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