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MBA Bobcat Q&A: Grant Canning

Monday, May 23 2016 12:00am

Originally from Texas, this MBA Bobcat is graduating with an MBA/MSA dual-degree in 2017 to pursue a career in sports.

Grant CanningName: Grant Canning

Program: MBA/MSA dual-degree

Class year: 2017

Undergraduate Degree: Sports Broadcasting at Texas Christian University

Why did you choose Ohio University’s MBA/MSA dual-degree program? 

I wanted to pursue sports professionally early on, but I wasn’t sure what part of the sports industry was a good fit for me. Growing up with my dad in sales, I learned how important an MBA can be for your career. So for me, it was a no brainer. I knew it would help advance my career in both sports and business – can’t pass up an education like that!

How would you describe your experience in the MBA program?

We were always challenged to do our best, and sometimes that forced us to work outside our comfort zone. Between the client projects and learning how to work on a team, I felt the MBA program really prepared me for a career after graduation. Many of the professors also taught us important life lessons. I appreciated that more than sitting behind a book or an article all the time.

So yes, it’s a grind, but at the end of the day it’s great to have an MBA and the experience. 

What was your favorite MBA course and why?

My favorite MBA course was Organizational Behavior with Dr. Jason Stoner. His class was so applicable to the real-world, and that was something that stuck with me the whole year.

Which College of Business mentor/faculty/staff member has had a positive influence on your education?

Three faculty members really stood out to me: Dr. Jason Stoner, Dr. David Kirch, and Dr. Chris Crawford.

What I’ll remember most about Dr. Stoner is his interest in getting to know his students and helping us succeed in our job search. He gave us career advice and always reached out to see how an interview went. Sometimes I wouldn’t even think he’d remember, but he always did.

In Dr. Kirch’s class, I learned more about accounting than I ever thought I could – it’s not my forte. Dr. Kirch always found a way to incorporate life lessons into his lectures. That is something I will always remember.

And, Dr. Crawford always challenged us to take our work to the next level. He would give great feedback on our work and show us how to make it even better. This helped me to make a good project great.

What would you tell someone considering Ohio University’s MBA program?

It’s not an easy task, but you’ll be glad you did it. Remember that you’re furthering your education for a reason, so you have to be prepared to put in those extra hours. But, don’t let the year pass you by because you got lost in the school work. You’ll meet some great people and have some great times in Athens.

So, be ready to work your tail off, but at the end of the day it’s going to be fun, exciting, challenging, and worth every second.

What are your career goals, and how did you figure out what you wanted to do?

When I first started the MBA program, I thought I wanted to pursue a career in college sports. After learning about the financial and business side of sports, I’ve changed my mind. Now, I’m really excited to start a career in sales or sponsorship with an agency or sports team.

Where is your favorite place to hang out on campus/in Athens?

People would be lying if they didn’t say the MBA lounge. Yes, it’s a great place to work, but it’s not only used to do work. The MBA lounge is a great place to get to know your peers. It’s been awesome to see the comradery in our cohort. As dual-degree and MBA exclusive students, we all connected.

… And, of course I’m always up for Jackie-O’s patio around five o’clock.

Anything else you would like to share about the MBA program?

It’s been a ride, and I’m looking forward to what’s next. I’m excited for the opportunity to help the next group of incoming MBA student. It’ll be interesting to observe from outside.