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MBA Bobcat Q&A: Lindsay Vigorito

Tuesday, May 31 2016 12:00am

Lindsay is the human resources talent manager at FFR Merchandising, Inc. and in her third semester of the Professional MBA program.

Image001Name: Lindsay Vigorito

Program: Ohio University’s Professional Masters in Business Administration

Class: Spring 2017

What is your current job?

I currently work for FFR Merchandising, Inc. as the HR Talent Manager.

Why did you choose Ohio University’s Professional MBA program?

The part-time MBA program at Ohio University offers flexibility with both face-to-face and virtual classes. I wanted an accredited program that offered some flexibility since I am a full-time working professional. Additionally, I wanted a program that was not 100 percent online because I felt it would be beneficial to learn from the experiences of others in a classroom setting.

How have you been able to balance your career, your classwork and your personal life?   

I can comfortably say this has not been easy, but I figured out what worked best for me. I have set high standards for myself and continue to push myself to succeed. It’s definitely a day-to-day challenge and requires you to prioritize not only your career and classwork but also your everyday life events. I’m also fortunate to have an understanding boss who recognizes the demands of the program.

Have you been able to apply what you’ve learned in the Professional MBA program to your current job and how?

Class projects have definitely prepared me with skills that can be applied to the workplace, such as Dr. Cutright’s project in data analysis and decision making. I also started to review our operations reports each month, and I feel more prepared to interpret and understand the data based off of course materials.

What was your favorite Professional MBA course so far and why?

It may sound strange coming from an HR professional, but I would have to say the prescriptive analytics course I took last semester. So far, it has been the most challenging course, but I feel that I have taken the most away from it by being able to look at data from a different perspective.

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

I wouldn’t choose just one! All of the professors who have professional experience have impacted my education the most. Since I work in a corporate environment, having professors provide real-world examples from their previous or current work is invaluable. While it is important to understand theories and textbook knowledge, we deal with real people and real issues every day, so having educators who are able to teach in that manner has been meaningful.

What would you tell someone considering the Professional MBA program?

You should definitely make sure it is a good time in your life to pursue the program. While there is flexibility for working professionals, the PMBA program does require a time commitment. The program is somewhat accelerated and you can finish in 20 months, so you can expect a challenging workload but trust me, you won’t regret your decision to join the program!

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

My cohort is filled with a diverse and intelligent group of individuals. Many graduate level programs are not similarly structured. Going through the entire program with the same group of individuals is awesome. In my opinion, the relationships you develop and the people you get know is unparalleled to any other MBA program out there.