MBA Bobcat Q&A: Jeremy Sams
Monday, October 30 2017 12:00am
After graduating with a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Jeremy Sams decided to pursue an MBA.
By Mackenzie O'Dwyer
Name: Jeremy Sams
Program: One-Year MBA, Class of 2018
Undergraduate Degree: Industrial and Systems Engineering, Russ College of Engineering and Technology
Why did you choose Ohio University’s One-Year MBA program?
I’ve always known I wanted to get my MBA. After looking at other universities, I couldn’t find an MBA program quite like OHIO’s. It’s a one-year program that provides more consulting, networking, and professional development opportunities than many other accelerated programs. I’ll graduate with my bachelor’s and master’s degree in only five years so I won’t feel behind when I start searching for a job.
Why is it beneficial for an engineering student to get an MBA?
Combining your engineering degree with an MBA will set you apart in the job market. Not only will you have a skillset that puts you on a faster track to management and leadership roles, but you won’t have to consider going back to school later in your career.
What are your career goals?
I’d like to start my career in consulting and eventually own my own business. I’m confident my degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and MBA will get me there.
How would you describe your experience in OHIO’s MBA program so far?
I really enjoy it. I’m able to take classes that I wasn’t able to as an undergraduate student, like Organizational Behavior and Business Ethics.
To be honest, my biggest fear going into this program was that I wouldn’t be able to handle the course load, but what’s unique about the One-Year MBA program is its cohort structure. You’ll start and finish the program with the same group of students and all of our courses integrate teamwork in some way. So, not only have I met great friends, but I feel supported. I know I have an entire cohort of peers that I could turn to for help if I need it. What’s even better is that I’ll be able to stay connected with this network of people as we start to pursue our careers.
What has been your favorite MBA course so far and why?
Can I choose two? It’s a tie between Organizational Behavior and Strategic Marketing & Supply Chain Management. In Organizational Behavior, we’re learning about leadership and teamwork, what works and what doesn’t… all while working on team projects. That’s just one example of how the MBA coursework teaches us to apply what we’re learning. And, our marketing course has shown me a different side of business and how important it is that everything works together.
What would you tell someone considering OHIO’s One-Year MBA program?
Go for it! You won’t regret it. In one year, you’ll graduate with a master’s degree, a skillset that broadens your career paths, international consulting experience, and a strong professional network.
My one piece of advice is that it’s never too early to start thinking about pursuing your MBA. If you can plan ahead, start taking introductory business courses as an undergraduate student and you’ll be even more prepared to take on OHIO’s One-Year MBA program.