MBA – Master of Business Administration
Describe your experience of studying at Ulster in 3 words
Confidence in myself
Why did you choose your postgraduate course?
I wanted to learn from professors and classmates who have had real world business experiences. I chose Ulster because of the partnership with the Belfast Giants and couldn’t be happier with my decision to attend this university.
What advice would you give someone considering postgraduate study?
Do it. Such a humbling, but rewarding experience.
Tell us a little about your educational and work background
I graduated with honors from Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. I then attended the University of North Dakota on a hockey scholarship where I studied business for two years. I was then offered the opportunity to leave college early and pursue my dreams of playing professional hockey by signing an NHL contract with the Atlanta Thrashers. Professional hockey has taken me all over the world for the past 8 years, ultimately leading me to the Ulster University Business School the past two years, where I am currently finishing my MBA.
What advice would you give to someone in full time work who is considering doing postgraduate study but is slightly put off by how they will manage their time?
I found the MBA very flexible and have been able to manage my time between playing for the Belfast Giants and studying quite well, with the help of the staff at the uni. On occasions I have had to miss a class due to an away game and have found the tutors and lecturers to be very flexible and understanding of my other commitments. A postgraduate course is a big commitment but a worthwhile and rewarding one.
How do you envisage your MBA will help you in your future?
I am currently interviewing for jobs in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The MBA has given me knowledge and the confidence to contribute that knowledge with others in conversation. I might not understand all the intricacies of each individual company, but the MBA has given me a broad overview of business, where I feel I will now have the ability to learn faster in my chosen field. Lastly, time management and efficiency are two skills I have learnt in the MBA that have truly stuck with me and I will continue to improve on those when I get hired.
What did you enjoy most about the course? Is there one thing in particular that stands out?
I enjoyed the challenge of each individual module. Some were tougher than others, but they all required you to apply real life job skills including communication, teamwork, discipline, and hard work; all traits that can transition into my next job.