An MBA Success Story
Alicia Brown earned her degree in December 2012 from the Mihaylo College’s Flex MBA program and just landed a new job with Mattel as a senior internal auditor. She recounts the route she took to get to where she is today and shares valuable guidance for students seeking to further their education.
While at CSUF, Brown competed in several finance competitions. She describes both the Association for Chartered Growth (ACG) Cup Competition and the LA/OC Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge as intense, but she is grateful to have had the opportunity to represent CSUF Mihaylo. Through her finance competition experiences, Brown then realized that she wanted to pursue a job where she could apply her MBA degree in an international setting.
With a lot of soul searching and prayer, Brown spent the summer of 2012 discovering how she wanted to put her MBA degree to use. To help choose the best career path, Brown attended networking events, worked on her resume, and met with family, peers, and CSUF professors. Brown decided to pursue a career with an international Fortune 500 company because of the potential growth opportunities and collaborative team environment.
During her most recent career search, Brown zeroed in on Mattel by setting up Google alerts and filtering through new job notifications from several websites. After applying directly online and interviewing with Mattel, she was hired as senior internal auditor.
For graduate students in their first semester, Brown recommends being strategic about your MBA career and taking the time to analyze your strengths and areas for improvement.“It is important to get good grades and develop technical/managerial skills,” said Brown. “However, if you do not work on your soft skills – networking and interpersonal communications – while you are in school, then you have missed out on the whole point of going to business school.” Lastly, Brown recommends volunteering with professional organizations and staying optimistic.“Due to the current economic environment and high competition, it can be challenging to find the right internship. However, persistence and perseverance will pay off.”