One of the many reasons why professionals pursue their MBA is to grow their personal network. A strong network plays a vital role in the development of one’s career growth. The University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School has an alumni network over 32,000 strong.
To help you get to know our students better, we are starting a new student ambassador Q&A series. In the first of the series, we caught up with Louis Chen (MBA ’14).
Legendary UNC-Chapel Hill basketball coach Dean Smith first coined the words “The Carolina Way” to reflect the spirit of the university. The Carolina Way means something slightly different to every Carolina student and alum, but underpinning every definition is a belief in excellence. This excellence drew me to Carolina as both an undergrad and graduate student, and it’s what attracts so many students from around the world.
I decided to pursue an MBA because my responsibilities and oversight in the IT project management arena escalated, as did the necessity for integrating other functions across the business. I sought the managerial competence to ensure our technology priorities met the far-reaching needs of the organization as a whole. While I felt highly confident within the confines of my IT world, I lacked the business knowledge to advocate effectively at a broader, visionary level.