On his way to becoming a commander of a U.S. Naval submarine, Christopher Osborn compiled an impressive resume that includes a master's degree in operations research. Now, as he looks to take the next step in his military career and prepares for an eventual transition to civilian life, Christopher is looking to develop new skills that will position him for long-term success. This is his MBA@UNC story.
Making the Decision To Return to the Classroom
As a high-ranking U.S. Naval officer, a husband and a father, Christopher was well aware of the challenge ahead of him if he decided to pursue an MBA. Having never worked full time while earning a degree before, Christopher not only needed a program that he could tailor to fit his schedule, but also one that would command the respect a world-class MBA education should.
Joining a Community of Non-Military Professionals
As soon as he enrolled in MBA@UNC, Christopher was able to connect with other active duty military members and veterans in the program. While he found their advice extremely useful, Christopher was surprised by how much value he found in studying alongside professionals from other industries. The close connections he formed with his classmates allowed him to apply new strategies and tactics to his own day-to-day work.
Life After MBA@UNC
Christopher came to MBA@UNC looking to expand his professional skillset and become a better leader. Since graduating from MBA@UNC, he was selected to command a nuclear-powered submarine and now applies his leadership knowledge every day.
The views expressed in this story are of those of the interviewee, and do not represent those of the U.S. Navy.
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