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Meet Your Working Professional and Executive MBA Career Team

This Insider insight comes from our Working Professional and Executive MBA Career Team.

Texas McCombs MBA Career resources are truly unmatched among other top business schools. Our Career Management team‘s vision is focused on the future, adapting and growing to meet the needs of tomorrow’s career landscape. And they understand that the MBA career path for our Working Professional and Executive (WPE) MBA student differs from full-time students, dedicating a team of career support specifically for our WPE students in Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Austin (Evening & Executive).

The McCombs Difference

MBA program administrators realized they needed to rethink their approach to career management for part-time students.

“We developed an entirely new career management framework that emphasized students’ strengths and interests and better prepared them not only for OCR (on-campus recruiting), but also for other channels that led to experienced hires and will allow them to continually progress in their careers.” – Joe Stephens, Assistant Dean, Working Professional and Executive MBA programs.

The framework, which can be applied in any phase of a student’s career and is tied to students’ career management curriculum and one-on-one advising, includes a market assessment (self-assessment, career exploration, and network creation); value proposition (your brand and competitive advantage, and elevator pitch); sales tools and channels (resume, LinkedIn profile, interview prep, and network cultivation); and launch (plan execution and offer negotiation).

“This career management framework has served as our WPE team’s vision and mission,” says Janet Huang, Director of MBA Career Management at McCombs. (source: Medium)

Meet the WPE Team

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Examining Your Healthcare Higher Ed Options

Our MBA at Houston program is top-ranked, led by world-renowned Texas McCombs faculty, and positioned at the center of thriving Houston, Texas– the no. 1 city in the country for healthcare jobs. Over 736,000 people are employed at Houston’s world-famous Texas Medical Center alone. Many healthcare professionals pursuing a graduate degree may wonder what an MBA can do for their careers or if an MHA or MBA is right for their goals.

Angela Van Dyke headshot McCombs Houston Class of 2020

Angela Van Dyke, MBA 2020

We recently caught up with MBA at Houston 2020 student, Angela Van Dyke, a healthcare professional who has earned her MHA and is on her way to an MBA, to explore these options.

Angela holds an undergraduate degree in Biology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. She currently works at PersonalMed as their National Sales Manager.

On Getting her MHA

Angela is passionate about the healthcare industry and sees herself working in the field long term.

I pursued an MHA to gain a deep and abiding understanding of the entire healthcare industry. I wanted a fundamental grasp of law and economics specifically in their application to healthcare. I also wanted to learn more about public and population health, hospital management, and clinical services.” 

On Pursuing her MBA

Through the MBA, she is becoming more proficient in technical concepts, such as finance, accounting and analytics. So far, her experience at Texas McCombs has exceeded her expectations.

“Pursuing an MBA is like a journey of transformation that allows you to pick up new tools and sharpen old skills. It’s an incredible time in your life to grow personally and professionally. The MBA is well recognized across all industries and empowers you with the credibility, creativity, and ability to add value for any organization in a variety of settings in virtually any industry at any level. An MBA arms you with the necessary expertise to quickly assess problems and determine the appropriate strategy for success. This is why I found it valuable to return to school and pursue my MBA.” 

Why Both Degrees?

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Student Spotlight: Natalie Tyrrell, MBA Class of 2019

Many Working Professional MBA students, given their average age range and typical experience, may also be contemplating starting (or expanding) a family. Texas McCombs has an official Parental Accommodation Policy in order to support your family choices during your MBA, whether that means a pregnancy (you or a partner), adoption, or other specific family circumstance requiring leave.

We recently chatted with Natalie Tyrrell, Texas McCombs Evening MBA 2019, about her experience becoming a new mom while being in business school. She navigated this transition within our parental accommodation policy and hopes her experience can help future students face this challenge. Natalie is originally from St. Louis, MO and in addition to school and family, she currently works as a Director of Talent Development for a school district. She had her daughter, Edith Marie Tyrrell, in October 2018. Congrats, Natalie!

MBA Student Natalie Tyrrell and her family

The Tyrrell Family

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Texas McCombs MBA Events

The best way to get to know the Texas McCombs community & culture is by meeting us at an MBA event. Our students, alumni and admissions staff host different types of events throughout the year to give you many opportunities to explore your fit with our program and learn about our application process, curriculum, experiential learning opportunities, faculty, career services, and what it means to be part of the Longhorn Network. Our remaining 2018 events are listed below and all registrations are open!

 

Full-Time MBA On-Campus Events

Meet our MBA Admissions staff and Full-Time MBA students to learn more about the program, application process, learning environment, and student life in Austin. We offer class visits, lunches, coffee chats, McCombs tours, and other appointments throughout the year.

MBA Campus Visits | Nov. – Dec. 2018

Discover McCombs Day | Nov. 16, 2018

 

Lunch and Learns

These events give you the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge about the MBA student experience. You’ll join current students during a class weekend for lunch and a brief program overview with program staff. You may also have the opportunity to attend a class with students to experience our top-ranked faculty. If you’re already familiar with our program and have started an application, this event is for you.

Houston & Full-Time MBA Lunch & Learn Thursday Nov. 8, 2018

Executive MBA Lunch & Learn | Friday Nov. 9, 2018

Dallas/Fort Worth MBA Lunch & Learn | Nov. 17, 2018

 

Webinars / Virtual Information Sessions

If you’ve already attended an informational event and want to see firsthand why Texas McCombs is continually recognized for having some of the best faculty in the nation– Join our current MBA students as they attend one of their courses.  Review our course curriculum here.

Industry Webinars with Full-Time MBA Students | Nov. 6-8, 2018

Full-Time MBA Admissions Chat | Nov. 27, 2018

Full-Time MBA Virtual Information Session | Nov. 28, 2018

Working Professional Career Resources | Dec. 6, 2018

MBA in Houston/DFW Virtual Info Session | Dec. 12, 2018

 

Coffee Chats 

As the application deadline approaches, you may have specific questions you want to ask about your goals, background, or application. You’ll have that opportunity by meeting with a member of our admissions team or a current student. These chats act as a candid, informal opportunity to discuss the program.

Full-Time MBA Class Visits and Coffee Chats

Executive MBA Student Coffee Chats

Dallas/Fort Worth MBA Student Coffee Chats

Houston MBA Student Coffee Chats


We encourage you to stay in touch and we look forward to meeting you.

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Which Part-Time MBA Program is Right for You?

This MBA Insider info comes from Sharon Barrett, Director of Working Professional and Executive MBA Admissions.

If you compare the class profiles of our Executive MBA with our Professional MBAs– Evening MBA, MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth, and MBA at Houston programs– the differences can seem obvious. But there’s actually a broad grey area, where many professionals could fit well into either the Executive MBA or one of our Professional MBAs.

In the end, it’s a very personal decision about where to submit your application. But remember, it’s a two part process. You decide where you belong and the admissions committee agrees on the fit. Here is some advice on how to make an informed choice about which Working Professional MBA program to choose.

Consider Your Level & Years of Work Experience 

Average work experience for the MBA Programs:

Program 80% Range Minimum
Professional MBA 3-10.5 years 2 years
Executive MBA 9-21 years 8 years

While people with the minimum eight years of experience do join the Executive MBA, there are relatively few. Executive MBA candidates become more competitive closer to ten years of work experience. On the other side, Professional MBA candidates must have a minimum of two years of full-time work experience, and candidates get competitive with closer to four years. The admissions committee doesn’t simply count the years but evaluates the level and quality of your work experience– the impact you’ve made in your organization, advancement in your role or responsibilities, and unique accomplishments.

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