Coming back to the classroom after working full time in an industry can be a fulfilling and valuable experience for an individual looking for professional growth. Abhinav Airy (Crosby ’13) always knew that he wanted to pursue an MBA at some point in his career. After working as an engineer for several years, Abhinav spoke candidly with his manager and decided that pursuing higher education would ensure a fast-paced growth rate in his career. “Coming back to the classroom allows people to equip themselves with solutions and answers to problems that they have faced in the real world,” says Abhinav. “Therefore, I decided to go ahead and take the next step.”
When deciding on MBA programs to pursue, Abhinav began utilizing the many resources available through online servers as well as The MBA Tour. “Eventually, it came down to ten schools, and I applied to six of those. Then I used a spreadsheet to evaluate the best option for me,” Abhinav states. An MBA is an investment, and he knew that he had to determine what he was going to be investing in a program, as well as his return on investment. After running many calculations in worst, average, and best case economic scenarios, Abhinav decided that the Crosby program at the University of Missouri was going to provide the best return on investment for his career growth.
Once he entered the program, Abhinav decided to pursue a business generalist degree instead of a specific area of concentration. “I took classes that interested me or, in some cases, the ones that I felt I needed because of my lack of experience in that particular area,” says Abhinav. In today’s dynamic market setting, the needs of an organization are constantly changing and an MBA graduate should be capable of adapting to various roles and situations. Abhinav explains that he chose the generalist degree because it would help him build these capabilities. “[I believe] for a corporate/business/management strategy role, it is important that one has a well-rounded profile rather than a specific concentration.”
Abhinav currently serves as the Manager of Customer Services at DISH, in which he oversees the deployment of the customer service agents as well as all customer interactions. He was offered the job after a summer internship experience with DISH, where he worked with the direct sales operations team and took on multiple projects within the company. In regards to advice for current or future MBA students, Abhinav suggests, “Think about the bigger overall goal every once in a while, but look towards the milestones that will help reach that overall goal.”