Student Name: Linda Smith
MBA Concentration: Management
Current Employer: 3M
My daughter began pursuing an undergraduate degree at St. Catherine University in the fall of 2009. I thought that the campus was beautiful and the events that I attended with her were intellectually stimulating, so I decided that it was a good time and place to finish up the Bachelor’s degree that I had started at the University of Minnesota 16 years prior. Luckily all of the credits from my Genetics and Cell Biology major transferred, so it only took two years for me to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Financial Economics in 2012. It was at the commencement ceremony in The O’Shaughnnessey that I made a commitment to myself that I would begin working toward a Master’s degree within 5 years.
In the summer of 2015, I lost a pretty good job because of a change in senior management. Unexpected job transitions are difficult to explain to prospective employers, so I decided to research Master’s programs, thinking it would be a great way to increase my chances of landing a new job. As a bonus, it also gave me a self-confidence boost and, within a month of starting on my St. Kate’s MBA, I was offered a promising position in finance with a private equity firm.
However, within a few months of being in my new role, I realized that it wasn’t a good fit. Around the same time, I learned from a colleague in my MBA cohort that a small business was seeking someone with finance and systems knowledge to work on an implementation project for them. I took a leap of faith by becoming an independent contractor and, nearing the project’s completion, happened to see a job posting that my one of my undergraduate professors had posted on LinkedIn to work within the Treasury department of 3M. I reached out to him to express interest in the position and, in September, a year after beginning my St. Kate’s MBA, I began a career as 3M’s Treasury Business Analyst, once again combining my finance and systems expertise.
I have joined a 3M group, the St. Catherine Alumnae Network, and look forward to the forthcoming events and activities in which I’ll be involved. The connections that I’ve made in St. Kate’s MBA program, the advice I’ve received from graduate student workshops and the program director and, of course, the knowledge I’ve gained from the graduate courses have had immeasurable impact on my career. My life has been completely transformed because of my choice to pursue a Master of Business Administration at St. Catherine University.
Written by Linda Smith
Linda is in Cohort 4, which began in the Fall of 2015, and she plans to graduate in 2017. When she’s not working or going to school, she enjoys boating in the summer and downhill skiing in the winter, as well as parenting her other two children, a 15 year old son and a 4 year old daughter, with her beloved husband. You can also connect with Linda on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/li