When confronted with an opportunity to improve, there are two choices. Keep doing what you’re doing and hope for the best, or take a chance, better yourself and move forward with your goals and dreams.
Tierney Grayson is taking the latter. As a Master of Business Administration (MBA) student at Chancellor University in the Leadership in a Rapidly Changing World track, she knows it’s critical to put her best foot forward to achieve her career vision. To her, that means furthering her education in a meaningful and useful way.
“In today’s job search, the candidate pool is more diverse than it has ever been,” she said. “In the career fish tank, you’re not just competing against goldfish; there are all kinds of sharks and barracudas out there.”
In order to arm herself against tougher and more seasoned candidates, Tierney decided it was time to enroll in an MBA program, a degree she believes is going to help shape her into the leader she is striving to become.
“I’d like to find myself in the mid- to upper management level within the next few years and ultimately I want a director’s position.” she said. “But you have to pay your dues first. When I first started thinking about going back to school, it was too new, too recent. Now I’m more of a seasoned professional, I’m more prepared to tackle the program to get where I want to be.”
Getting where she wants to be includes working as an insurance and financial services agent full-time at New York Life, an affiliate with Chancellor University and how she initially found out about the school.
“I was intrigued when I first heard about the partnership,” said Tierney. “I talked to Adam Griffith in admissions and he told me a little bit about the MBA program and some of the benefits through New York Life, including the waived application fee. I was sold!”
She added, “I started gathering my stuff together to apply that day and everything came together really quickly. It was awesome!”
Tierney’s positive experience didn’t stop in the admissions department, either.
“The program is really interesting so far. I’m already thinking like a manager,” she said. “It’s a nice balance to help you gain real competency and understand the principles behind the best and worst practices in the industry.”
Despite just starting at Chancellor, it’s hard not to wonder ‘what’s next?’ for someone as ambitious as Tierney.
“I’m taking my time and giving my education my full attention right now. But after that? Possibilities. Lots of them.”