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Maylene Hector

Student Story: Why I’m Earning My MBA

I am glad that chose to pursue my MBA, and I know that it will help me achieve my long-term career goals.

Prior to enrolling in the MBA program at Herzing University, I was conflicted about whether I should pursue an advanced degree. I wanted to make sure that going back to school was worth the investment. Today, I am glad that I chose to pursue my MBA, and I know that it will help me achieve my long-term career goals.

I am originally from Antigua and Barbuda, and for more than 25 years I was able to land several good jobs with only a high school diploma. I didn’t even think it was necessary for me to earn my associate degree, but I decided to give it a try and enrolled in an associate degree program for hospitality management. (My country’s economy is heavily based on tourism). To my surprise, I made the Dean’s list in my first semester and I was awarded a full scholarship for the duration of my studies.

Later, when I immigrated to the United States, I realized that I needed a bachelor’s degree to earn a reasonable income. I enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program in my field and graduated Summa Cum Laude. I was energized and eager to begin my career, but was bewildered when I was overlooked for an internal promotion. I realized that if I wanted to achieve my personal and professional goals, I would need to go back to school for my MBA.

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My goal is to first secure a middle-management position and advance to an upper-management role in the hospitality industry. Eventually, I want to own and operate my own tennis club. Earning my MBA will allow me to develop the leadership and communication skills I need to get to the next level of my career.

Specializing in human resources will help me develop strategic problem-solving and management skills. These are essential skills that I’ll need when I start my own business. Advancing my degree also means that I can enjoy higher pay and better job security.

The MBA in Human Resource Management program is an ideal way for me to prepare for future opportunities in management. I am confident that advancing my degree will help me enhance my leadership skills and position me for the career of my dreams.

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics 2023 / Occupational Outlook Handbook 2022. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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