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MBA Journal: A Helping Hand for Part-Timers

MBA Journal: A Helping Hand for Part-Timers
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Thomas Sneed
With my second semester wrapping up at Emory’s Goizueta Business School, I am busy with case studies, group projects, and planning for upcoming final exams. Summer internships aren’t as prevalent in my part-time program, but we still have plenty of things occurring to keep the MBA experience fresh.

For the first year of the Emory evening MBA program, the core classes are scheduled for us, and we don’t have many opportunities for electives. This changes for the fall of our second year, and we are currently in the process of registering for those classes. So what classes do I want to focus on? My primary area of interest is management and leadership, but for this time frame, I can’t choose those electives as I have yet to take the necessary core classes. Therefore, I will be branching outside my comfort zone for the next few semesters. Should I choose classes in an area of weakness, such as data analysis, to further enhance my skill set? Or do I focus on areas in which I have an interest but limited experience, such as entrepreneurship or social enterprise? I haven’t made a final decision, but I know there is the possibility I will be trying something very different.