Going back to School… Degrees #3 & 4!
October 24, 2009 2 Comments
Well, as I discussed in my first post, I recently started attending school again to get my M.S. in Management, with a concentration in Technology Management. My goal after that is to continue and get the MBA. I estimate the whole process to take about 3 years. 🙂 To put things in perspective though, I think we need to go back to my MIT days.
Grad School 2004-2007
As some of you know, I initially applied and was accept to MIT for the Doctoral program. After suffering through quals and my thesis proposal, I was noticing that this really wasn’t a path that I wanted to be going down. I much preferred the work I did in undergrad and my internships as opposed to the research lifestyle, so I decided to forgo the PhD and instead switch to M.S. CEP (Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering Practice). Looking back now over 3.5 years later, I 100% believe I made the right decision. However, I do not regret at all attending MIT. In fact, the experiences there made me a much more well rounded individual, both socially and technically. It was the first time I had lived away from home, and I was able to experience that for 3 years (I even learned how to cook :P). In addition, the method of approaching situations was different at MIT than NJIT, and at the end I was able to draw on both experiences to tackle problems.
Another benefit of the M.S. CEP was the experience of a lifetime of Practice School. I won’t bore you with all the details (click here if interested), but it allowed me to travel with other students for 4 months, two in Minnesota, and 2 in London (Fall-Winter 2006). It was my first real experience of completing a project in an industrial setting in a small amount of time, and even though some weeks were crazy (70-80hours), I enjoyed it. You can find some pictures of London here (then scroll down to the London/Cambridge pics).
The Call Back to School
So, suffice to say, after graduating and then starting at Picatinny, I wasn’t exactly looking to go back to school right away, haha. After a year of working (which I must say I love my job), I felt like I wanted to go back to school. Call me a nerd/geek (I know I am, you won’t be insulting me :D), but I always liked school, and it is something I excel in. After looking at different programs closeby, talking to my mentor, supervisor, etc., I decided to chose Stevens and do it online. This was a brand new experience for me, and I was a little leery of how the setup would be. I really liked the curriculum and how it focused on managing technical people (who by the way, are completely different than other professions), I thought this would be a good fit for where I aspire to be in the future.
So, now 2 months in, I have to admit I really do enjoy the classes. Right now, I am taking Managerial Accounting, which is pretty basic and not too difficult for someone with an Engineering background, and Introduction to Project Management. The best part is being able to read and interact with other professionals, all in different organizations and companies. It allows you to compare and see what things your group does well, and what it needs to improve and/or incorporate to stay on the competitive edge. So, even though I initially had misgivings, I really enjoy the online format.
Sure, you might hear me complain about the homework, lack of time, etc. (a good friend once said that “Anyone notice that the word “studying” is derived from a mix of “student” and “dying””, which has a lot of truth to it) but just to be back in school and in learning mood again is fun. 🙂