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Dan Ryan, MBA
Never one to do things the easy way, I managed to accumulate several years of working experience in the Information Technology industry by the time I finally went back to finish my Bachelors degree in 2005. The experience of being back in school was something I found intellectually invigorating. Therefore, when I hit a plateau in my career after working in the same industry for 10 years, I decided that I needed to go back to school to obtain my MBA as a way to make myself more marketable in this competitive industry.
As a full-time employee, as well as a husband and a father of two, I worried that the demands of working toward an MBA would throw even more stress into my already hectic schedule. Then, I heard about Dowlings accelerated MBA program, where I could not only finish my MBA in 14 months, I would be with a cohort of other people seeking to achieve their MBAs, too. I loved the idea of getting involved in an MBA program that would feel like being part of a tight-knit community of like-minded individuals. I got exactly what I bargained for, and much more.
Fourteen months later, I found myself walking down the aisle of Nassau Coliseum to receive my MBA diploma. Not only do I now have that MBA, I also have a new group of lifelong friends and a network of people from diverse and interesting industries to call upon in the years to come. Furthermore, the instructors, professors, and administrators that I worked closely with during the MBA program are people that continue to advise and support me in my career.
Now as an alumni of Dowling's MBA program, I can not stress strongly enough how beneficial it was to have been a part of this educational experience. Students are completely immersed in the program, which forces you to be intellectually and emotionally invested in getting good grades and being a proactive member of your cohort. As soon as I updated my resume with the MBA degree, calls and emails started coming in on a daily basis from a wide variety of employers. My job experience, combined with the understanding of business theory that I now have thanks to the MBA program, have enabled potential employers to see me as a much more diverse and well-rounded candidate.
I utilized my newfound credentials to obtain a job with a better title, increased responsibilities, and higher pay within a few months of graduating from Dowling. As I move forward with a new level of business acumen and an empowered sense of confidence, I know that I am, as one Dowling educator stated, "armed to the teeth" to go out and take on the challenges of the business world.
Rosemarie J. Walton, Candidate
"The plan" was to get my bachelors degree and to pursue a corporate-level management position. "The plan" took an entirely different direction as I neared the end of my undergraduate journey and was about to graduate from Dowling College armed with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. As I walked to class one day, I crossed paths with my advisor in the Townsend School of Business, who uttered these words: "Now, you must go for your MBA!" What? An MBA! Hey, I just wanted to get my bachelors degree and get a job with decent pay! I was looking forward to not having to study into the wee hours of the morning, or preparing for mid-term and final exams!
But the seed was planted, and I was curious. My advisors words kept echoing in my head "You can earn your MBA in three semesters if you enroll in the Accelerated MBA program". I went to one of my professors to get a better feel on the impact of earning an MBA. When I brought the subject up in Finance class, the professor responded "Rosemarie, it is the difference between your earning $25,000 or more dollars per year than you would if you stopped at just earning your Bachelors degree." After hearing about the heightened potential and added value for individuals holding an MBA, I began to fully understand the message my advisor had given me, which is that I must go beyond my own expectations and reach for the stars! I immediately began the process of applying for admission into Dowling Colleges Accelerated MBA program.
Upon acceptance, I started classes in the Fall of 2008. The program is a blended cohort and is an exciting, life-changing experience. A dynamic support mechanism is that classmates develop cohesive work relationships. My group has adopted the approach of the success of one fosters success for all. We communicate on Blackboard by supporting each other in understanding the coursework and assignments by using the Discussion Board feature. We work as teams on presentations. It is fulfilling being amongst a group of mature individuals who possess similar measures of commitment towards earning an MBA in Management and Leadership so that we can have better opportunities to achieve our life goals and plans. Professors are successful business people, or full-time faculty members who possess a plethora of knowledge as former high-level executives in business management.
Oh, and by the way. A good thing that I learned about "the plan" is to keep it open-ended. There are many more opportunities I can reach for now that my resume can be updated with an MBA degree. My professors, advisor, family and friends are fully supportive of my efforts, which make the time investment an easy sacrifice. I am glad my advisor redirected me towards earning an MBA in Management and Leadership at Dowling.
One last note is that my testimonial will be continued. As I approach the final hurdle towards graduating in the Spring of 2009, I will write you again and let you know about my experience in the accelerated MBA program. So long for now!
Dawn DiStefano, MBA
I had a fantastic experience at Dowling College. From the moment I signed up for the MBA program to the time that I graduated with my Masters in General Management, I could not have asked for anything more!
My advisor was very instrumental in my completing the program in a timely fashion. She was also very informative and personable which made Dowling my first choice when pursuing my MBA.
In addition, I cannot say enough about the Dowling faculty and staff. They were inspiring, courteous, and truly professional. They truly believe in creating long-lasting relationships with their students and continue to mentor them even after graduation.
I am proud to say that I recently returned to Dowling as an adjunct professor for The Townsend School of Business.
It has truly been a great opportunity for me to have attended such a reputable college and I feel fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful institution!
Peter Match, MBA
Most of my career has been spent doing technical work. I had been thinking about business school since the time I graduated with my BSEE, but decided to pursue an MS degree instead. That decision served me well, but I still needed to fill in the blanks in my business acumen.
I found the Saturday MBA program at Dowling College attractive having evaluated many of the MBA programs on Long Island. The fact that I could complete my degree in 18 months and only attend on Saturday was a strong selling point allowing me to spend more time during the week with my children. Additionally the program came recommended by a former co-worker who completed the program several years before me.
As with any good education, the benefit is in giving you the tools to think about things in a new way. Dowling helped me with this tremendously. I was fortunate in that my career advancement paralleled my progress through the program and I was finding information I was learning in school to be relevant on almost a weekly basis.
During my last semester I was promoted to Director of Engineering at Ultravolt Inc., a small electronics manufacturer here on Long Island. While this has pushed me professionally in new directions, my Dowling experience has helped me to rise to the occasion.