March 13, 2019 — “What an MBA Can Do for Your Career” and “This Ad’s for You” are among the topics that will be discussed at CSU Channel Islands’ inaugural “Taste of the MBA” event on April 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the John Spoor Broome Library, room 2325, at the main campus.

“Taste of the MBA” is a new event that provides prospective students an opportunity to see what a master’s in business administration (MBA) can do for a career and how the CSUCI MBA program can help students reach their goals.  

“We are incredibly excited to offer our first ‘Taste of the MBA' event this spring,” said Interim Dean of the Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics Susan Andrzejewski, Ph.D. “The event will give prospective students the opportunity to hear from some of our faculty and to learn a little bit more about our outstanding MBA program. The event also provides a great opportunity for MBA alumni and community partners to reconnect with the program.”

The CSUCI MBA program includes evening and online classes as well as classes at the main campus in Camarillo and a campus in Goleta.

“Some of our big issues are labor market trends,” said Assistant Professor of Economics Miguel Delgado-Helleseter, Ph.D. “A lot of the type of work that grows in our counties is low-paying work, so there are questions about the long-term sustainability of that. Especially when it’s work involving construction as we don’t build a lot of housing and there’s very little construction work. We will also talk about the impact of the mudslides on the rental and home sales markets.”

The panel for the event will be moderated by MBA Alumnus Ramesh Lori.

MBA instructor Doug Lane will discuss how he started his career as a lab technician at a small hospital in Chico and never had an interest in business until the day his boss asked him to approach a CEO about a sale of some technical equipment.

“He looked like a deer in the headlights,” Lane said. “It was then I realized business is all about communication. I wanted to be able to communicate with business people in their own language.”

After Lane earned his MBA, it held the key to all kinds of opportunities.

“I realized having a strong science background with an ability to understand business is a phenomenal thing,” Lane said.

Lane and others involved in “Taste of the MBA” hope to inspire prospective students interested in entrepreneurship, but also those in various fields from science to engineering to performing arts to consider the value of pursing an MBA at CSUCI.

The public is welcome to attend this free event and online registration is open.

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