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I Have An MBA, Now What?

MBA from Western Governors University

Now that I officially have my Master of Business Administration, I’m trying to figure out what I want to do with it. Obviously, along with my enjoyment for writing and blogging, it equipped me with enough knowledge to figure out how to get this blog going a little better. But, I’m also open to some other ideas. I’ve been looking into teaching business courses as an adjunct instructor at a college or university somewhere. There’s a lot of competition, though. Plus, I don’t have THAT much teaching experience.

I taught K-5 through Americorps for a little while. That being said, teaching children is very different from teaching young adults, or so I hear. But, I’m still actively pursuing it. I have a SMART goal. I have specific amounts of applications I’m supposed to have submitted by specific target dates. It might take me years to get a position, but I won’t be able to say I’m not trying.

The First Round of Applications

I did apply for an after-my-day-job teaching gig locally, but I found out soon after that the hours wouldn’t actually work around my current job after all. I actually messed up and didn’t correctly send the email stating this to the interviewer, and I think I might’ve accidentally burned that bridge. That was a really good bridge, too. So, I have to be more careful. I can’t just be applying to anything and everything. More research and thought will be required.

Anyway, I’m trying locally first. There are a couple of local community colleges nearby. There are also a couple of bigger universities in this city. After that, I’ll sort of expand my search diameter and apply in some other metropolitan areas. There’s also the possibility of teaching online.

Why Teaching?

I think it has to do with just finally being in a position to be able to give back to society a little. I struggled so much financially for so long, especially through my undergraduate years. I was a nontraditional student (that means older) so now that I’ve been able to live comfortably and save some money with the day job, I have the capability to teach others who are also possibly the first in their family to go to college, get a degree. A master’s degree, even.

It’s A Lot Like Submitting Fiction, Actually.

So, just like with my creative writing, I just make my submissions the best I possibly can and keep submitting until something sticks. It takes years sometimes. I can either stop submitting or I can just keep submitting, you know?

In the meantime, I’ll keep writing stories, posting on my blog, and doing my own thing. I’d love to teach English someday, but that will require another degree, I think.

bachelor of arts in english

So about the image above: no, this isn’t my MBA. This is my BA. I’m still waiting on my MBA diploma to arrive. COVID19 caused some long delays in the process with the university’s vendor and with shipping so I don’t know exactly how long I have to wait, but it should arrive soon. I needed a photo for this blog post, though, so I snapped this of my BA real quick. I will switch the photo when I get my new diploma.

Update: Master’s Degree diploma arrived and blog post image updated.




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Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA Summer Residency, 2022. Photo by Ben Keeling.

I’m Eric Shay Howard and I’m a bad blogger. I’m also an author. I live in Louisville, Kentucky and work at a law firm.

I’m currently a graduate student in a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Lately, I’ve been blogging about that. I also have a Master of Business Administration and have completed a few certificate programs in Human Resource related studies. Occasionally I blog about business and other MBA-related things. Blogging about my day, bad dates, or package delivery issues are also not out of the question.

I wrote a fiction collection called Crushes and self-published it because sometimes I just like to push buttons and see what happens. I think this book is pretty alright, I suppose. Buying a copy helps me out. Feel free to leave a review on Amazon as well.

crushes by eric shay howard fiction collection book cover

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Eric’s bookshelf: currently-reading

The Silkworm
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Words of Radiance
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The Cloven Viscount
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Dark Rise
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The Gunslinger
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Mistborn: The Final Empire
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Blogs and People I Like

Here are some other blogs and people that I like to read or keep up with. The order is arbitrary because I started out going for alphabetical order but then got busy with classes or something so now sometimes I just rearrange them for no reason.

Equipment Test! Podcast Artwork

I made a really bad podcast over the summer called Equipment Test! because I bought a microphone. But if you like really bad podcasts, you can listen to it here, or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other places.

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