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.

By Eric Shay Howard

Eric Shay Howard lives in Louisville, Kentucky. He's the author of the fiction collection, Crushes, and is a literary editor. He also works at a law firm and is writing his second book. He's a graduate student in the Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA in Creative Writing program at Eastern Kentucky University.

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