“When I was looking at my career growth, I knew that I wanted to bring in a strength that other people on my team didn’t have,” she explains. “I also wanted to get a degree that gave me a toolbox of skills and not just one skill that would push me into one position. I realized that an MBA was the right choice.”
Right program, right time
Initially, Navya was looking at traditional, full-time MBA programs. Then COVID hit – and her perspective shifted.
“I knew a ton of schools were going remote, but I still wanted to attend a good school, be close to family, and have the flexibility to be able to work and do classes,” she explains. “Since I already loved Tippie, I looked into the program – and it all added up.”
Even without the in-person element, the program’s value was still evident. And in a post-COVID world, there’s once again the option to attend class in Iowa’s Des Moines campus.
“I was really looking forward to the networking aspect of an MBA program and meeting my classmates. I was pretty bummed out to miss that,” she admits. “But since the curriculum was project-based and discussion-led, not just lecture slides, I got the substance that I needed, even though it was virtual.”
“Even during my interview, I was answering questions with a very strategic plan because of what I was taught,” she says. “And since I also earned a Marketing Certificate, I mentioned improving marketing and engagement numbers as well. It gave them confidence to hire someone with that skillset.”