Part-Time MBA '11
Part-Time MBA '11
Joseph Hannasch sought an MBA to acquire business knowledge and facilitate his transition from military to civilian life. The Carroll School of Management's Part-Time MBA Program allowed Joseph to continue building his resume while working towards his degree, and to apply what he was learning directly to his job. Joseph accepted a position with General Electric while completing the MBA program, where he currently works as a Contracts Manager.
"I was on active duty in the Air Force for nearly six years before I started looking at MBA programs. My job in the Service involved contracts and acquisitions, so I was encountering some business concepts that I didn't know much about. I decided it would be a good idea to get a greater understanding of the business world.
I went to an information session at the Carroll School, where I heard students talk about the school's values and the importance of accountability, integrity, and mutual respect. That resonated strongly with me, because those values lined up very closely with what I had been steeped in as a member of the military.
Even though I was a part-time student, I found opportunities to get involved outside of class. As the Part-Time MBA Program representative to the Graduate Management Association (GMA), for example, I was involved with planning events and budgeting. Most of the members of the GMA were full-time students, but it was an inclusive group that accomodated the concerns of part-time students.
I left the military in December 2008, in large part so I could stay in Boston and continue with my MBA. I started working at General Electric while I was still in school. I'm still with GE, but now that I've completed my MBA, I have increased responsibilities and I'm involved in strategic planning."