Make an MBA Your Own

How to Tailor an MBA Program to Align With Career Goals

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Valtteri Salomaki started his MBA at the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management to enhance his skillset in Marketing Strategy and Information Systems with the aim of gaining employment at a major tech firm and launching entrepreneurial endeavors.

He then took his MBA program to a whole new level. Due to the flexibility and support of the faculty, he has tailored his MBA program and experiences to align exactly with his career goals.

"The A. Gary Anderson School of Management has provided me with all the resources and support I have needed to achieve my ambitious goals. This is why I am proud to be a Highlander!”

Currently, Valtteri is in the middle of finalizing two Management Directed Studies courses for Information Systems – both which were topics not covered in the current MBA curriculum.

He discovered, with the help of faculty, he could incorporate these other courses into his curriculum in order to develop a strong understanding of new technologies that will impact business and society in the near future. The courses cover Blockchain Application in eCommerce and Full-Stack Product Development.

In addition to tailoring his MBA academic experience, Valtteri is participating in multiple extracurricular activities that have provided him with leadership and networking opportunities.

Valtteri has interned for the second straight summer at ESRI for the Defense and Intelligence Industry Solutions Marketing Team. This internship experience has led to further employment opportunities at ESRI to work as a Student Tech for the Integrated Marketing and Digital Performance Management teams, which will hopefully transition into a full-time role after graduation.