The following is an excerpt from the MBA Journal in Bloomberg Businessweek that was written by Notre Dame MBA candidate Cathy Mae Favorito. To read the entire article visit: MBA Journal: Finding the Business Way.
I’m an IT professional from the Philippines in my mid-twenties, with a strong background in technology. I studied at the country’s premier science and technology high school and graduated magna cum laude from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in electronics and communications engineering. For the past five years, I have been working in system services at a multinational company, where I handle post-sales technical and client-facing roles. This fall, I will be starting my MBA at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.
Ever since I joined a youth forum held by the International Telecommunications Union when I was a college senior, I have toyed with the idea of getting an MBA. In one session, we were asked to think of ways we could use existing information and communication technologies to address prevailing problems in our respective countries and then come up with a business plan to showcase our ideas. I’m good at solving complex equations. I can program sensors and design electronic circuits. I write decent research papers. But I don’t know how to devise a business plan.