Alumni Spotlight: Advice for Future Graduates

Lacey Hammons, Director of Physician Recruitment
Getting your MBA is a major accomplishment, but it is only the beginning of the journey. The Neeley School of Business prepares students to take the next step—whether that’s choosing a new career path or moving up in a current job.

The Neely School of Business’ two-year program is intense but provides students the opportunity to gain experience working as business consultants for national companies. During your time at Neeley, you will have the chance to pursue your studies while actively preparing yourself for your post-graduation career.

Lacey Hammons, 2011 Neeley School of Business graduate and Director of Physician Recruitment at United Surgical Partners International, understands the transition from grad school to work firsthand. She offers her advice to recent and future graduates.

Take what comes your way. An MBA provides you with an excellent set of tools for that next step in your life, but don’t assume you are above anything. That might mean taking a job at a lower level than you’d prefer or being willing to take on seemingly tedious tasks at work, such as proofing contracts. Embrace any exposure to clients, projects and leadership and continue to gain traction in your role by accepting what is handed to you, especially in the first 90 days on the job.

Make the most of the first three months post graduation. Decisions are often made during the first 90 days about whether you will be promoted in a new job. Use that time to establish your work ethic and prove your value to the organization.

Focus on the small victories. During your first year out of grad school, focus on having lots of small wins, not just one big win. While it’s important to keep the big picture in mind, stay focused on making progress every day.

At the Neeley School of Business, we are committed to helping you unleash your leadership potential. Our hope is that our graduates will lean on their experiences and leverage the relationships they built during their MBA program to achieve their career goals.
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