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Hear what students say about their experience at Post University

Rob Voorhees

Why did you choose Post University?

A couple of things. I considered it because I did my undergraduate work at Post. I looked at a couple of other programs, but the thing that interested me was the innovation focus Post had with its MBA curriculum. I felt that with so many changes happening in the economy and in my specific industry, that this was a key differentiator from all the other programs.

Post's MBA program really tries to tackle the underlying problem many U.S. corporations face today and that is how to get organizations to become better innovators of products and services. I felt that this was a different approach and it really intrigued me. I also thought that based on where I was in my career that I needed a competitive edge, and to be honest, I needed to enhance my leadership and management skills, and I felt that a MBA would be the right avenue for me to take. I felt Post really had the best to offer in that area.

Why did you decide to pursue your MBA while working full-time?

I felt that working and doing this really allowed me to bring my experiences to the program. And I felt that while I'm going through this and I'm learning and gaining new knowledge, I can apply that immediately to my career. I think it was the right decision. You sacrifice a lot of your personal time. I actually go to a library every Saturday and Sunday, so it's a huge sacrifice, but the program is such a great program because it keeps you motivated. The knowledge is breakthrough knowledge. It really is.

Do you think Post will provide a good return on your investment?

Absolutely. When I think about the program, I think it's really prepared me to take that next step in my career. I'm now in an officer-level position because of it. It's really helped me in a number of ways. First and foremost, it helped me obtain an enormous amount of practical knowledge. Additionally, it's really helped me improve my management and leadership skills. I've learned a lot of best practices relative to managing and leading innovation programs. It's taught me a lot about how to tap into the inherent passion of people and how to enable cross-collaboration within an organization to build a sustainable innovation culture. It's not about a quick fix. You need a culture that's going to sustain innovation over the long haul.

I think my MBA helped me obtain the VP position at IPWireless. Today's business world is highly competitive and to land a leadership position – specifically an officer level position – you need the combination of relevant experience and a MBA that can be applied to today's business challenges. When I went through the various interviews, I think what differentiated me from many of the other candidates was the quality of my Post MBA.

Was there any one concept or discussion that changed the way you view the world/workplace?

The idea of collaboration. I really think that was the one area. I believe people come to work wanting to do the right thing but certain cultures within big businesses really don't allow the organization to tap into the knowledge of their people. Organizations that embrace collaboration will start to recognize better creativity and innovation. When an organization commits to a collaborative environment, they start to see people operating differently – people become empowered to go outside their physical organizational boundaries and seek new ideas across the entire organization – and this gives corporations a better chance of discovering big innovation.

What kinds of connections did you make with your professors and peers?

Online programs are a little difficult in terms of building camaraderie because you don't' have that physical connection. But the online experience certainly allowed us to debate ideas through the discussion threads, and the participation that the professors had in terms of guiding those topics and asking provocative questions to make us think through the topic areas helped create and strengthen the relationship with the students and the professors.

Has the Post University MBA exceeded your expectations?

It's a great program and I just couldn't be happier. The type of program that Post offers and the knowledge that you're exposed to really is relevant to where we are in the 21st century. It really made me want to learn more. I'm so glad I made that decision two years ago.

I'm on schedule to graduate in May. I've already made plans to make the trip to Post University to experience the graduation ceremony. I did that for my undergraduate degree, as well, and it was a great experience. These past two years at Post have been incredible. I've learned so much. The professors have been outstanding, the participation on the [discussion] boards has been intellectually stimulating and it's been a very challenging program, but very rewarding.

If you were describing the program to a colleague what would you say?

I would say that if you want an MBA program that meets the business issues of today and can meet the challenges that businesses will face tomorrow, Post is really the only program that can satisfy those needs. It's a flexible program and it offers the knowledge that businesses need and allows you to build the skills that a 21st century manager needs in today's business climate.

Would you recommend Post's Online MBA Degree Program to your friends/colleagues?

Absolutely. I think it's the best decision I made relative to my education and learning -- ever. Basically, it has made me a better business person. I'm now prepared to tackle the issues and concerns that my company will face now and into the future. The learning experience and knowledge offered by Post is invaluable and it will help professionals of any industry gain a competitive edge.