The prospect of pursuing an MBA online and part-time can be daunting. Distance learners tackle not only coursework but also challenges related to time management, work-life satisfaction, and workplace engagement. It’s up to each MBA candidate to find the unique balance that lets them grow in their professional lives while also excelling in the classroom.
Luckily, the path from enrollment to graduation is well-trod, and current students in Butler University’s Online MBA program have plenty of advice to share. What follows is a collection of real tips from distance learners who chose to enroll in Butler’s MBA online and are thriving in and out of class.
Actively Schedule the Time You Need to Succeed
“Use your schedule. Use your calendar to the full extent that you can. Meaning, if you’re not going to do something unless you schedule it into your life, schedule it. Whether it’s 30 minutes of decompression time or 30 minutes to read every day, add it to your calendar. Also, break things down into smaller, more digestible action items. I try to do a little bit of work every day. I might put in two to three hours on days when I have more free time, but if I do a little here and there on weekdays, it cuts down on the time I need to spend on the program over the weekend.” – Paola Arce, Associate Project Manager at Crown Castle, Inc.
Take Advantage of Butler University’s Online MBA Resources
“I value that Butler takes an interest not only in my education but also in my development as a person and a leader. Having the ability to reach out and talk to the director, and being able to have one-on-one coaching, is something that is invaluable and shows the university cares about the individual as a whole.” – Douglas Gage, Terminal Superintendent at BNSF Railway
“You will be a part of a legacy that echoes across the nation. And you will build myriad connections and opportunities that will last a lifetime. Butler University will not only enhance you, but it will align you with the brand and goals you want to achieve.” – Karington Lamb, Process Improvement Specialist at UTEC/Carrier
Build Your Network and Stay Connected
“Take advantage of as many opportunities to interact with your classmates and professors outside of the classroom as you can. They will help you discover how to get the most out of your Butler experience. From my professors to my leadership coach, classmates, and members of the Butler community, every person I have encountered during my short time in the program has been welcoming, supportive, and [ready to share] a wealth of knowledge and different experiences.” – Paola Arce
Ask for the Help and Support You Need
“There is no lack of support from Butler University. My advisor continuously checks in to make sure I am up to date on admissions, classes, and pretty much anything I need. Overall, the student support is awesome, not just from my advisor but from the entire butler staff.” – Douglas Gage
“Ask questions! Even if it’s something you feel is minor, ask, so you feel completely comfortable with your decision. You truly get out what you put in. I was worried about not having the opportunity to network, but have been pleased to know there are more opportunities to network and talk with classmates outside of class.” – Andrew Fry, Buyer at MGE Wholesale
“The resources that Butler makes available to students have also been great. If you think there isn’t a resource for what you need, just ask the question. If you can’t find something, they’ll help you build that resource.” – Paola Arce
Seek Out Employer Sponsorship
“One of my main reservations was the financial investment. I have a lot of undergraduate loans, and I’m very fortunate that Roche helps to pay for my master’s education. Once I got my feet under me there, I felt like I had enough credibility to raise my hand and say, ‘Will you help me pay for my education?’ I needed to wait until I felt established; that was the biggest thing holding me back.” – Alex Turner, Strategic Workflow Consultant at Roche
Think Beyond the Online MBA Classroom
“My leadership course has given me tools for understanding my brand and how to develop my emotional agility as well as developing a reference point for coaching individuals within a group setting. My business legal and ethics course has granted me a central focus on the importance of awareness, understanding, and application. I am grateful for each course and experience from each professor.” – Karington Lamb