Albers School of Business and Economics

Graduate Programs Blog

  • Graduation and New Beginnings

    Posted by Loc Nguyen on 6/15/2015 11:19:01 AM


    It was a joyous and emotional weekend for many graduate students in the MBA, MPAC, and MSF programs as they transitioned from being students to being alumni.  For most people, it took between 1.5 and 3 years to achieve their graduate business degrees.  Some people will use their degrees to find new career paths, some will advance in their current careers, and others will create new businesses.  Although people may have different roads ahead, the friendships and networks they built in graduate business school will remain forever.  The Albers School is proud to know that this talented group of people will go forth and use their knowledge and skills to help build a more just and humane world.

    Status Update and Leading with EQ

    Posted by Loc Nguyen on 5/14/2015 01:47:17 PM

    I’m about 2 quarters away from graduating and it’s seriously crunch time.  Among worrying about homework, projects, and exams, I’m also actively networking and preparing for stepping into a new career.  Spring quarter is always busy because students are frantically finishing up coursework in order to graduate and the school is offering plenty of events such as business ethics week, networking events, and the last executive speaker series of the year.  I was also graciously awarded the Albers Leadership Award for my service as AGSA co-president so thank you to the Albers School for the recognition.

    However, I wanted to talk about a peculiar elective course offered at Albers called Leading with Emotional Intelligence taught by Bill Weis.  This course is widely revered by many students and alumni and it is commonly described as “sitting around and talking about your feelings”.  Why would anyone want to do that and how is that skill relevant to the graduate business student?

    On the recommendation of both of my mentors and several colleagues, I reluctantly took the Leading with EQ course this quarter and finished my retreat 2 weeks ago.  When I came back from the 3 days at the Treacy Levine Center near Mt.Vernon, I felt strangely alone.  As it turned out, I realized that I was actually sad that the retreat had ended and that I genuinely missed the wonderful strangers who spent the weekend with me.  This came as a shock because I never imagined that I would feel this way from a course in business school.

    Simply put, this course was life-changing.  It taught me the power of vulnerability and changed the way I view people.  If every manager had high emotional intelligence, I honestly think business as we know it would be transformed.  But make no mistake, the course description above is spot on.  To be succinct, if you’re someone who has perfect relationships and a perfect life, you probably don’t need this course.  For everyone else, this course should be mandatory not only in business school, but also in life. 

    A warm thank you to facilitators Bill, Leilani, Carly, Hartley, and Glenn; my T-group members Crystal, Narmeen, Caity, and Ray; my coaches Jessica, Riley, Lindsey, Mike, and Livia; and my entire spring 2015 EQ course.  You are all wonderful people.

    Loc Nguyen, 2016 MBA Candidate,  

    AGSA Spring End of Year Social

    Posted by Loc Nguyen on 5/13/2015 04:13:45 PM

    It's that time of the year again when many students finish their graduate business school journey and prepare to transition into new or old careers as SU alumni!  For many, it's a time for joy but it's also a time for reflection on the friendships made and the experiences that will never be forgotten. 

    Come celebrate the end of the year with your fellow grad students, faculty, and alumni at The Chieftain Irish Bar & Restaurant on Wednesday, May 27 from 8:30 to 10:30 pm.  Food and drinks will be provided with your student ID!

    AGSA 15 spring social flyer

    Finance Career Insights

    Posted by Loc Nguyen on 1/30/2015 02:21:31 PM

    Last week, the Albers Placement Center hosted an industry panel on careers in finance.  Earlier in my MBA program, I skipped these types of events but now that I’m halfway through, I decided to attend one.  The panel consisted of two finance managers from Microsoft and one from Amazon.  Each person gave an overview of their careers in finance and highlighted where they started and how they got to where they are today.  Their experiences shed light on how to break into the finance industry.  Specifically, both managers from Microsoft suggested starting in large, structured companies in order to learn and gain valuable experience before moving to less structured companies such as Microsoft.  Their collective insight and advice was extremely helpful as I prepare for the final stretch of my MBA with a Certificate in Corporate Finance.

    Interestingly, my mentor this year, a senior finance manager from Microsoft, was unexpectedly on the panel.  We originally planned to be in the audience but he was asked to speak because one of the original panelists cancelled at the last minute.  Afterwards, we debriefed and shared our holiday experiences at a bar in Capital Hill.  As always, his insight was invaluable and such an important supplement to the finance theories and models I learn in my finance courses.

    Loc Nguyen, MBA & Certificate in Finance Candidate,  

    AGSA Fall Social

    Posted by Loc Nguyen on 11/3/2014 02:50:07 PM

    We had an amazing turnout for our first graduate student event this year and congratulations to the two students who won the gift cards!  Over 70 graduate business students came out to meet and mingle with each other.  Even one of the new MBA cohorts came from Bellevue to participate.  I had a chance to speak with the cohort and they had great things to say about the social nature of the new curriculum and they especially enjoyed their teams course retreat.  As an event planner, it's rewarding to see my fellow grad students participate and embrace the social aspects of graduate business school.  It's a reminder that it's not just what we learn in class that matters.

    14 AGSA Fall Social

    Loc Nguyen, MBA Candidate,

    MBA Second Year

    Posted by Loc Nguyen on 10/9/2014 03:27:10 PM

    I can’t believe I’m already halfway through my MBA program! It’s gone by way too quickly. As I begin my second year, I remind myself of the reason why I’m in graduate business school- to change my career and meet new people along the way. To that end, this year I’ll be focusing on everything job related and fortunately, the Albers Placement Center has plenty of great events lined up. Furthermore, my course schedule this quarter has been noticeably more difficult. As expected, these second year courses are more demanding, especially when it comes to group work. For example, my marketing course has a consulting project where we need to assist a local business improve their marketing strategy and then at the end of the quarter, we present our findings to their ownership. It’ll no doubt be time consuming but will also be very rewarding.

    Mentor Fair 2014

    The turnout this year was impressive. There were about 150 mentors available and around 300 students will participate. During the fair, I was able to meet several consultants from different companies around Seattle and learn about their unique descriptions of the industry. My mentor last year was a consultant so it was interesting to compare and contrast them. I’m looking forward to a great experience this year!

    Loc Nguyen, MBA Candidate,

    One Year Over

    Posted by Loc Nguyen on 6/20/2014 02:31:01 PM

    The end of spring quarter marks my first year in the MBA program and it has gone by too quickly.  Last night as I was doing my usual orientation presentation for incoming students, I couldn’t help but feel like it was only yesterday that I was sitting where they were, anxious and nervous to go back to school.  Over the 9 months that I’ve been a graduate student at Albers, I’ve learned a tremendous amount, not only in the classroom but also about myself.  Many things come to mind as I reflect on my experiences and I’d like to briefly share some of them.

    MBA 510 – The absolute best part of my MBA experience so far was my time in this class.  I met some of my best friends in Seattle here and I severely miss everyone from my group.  I’ve seen many of them in other classes throughout the year and it always brightens up my day when I see a familiar face in the halls.  I plan my classes with these people and I always know working with them will produce great results.  I’m also very fortunate to be involved with AGSA because planning student events has allowed some of us to stay together.  I can’t say enough great things about this class and I hope to meet many new people in my second year.  Also, those of you in the new MBA program taking MBA 5205 are in for a treat!

    AGSA – We are deeply appreciative of the student and faculty support of our mission and events this year.  We successfully hosted 4 events: a social mixer, a pizza party, a Mariners game, and an end of the year graduation celebration.  Next year will be even more exciting with more community building events that add value to our shared graduate school experience.

    Albers Mentor Program –  My experience was certainly atypical of the program because many of my friends had great experiences with their mentors.  However, I honestly have mixed feelings about my experience because I was only able to meet with my mentor twice this year.  Although both of the meetings were informative and rewarding, due to busy schedules, we were unable to meet as much as we would have liked.  I have high hopes that my experience next year will be more comprehensive.

    Classes – I’ve taken 9 courses so far and I’ve enjoyed most of them, particularly Business Ethics & Social Responsibility with Marc Cohen, Management of People with Colette Hoption, and Managerial Finance with Katya Emm.  These courses were especially memorable because of intensely rewarding discussions, a reflective case presentation, and discovering new interests, respectively.  I also want to say that graduate school is no walk in the park.  There’s a rumor that no one can fail in graduate business school but believe me, maintaining all A’s with 3 courses per quarter is both challenging and satisfying.

    Overall – I’ve sincerely enjoyed my experience at Albers.  Some things I could improve are participating more in class and making a stronger effort to engage people outside of class.  However, I’m positive that next year will be even better and I’m excited to begin year 2.

    Please have a safe and relaxing summer break!

    Loc Nguyen, MBA Candidate,