Graduating from college and feeling unsure about your career is nothing new. But taking steps to find your way takes commitment. For Elizabeth Thai, MSM ’17, George Mason University’s MS in Management program offered her the skills she needed to put some passion into her career choices.
Thai graduated from George Mason with a BS in health administration and policy, and a strong goal of focusing on the business side of healthcare. After volunteering and working in the healthcare field, Thai says she was at a crossroads. None of her experiences in healthcare represented what she wanted to do. After graduation, she pursued a job in a different field altogether, working to improve her administrative skills. But when she felt stagnant in her role at work, she decided to pursue a Masters in Management at Mason’s School of Business.
Thai says, “There was no room for movement within the organization and I wasn't learning anymore within my role. I wanted the opportunity to figure out what I really wanted to do in my career, whether that meant getting back into the healthcare field or not. I felt that a Masters in Management at Mason would expand my horizon on what was possible out there for me.”
For Thai, time spent with her classmates stood out to her in the program. “Everyone came from such a unique background with amazing personalities and quirks. It wasn't difficult coming to class every week, especially with hardworking and supportive friends surrounding me.”
In addition to her classmates, Thai says her professors “taught with charisma, professionalism, and passion.”
“Accounting instructor, Syed Hasan, made my hardest undergraduate subject (accounting), simple and enjoyable. Associate professor of information systems and operations management Candace (Penny) Deans opened my eyes to the future of technology and I am currently working towards having a more technical foundation and career path,” says Thai.
Today, Thai is working as a business consultant for Saliense, LLC, a small woman-owned consulting firm in Northern Virginia with a strong mission and vision. She is currently contracted out to the Defense Health Agency and working within the health information technology division as a project controller.
Thai says, “The Masters in Management provided me with the confidence and support system to pursue challenges and create goals for myself. I felt renewed and ambitious again. It doesn't hurt that I love my job now.”
Completed in only 11 months, and 36 credit hours, the George Mason MS in Management program offers the professional development experience needed to make students marketable to potential employers and provide management skills to quickly advance their career.