A few days after graduating from George Mason University with a bachelor’s degree in sports management, Louis Fernandez received a flyer in the mail promoting the MS in Management program and said he was immediately drawn by the testimonies from students. For the recent grad who was having trouble landing a full-time role, the opportunity seemed like a good option.
“The program would not only give me a chance to obtain my masters, but also expose me to a new variety of roles that I wouldn’t have even thought of applying for when finishing my undergraduate degree,” said Fernandez.
Fernandez took the leap, and applied to the Masters in Management program. For Fernandez, the connections he made with members of his cohort were some of the most memorable experiences in the program. “I can honestly say that I feel that I have made more personal connections in my cohort from this past year than I did in all four years of undergrad. We all experienced the same things together, from the courses, the professors, the global residency trip, the triumphs, and the struggles,” said Fernandez.
Fernandez graduated from the program in 2017 and is now an analyst for The Rehancement Group, a management consulting company based in Reston, VA.
Fernandez says he was set on working in the sports industry when he finished his undergraduate degree, but his advice to others is that it’s okay for career plans to change. “This program gave me the confidence to apply for positions that I would not have even dreamed of applying for when I finished my undergraduate degree. This program exposes you to different industries that you may not have thought of applying for after undergrad.”
Fernandez is still keeping his options open, and hopes to one-day possibly merge his two degrees into a career with a professional sports team.