I hope that you are all doing well and want to thank you for taking a peek into my blog. My goal with this blog is to chronicle my experience applying to business school and to reflect on all the joys (campus visits) and sorrows (application essays) that I encounter during this journey.
By way of introduction, my name is Vi Nguyen and I am a Bay Area native. I was a Riordan Fellow with UCLA Anderson c/o 2010 and continue to be involved in the Riordan family as part of the Riordan Program Alumni Association (RPAA). I completed my undergraduate studies at UCSD in 2007, where I majored in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and minored in economics. Since graduation, I have worked in research in industry at companies like Pfizer and Genentech. Currently, I work at a company in the primary market research space, and cover the healthcare space specifically. I am applying to business school this year with the hopes of matriculating next fall.
So the first question that I often get when talking to my peers and mentors about my business school plans are… Why business school? Why an MBA? Business school is, after all, a huge undertaking – two years out of your professional life and a hefty chunk of change – not to mention the possibly need to uproot your life and move to a different city, state, or even country.
For healthcare-interested professionals like myself, there are a variety of different graduate level programs available, such as MPH (Masters in Public Health), MHA (Masters in Health Administration), Masters in Bioscience, etc. It’s easy to get lost in the diversity of options that you have, but ultimately, it’s all about pinpointing the skills set you are looking to attain from your graduate level education experience, understanding what each kind of education each program provides and, ultimately, what your career plans post-MBA.
After business school, I want to go into marketing at a biotechnology firm. My science background has found me work in lab research in industry, as well as to a role where I work with investment professionals and life sciences companies to do diligence on their current and potential holdings. All of it has been very interesting and has helped me realize my career ambitions in biotech marketing and management.
So please join me as I continue to work my way through the B-school application process and pursue an MBA that will enable me to increase my contribution to the healthcare industry!
P.S. If you have any comments/ideas/suggestions or there is anything of particular interest to you, please feel free to add any comments below!