Emmeny McIntyre-Beadle, graduate of Fordham University's Gabelli School of Business, describes the highlights of her MBA experience and gives advice to future applicants.
Name: Emmeny McIntyre-Beadle
School: MBA, Gabelli School of Business - Fordham University
Lives in: Bergen County, NJ
Profession: ADP Headquarters
What were some activities you are involved with outside of class?
At the start of my MBA experience, I became a member of several student organizations. By my second year, my membership positions evolved into leadership roles. I was the VP of Events for Fordham Women in Business (FWiB), where I helped organize networking nights and the annual conference. In addition, I served as the Co-President of Fordham Graduate Marketing Society (FGMS), helping oversee the annual Marketing Plan Competition with businesses in the tristate area and the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk with the American Cancer Society.
I also held a Graduate Assistantship in the Office of Graduate Admissions, meeting with prospective students regarding program and application inquiries, and giving personalized tours of the business school.
What advice do you have for students considering an MBA on how to make that decision?
My advice would be to do your research. You should have a solid idea of the role, company, or industry you wish to work in after you complete your degree. Also, research in detail and learn how various business schools can connect you to your companies of interest. Networking is a huge factor in this process, and you want to make sure the institution you choose has a focus in this area. If you are transitioning into a new industry, identify what certificates, classes, or software tools are needed to demonstrate your candidacy. From there, things should start to fall into place.
What do you think is your program's greatest asset?
There are several things about the Gabelli MBA that make the program stand out. Some examples include the small class size, our worldly and diverse student population and the amazing faculty who always go above and beyond for their students.
What do you think makes your MBA program and experience unique?
One of the main things that I think make the Gabelli MBA stand out is our location. Gabelli is located in Midtown Manhattan, right in the heart New York City. Beyond the fact that NYC is the home to about 50 Fortune 500 companies, students can get experience working in all different industries such as Finance, Marketing, Media and Communications, etc.
What were the biggest challenges of pursuing your MBA?
The biggest challenge I faced when pursuing my MBA was actually before it even started. It was when I was studying for the GMAT, while working full-time. Once I was admitted and enrolled in the program, the transition back into an academic environment and the opportunity to network was quite easy because of all the programing put in place by Fordham Gabelli’s Office of Graduate Academic Advising and Career Development Center.
What resources and support did your school offer you through the career search?
Every student is assigned a specific career advisor that focuses in different industries. In addition, The Career Development Center reviews resumes, conducts mock-interviews, organizes career spotlight panels with industry leaders, while also strengthening alumni relations through on campus receptions and networking events.
What did you learn about creating and utilizing networks during your MBA?
You have to put yourself out there. Listen to your peers on how they have progressed and share your own aspirations.
Like what you see? Follow us on our social media channels for more personal MBA stories, application tips, and event updates:
Are you interested in getting your MBA? Meet with Admissions Directors from Fordham University's Gabelli School of Business and other top Business Schools at our upcoming events! Registration is Free!