- Name: William Sapon
- Business School: Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
- Originally from: Houston, Texas
Q: How did you choose your MBA program? What were your program's greatest assets?
A: My primary decision factors when selecting my MBA program included experiential learning opportunities, future job opportunities, location and financial cost. I also had a career goal in mind which included a career at the nexus of energy, sustainability and business. The University of Pittsburgh's proximity to one of the largest natural gas reserves in the world definitely presented unique post-MBA career opportunities and helped position the program at the top of my list.
One of the most exciting assets of the Katz MBA program is living in the City of Pittsburgh and its proximity to the museums, shops, sporting events, restaurants, theaters and not to mention top firms located in the "Golden Triangle" or downtown Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh has been named one of the most livable cities in the country for millennials and now is emerging as a city of makers and entrepreneurs.
Q: What was your favorite classroom experience?
A: Through the Katz Global Research Practicum course, I was a part of a group of 25 students who traveled to Asia. The GRP Asia course is easily provided my favorite classroom experience because I had the ability to visit China, South Korea and Taiwan. I wanted to experience authentic Asian cuisine and exposure to corporate culture from an international company. While the traditional concept of study abroad may not be feasible for all Katz MBA students, the GRP was a good alternative for students, like myself, seeking an international experience. I gained new perspectives and views from cultural exposure. Traveling abroad allowed me to forge new lifelong friendships and possible career connections, and it also helped build necessary confidence to become a global leader.
Q:What activities were you involved in outside of class? How did you balance your time?
A: One of my favorite activities outside of class was and still is running. Health and fitness has always been a top priority for me and that did not changed during my MBA program. One of the most valuable lessons learned during my MBA orientation was the value of time management. The time management workshop taught me and the rest of my classmates various time management skills. Using lessons learned, I scheduled my various weekly running activities first and then scheduled everything else around it. This helped me not only to stay on top physical condition but helped me stay on top of my academic activities.
Q: What resources and support did your program offer during the career search?
A: The KATZ MBA offered plenty of resources and support during my career search. Those resources included access to a career management team, executives in residence, career fairs, on-site interview prep, and a personalized career search that met my career goals. For example, I worked with Ashley McGovern, Katz MBA Career Advisor, for two years during my time as an MBA student at the University of Pittsburgh. Ashley not only encouraged me during our appointments, but continuously went above and beyond to get to know me personally, ensuring professional success in my future career goals.
Q: What is something you learned during your MBA experience that was unexpected?
A: At Katz, I learned to change and keep an open mind. I knew that going into an MBA program I was going to learn many new business concepts and skills and would have my views of the world challenged. But what was unexpected was how much an MBA program reached a wide range of social, environmental and professional topics. Almost half of our MBA classmates were international students with various backgrounds, religions, cultures and perspectives. This diversity helped shaped our conversations during class discussions and now I have a newfound respect for diversity and inclusion. It was an amazing surprise because not only did earn my MBA but my perspectives on life were also broadened in the process.
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