With each class session I realize how close I am getting to my desired level of competence in business. Especially now, in spring semester, when everything that we learned in the past is becoming linked to a bigger picture.
After earning my bachelors in computer hardware and software I worked as a programmer in a bank. My duties included developing/modifying software according to given requirements. I did not enjoy banking business and for six months I was separated from the banking business itself, by layers of system analysts, business analysts, technologists... Oftentimes I was not satisfied by the quality of requirements that I was given and I thought I could do better. So I pulled myself out of my comfort zone and applied for a system analyst position.
Switching to a system analyst position gave me the opportunity to discover the world of business. At that position I dealt with professionals from fields of accountancy, risk management, portfolio evaluation… And found it interesting and challenging at the same time. I had difficulties with understanding them at times because of the terminology they used. Nonetheless, I was so excited by attractive the opportunities to participate in decision making processes and impact strategic decisions that I decided to pursue my MS degree in business.
Since our first semester we have covered many topics and learned many different methods. Many cases from different industries were discussed. The spring semester classes are putting together all the knowledge that we acquired. It is interesting to realize how concepts about new technologies from Managing Innovation and Technology Strategy courses have direct impact on stock prices that we calculate in Introduction to Finance. How dramatically plain announcement made by a company about developing innovative product can increase net present value of growth opportunity (NPVGO). How inventory level and safety stock that we calculated in Process Management can influence warehouse pooling decisions in Supply Chain Management…