Sherif El-Refai is an experienced pharmaceutical professional who studied in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to holding his doctor of pharmacy degree, Sherif El-Refai recently earned a master of business administration from the University Of Florida’s Hough Graduate School of Business.
While many professionals pursue a master of business administration (MBA) in hopes of receiving a larger paycheck or gaining improved employment, there are several additional benefits that can be attributed to a continued business education. Enhanced perspective is one overlooked advantage of taking two years off to gain an MBA. In today’s deadline-driven business landscape, few professionals are provided the opportunity to step back, evaluate their environment, and consider how things might be done in different ways. An MBA classroom is the perfect place to discuss current issues and future trends of the business world.
Business school is not always viewed as a networking opportunity, particularly by those who step away from their professional career to enter into an MBA program. A number of successful business leaders, however, have completed MBA programs; establishing relationships at school can result in an important connection or partnership down the line. Finally, while some students go on to establish and run their own enterprises, many more join the leadership at successful businesses. Further, engaging in and, at times, leading an MBA class discussion is excellent preparation for the boardroom meetings and project reviews that define a business professional’s life.