Cole Lipovac MBA 13
Applying a Psych Degree to Human Resources
As a senior manager in human resources at Salesforce, Cole Lipovac does “all things people-related,” he says, working side-by-side with some of the best leaders in the company.
He recently joined the San Francisco-based database software giant after having worked his way up to human resources business partner at another globally recognized Bay Area tech firm, GoPro.
Cole attributes much of his career growth to following up his bachelor’s degree in psychology, focusing on behavior within organizations, with an MBA from the management school’s San Francisco Bay Area Part-Time MBA program, which allowed him to continue working while pursuing his degree. He says the part-time option helped him balance his course load with his rising full-time career. Another benefit: He could immediately put what he learned in class into practice.
“Once I started working,” Cole says, “going back and getting the MBA really helped me with the strategic planning.”
His advice to prospective business students: Set your mind on where you want your career to go and steer your skill set and talent toward that goal. He also recommends building solid connections with fellow students, because “life comes up and things happen where you need a support system to help you get through it.”