Career Switcher

Jessica Padolina and family take a photo at Aggie Grad Walk

How the MSBA Program Provided a Career Boost

Adding tools to my skillset helped me succeed.

After years of sacrifice, recent Full-Time MBA graduate Tarun Chinniah finally received the pay-off he’d set out for: his MBA degree.

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Tips for Prospective M.S. in Business Analytics Students

“Now is the best time to think about, and define your analytics narrative.”

Are you ready to jump-start your business analytics career? MSBA Executive Director Amy Russell shares tips and advice to help you strengthen your application. 

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Meet Our New MSBA Graduate Student Analysts

Jessica Padolina, Zhe Wang and Dhwani Mehta connect their cohort

Soft skills, SQL and machine learning—find out what attracted our three new Graduate Student Analysts to the MSBA program.

Jesse Rodriguez MBA 19 at Upwelling Capital Group

Advice and Network Paved My Way to New Finance Career

My transition to private equity at Upwelling Capital Group.

Double-Aggie Jesse Rodriguez BA 13, MBA 19 shares how he built a strong network among faculty and alumni to launch a rewarding new finance career.

Jill Holloway MBA 18 at the Oakland MudLab Café and Store

MBA Career-Switcher Striving to Live Zero-Waste Life

An email changed my professional life

Bay Area Part-Time MBA graduate Jill Holloway explains why she left her seven-year career at Chevron last year to become a co-owner of MudLab Café and Store.

Immigrating to America graphic for Ali Khaleel Ali MBA 23

Seeking Asylum: Fleeing a War-torn Country and Immigrating to the U.S.

My journey to the UC Davis Bay Area Part-Time MBA

Ali Khaleed Ali shares his journey from Iraq to the U.S., working many jobs, attending Stanford University and now about to graduate from the Bay Area MBA program.

Lizzy Yi MSBA 21 takes a photo with the famous 'Charging Bull' on Wall Street

Actuary to Analytics: My Road to UC Davis

Adapting to the rise of the data-driven economy

With her actuarial career in the rear-view mirror, MSBA student Lizzy Yi set a course toward one of today’s hottest fields.

Brent Jackson MBA 20 in the operating room

Embrace Change—Luck is Where Preparation Meets Opportunity

“I was on the crispy end of the burnout spectrum, but I welcomed the unknown.”

From physician to hospital administrator, Dr. Brent Jackson (M.D., M.S.,) MBA 20 earned his UC Davis MBA at age 55—a prescription for further success.

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Table for Two: Why I Switched Careers

My jump from financial services sales to marketer for OpenTable

I often describe my career path as a jungle gym, rather than a corporate ladder.

When I applied to the UC Davis Bay Area MBA program, I was in the midst of a career change. I yearned to be a marketer in the restaurant industry, which I

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The Deal We Didn't See Coming

Relationships matter, career lessons from two GSM alumni

Is it too late to restart your career in your 50s? Should you coast into retirement, or play “Start Me Up” by the Rolling Stones and get ready for a new adventure?

That’s the decision Dard Hunter MBA 04 and I faced recently, and it all started


Career-Switcher: MBA Student Meghan Laffin

Part-Time MBA student Megan Laffin made the jump from the high-pressure CBS newsroom to her new business of buying, training and selling horses.

Megan Laffin quickly moved up the ranks to associate producer at CBS News, handling the high