Military veterans often face a big question at the end of their service: what’s next? Wes Wood, MBA’17, began considering that question as he wrapped up his last five years in the Army.
Having served as a sergeant and sniper section leader in the 101st Airborne Division serving in Afghanistan, Wood wanted to combine the leadership skills he’d gained during the military with his bachelor’s degree in finance.
“My undergraduate degree gave me a basic level of knowledge in a lot of business concepts, but I didn’t feel very prepared for real-world application,” he says. “I decided an MBA would allow me to dive deeper into business and really wrap my head around all of the concepts.”
Wood had been researching MBA programs when several people recommended the Kelley School of Business Evening MBA Program at IUPUI. He’d not spent any time in Indianapolis, but the idea of a part-time program appealed to him.
“I chose a part-time evening program so I could work full time and graduate with real-world professional experience outside of the military,” says Wood. “The Kelley Evening MBA Program allowed me to do both during that two-year period.”
Shortly after beginning the program, Wood got a job at Conexus Indiana as a workforce development manager, collaborating with business leaders around the state on key challenges they face in finding quality employees. As he worked through case studies in his Evening MBA courses and interacted with experienced Kelley faculty, Wood says he quickly gained a greater presence and comfort level when interacting with business leaders.