The key ingredient for a phenomenal MBA experience is taking advantage of every opportunity to network with alums and hear about their professional experiences. After a year and a half in the full time program I continue to be amazed by the willingness of our alumni to give back to the college that helped set them on their path to success. When I mention giving back, I am not talking about money. I am referring to a more precious resource, time.
When I first began my MBA journey I looking to change industries and career paths and I was interested in finding a mentor who could help guide me through the process. After multiple conversations with the W&M Career Services team I was introduced to Troy Fulton M.B.A. ’06 — who is currently the Director of Product Marketing at Tangoe. In the past he has worked for Motorola Mobility, Nokia and Hewlett Packard. Since meeting Troy, we have begun an informal mentorship. As Troy is living in Boston, we scheduled monthly phone calls to discuss various topics including his professional experiences and more importantly my summer internship search strategy.
In January 2013, I received the news that Troy had been invited back to campus by Professor Olver to teach a live case study to a group of MBA and undergraduates students in early March. Although Troy would only be in town for less than 30 hours, he graciously offered to meet a group of students from the marketing club to discuss his views on the future of mobile technology and how it would impact large and small businesses.
On March 11 Troy flew in from Boston and met our group at Green Leafe for happy hour. Less than five minutes into our conversation it was clear that Troy had a passion for technology. His enthusiasm was infectious and immediately our small group was engaged in deep discussion on the future of IT and mobile computing trends.
We discussed what Troy refers to as, “The Big Mashup” and how mobile devices, cloud services, social technologies, and big data are all colliding, resulting in the idea that disruption is the new normal. After reviewing some graphs and growth trends in the PC, mobile and tablet markets we debated the impacts on advertising and digital ad spending. It is safe to say that by the end of our conversation with Troy, my classmates and I were thrilled with all that we had learned. In addition to hearing his professional opinion on the future of the tech industry, he was able to provide some insight to his career path and share some thoughts on starting a career in this industry. Troy has become a great friend, and I know he will be a great resource as I continue my professional development.
As an MBA student at William and Mary I am lucky to have the opportunity to meet such amazing alums. When I graduate in May and leave Miller Hall for the last time as a student, I will look forward to the opportunity to return as an alum where I can continue to uphold the tradition of helping students reach their dreams and accomplish their professional goals.
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