About Ashley Laspina

After graduating from Shepherd University in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Communication and New Media, I am approaching my graduation in the MBA program at Shepherd. I am working full time at a local online university, and was recently promoted to a senior on my team. I am looking forward to continuing my education in psychology once I complete by MBA in May of 2015.

True Life: I Got an MBA After Earning an Undergraduate Degree

Hello again! If you have not already done so, please check out my first and second blog, as this is a three part series about my life after graduating from the Shepherd University Department of Communication. In my final blog, I will be discussing my journey through the MBA program at Shepherd University.

To be completely honest, as graduation was approaching, I felt unsure about my future. Before starting college, I anticipated going to graduate school. But I was confused as to the school or even the program. After mulling over this for several months during my senior year at Shepherd, I decided to apply to the MBA program at Shepherd. Not only did I expect this degree to assist in my career, I felt I would personally gain a lot from this degree, which was equally important to me.

Because I did not have a clear career path in front of me, I was intrigued to learn more about business and management, in the hopes that maybe I could even open up my own business one day. During the MBA program, I learned about finances including accounting and economics, but also enjoyed classes about marketing, international business, and leadership. These classes were not easy. I had to push myself and spend hours at a time working to complete assignments. Fortunately, the communication department gave me a solid foundation, so I felt prepared while working through the program.

For example, I was required to complete a research project in the MBA program. But this wasn’t my first time doing such a project. During my senior year in the Department of Communication, I completed a COMM 461 Senior Capstone where I applied what I had learned throughout my time as a communication student to complete a semester-long individual project. My MBA research project required me to work with less guidance than I got as an undergraduate. But, I was confident and ready to complete this project because of my capstone experience during my time in the communication department.

I jumped into the MBA program full force in 2013, and I am preparing to graduate this May!

I am not just walking away from this experience with a degree. I am walking away with knowledge, experience, and pride. I was recently promoted at my job, and truly believe I had an edge over other applicants because of my ongoing work towards my MBA. Also, I feel confident in my career and comfortable speaking about the company with our financial experts. Overall, applying for the MBA program was one of the best decisions I made.

At times, motivation can be hard to find, but the work is well worth it.

So, this is my journey from student to career to earning my MBA. I wish everyone the best that is graduating this year and will be happy to see you at the graduation ceremony!

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True Life: How I Got Promoted Within a Year on the Job

Hello again! Here’s the second installment in my 3-part series on my transitioning from a #ShepComm student to career person. Here’s part 1 on the job hunt if you missed it. Okay, on to part 2:

Once I landed my first “real” job out of college, I was excited to begin my career. While I was by no means starting at the bottom, one of the most intriguing aspects of my job was the ability to move up within my team and the company.

I asked about promotions and advancements in my original interview, and I was informed that many opportunities were available and even more were being developed. So, as I began my new position, I worked hard. And, I worked hard to gain the respect of my co-workers and management. While I truly believe this paid off, I also tried to show initiate by volunteering to help with special projects and develop better ideas to help our processes.

Before I knew it, a senior position opened up on my team. Although I had not even been working for the company an entire year, I decided that I needed to interview.

I was confident in the work I produced and confident in my ability to be promoted and succeed. I also realized, though, that even if I was not offered the promotion, this round of interviews would better prepare me for the next time, and it would show my management that I was interested and serious about moving up. In the end, I was not selected for that opportunity. But, I stayed positive and knew I was even more prepared for the next opportunity.

A few months later, another senior position opened on my team. At this point, I was at the company for about a year and truly felt this was my opportunity. Before I interviewed, though, I took time to think about my current position and develop ideas for team improvements and personal improvements and goals. I wanted to let my management know that I sincerely cared about our team and would be the best choice for the position. I left my interview feeling like I accomplished many things! Ultimately, I knew the decision may come down to more than just a single interview; however, I felt I represented myself the best way I could and gave the management some insightful ideas to consider.

After what seemed like a decade (although it was really just a little over a week), the management finally made a decision. It was me!

I was thrilled. But I knew my work was just beginning. I accepted the position and have been a senior on my team for about 6 months now!

This experience has been very rewarding for me, and I hope to be able to advance further in the future. For now, I am focusing on continuing my hard work and dedication to my job. Overall, I attribute many of these critical skills that have helped me to succeed to my college experience. College taught me many things. I learned how to work hard, take initiative, and dedicate myself to something worthwhile. I cannot predict what the future will hold, but I will be obtaining an MBA form Shepherd University this May, which will be more discussed in my next blog post!

True Life: How I Got a Job After Graduation

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Hello! I am Ashley Laspina, and I recently graduated from the Department of Communication at Shepherd University.   As graduation approaches for many seniors, I know first hand the excitement and stress felt as the job searches begin.

To help demystify the process, I’m writing a 3-part series of posts on my transition from graduation to my career. Here’s part 1 (part 2 can be found here)! Continue reading