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"Business Because featured Pace's Lubin School of Business in "4 Ways A Flexible MBA Helps You Master The Hybrid Workplace"


"Business Because featured Pace's Lubin School of Business in "4 Ways A Flexible MBA Helps You Master The Hybrid Workplace"

1. You will gain virtual networking experience

Networking is crucial to any career. In fact, one LinkedIn survey found that around 85% of jobs are filled through networking, rather than formal applications. 

To succeed in today’s hybrid workplace, though, being able to build these connections virtually, as well as face-to-face, is a vital skill. 

By pursuing an MBA with an online component, students can practice doing just that—interacting with peers, alumni, and potential employers through virtual classes and events.  

For Jonathan Perez, a current MBA student in the new flexible MBA program at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in New York, the chance to build a strong network has been a highlight.

“The connection to employers that I might not have got my foot in the door with otherwise was a big plus for me,” he explains.

With a background in the US Navy, Jonathan is using his MBA to pivot into human resources, completing the talent management specialization. 

During his final year of service with the Navy, he assumed a career counselling role, helping sailors who were retiring or under medical review transition into new careers. 

“That’s when I fell in love with different aspects of human resources,” he explains. 

When he graduates, Jonathan plans to work his way into an HR role with a government agency.

2. Career coaches will guide you through the changing world of work

Undertaking a flexible MBA also gives you access to a range of career services—on-campus or online—to support your transition to a hybrid workplace.

Helping MBA students at Lubin prepare is Phyllis Mooney, executive director of Career Services at Pace University. She and her team offer one-to-one coaching, online resources, and workshops.

“We recently put together a learning module on how to start off a job remotely,” Phyllis explains. During this module, students learned how to build rapport virtually, and get the most out of working from home.

“The key takeaway was to run the job as you would in an office,” she concludes. “Dress up, show up, participate in activities, and ensure you’re scheduling regular catch-ups with your manager.”

Read the full Business Because article.