University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin School of Business
MBA Graduation Year: 2020
Current Job: Relationship Manager at U.S. Bank Global Fund Services
Erik is pursuing his MBA to stay competitive in an always-changing job market. He’s looking to gain skills to advance in his company, and obtain new credentials to prepare for a future high-level job abroad. After one semester in the program, he’s received a new job offer within his company, and is seeing improvements in his organizational and leadership skills.
The Wisconsin Evening MBA Program helped me receive a top-level job offer. I’m now a relationship manager at U.S. Bank. Typically, it takes many years of experience to even be eligible for this type of position. The Wisconsin Evening MBA Program has helped me be better prepared to take on this new role. My salary has increased significantly, and I’m paving a path for fast-paced upward mobility.
I’ve seen tremendous growth in my leadership and management skills and have been able to utilize these skills to take on new challenges at work. I’m also excited about the freedom that a Wisconsin MBA will give me to pursue more opportunities on a global scale. I have always been open to traveling and working outside of the Midwest, and my MBA from UW–Madison will put me in the best position to do so.
The culture of the program creates a close-knit group of students. I am developing close relationships with fellow classmates. There is a strong sense of collaboration and trust between students and faculty, and I truly feel everyone is concerned about the success of the class.
—Erik Aellig (MBA ’20)
The diverse student backgrounds allow us to work cohesively and excel on projects. Each member of my cohort has a broad range of skills and experiences that add to the strength of the team. My classmates are always supportive and we actively reach out to help one another. Personally, I’ve also gained new managing perspectives, industry knowledge, and tech savviness from my peers.
Having a great support system within your MBA program is vital. Attending an information session and a class sold me on the value of the program. I had the opportunity to learn firsthand how the program works and was able to witness the supportive staff behind it. The program staff have been fantastic in setting up business networking events, assisting with financial aid, and answering all of my questions along the way.