PT MBA Alumni Spotlight: Maurice Nick
Where do you work/what do you do?
Northrop Grumman – Supply Chain Program Planner
Why did you choose Smith’s PT MBA program?
Smith had the most robust program in the region for part time students. I loved having the ability to participate in Study Abroad Programs, Consulting practicums and not to mention the award winning faculty members that I would be learning from. There was no contest when I looked at the rankings, and factored in global impact and the resulting network.
What was your favorite part of the PT MBA program?
My favorite part of this program was the many opportunities to take what I learned in class and implement it in the field while studying in a different country. I enjoyed these international experiences so much that I ventured on three study programs: Sri Lanka, Brazil and China. I loved those programs so much, I talked about them all in the Radio advertisement I did for the Smith Part Time MBA program, and when I presented to Michelle Smith, the daughter of Robert H. Smith.
What was your goal for earning your MBA and did that goal change or stay the same through your PT MBA experience?
The goal for earning my MBA as career advancement, which remained the same during my time in the program and the only reason I decided to combine with the dual MS in Supply Chain program.
Since graduation, how have you leveraged your MBA degree?
Since graduation my MBA has been a major factor in my advancement at work, in addition to the side projects I have begun. I am working with a start-up company, and have been sought after to provide commentary related to business for WJLAs The RightSide with Armstrong Williams on Saturday mornings.
Did you use Smith’s Career Services to find a new job?
I used Smith’s Career Services to prefect my CV. My resume is so much stronger because of the sessions I had with my Career Services advisor.
What was your favorite PT MBA class?
Two favorites: Competitive & Collaborative Negotiations and Human Capital
If they made a movie of your life, who would you want to star as you?
Michael B. Jordan – he would have to shave his head bald however.
What is your favorite book?
The Holy Bible
Do you have a favorite movie?
Toooo many to say…umm top in the last few years: Dope, Chi-Raq and Zootopia
What piece of advice would you give to yourself if you could go back in time to when you applied for Smith’s PT MBA program?
I was very active during my program. I served as the track rep. I worked with a Robotics Camp helped establish in Annapolis, later winning an award from the Mayor. I was, and still am the Community Outreach Chair for my infinity group at Northrop Grumman, my works here won me the 2014 Governor’s Service Award and State’s Leadership Medal, among other honors from my Company’s leadership, and awards from The University of Maryland. The stories of my projects make it all the way to the White House, and I received a congratulatory letter from the President. I learned and grew in a lot of ways, but there is one thing I wish I could have told myself back when applying for this program. Not that I didn’t know then, but I lost focus of this: Networking is one of the most important aspects of the MBA experience, take time to really network and develop friendships with as many classmates as you can.