Meghan Parsons truly believes that there was divine intervention when it came time to make a very important decision regarding her future.
Meghan had only been married about a year and was working at a company called CPC Strategy. “The growth of the company in a very short amount of time was astounding. When I started working for them, I was their 25th hire, and within 3 years I was one of over 100 employees.” The responsibilities that came with her position spurred a passion in Meghan to learn all she could about digital marketing. She discussed it with her husband, and she made the decision that if she was going to be the best she could be in this field, she needed to go back to school and earn her MBA. “Since we were newly married and just starting our life together, I knew my going back to school would be tough for a new marriage and our finances, but he was so sweet and super supportive and knew how important it was to me, so he gave me every bit of support I could hope for.”
Meghan did some research and found that there was an MBA info night at Point Loma Nazarene University, and she decided to attend. “Right out of college I had a job working for the San Diego Padres selling season tickets. When it came time at the info night for the MBA alumni to talk about their experiences in the PLNU MBA program an ex-co-worker from the Padres ended up being one of the presenters. I hadn’t seen him in years. I had admired the work he did and his work ethic when we were at the Padres. After hearing about his experiences at PLNU and speaking with him, I was extremely impressed by the program.”
“I’m a devout Christian, a fact of which I am very proud, so having the info night occur when I was searching for an MBA program and then running into someone I respected who recommended this program to me, made me feel as if God was entering my life and telling me that this was what I needed to do. So, I talked about it with my husband and enrolled in the program. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.”
Meghan made the decision that if she was going to be the best she could be in her field, she needed to go back to school and earn her MBA.
Meghan continued working at CPC Strategy, who was also extremely supportive of her decision to earn her MBA, they even wrote recommendations to PLNU to sing her praises. Meghan registered for the Evening MBA program for working professionals at PLNU.
“I started out majoring in project management, something that’s very practical and it’s something that I felt would prepare me for running teams, managing a lot of moving parts, and being the type of leader, I hoped to become. One of the greatest parts of the MBA program at PLNU is that you don’t have to officially decide what your concentration will be when you start. They give you an opportunity to experience the program for a year, and then you can decide once you learn about the different options available. Due to the influence of my classmates and my professors, I decided to shift my focus. I knew I would be a good project manager, but realized I had more passion for entrepreneurship.”
Meghan admits the program was challenging, especially working full time and having a new home and husband, but she realized that she would get out of it what she put into it, so she gave it her all and flourished. “I put a lot of work into it. I asked a lot of questions, I didn’t skip class, and when we had a guest speaker, I would make it a practice to connect with them after the class, especially if the topic they spoke on was one I knew would help me grow in my career.”
“I put a lot of work into the MBA program. I asked a lot of questions, I didn’t skip class, and when we had a guest speaker, I would make it a practice to connect with them after the class, especially if the topic they spoke on was one I knew would help me grow in my career.”
Halfway through the MBA program, Meghan got a great job offer and ended up going to work for Roadrunner Sports managing web acquisition for their e-commerce department. “Thanks to my MBA training, I was qualified as a digital marketing expert, and that is something I am very proud of.”
As Meghan progressed through the MBA program the benefits and skills she was taking away were obvious to those around her, especially her husband. “I brought him to so many Point Loma MBA events as my guest, that when he finished his undergraduate degree he decided to follow in my footsteps and applied to the MBA program at Point Loma. Actually, the very next week after I graduated in 2018, he started his journey at PLNU.”
“Point Loma Nazarene has been so much a part of our lives and is responsible for the career successes that we have both had along the way. I strongly recommend their MBA program to anyone who is in search of a great education at a great school with great professors.”
“Thanks to my MBA training, I was qualified as a digital marketing expert, and that is something I am very proud of.”
Aside from Meghan’s full-time job, she takes the time to help educate others through workshops at Point Loma in her areas of expertise, particularly in running Facebook Ads, Google Ads, and Search Engine Optimization for eCommerce field and lead generation.
Judith A. Habert is the publisher and editor-in-chief of San Diego Woman Magazine. This article appeared in a recent San Diego Woman Magazine and was adapted for this website.
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