We’ve asked students and faculty involved in the M.B.A. program a series of questions to get better insight of how the program has impacted them. Let’s take a look at what our first respondent, Viomanda Fernandez, had to say!
“Could you tell Berkeley about working as an office coordinator, being a single mom, and taking classes towards your M.B.A.?”
Viomanda Fernandez, M.B.A. Class of 2017
I work for The Crane Funds, which is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides financial assistance to retired employees of the Crane Company. My duties as office coordinator includes the management of a database of 800+ clients all over the U.S. and Canada, inventory management, financial reporting, management of accounts payable/receivable, and management of all aspects of an administrator role. My current project is the implementation of a new database system to improve overall office workflow, with the challenge of going from the dependency of paper files to electronic filing and document tracking.
Being a single mom while taking classes toward a graduate degree is challenging, to say the least!
It requires a lot of self-discipline, great time management skills, no sleep and lots, (and lots!) of wine! I found that doing school work after putting my munchkin to sleep worked for me. Considering I work full-time, and have to attend class on campus twice a week, I don’t really have much time for my own personal life, but I worked that out by creating a social calendar that I shared with my toddler. She had my undivided attention until bedtime, and then I would work on assignments and research papers late into the night.
On weekends, we would have play-dates and events, come home for bedtime, and I went right back at it with my work. I remember my daughter once said she had to bring her toy laptop to lunch because she had “lots of work to do!”. I also remember being very tired some mornings and taking a little extra time getting ready for work and she said, “You need your rest too, Mom. It can’t always be work, work, work!” And boy, she is right! I have a very wise and caring little girl.