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Pictured is M.B.A. student and UPMC employee Lauren Schmitt.

Meet Lauren Schmitt

Job title: Supply Chain Analyst
Employer: UPMC
Pursuing: M.B.A. with a concentration in management
Expected Graduation:
May 2015
Previous degrees earned:
Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and political science, University of Pittsburgh, 2012
Altoona, Pa.
Now living in:
Pittsburgh, Pa. (North Side)
Volunteering at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society and spending time with my two dogs

Why did you choose Point Park to pursue your M.B.A. degree?

I chose Point Park's M.B.A. program based upon recommendations from friends and colleagues and because of its proximity to my office in the U.S. Steel Tower. I had not pursued a business degree in my undergraduate work but felt that a more theoretical understanding of business could supplement my practical experience in the business world. I was advised that Point Park offered a uniquely flexible program, catering to students with various levels of academic business knowledge and was pleasantly surprised to find that sentiment to be true.

Have your M.B.A. classes helped you in your position at UPMC? If so, how?

My M.B.A. classes have definitely helped me in my position at UPMC. I was able to immediately apply the knowledge that I gained in class. I do not work in a strictly accounting, marketing or economic position, so because of that, I am able to apply the basic principles from all of my classes in everything that I do. My accounting class was immediately helpful to me because I was able to use that knowledge in reconciling purchase orders and invoices on a daily basis.

In what ways do you think an M.B.A. degree will benefit your career?

I feel that the business world will look at my M.B.A. as proof that I truly understand the theoretical principles necessary to function in my industry. I am a firm believer that nothing can supplement great experience, but academic knowledge is extremely important as well. It has been my experience that an M.B.A. degree is more than just a piece of paper. It has truly aided me in my career and will continue to do so.

How do you effectively balance going to grad school and working full-time?

I am constantly striving to optimize the effort that I put into everything I do. It requires tight scheduling, keeping on top of work and class and working ahead when I have a spare second. I also must give credit to my great family and friends who always help me in any way that they can.

What are your future career goals?

I greatly enjoy working in the field of supply chain and for UPMC, but I would definitely like to explore contract negotiation, project management and process improvement. Also, though it is immensely challenging, being a small business owner has always been appealing to me too.


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