Alvernia MBA Graduates Put Their Business Skills to Work in Public Administration Positions
When it comes to top career options for MBA graduates, corporate management, banking and human resources are often the first to come to mind. While the majority of graduates land careers in these fields, there are many opportunities in non-traditional sectors.
In fact, according to Burning Glass, an analytics firm that tracks real-time job postings, “nearly 20 percent of MBA job postings fall into sectors not traditionally thought to demand MBA graduates, including public administration, healthcare and education.”
Larry Medaglia, Berks County Register of Wills
Larry combined an undergraduate degree in political science from Bloomsburg University with an MBA from Alvernia, disciplines that are helping him make a difference in his community.
While campaigning for register of wills, Larry was quoted on PoliticsPa as saying, “My priority number one is reasonable property tax reform. People are losing their houses because they can’t afford their property taxes. That’s a huge problem.”
Additionally, the Reading Eagle reports that he’s increasing the automation of his office and presides over 35 to 50 contested probate hearings annually. This small glimpse into his job responsibilities exemplifies the knowledge gained from Alvernia’s MBA program – specifically his accounting and management classes.
Jeanne Johnston, Cumru Township Manager
No one can ever say that the life of a township manager is boring or repetitive. A recent article in the Reading Eagle says that Jeanne is currently working on bringing business back to old Route 222, reducing sediment in the Wyomissing Creek, updating or replacing outdated infrastructure and handling weather disasters.
With that kind of to-do-list, Jeanne relies on the critical thinking, management and leadership skills she learned in graduate school.
But for graduates like Jeanne and Larry, earning potential isn’t always the first objective when exploring career options.
The Burning Glass report states that salaries can trend lower in non-traditional sectors like public administration, yet many find the work to be rewarding, a sentiment reflected in Jeanne’s career pursuits, which include secretarial support for a police department, correctional officer, drug and alcohol counselor and township manager.