Meet Janice Javier, the Admissions Team’s new Ambassador Coordinator for the Evening MBA program. When prospective students want to connect with current students, Janice serves as a matchmaker; when someone wants to observe an Evening MBA class, Janice arranges the visit. She’ll be at most Admissions events and looks forward to connecting with you!
Name: Janice Javier
Graduation Year: 2017
Pre-MBA Profession: Associate Director of Development for Year Up, a nonprofit organization that connects young adults who need opportunities with companies who need talent.
Post-MBA Aspirations: Operations or Finance at a for-profit social enterprise
What lead you to pursue an MBA?: After getting a Chemical Biology degree from UC Berkeley and working for the leadership team of a nonprofit organization, I realized I was missing some core business competencies.
Why did you choose Foster? I chose Foster because I was looking for a highly-structured MBA program that had the cohort experience. I knew I wanted a part-time program because I love my job and wasn’t ready to leave! I work for a rapidly-expanding organization that trains opportunity youth in marketable job skills, so I came to Foster to gain skills I need to be a part of that growth.
Why did you want to get involved as an MBA Ambassador?: I love connecting people! I’m organized and see this role as an opportunity to help our prospective students network with our current students. Many people come to Foster hoping to expand their network, and I definitely want to support that goal.
What has been your most valuable academic experience at Foster?: I’ve learned I love accounting! I’ve always been detail-oriented but for a science major, accounting is so foreign and intimidating. It helps that Wei Li, our first accounting professor, does such a good job of breaking it down for those of us who’ve never seen basic accounting concepts.
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned at Foster so far?: I’ve learned about myself and my capacity for taking responsibilities on and learning new things. Since starting school I’ve taken on more responsibilities at work while getting involved at Foster. At first things are overwhelming but eventually things become routine and you can add on more experiences. Learning where this threshold is, and when I can push a little more, has been very valuable.
Summer Plans?: I am looking forward to taking a breather from school and re-energizing for fall quarter. But Seattle summer is so beautiful – I’m sticking around and enjoying the PNW!