3 Tips for Working Mothers Who Want Their MBA

by Brittany Malmquist

Don’t let anything stop you from getting your MBA.

Are you apprehensive about heading back to school for an MBA? I’ve certainly been there, along with countless other moms, wives and career women. I’m here to say, “You can do it!!” Since starting my MBA at St. Kate’s, I have learned 3 important lessons that I’d like to share with you. I have two young children of my own, a steady career at a prominent Twin Cities employer, and I help keep a home together. These are major considerations when deciding to go back to school. For me, it involved upfront conversations with my husband and immediate family members who live nearby. I’m glad I did this because as it turns out, I needed my family more than ever in the first year of my MBA.

Lesson #1: Ensure you have a strong support system and lean on it.

The first year was one of my most difficult years in life to date. In that year, my family and I went through a tough diagnoses, which required hospital stays, surgeries, and days away from work and family. While, I started my MBA with a great head on my shoulders and an unbelievable drive to accomplish what I had been dreaming about for years, by the end of the first year I was exhausted- mentally, physically and emotionally. I’m proud to say that through this program and the phenomenal professors, I was able to push through and make it all work.

Lesson #2: Be prepared for the sacrifices.

Along with making sure the timing is right for you and your family, you also need to make sure your head is in the right place. Once I registered for my first class, I knew that my next 2 years were going to be dedicated to my personal growth and development. This was something I was not only doing for me but also for my family. With that came sacrifices. Nights away from the family, homework, studying and group work were things my family was not used to, but they adjusted. Understanding this made it easier to stay focused on why I was doing this and what my end goal was.

Lesson #3: Enjoy the ride!

I have been so fortunate to become friends with my cohort classmates – we are a very tight knit group. Our conversations are real, raw, and incredibly deep. It’s nothing I have ever witnessed in a classroom setting before. We go for happy hour at the end of each course as a way to unwind and congratulate ourselves! The people I’ve met in the MBA are people I will remain connected with for the rest of my life. It’s a very special bond and not something to be missed out on.

If there is one thing I want you to take away from this blog it’s this: once you have the timing, support and you are in the right frame of mind, don’t let anything stop you from getting your MBA. You must be reading this because you are interested- so what’s holding you back? You won’t be disappointed.     

Brittany Malmquist is married and a mom to two young boys. She currently works for 3M Company as a sales representative and enjoys a busy lifestyle. In her free time she likes being outdoors, camping and taking their Polaris RZR side-by-side out on the trails. One of Brittany’s mantras is, “Everything happens for a reason. You may not see or understand it now, but you will get it eventually and be thankful for it.”