Alex Wolf enrolled at The Daniels College of Business as an already accomplished professional eager to get a leg-up on the competition in his field. After graduating from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2011, he worked for nearly five years as a MWD/WLD Field Engineer for Schlumberger – the world’s leading provider of technology for reservoir characterization, drilling, production, and processing to the oil and gas industry. “I decided to pursue my MBA because I found the engineering world restrictive in terms of how problems were approached; there is a lot of inertia to overcome with any new solutions that differ from the way things were previously done,” Wolf said about his decision.
Top corporate recruiters are desperate for creative thinkers, strong performers, and top-tier communicators who can adapt to a changing world. For Wolf, this meant developing reputable, market-ready skills in order to satisfy these ever-changing needs. Wolf said he “chose The Denver MBA because [he] knew the program would combine the real world with the classroom. Most importantly, it’s a way to achieving his goal of having a rewarding career with latitude to be creative.”
The Denver MBA program teaches students to tackle real-world business problems through four action-based challenges – Enterprise, Social Good, Corporate and World. During the Enterprise challenge, Wolf worked with Net Impact, a student group that consults for organizations and nonprofits which have a positive impact in the community, to develop a process for a business to bring a new tool to market. After Wolf completed the challenge, Net Impact asked the team he built to stay on board and help create a pilot program. “This is totally different from the way I learned in undergrad,” Wolf said with a smile. “It adds an invaluable context for what we learn in class.”
Students have a revolutionary opportunity to combine their passions and aptitudes towards business in The Denver MBA Program. Wolf is currently working to utilize his love of travel and learning about other cultures with his aptitude for international business in hopes of building a career in marketing analytics. Having this focus after graduation is invaluable, and a key element to making an effective transition from student to professional. The Denver MBA students spend 20 months honing their quant and tech skills and ultimately crafting their edge on the competition which will serve them the rest of their careers. “The program introduced me to professionals that I actually work and collaborate with,” Wolf boasts. “This is much more helpful than a simple meet and greet or a cocktail hour. It has allowed me to develop a powerful network rather than simply collect business cards.”