School of Business Administration

Business essentials certificate program boosts engineering expertise

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Business essentials certificate program boosts engineering expertise
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Akash Maheshwari uses the Business Essentials certificate to expand on his knowledge and advance his career.

With an electrical engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in hand, Akash Maheshwari launched his career as drive graduate trainee at Continental. In his first two years, assignments took him to Auburn Hills, Michigan, Lindau, Germany, and Yokoham, Japan. Upon returning to the United States, Maheshwari was quickly promoted from engineer to project manager to team leader, focusing on assisted and automated driving applications.

To supplement his engineering expertise and better prepare for managerial roles, the head of his business unit recommended Maheshwari enroll in a business program. Though Maheshwari didn’t feel ready to commit to an MBA, he began researching options.

Maheshwari found his match in the Business Essentials Graduate Certificate program at Oakland’s School of Business Administration. Oakland’s program met all his criteria: internationally accredited, flexible schedule with online or on campus courses, convenient location and credits earned can be applied to an MBA.

“I was eager to learn more about business. I had a lot of questions. Oakland’s Business Essentials certificate program seemed the ideal avenue for answers,” Maheshwari says. The program delivered on his expectations. “The real-time aspect of what I’m learning in the program is great. There are so many topics we cover in the reading and discussions that apply to the group I manage.”

For example, Maheshwari says he drew directly from what he learned through the program’s initial courses to develop a quarterly state of the union as well as visualize the game plan for the next two to three years for his team.

Going forward, Maheshwari is eager to delve deeper into core business disciplines through managerial accounting and financial management to further round out his business acumen.

In addition to the immediately applicable lessons, Maheshwari appreciates how accommodating the program is for a full-time professional.

The Business Essentials Program is designed for those interested in gaining knowledge in the key business disciplines accounting, financial management and marketing management. Credits earned in this program can be applied to an MBA at OU.

Business Analytics Program allows students to expand their knowledge and skills in a range of quantitative and computational techniques used in today’s business-driven world. Credits earned in this program can be applied to a Master of Science in Information Technology Management at OU.

Those looking to acquire a better understanding of finance for a career in management are perfect for the Finance Certificate. Students enhance their knowledge of financial concepts and explore the facets of finance while building a comprehensive understanding of financial management theories. Credits earned in this program can be applied to an MBA at OU.

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