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From high school football to college football to the NFL. Sounds like a natural progression for an exceptional (or super star) athlete right? From the NFL to business school? Not so much. But this is exactly what some current and former football players say will help them get to the next level—in business that is, because financial security after an alarmingly short football career is never guaranteed.

The information technology (IT) industry is booming, with an estimated 3.9 million Americans working in the field today. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects the industry to add nearly 500,000 new IT professionals by 2024, bringing the talent pool total to more than 4.4 million. While demand for qualified technology professionals is high in just about every area of the computer and information technology industry, computer and information systems management is expected to experience even greater growth for the 2014-2024 decade. 

Many of today’s business schools offer a Brazilian residency as part of their MBA or Executive MBA program. McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, George Mason School of Business, and Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University are just a few.

Landing a job that comes with a salary that just 20% of Americans enjoy and a mere 0.8% of the world enjoys is no small feat. And once you get your foot in the door, you face an even bigger mountain to climb. The hours for these $100K a year jobs are often long (typically nine or more a day, plus weekends and working at home), the work is demanding, and work-life balance is nearly impossible. While the average MBA student understands exactly what they're signing up for, what they may not understand is it doesn’t have to be this way.

Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) has only been around since 2002, but this elite business school has already produced 9,000+ alumni whose combined companies raked in $1 trillion in revenue in 2011 alone. In 2015, more than half of CKGSB’s graduates were at the CEO or Chairman level, and together, their companies accounted for one sixth of China’s GDP. If you’re wondering how that’s possible, consider taking a closer look at the school’s impressive alumni network.

Can you imagine landing an internship at Google? How about a paid internship at the Happiest Company in the World? This is exactly what Google is offering—if you can get your foot in the door. Google receives thousands of applications for its internship program each year, with more than 40,000 for its summer 2013 program alone. At the time, the search giant had just 1,500 coveted slots available for the term. Google also receives a whopping 2 million job applications each year.

The debate about whether or not the CFA designation is better than an MBA, or just a nice complement, has been raging for years. While there are definite pros and cons to each, some say the CFA offers at least one major advantage over the MBA—savings. Before we discuss the positives and negatives of each, let’s take a look at what the CFA is all about. 

Healthcare is the world’s fastest growing industry with one in eight Americans employed by the industry alone. This recession-proof industry is growing at such a rapid pace, that it is expected to become the largest employing major sector during the 2014-2024 decade, overtaking the state and local government and the professional and business services major sectors. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says that the industry is also projected to increase its employment share from 12 percent in 2014 to 13.6 percent in 2024.

In 2016, the University of Indianapolis (UIndy) became the first institution in the region to develop an MBA with a concentration in Data Analytics. The school was also the first to offer the MBA with a Supply Chain major. Like Supply Chain (when it was first offered), Data Analytics is now one of the most in demand skill sets, with more jobs to fill than talent. This makes the new addition to UIndy’s MBA program a significant one. 

Recently we had the pleasure of discussing West Virginia University's Hybrid Online MBA with Nichole Grossman Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at West Virginia University's College of Business and Economics.

West Virginia University's Online MBA Program is ranked in the top 20 nationally in our 2015 Online MBA Rankings. From your perspective, what differentiates West Virginia University from the other leading online MBA programs?  

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