Find Networking Opportunities as a Part-Time MBA Student

Networking and career development are two important parts of the MBA experience. But for…

Georgia (Nov 20, 2014)Networking and career development are two important parts of the MBA experience. But for part-time students, finding the time to connect with business professionals can be hard to squeeze in.


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Take Penni Hurst, for example. Hurst, a mom of three, is an executive MBA student in the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. She goes to school on weekends and runs a medical device consulting firm with her husband. Hurst also works as a department head, instructor and program director at a high school in Georgia.

"You talk about a busy person? That’s life right now for me," she says.

Hurst, who is considering leveraging her executive MBA to work in the customer service industry, sees networking as something she must make time for. "I do have to work at it. Being a mom of three and working full time, I have to really be very intentional about networking," she says. Hurst tries to connect with people online and has in-person, 7 a.m. networking meetings at Starbucks before her work day begins…


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit