We hear about how an Executive MBA gave Claire Phelan the skills and confidence to take risks and transform her life professionally and personally
When Claire Phelan, Head of Operations at UPMC Whitfield ,started the executive MBA part-time programme in 2015, she was a manager in UHW with no intention of ever leaving her role in the public sector.
How did the Executive MBA assist in your career progression?
Taking on the EMBA program was eye opening in terms of the possibilities for career opportunities. Sharing a classroom with some of the best in their field from CEOs to company owners gave me an opportunity to network and showcase my skills on a platform I would never have had previously.
How did the Executive MBA get you where you are today?
The EMBA program gave me the confidence to take risks with my career and to not be afraid to take on challenges and push myself out of my comfort zones.
I left the HSE in 2016 and joined RelateCare as their Director of Operations, an opportunity that came from the EMBA. From there, the EMBA again opened another door with a company owner and CEO of Eishtec giving me another opportunity to completely change career direction.
Having graduated in 2017, I am now working as the Head of Operations and Senior Director at UPMC Ireland with my base here in Waterford at UPMC Whitfield Hospital, just two years after graduating.
What attracted you to study the Executive MBA at WIT?
It was a combination of things really. The calibre of lecturers, small class size and focus on best practice in management were all factors. As was the International field trip to Sawyer Business School in Suffolk University in Boston, which was I would say a highlight. However, I hadn’t fully considered the impact of the relationships I developed with my classmates, all of whom are still great friends and we make it our business to meet up at least twice a year. The support and knowledge that I have gained on the journey has been exceptional.
What advice would you give to someone considering the Executive MBA?
I would say, if you want to progress and move further in your career this is the most the most rewarding experience and if I could do it all over again, I would. I have plans to see this through and take on the DBA in the future.