Mar 24, 2015

From Marine to Tuckie: A Life Changing Opportunity

Kevin Moyer T'16 grew up in Massachusetts and received his bachelors in Political Science from the University of Maryland. He spent six years in the United States Marine Corps and is now a consultant at McKinsey & Company.

Getting out of the Marines was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made. Leaving a stable paycheck, a great network of friends, and an organization I’d grown used to was not easy. Eight months later I can tell you with the clarity of hindsight that it was the single best decision I’ve made in my professional career. Attending a top tier business school grants you access to the best firms in the world. Places you would otherwise never get a call back from or an interview with. The value of that access cannot be overstated.

On the intellectual enrichment side, I’ve had lunch with the Chair of the National Health Service of the United Kingdom, the Bureau Chief for the Financial Times, Washington DC office and an entrepreneur who has started and sold multiple businesses for eight figures. The conversations I’ve had with these people are truly inspiring. Again, these are people I never would have been able to talk to had I not attended business school.

The idea of going two years without pay is daunting. I know. I was in your shoes very recently. But when you look at the salary and career opportunities that are available coming out of an MBA, the decision becomes pretty clear.

I’ve spent the past eight months learning a host of subjects I find intellectually challenging and extremely interesting. The people at Tuck have been incredibly supportive and helpful. Just yesterday, a friend who comes from a finance background spent two hours helping me prepare for my Corporate Finance final exam, just because he wanted to help. Those are the kind of people you find at Tuck. More than that, my classmates are genuinely interested in my background in the military and extremely appreciative of what veterans have done.

From the people, to the education, to the access to the top firms in the world, getting an MBA is an incredible life changing opportunity. Reach out to the vets clubs at the schools you’re looking at. You’ll be amazed at the support and advice you’ll get. It’s not an easy process but the rewards can be pretty amazing.

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