Four years ago, boredom was the main factor that led Sabrina Paige back to school to pursue her MBA. “I wasn’t occupied enough,” she says. “I wanted to learn more, do more, and be intellectually challenged in new ways.” With an undergraduate degree in human resources, Paige took a part-time hotel job while studying entrepreneurship at Post University. The part-time gig quickly turned into a full-time supervisory position. Now, the dynamic 25-year-old is a general manager with Island Hospitality at the Homewood Suites by Hilton in Farmington, Connecticut. She accepted the promotion before finishing her MBA in the summer of 2013.
Within 3-5 years, I’d like to increase my role in the company to an area director position and oversee a portfolio of hotels in a region. That would let me apply my experience to ensure profits and market shares are following an upward trend.
I’d like to travel much more with my work and continue to rise to the top level of an organization.
Somewhere I can gain international experience. I would love to be a director of hotel operations for a global brand very much like Hilton. It would involve local hotel visits and the chance to do due diligence before acquisitions. I find that part of our industry especially exciting.
MBA, Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Post University, 2013
BS, Business Management & Organization: Concentration in HR
Central Connecticut State University, 2010
General Manager, Island Hospitality
Homewood Suites, Farmington, Connecticut
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Every terrible boss I’ve ever had is a mentor because I’ve learned what not to do. My current boss is a fantastic mentor and impresses me often by his ability to say something very blunt that communicates exactly what is on his mind. It’s never offensive because he is working toward the goals of the hotel or a portfolio.
The industry is finally back up from the market crash of 2008, and I foresee large strides by corporations to expand, which will in turn allow us to capture that market growth.
During my MBA, I defined success as making more and more money, but I have come to the conclusion that the goal of money is irrelevant. Right now, as long as I can come happily to work every day, and still have time for family and my hobbies, then I’m successful.
Post University is located in Waterbury, Connecticut. Its MBA degree in entrepreneurship is a comprehensive, 45-credit-hour program taught by industry professionals who aim to prepare students for all aspects of the business world.