See how Kim Nguyen is balancing work, life and an online MBA

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Kim Nguyen, an online MBA candidate at Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Kim Nguyen has a lot on her plate. Whether it’s her full time job as a mechanical engineer, her side gig in real estate, her three adorable puppies or her social life, Kim is rarely sitting still.

So how is she able to find the time to pursue an Online MBA from the Harbert College of Business at Auburn University? We spoke with Kim to find out.

Click here to learn more the Online Master of Business Administration program at the Harbert College of Business.

Meet Kim Nguyen: Mechanical Engineer, Real Estate Aficionado, Dog Mom and MBA Candidate

When you first meet Kim Nguyen, it’s easy to tell that she’s incredibly driven. After graduating from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a degree in mechanical engineering, Kim joined the team at Southern Company, where she now works as a generation planning & development engineer. On the side, she runs a small, local real estate business with her husband.

But that’s not all. For the past two years, Kim has been working towards a Master of Business Administration degree from the Harbert College of Business at Auburn University. So how is Kim able to balance the graduate program’s workload with her work and home life?

To learn more about the Auburn Online MBA, visit their website or click here to schedule an online meeting with Program Admissions.

A Flexible, Online Graduate Program

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Thanks to the program’s flexibility, Kim is able to pursue her MBA completely online and on her own schedule. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Why did you decide to pursue an MBA?

Kim: “In addition to my work for Southern Company, I run a real estate business with my husband where we buy & renovate fixer-upper homes in Birmingham. When we started this real estate endeavor, I decided that an MBA would be a boon for both my entrepreneurial, small business side and my professional work in my day job.”

How did you land on Auburn for your Master of Business Administration?

Kim: “I wanted to diversify my educational background, and my brother had already gone to Auburn for grad school. So I did a bit of research and saw that Auburn’s MBA program was highly rated. Plus, Auburn’s program was a better value to me than other schools.”

Clearly, you have a lot to juggle. Has Auburn’s Online MBA been easy to work into your schedule?

Kim: “For me, Auburn’s Online MBA gives me a ton of flexibility. Between my day job and my real estate business, meetings can come out of nowhere. With the Online MBA, I can stay on top of my curriculum while managing my day-to-day responsibilities.”

What are your takeaways from the Online MBA?

Kim: “Since my background is very technical—lots of engineering, science and math—I didn’t have an appreciation for the impact of marketing. Auburn’s Online MBA has opened my eyes to the importance of understanding your brand and knowing how to market yourself. It’s been a very enlightening program for me.”

Want to add an MBA to your resume?

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Kim Nguyen, an online MBA canidate at Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Looking to pursue a graduate degree in business? Auburn’s Online MBA is one of the oldest and most highly ranked online graduate degree programs in the nation, giving you access to the same teachers, courses and resources as the college’s traditional MBA.

But don’t take my word for it.

“As a professional and an entrepreneur, Auburn’s Online MBA has broadened my horizons and given me the ability to improve my business skills, both in my day job and my own business. For me, the Online MBA from Auburn is a great value, and I would highly recommend the program.”

Kim Nguyen, Online MBA Candidate, Harbert College of Business at Auburn University

To learn more about the Auburn Online MBA, visit their website or click here to schedule an online meeting with Program Admissions.

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