Career Skills Achieved Through UNL MBA and Internship Experience
Dipti Rane has lived many places throughout the world, but the experiences she received earning her MBA from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln continue to have an impact on both her life and career.
Originally from Mumbai, India, Rane made her decision to pursue an MBA while earning an undergraduate degree in engineering in her home country. She looked at many options and chose UNL.
“I researched universities globally after deciding on going into a full-time MBA program,” Rane said. “UNL had exactly what I was looking for in affordable courses, a lot of on-campus work and the best faculty in my intended specialization of human resources.”
The program gave her the opportunity to pursue an internship that fit perfectly with her career aspirations.
“I was fortunate to obtain an internship in the office of U.S. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry. It was one of the most rewarding experiences I could have hoped to get. I spent my final semester learning how a congressional office works and liaising with his Washington D.C. office,” she said.
Rane was awarded a Congressional Recognition for serving in the office which gave her the joy of achievement and also the experience to know she could accomplish anything she set out to do. That sense of achievement was also reinforced in her classroom experiences at UNL.
“Dr. Jerry Sellentin was one of my faculty mentors. He was a true motivator beyond academics. I will never forget the life lesson he taught me when he said, ‘It is all about perseverance.’ Dr. Gwen Combs was also a big influence because she was the first HR academic expert I met. I worked with her on many projects and she introduced me to the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), who is now my current employer in Dubai, United Arab Emirates,” she said.
In her current position as global business development manager, Rane manages the business and relationship management for SHRM members and clients in her region.
“My internship with Congressman Fortenberry helped me learn many of my current skills such as managing partner relationships, client relations, training programs and advising human resource departments of large businesses and government organizations. I learned those communication skills at UNL which is key to the competency required in my day-to-day role at SHRM. It’s also preparing me for my next career level in this job,” she said.
Rane has held her current position since receiving her MBA in 2009, working in various locations including Alexandria, Virginia; Mumbai; Bangalore, India; and Delhi, India, before moving to Dubai in 2013.