As she hurled herself out of an airplane toward the desert below, odds are Simran Sohi wasn’t thinking about the master of business administration degree she earned from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business Administration. But having the chance to live and work in Qatar and by extension go skydiving while traveling in Dubai, likely would not have been possible without her education.
Despite not having a background in business – she earned a bachelor of science and bachelor of arts in pre-health with a major in psychology and a minor in history – Sohi understood the advantages of obtaining an MBA. From collaborative learning with peers to working with world-renowned professors committed to her success, Sohi said the 50-year-old customizable program exceeded her expectations.
“I wanted a degree that was applicable across a number of different fields,” Sohi said. “My MBA helped me learn to work in group settings to achieve a common goal. The emphasis on project-based assignments meant no two class experiences were the same. We collaborated on real issues facing companies, and presented our findings and strategies. Working through these types of tasks was great practice for developing the skills valued in today’s workforce.”
After graduating in May 2015, Sohi went to work for Cerner Corporation based in Kansas City, the world’s largest publicly-traded health information technology company. Sohi works as a consultant and travels to healthcare facilities throughout the world to provide training and support to doctors, nurses and staff as they document patients’ electronic records.
While she grew up in Lincoln and moved just a couple hours down the road to begin her career, Sohi’s position allows her to see the world. She travels “100 percent of the time” from Phoenix to New Orleans and lived for three months in Doha, Qatar. She crossed many things off her bucket list while overseas, including floating in the Dead Sea, exploring the lost city of Petra in Jordan, visiting the Grand Mosque in Oman and, of course, sky diving over the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.
“At one point, I was more familiar with the airport in Qatar than in Kansas City,” Sohi said.“Nearly everywhere I’ve traveled, there was always someone from or who had family in Nebraska. It was quite the experience to introduce myself in the Middle East and have them reply ‘Go Big Red!”