India is a long way from Nebraska, and engineering is a long way from business. However, Hasitha Jankey found what she was looking for to take the next step in her career – a Big Ten graduate degree in business.
“Since my childhood, I always wanted to make an impact in the communities I live in. Coming from an engineering background, I realized management skills are equally important as technical skills, so I decided I needed a degree in business administration,” Jankey said.
Jankey came to Nebraska in spring 2016 after marrying Vineeth Yeddula, a 2012 UNL graduate who now works for Mary Lanning Healthcare. When she moved to Nebraska, she knew she wanted to pursue a graduate degree in business administration and found the master of arts of business administration (MABA) program at UNL.
A graduate of the G. Narayanamma Institute of Technology and Science in Hyderabad, India, Jankey earned her degree in instrumentation and control engineering in May 2015. She worked at Infosys, a technology services and consulting company, as a systems trainee engineer in India prior to her big move to the U.S.
The MABA program welcomed its first cohort in fall 2016, with Jankey as one of its seven students. MABA students complete their 36 credit-hour master degree in just 11 months. It is an accelerated, on-campus program with a similar curriculum to the college’s nationally-ranked MBA. The MABA program is cohort-based, meaning students start and stay together in the program through graduation. The degree also features a guaranteed internship as part of the curriculum.
“I was very intrigued in the MABA program because it is cohort-based. Coming from a different country, this design provides me the opportunity to build close relationships with my fellow students, who have helped me adjust to the American culture,” she said. “I also like that I will graduate in less than one year. CBA offers programs that are top-ranked in this nation, so my decision to pursue the MABA degree was easy.”
Jankey married her fiancé in India in February, moved to Nebraska in March and began the MABA program in August. She will complete her first set of accelerated classes in October, and is anticipating graduation in July 2017.
“After moving to the U.S., it took more than a month for me to adjust to the different culture and lifestyle. But with my husband’s support and encouragement, I continued my education to advance my professional career. As it is an accelerated program, I am looking forward to not only completing the degree in this prestigious institution, but also starting to work in this community and make a difference,” Jankey said.