Gianluca Messina has been working for the MLB in the regulations for eight years. During the Columbia summer of 2017, he enrolled for the Advanced Business Certificate program.
Why did you choose the Advanced Business Certificate program?
My career is very demanding and I've moved to four different cities in four years. I didn't think going back to school was an option, but a colleague of mine recommended the program to me. I thought: if not now, then when? The structure of the program fits in well with my hectic schedule. I think long term and would like to move into a management position and saw this as an opportunity to complement and expand my skills.
The program was challenging, but it makes me feel energized.
Which courses have you attended so far?
I took “Managing Human Behavior in the Organization” and it was great! I deal with people in a highly stressed environment so I learned a lot from this course and applied it to my daily interactions. I am currently in Leading Alignment and Agility and have learned a lot about what goes into organizational dynamics from a neuroscientific perspective. These are applicable to real world experiences - they teach me new ways of thinking. These courses are emotional investments for me because I am passionate about the topics.
Why would you recommend this program to others? What do I think can be gained from this?
I can't speak enough about the Advanced Business Certificate program. The faculty is top notch and you really learn from industry leaders. I've noticed that Columbia, especially the School of Professional Studies, has an attitude that their students are successful. The students here are engaging and thought-provoking, and because of their background and knowledge, I leave class after I've learned something new. It is up to you to create your own opportunities. I am a big believer in the benefits of these programs and have told many colleagues about them to help themselves and their careers advance.