Student Spotlight: Amlan Datta, NCentral U – OnlineBusinessDegree.org
Amlan Datta earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Calcutta in India and has not one, not two, not three, but four master’s degrees: an MBA in marketing, an MBA in management, a master’s in economics, and a master’s in education.
The married father of one daughter has 21 years of experience in marketing and sales management and is an economics professor at Cisco College in Texas. Datta is currently pursuing his Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration from Northcentral University.
What made you choose this particular school?
Datta: “Online format, one-to-one mentoring, quality of faculty, online access to library resources, no residency requirements, and convenience.”
How did you decide on your field of study?
Datta: “Having worked extensively in the business world for over two decades, and with earlier business degrees to boot, the choice of business administration as a field of study was natural.”
What made you choose online education?
Datta: “Advances in the delivery methods using the electronic format, convenience, self-paced, flexibility, etc.”
How do you balance your course load with your other obligations?
Datta: “Don’t even ask me that, haha. I barely manage, at the cost of few hours of less sleep every day!”
Tell me about your online peer group.
Datta: “From the video conferences I have attended, I found they were mostly experienced professionals with a passion for furthering their education.”
What do you hope to do with your degree upon completion?
Datta: “Look for teaching opportunities at the university level, both in the U.S. and in India (summer sessions) – giving back to my students what I have learned over the years from the real world, and from academia.”
What advice would you offer other students who might be considering online education?
Datta: “Go for it – it’s doable, and probably the best way to earn higher educational qualifications for working professionals. However, one needs to be focused and ready to accept some of the challenges to stay disciplined and deadline-bound.”
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