Evening MBA alum moves to HR career, lands China mission for Microsoft

Evening MBA student Melanie Sharpe came to a career turning point midway through her program. With a prior background in education, she planned to use her MBA to further her career in the finance business, where she was then working. But she suddenly came to the realization that finance wasn’t a good fit for her. She had always enjoyed working with people, so with the help of the staff in MBA Career Services, she reworked her resume to bring out her existing strengths in that field and began to make contact with Foster’s extensive network of HR executives. Along the way, she also added a certificate from Foster’s Global Business Center to her resume. The result was a global HR internship at Microsoft, which quickly led to other assignments with a global reach. As of August 2012, when she gave this interview, she was leaving for a challenging new assignment in China.​