Work-life balance can be tricky to manage when you have a job with a high level of responsibility. But, graduate student Paul Maruszewski is taking on the challenge while also pursuing his Master’s in Business Administration at York College. “It’s called waking up early and having a coffee maker on an automatic timer,” he says with a smile.
It’s all about prioritizing. “One of the best things the MBA program did for me was really forcing me to prioritize,” Maruszewski states. His first priority is family. He says, “I know that when I come home from work, I have a certain amount of time until my kids go to bed.” Allowing some time for rest, that leaves him study time from 8:00 p.m. to 6:45 a.m. when he leaves for work.
So, why take on school? The opportunity presented itself to him at the perfect time. With his promotion to Director of IT with Shipley Energy, he had to stop being an IT guy focused on infrastructure uptime and start viewing IT as a strategic asset to the business. “I had a BS in Computer Science,” explains Maruszewski. “Every single one of these [MBA] classes have absolutely provided a lot for me and my professional development.”
He plans to improve his leadership and department with the help of the experiences he’s gaining from the YCP graduate and professional studies program. In the classes, “we have a wide range of experience,” Maruszewski explains, with students ranging from the COO of York Water Company to someone who literally just graduated undergrad. In addition to what he learns in class, Maruszewski is also enjoying learning from those who are studying with him.