Kevin J. Hurt
Ph.D. Business Administration ‘13
What Are You Doing Now?
Prior to graduating, I accepted a tenure-track management faculty position at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. I am currently teaching Leadership, Ethics, Human Resources, and Business Statistics for the Turner College of Business.
My family and I are really enjoying Georgia and we feel really blessed to be in such a wonderful area, but having been born and raised in the Valley, and having all of my family there, I’d certainly consider returning to the Valley perhaps in time, with the new University merger.
What Has Your Education Done For You?
I can’t imagine going through life without an education. The Ph.D. is a terminal degree and without it, I would not be able to have a tenure-track university professor position. Prior to my Ph.D., the Master’s degree opened up doors to job opportunities in the private sector that simply would have been shut if I had not been a college graduate. Having an education has also brought economic prosperity. Very few will get an education and then strike it rich. It’s not about that. Rather, it’s about the peace of mind knowing that because of your education, you can provide your family with a good home, great schools for your children, plan a great family vacation, and still have a little left over for your personal hobbies and interests. In short, having an education has led to a higher quality of life.
What Is Your Best Tip For Success?
- Never take the easy path! If you are working on a project, don’t do the minimum necessary to pass. Rather, do the maximum necessary to excel. Students need to understand that the habits they develop in college will be carried into their employment. If they slacked through school, they will slack on the job. No one graduates and then flips a switch that says they will now take things seriously and start working hard.
- Everyone needs to develop their communication skills. Your ability to communicate effectively will benefit you in every facet of your career.
What Advice Do You Have For College-Bound Students?
- Expect to work hard! Some courses will come easy, and others will be more challenging. Never give up. The more you invest in yourself, the more you will be rewarded upon graduation.
- Specialize! The job market is tight, so I would urge you to specialize in something. If you plan on pursuing a business degree, find a business niche (e.g. leadership, cost accounting) rather than a broad degree. If you are a non-business major, seek specialized knowledge (e.g. optometry, communication disorders), but compliment it with a business degree. Everyone needs good business and economic sense to pursue a double major or graduate degree. A Business degree would give you an advantage in the job market.
- Get Involved! Join a club or organization that is in your field of interest and get involved. Participate in all the functions and mixers. Build your network.