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Derek Sall, MBA


Going back to school certainly wasn’t easy. When I first started, I had just stepped into a new job and my personal life was being turned upside-down. But, from August, 2012 until just yesterday, April 19, 2014, I worked my butt off and am now set to graduate with honors (the commencement is this coming Saturday)!

The MBA Experience

If someone that was young in their career would ask me if an MBA was worth it, I would tell them absolutely. In my grad school experience I met so many talented young professionals like myself and learned so much from their wide range of knowledge in their employment. Beyond this, many of the professors that teach MBA courses are quite knowledgeable and have many real-world experiences regarding leadership, marketing, finance, accounting, operations, and so much more!

Where to Go From Here

So what’s next as I move into the next chapter of my life? Is a promotion in order? Is it time to switch jobs? Where the heck is my life going? Well, to be honest, I have been getting a little antsy lately. I have always been above average in the things I do, and that includes my performance on the job. Throughout my brief career I have been promoted four times, typically every 1.5 years or so. I have been sitting in my current role for almost two years now and it leaves me wondering, what is the next step? Where do I go from here?

Recently, my phone has been blowing up from recruiters trying to line me up with new jobs for other companies in my area. Some of these jobs are offering $20,000 more per year than what I am earning now, which is quite tempting to pursue. However, I actually do enjoy my job and the people that I work with, so should I even be looking at these other jobs that are available? Probably not. At this point, I have ignored all of those incoming offers.

While there are no openings yet, I do believe that there will be a promotion coming for me soon. I just have to take my mentor’s advice and keep working hard, that it will happen for me. I just have to be patient. I trust his advice and am going to try to be content with my job until that big day happens. The beauty is, since I have kept my living expenses so low each month, I really have no need to increase my income, which is allowing me to sit back and scan for that next big opportunity.

Beefing Up The Website

I have learned a ton over the last 20 months, so I figured why not use my new education to beef up and improve my website? In the next few months I will be focusing more on my writing and marketing so that thousands more people can improve their finances too! I can’t wait to read more, study more, and teach you all more about finances than you ever thought was possible. Hope you’re ready to learn! 🙂


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My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. Congrats Derek. Best of luck in your future. I know you’ll do great!

    • Thanks Joshua! It definitely feels good, but now I don’t know what to do with myself! 😉

  2. Way to go Derek! Happy for you!

    • Thanks Betty!

  3. Congrats on finishing! I know you put in all the hard work but it feels like I just remember you starting the program and now it’s done! How are so many recruiters finding you? Im glad you’ve got your head on straight and weighing your options.

    • Thanks Jessica! I started classes in August, 2012, so it took me a little over a year and a half. I definitely busted my butt to get it done this fast, but that’s just the way I like to do things. I know some students that have been working toward their MBA for the past 7 years…. no thank you. 😉

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