Full-Time MBA Program
Joe Gaggero

"The Merage School provides a full realm of professional opportunities that allow me to pursue my passions and attain a competitive advantage. I've been able to grow as a leader, redefine my career direction and build a valuable network of colleagues. "


Vital Statistics

Full Name: Joe Gaggero
Graduating Year: 2012
Hometown: Citrus Heights, California
Undergraduate and Previous Work Experience: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of San Diego; Gallo Wine Company
MBA Focus: Organizational Development
Internship while in the Program: Oakley Talent Development
Position upon Graduation: Consultant, Deloitte
Extracurricular Activities: MBA Student Ambassador; Challenge for Charity; VP of Volunteering, Executive Mentoring Program
Just for Fun: Fishing; running; traveling; karaoke
OC Favorite Places: Balboa Island; Newport Beach

  A Look at Mentoring

The Merage School’s culture of mentorship resonates from alumni through faculty, and from students through the local community. The Executive Mentorship Program helped me connect one-on-one with high-profile business leaders and paved the way for a successful entry into a new career. Being able to rely on the expertise and advice of my own coach, guide, motivator and role model was instrumental in refining my conduct in specific business settings and boosting my marketability.
Networking Opens New Doors, Socially and Professionally

The means to network at the Merage School are unmatched, and many of them are right here on campus. The Distinguished Speaker Series, hosted by our Center for Global Leadership, is amazing. It gives an inside look at the issues, insights and perspectives of established, high-level business leaders. Corporate Mock Interviews allowed me to meet other business professionals through the interview preparation process. There are also weekly happy hours, club events and networking mixers that offer MBA students a comfortable avenue for social and professional connection beyond the classroom.
“The Executive Mentorship Program helped me connect one-on-one with high-profile business leaders and paved the way for a successful entry into a new career.”

  The Career Center Finds the Perfect Fit

When I came to the Merage School, I had no idea how to make the career switch from Sales to Organizational Development. The MBA Career Center’s in-depth resources and personalized guidance were invaluable in easing the transition and helping me achieve my goals. 


The Merage School offers a wealth of dynamic courses and resources specifically designed to prepare you for your career goals, starting with landing the right internship. Throughout the program, you focus on your presentation skills, fine-tune your business writing ability, participate in Corporate Mock Interviews and take interactive classes known as Professional Seminars.


The MBA Career Center helped me clarify my career vision and outline the steps to get there. Then, they helped me identify a bridge between my previous experience and future career path by combining my transferable skills with my professional passion. Lastly, with their assistance I landed an internship with Oakley in Talent Development, which was the perfect career fit.





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