Ryan Barbieri, business administration '00
Employee benefits consultant with Hild Rogal & Hobbs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
I chose WLC because I was looking for a smaller college that had a good student to teacher ratio and one that would pair Christian values with business. I never gave my choice to be a business major a second thought. I always knew I wanted to go into business.
At present, I work as an employee benefits consultant for Hild Rogal & Hobbs in Milwaukee. I consult with employers regarding insurance for employee benefits.
I felt WLC prepared me for my career by providing professors with real world experience. A valuable part of a business degree is being able to apply the text book portion of education to business, and the WLC professors did that very well.
Applying Christian ethics to business is also very important to me. It is easy to be swayed toward a secular view of ethics. Classes involved in my business degree gave me a sound footing in ethics and career training. WLC also provided many internship opportunities. It was nice having various businesses connected to and visiting campus.
One of the biggest differences between WLC and other business programs is that it adheres to the liberal arts education. While you have an opportunity to focus on your emphasis, you also get a broad basis of knowledge in business. That knowledge is valuable when you graduate because you may think you know what you want to do but you end up doing something completely different - something you may never have expected.