David Ruhfel, Master in Global Entrepreneurial Management '13
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"In the MGEM program, we learned the exact functions of HR, finance, strategy and cross-cultural communications. I wanted to take a dive into each of these functions and learn a little bit about everything. The program definitely allowed me to do so."
David Ruhfel, MGEM ‘13, discovered the value of a global education while studying business abroad.
Before moving to San Francisco to pursue his Master in Global Entrepreneurial Management (MGEM), David Ruhfel, ’13, had already fallen in love with global business and the international community. After earning his undergraduate degree and spending time studying abroad in Spain, he set his sights on a master’s degree. He decided to continue his journey at the University of San Francisco (USF).
“I knew that I wanted to get my master’s immediately after completing my undergrad and during my research I found that USF had a great curriculum designed to expose students to all the different functions of business,” he said. “In the MGEM program, we learned the exact functions of HR, finance, strategy and cross-cultural communications. I really wanted to dive into each of these functions and learn a little bit about everything. The program definitely gave me that experience.”
Ruhfel was also attracted USF because of the advantages the city of San Francisco had to offer, both professional and personal. Now a Business Development Representative at SAP, the city offered the opportunity to advance in the world of tech while still having the chance to get out of the office and have fun.
“The world is at our fingertips in San Francisco. There’s so many opportunities, so many different companies. I’m a tech guy myself, so I really couldn’t have selected a better place to choose and get my master’s,” he said. “But there is also so much to do. Road trips, day trips every weekend, going to tons of awesome places to explore and adventure. There’s never a dull moment in the Bay Area and I’m loving every second.”
For Ruhfel, the program has changed his understanding of business, including communication and ethical business behavior. His position as Business Development Representative requires the ability to communicate with a diverse array of people, so the exposure he received to different cultures and practices at USF has been a huge boon.
“I’m constantly calling into senior-level decision makers and trying to generate some interest in our product,” he said. “Having gone through MGEM and having that exposure to speak with people from all over the world, has really helped with my everyday work ethic.”
Ruhfel didn’t have to go far to experience this diversity; at USF he found a distinct and varied group of people in his cohort.
Basically I met the best friends that I think I’ve ever had in my life, lifelong friends. I think our class represented about eleven different countries, so I have friends all over the world that I can give a call and go visit any time I’m in their homeland.
Ruhfel’s advice for anyone involved in the MGEM program is to seize every opportunity it offers, whether work or play.
“Being out in the program’s different countries is the perfect opportunity to explore,” he said. “Take little weekend trips to, say, Italy from Barcelona, or Japan from Taiwan. And don’t forget to take advantage of the endless academic resources the program has to offer.”