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Designing Own Learning Goals and Forward Thinking Propels Alumna’s Career [Alumni Case Study]

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Attracted by multidisciplinary view of education

My career in higher education administration started at a private university in Indiana as a recruiter due to some previous experience teaching recruitment best practices to other universities. While the role was ideal for someone interested in a career in higher education, I wanted the challenge of something new in a big city, so I decided to attend graduate school in the hub of Atlanta. I was interested in a broad-based master’s program that approached education in the U.S. from multiple views, and the Social Foundations of Education program was a perfect fit. It’s designed to be multidisciplinary and I liked the diversity of courses I could take in subjects like political science, sociology, history, philosophy, anthropology and cultural studies.

Career advanced during master’s program

After moving to Atlanta, my admissions experience allowed me to land a job with Georgia State University’s Office of the Registrar. After my six month probationary period ended, I applied to the master’s program and was accepted. Halfway through the program, the university’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business offered me a promotion, and four months into that position, I was promoted again to assistant director. I attribute my progression to being in a flexible program that allowed me to focus on my learning and career goals.

My market value grew after graduating

After completing my degree, I stayed with the College of Business a little over a year. By this time I was confident I had enough market value, so I relocated to Nashville with aspirations of working for Vanderbilt University. When a managerial opportunity became available, I applied, interviewed shortly afterwards, and was thrilled when they offered me a director position instead. Being a forward thinker and designing my own learning goals are qualities I fostered during my graduate program and have allowed me to excel in my career.

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