I chose Walden for my master's in management degree mainly because of their experience with online education. It's something that's very convenient for anyone who has a current job. There's no traveling to classes or having to work that into your schedule. You do things on your own pace and at your own time.
With my degree, I would like to either continue moving up the career path of the human resources division of my company, or I would be interested in branching out and trying different types of companies or corporations. Human resources is a very diversified field, and every business has its own view of it. So I'd like to see where that takes me.
Some of the skills and knowledge that I've been able to apply from my education at Walden to my position include conflict resolution skills, negotiation, and building teams. In human resources it's very important to be able to connect and build relationships with your employees so that you can work towards making the best environment possible for them.
A student should enroll in Walden's master's in management program because of the unique connection that you have with your students and faculty and also the opportunity to apply what you've learned out in the real world to make a difference. One of the experiences I had with my faculty members occurred early on in my program when I had a big change go on at work. I thought it was going to affect my schoolwork and my ability to continue in the program, but I discussed it with my professor at the time, and he really encouraged me to take the opportunity as a time to reflect on myself and to make a change for the better, not to just dwell on the negatives in the past.
The interaction I've had with my fellow students has done amazing things from my perspective on the business world and also on myself as a person, what I'm capable of doing. I enjoy working with the other students, not only to learn their perspectives and in sharing my own, but also sharing tips and strategies and very practical information applicable to our program. One of the best tips that I got from one of my classmates was to preview the course material within the first week, maybe even the first day of a class beginning. That way you know exactly where you're going and what kind of topics you're going to be discussing so you can be an effective reader when you're going through your material.
What I've learned about myself is that I am capable of doing things I never really imagined for myself, such as pursuing a master's degree and working on an online university with students from across the globe. What I recommend for future students is that you take that step-- you're capable of doing it, too.