By Elizabeth Exline
One of the best things about attending UOPX, according to Arriola, is the network of students and alumni.
"Having different resources, either to help with issues [or] talk about relevant technology items, ” has been helpful, he says.
UOPX also taught Arriola valuable skills for completing tasks effectively and efficiently. Those skills have, he says, "helped me manage different teams to be more efficient, produce positive results, [successfully] complete projects and implement new technologies."
What are the advantages of an advanced degree? For Arriola, that’s a long list that includes being responsible for establishing his organization’s cybersecurity standards and for developing plans for disaster recovery and business continuity. "My education has helped me tremendously in succeeding in my career."
Dustin D. Cloos
For Dustin D. Cloos, earning his Master of Information Systems in 2015 was a strategic career move.
"Many of the senior positions I’ve filled over the years would not have even considered me a valid candidate to interview without my [master’s] degree," Cloos explains.
University of Phoenix was a natural choice for Cloos, who sought a school where he could attend graduate classes after the workday.
Not only were the logistics convenient, but the program offered the educational foundation he needed, as well. Today, he oversees business growth, marketing and IT for a defense contracting company based in San Antonio.
"The UOPX MIS degree provided me a phenomenal foundation [for] cybersecurity, business analytics and leadership to build my career and future upon. The confidence I gained from achieving my degree has pushed me to take on new challenges and positions that [otherwise] seemed out of reach."
"In business development, one of my main roles is designing, developing and recommending IT solutions to the U.S. government. The government then decides to purchase our services [or] solution after comparing them/it with [those of] other industry competitors. As the executive over our corporate IT department, I utilize knowledge gained in my MIS degree to recommend and implement various cybersecurity, collaboration and productivity platforms."