Tired of an unforgiving and hectic schedule that’s typical of the entertainment industry, Cal Ledbetter felt it was time to consider other career options. After helping a few of his coworkers and friends work through some personal issues, Cal felt a pull toward counseling and decided to research graduate programs in the Seattle area. With counseling as one of CityU’s prominent programs, it easily became a top choice for Cal to advance his new career.
“I appreciated the way that CityU focused on counseling,” Cal said. “They had very seasoned professors, and I was really impressed when I went and interviewed there.”
Despite his 20-plus years of experience in the financial industry, Roderick Read struggled to find employment after being laid off from his position in the treasury department at large corporation. Never completing his bachelor’s degree stood in his way of securing full-time work.
“I thought that with my career, salary and status in the international and now domestic community I didn’t need a degree,” Roderick said. “Wake up call! As is often the case in large corporations, politics can blindside anyone.”
As economies and markets throughout the world become more connected and inter-dependent, businesses and corporations face a greater need to identify, manage and hedge risks to their operations. With corporate risk fast becoming a growing field that requires skilled professionals, CityU is excited to offer courses through our School of Management that teach topics ranging from cyber-crime to risk prevention.
As a teacher, Dr. Christine Moloney’s goal was to make a difference in the lives of her students. Today, her goal remains the same, but now as an administrator she’s able to expand her reach across an entire school district.
“When I went into teaching I had a fantastic time, but I realized I wanted to make a difference for more than just the kids in my classroom,” she said. “When I went into administration I absolutely loved it because I was making a difference for the entire school. Then I transitioned a third time because I wanted to make a difference for more kids—not just at one school, but a whole district. So that’s my goal.”
Offering advice to other transitioning military veterans, Arjay Protacio stressed the importance of utilizing available education benefits.
“As I look back, I feel I made the mistake of giving up on finishing school,” Arjay said. “Before I knew it, my education benefits had expired. But because I’m a disabled veteran I also qualified for vocational rehabilitation education benefits.”
Last year Arjay put those benefits to use and enrolled in CityU’s School of Management. Although he had plenty of work experience, Arjay said it was difficult to find employment without a college degree.