Moving through the ranks
Royce Peppa wanted to advance her career in nursing and creating a plan to move forward professionally and educationally. An opportunity arose to attend a cohort group through Loyola University, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing through her employer Advocate Health Care.
The degree led to a promotion to an advanced practice nurse position as well as involvement in higher-level projects and programs. Not just a step up the ladder, through the degree Peppa was able to expand her knowledge and evidence-based practice and is considered a clinical expert in her field of neuroscience nursing.
She says she would not have been promoted without the advanced degree.
Better job prospects
Salvatore Grasso chose to go right from earning a Bachelor of Science in biology from Loyola University to a Master of Science in biotechnology from Rush University Medical Center.
"After graduating with my bachelor's degree, the job market in my field was very small and I wanted to continue my education to better my potential for a job," he says. "In addition, the pursuit of science is a process of continued learning throughout life, and in this case I can further my professional career while improving my knowledge in the subject I enjoy."
The additional degree paid off. Grasso graduated in June 2011 and began a job as a lab technician in July.
"My employment opportunity is a direct result of the networking connections and technical knowledge I gained from my advanced degree," he says adding that advanced degrees allow for greater opportunities in his field.
Grasso believes an advanced degree is a major asset in the job market during these difficult economic times.
McDermet believes it is helpful to shop around finding a degree program that really fits . He says he found earning his MBA fun and thrilling."If you're doing it simply to check a box that says 'I got my MBA' but it doesn't inspire you, what are you doing it for?"