Completing my college degree is of utmost importance to me. I consider this as a major gateway for job opportunities such as a promotion within my current profession field, an increase in higher wages, and the opportunity to apply for management positions within my place of employment. The purpose of this paper is to discuss my academic background and what motivates me to select and attend GCU. In addition, discussing my program of study or degree, my future goals or plans and how have the concepts and assignments in UNV-103 course prepare me for success in my future courses.
My College academic path started back in 2006, where I was enrolled at Coastline Community College to obtain my associate degree. During this phase of my life I was working in the military. Managing the requirements of my work and degree program had become quite stressful to the point where I had to place my studies on hold on numerous occasions. Eventually, I had completed my studies where I obtain an associate degree in Human Resources and an associate degree in Business Management. After completing my associates, my next step in my academic path was to obtain my bachelor’s degree. This was a struggle, because I was looking for a reputable university with accreditation and a management program that I will be able to take online. I was motivated to select and attend GCU because it meets all these requirements. Additionally, GCU is a Christian oriented university which this tie perfectly with my religious ideals.
My program of study at GCU is a Bachelor of Science in Applied Management. This degree prepares students to learn various aspects of management, including marketing, business communications, financial decision making, global business strategies, and innovative organizational behaviors. As a student in this degree program, I will have an excellent array of career options in management roles such as general manager, an operations manager, district manager, sales director, administrative service manager, marketing manager or a manager analyst.
After completing my undergraduate bachelor’s degree, I am planning to study for my master’s degree. This decision is mainly due to financial stability, personal achievements, and the opportunity to pursue a top-level managerial role in my professional field. With an MBA, I have more chances of receiving a higher pay rate which will eventually makes me financially stable. In 2019, there was a press release from the Graduate Management Admission Council which reported that the median annual salary for an MBA student in the United States is $115,000 (Graduate Management Admission Council, 2019). Obtaining my MBA is a long-time personal achievement of mine. This allows me to be an exemplar to my kids to show them that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. I also believe obtaining my MBA will help me to propel towards a top-level managerial role. I know it is extremely competitive in today’s workforce and this degree will make me more marketable.
The concepts and assignments in this course taught me the fundamentals on how to be a successful student in my future courses. For example, I learnt about the support system (instructor, counselors, and tutors in their respective fields) that is available at GCU and resources (GCU Loud Cloud LMS, GCU library, writing center, etc.) I have access to if I am needing assistance. During this course, I was also able to improve my academic skills such as prioritization, time management, communication (especially towards instructor and peers), writing skills, teamwork and more. I believe this course was necessary because it helps with getting acquainted with online learning.
In concluding, I am focused on achieving all goals and implementing all the strategies required to be successful during my academic journey at GCU. I look forward to all future courses and because of this course I will be prepared of what to expect.