Wendy Robinson is a proud University of Phoenix graduate who completed a bachelor’s degree in 2017. As is the case with many university graduate stories, Robinson’s Bachelor of Science in Technology (BSIT) degree was instrumental in helping her make a career change.

Robinson chose to enroll in University of Phoenix’s BSIT program because the degree was well-designed for adult learners. Robinson was employed as an accountant at the time, and managing a traditional semester load while balancing work obligations would have been extremely difficult. The university, however, provided a flexible solution.

The BSIT program was structured so that Robinson took only one five-week class at a time. This allowed her to focus solely on one subject every five weeks, and it ensured that multiple assignments or papers didn’t line up on the same day. While she had to apply herself in the studies, the schedule was quite manageable.

Robinson also found that the curriculum she learned was directly relevant to what she wanted to do, which further made the coursework easier to manage and learn. In particular, her Database Theories course provided training that was immediately useful where Robinson worked. She took the material learned in this class and created an accounting database that continues to be used today by her employer. This experience helped Robinson cement what she learned, and it also helped set her apart in the workplace.

Along with the academic training, Robinson also left her degree program with greater confidence in her own capabilities and accomplishments. She’d faced a manageable challenge and overcome it.

While enrolled in the University’s MBA program, Hall was pleased with both what he learned and how he learned. The courses were academically challenging and covered relevant subjects he needed to know, and all courses included a well-designed combination of individual and group work. Hall was able to complete the coursework on his schedule as his full-time job allowed, but he was also part of a team within each class. This individual and team structure is, of course, similar to the corporate environments that many MBA graduates ultimately find themselves working in.

Upon graduating, Robinson was able to leverage her University of Phoenix BSIT degree to make her desired career change into IT, which was her original goal when she enrolled. Now, she no longer works in accounting but is a data analyst within the healthcare industry.

University of Phoenix was founded more than four decades ago in order to provide adult learners with educational opportunities that meet their unique needs. Many adult students are not able to go through a traditional semester model, but the university’s structure frequently works. Robinson is a proud member of the university’s alumni community, but she is only one of many who have successfully achieved their academic goals and made real-world changes through the university’s degree programs.

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