Name: P. Jeff Mulitalo
Current Employer: Utah Department of Human Resource Management
Job Title: Director of Business Intelligence, Operations, and Strategy
"Simply put, the University of Utah's Master of Public Administration program has been the defining influence of my career and professional development. The reputation of the program and the degree has provided me with many desired opportunities. As it pertains to my current position, it was my involvement in this program that secured me an interview - allowing me to compete with others who were more experienced.
I didn't realize at the time I was taking the Organizational Productivity and Change course that it would have such a far-reaching impact in my professional life. I found that the content of the class had a pragmatic application to what I was observing in my organization. Upon completing the MPA program, I have regularly used the methods of analysis from this class in leadership roles I have had for the Utah State Courts, the Department of Health, the Governor's Office, and the Department of Human Resource Management. I have referenced the materials more than once in projects ranging from developing leaders, consulting on government operations, to leading my own change efforts.
The value of these experiences cannot be overstated. From what I can gather, I consider this program to be unique among its contemporaries."
Name: Susan Biesele
Current Employer: Retired
Job Title: Human Resources Director
Year of Graduation: 1993
How has obtaining an MPA degree from the University of Utah helped you in your career? The master's degree gave me opportunities for advancement that I may not have had otherwise.
What skills learned from your classes, or courses in general, were most important in your career development? Constitutional law (especially employment law), statistics (very helpful for exam development and for wage and salary administration) and general writing skill.
What advice would you give to incoming students? Keep your eye on the ultimate goal (the degree) but enjoy the journey. Obtaining the degree will bring you a feeling of great accomplishment, regardless of what career you end up in or what you do in life.