Name: Nickolas Russell
Past Employer: Spine Institute of Idaho
Job Title: Administrator
Year of Graduation: 2006
How has obtaining an MPA degree from the University of Utah helped you in your career? One of the major career hurdles in Healthcare Administration is having a qualified graduate degree. At a based level, the MPA opened the door for me to pursue executive level positions. Second to that, the skills and focused learning provide a solid framework necessary to excel in high-intensity and critical functions in healthcare leadership.
What skills learned from your classes, or courses in general, were most important in your career development? While there were many specific lessons and instruction that have been important in my career development, I would have to say the most important aspect was the workload. Simply the amount of time and attention to detail that was required for each course has promoted a sense of inquiry in my day to day work. Not only am I more prone to question the norm, the courses helped to develop the tools necessary to research and present alternative proposals in a cogent manner.
What advice would you give to incoming students? Be prepared to work hard, be prepared to participate, and recognize that the degree is not a silver spoon - you will still need to work extremely hard in your career to move forward; nevertheless, you will learn those skills in the U's MPA program.