Name: Aden Batar
Current Employer: Catholic Community Services of Utah
Job Title: Director of Immigration and Refugee Resettlement
Year of Graduation: 2015
How has obtaining an MPA degree from the University of Utah helped you in your career? The MPA program gave me more opportunity to further my career and skills.
What skills learned from your classes, or courses in general, were most important in your career development? A lot of writing throughout the program, Administrative Theory class was an excellent class that I learned so much about the theories of PA, and the Ethics class was great and learned valuable information I can use for my career.
What advice would you give to incoming students? No matter all the obstacles that comes during the program, keep going and you will make it. All you need is time management and commitment for two years. You will also have a great support from the program staff, faculty and the most importantly your cohort. This will be a time well spent.
Name: Luis Garza
Current Employer: Comunidades Unidas
Job Title: Executive Director
Year of Graduation: 2010
How has obtaining an MPA degree from the University of Utah helped you in your career? I have been able to put what I learned in the MPA program into practice at my job at a local nonprofit organization. I was promoted to a Director position as I was finishing up the program, which allowed me to use what I learned as I transitioned into my new position.
What skills learned from your classes, or courses in general, were most important in your career development? Nonprofit management: learned about the structure and operations of nonprofits and shared what I learned with my team at work to identify areas of improvement in our organization. As a person with newly assigned HR responsibilities, I was able to go back to my PHRM class materials to when hiring, disciplining and evaluating employees.
What advice would you give to incoming students? Find an advisor as soon as you start the MPA program. Your advisor will be a great resource throughout the program and for your MRP. Make sure that your advisor is someone who you like that does research in an area that you are interested in pursuing. Time management is extremely important. Start working on your MRP earlier on.