I began my undergraduate studies at the University of Phoenix (UOP) in July 2006. The decision to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree from UOP was based on the school’s curriculum, reputation, learning environment, and personal references.
Looking back, it is amazing to reminisce upon the last two years. When I started school in July 2006, I had not been in an accredited learning environment in over thirty-two years. My previous schooling had been at a local College where I didn’t really have any educational or professional goals in mind and lacked workforce experience. Upon enrolling at UOP, I possessed that experience but my study skills were void of any value.
At that time, I had over twenty-six years in the defense industry and another ten in construction management. I was a mid-level manager for a leading aerospace contractor, receiving a very comfortable salary with great benefits, and I was considered an industry leader in the field of asset management. My critical thinking skills were satisfactory and I was well in tune with the teaming concept. In fact, my group had the distinction of being the first group to be charted as a salaried employee involvement team and we were already well into our sixth year of maturity. The ability to communicate, both written and oral, was always a choir. I could perform these skills and get by, but this is one area where a lack of formal education was very evident. I was dependent on grammar and spelling check for all written communications and lacked confidence in presentation skills. The only skill that I was sure of was my technical ability to perform my job, but this was only a result of my work history and e...
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...ly to my understanding of business practices, management decisions, and human factors. My development of communication skills, both oral and written, has shown immense improvement. After I have completed my educational program at the University of Phoenix and continue the pursuit of the goals outlined in this paper, I know I will always find my educational experience at UOP to be a solid base to continue to build on.
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