A standout dad with a standout degree
Damian Madden knew the importance of standing out in a crowd, especially in today’s job market. When the opportunity to go back to school presented itself, Madden couldn’t turn it down.
Though returning to the classroom seemed intimidating, Madden aspired to set a good example for his son and jumped at the opportunity to earn a master’s degree when his current employer, IBM, offered to cover the cost. Once the decision to go back to school was made, the question of where to go was simple: The University of Kansas Edwards Campus.
Not only did KU Edwards offer his program of interest, it offered something extra that not all universities can; the prestige of a KU degree.
“KU Edwards was a great fit for me due largely to its location and programs,” Madden says. “Add to the fact this is KU; it was indeed too good to pass up.”
In fall 2007, Madden enrolled in the Master of Science in Information Technology program at the Edwards Campus. Located just two miles from home and on his commute from work, Madden was able to easily integrate classes at KU Edwards into his schedule.
Madden graduated from the program in spring 2012 and has already reaped the benefits of having a master’s degree.
“The concepts I learned from this program are already proving to be of tremendous value in my current work activities,” Madden says. “I imagine in the future it will also allow me to have a greater range of choices and create opportunities in my career.”
While balancing work, family and school is no easy task, Madden encourages others to push themselves to stand out. In a job market overcrowded with bachelor’s degrees, having a graduate degree really does help. Madden’s advice? “Just do it.”
“Take it one semester at a time, and before you know it, you’ve graduated!”