It’s graduation season, and as many of our Online students prepare to walk the stage in their caps and gowns, it’s important to remember that this is not the end of a journey. Rather, it’s the beginning of a new one.
One recent Globe University-Online graduate, Brian Dorff, was kind enough to share some of his experiences with us about what it’s really like to be a full-time health care management student, former Marine Sergeant, husband, dad and new employee at VHA-Upper Midwest Inc.
You were in the military. Which branch and what was your rank?
I was in the United States Marine Corps for eight years from Dec 2004-March 2013. I separated as a Sergeant.
Where were you stationed, and did you ever get deployed?
I was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, and was deployed three times: two MEU’s and one fly over to Iraq.
Who or what initially inspired you to pursue your degree?
First off, I was lucky enough to have completed most of my core classes before joining the military. But, what inspired me to pursue a degree was that I wasn’t a desk Marine, and I didn’t have many office skills or experience to transfer over into the civilian sector.
I chose to go the health care management degree route because I have an interest in the field, I’m comfortable in the environment, and to me, it’s one of the few employment areas that has a purpose that I would be proud to be a part of.
What are some ways you balanced your time between your military duties and your education? Any special tips for other active duty service members?
I attended Globe University full time during my last 18 months on active duty and found that the Online environment was the only possible way for me to accomplish it. I worked a lot during the week so most of my work had to be done on the weekend. The schedule and class format allowed me to easily accomplish that.
Can you think of a specific class or skill you’ve been able to apply to your current career at VHA?
I learned a lot from the HR and case study classes. Those are a couple of areas that I didn’t know a lot about.
Brian’s success as a graduate of our school is what keeps us inspired to continue providing a quality education for all of our students. If you’d like help searching for a career in your degree field, be sure to check out the ongoing career assistance provided by our career services coordinators.