by Robin Tew, Success Coach
Joe M. is not unlike several other students I’ve met who are considering returning to complete their degrees. Joe completed his associate degree in radiography and has enjoyed a long career working directly with patients to perform medical imaging and X rays. His work is stable, but he sees opportunities to manage the team and to earn a higher salary. However, his chances are nonexistent without a bachelor’s degree.
All other things being equal, Joe's years of experience working with patients may not be enough for him to be considered for the management position supervising his colleagues. Joe’s skills with patients are exceptional, but he knows little about managing a team or a budget. His supervisor will expect him to deal with employee conflict, change, motivation, group dynamics, and departmental budgets. Even Joe knows he’s not entirely comfortable with what do in those areas.