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Career Profiles

Humayun Arif, Space Initiatives Manager for Global Government Solutions Group, Cisco Systems
Humayun's employer, Cisco Systems, encourages employees to continue their education; read how he plans to take advantage of this opportunity.

Arvind Salian, Automotive New Production Introduction PE Manager, Freescale Semiconductor
Growing up in Mumbai, India, Arvind Salian epitomized “happy go lucky.” The youngest of four children in a middle-class family, Salian studied just enough to make decent grades, but he much preferred being outdoors, playing sports with the neighborhood kids. An injury that left him temporarily bedridden at age 20 prompted him to get serious about life. Now with two master’s degrees, a PhD, and five patents under his belt, this PE manager at Freescale Semiconductor has found success on an entirely new playing field.

Irene Poh, Senior Business Analyst, Procter and Gamble
Like most undergraduates, Irene Poh wasn’t sure what she wanted to be “when she grew up.” One thing she did know, however, was that she was a “quant at heart.” Quantitative subjects such as mathematics and statistics spoke to her. Poh felt strongly that her career would draw upon her passion for analysis. Find out how this Cincinnati woman rose to her position as a senior business analyst at Procter and Gamble before reaching her 30th birthday.

Expert Q&A
Expert Q & A

How do you convince your employer to support continuing education?
You might be lucky enough to work for a company that offers flextime, tuition reimbursement, and other benefits to employees who want to continue their education. Before you can receive these benefits, however, you’ll probably need to justify why the company should invest in your education.

Which academic program best fits your career and personal needs?
Taking the time to analyze your career goals, educational objectives, and personal commitments will help you choose a program that works for you.

Is an online learning environment right for you?
The type of learning environment offers a new level of convenience for students, but it also requires planning and preparation up front.