During my senior year of college, I decided to take a handful of my core business courses at University of Washington Bothell, to compliment the Information Systems classes I was taking at my primary institution. Looking back, this was a decision that would manifest into the professional success that I found soon after, as I started my career at Microsoft.
The essential business knowledge that I gained at UWB is something that gave me a strong competitive advantage as I got my foot into the door as a Software Design Engineer at Microsoft. I felt fully equipped with a broader perspective and could see the process of systems analysis and design more holistically, not just through the eyes of a engineer. I could now perceive the underlying business value proposition as it related to projects from start-to-finish, and I had a deeper understanding of the core business processes. This education gave me the ability to translate technical problems and scenarios to internal customers who were more interested in the business justifications and the "bottom-line".
In addition to the value that I got from UWB's core business classes, I was also blown away at the support system that I received from the school's student veteran program. This group is made up of like-minded military veterans who also had finished their time serving in active duty, and were now pursuing their educational goals. During my last quarter, I enrolled into a student veteran transitional course that fortified my appreciation for this program at the school.
I am thankful that I chose this path through University of Washington Bothell. When starting a new journey, you don't always know what the outcome will be. I walked through their doors 1 year ago and by the time I was finished, I had gained highly valuable skills, lasting friendships, and a military support network that together, helped pave my way to success.