Program of the Month Q&A: MAOL Student Adrian Julien
As a father, husband and current teacher, Adrian Julien was searching for a leadership program that would advance his career options while providing him with the flexibility to balance his other responsibilities. Medaille’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) program was a perfect fit. Julien will be finishing up his MAOL degree in August 2018. He is a high school teacher from the island of Dominica, where he teaches industrial technology and music.
Here, Julien explains how much he has learned from his graduate studies, and how he hopes to use the knowledge he has gained to run his own furniture manufacturing company in the future.
What drew you to enroll in the MAOL program at Medaille?
I have a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Technology Jamaica (UTECH). As a future entrepreneur, I enrolled in the MAOL program in order to improve my skills and prepare myself for the future. It was clear to me that to advance my career as a business owner, I needed to increase my level of education in management.
Describe your experience as a student in the MAOL program. What stands out?
I have had the opportunity to engage in numerous intellectual discussions with my professors and fellow classmates. These interactions have broadened my perspective of the world, and created a new awareness of the great need for humans to interact and collaborate with each other. One of my favorite aspects of the MAOL program is its flexibility. It allows for courses to be taken either online or on ground. The program provides an opportunity for working individuals to obtain a master’s degree without negatively affecting their work or family lives. As a husband and a father, that is important to me.
What types of things have you learned about yourself or your career goals from your studies?
I have never really been someone who enjoys being at the forefront. From my studies, I have come to realize that as a future leader, it is sometimes necessary to step out of your comfort zone and do what is necessary for the good of the team.
What is the best advice you have received from an MAOL faculty member?
The best advice I have received from MAOL faculty is to be more open to building new relationships and forming networks. The tremendous thinking power that comes from the collaboration of people — from various aspects of life and industry — can eventually be harnessed to solve a wide range of present and future organizational problems.
What do you hope to do with your degree after you graduate?
For the immediate future, it is my hope that this degree can be used to advance my present career as a teacher. However, my overall goal is to eventually use my new-found knowledge to manage my own furniture manufacturing company.
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