My name is David Platt, I am originally from San Antonio, Texas. I retired from the U.S. Air Force on Nov. 1, 2016 after 30 years of service. I am in the process of being hired by USAA as a business adviser, and plan to work there for the foreseeable future.
Although I have a Master of Science degree in Administration and completed several advanced leadership courses in the Air Force, I found I needed some advanced education in the area of management and leadership.
In 2015 I visited the campus at the University of Notre Dame and saw an advertisement on the Professional Certificate in Management and Executive Certificate in Leadership programs. I knew I needed to expand my knowledge of these two areas as I looked for employment in the private sector, so I decided to take the courses.
Basically I wanted to expand my knowledge of management and leadership. I decided to take the courses online because it worked out best with my separation from the military and future work schedule.
Notre Dame has an incredible legacy for its core commitment to education. The opportunity to take Notre Dame courses wasn’t one I could pass up.
The experience was phenomenal and the professors were outstanding! They made the subject matter easy to follow, and their real-world examples added to each lesson they presented. The workload was balanced and the education from each section of the program was perfect.
The business law portion of the management course – and that’s a good thing! The explanation of how the law works and how it’s tied to certain portions of the business world was very unique.
Yes! There was a portion of the management course that dealt with change. To me it’s always easy to talk about change, but having a section that helped me evaluate myself and how I fit into the big picture of the change process was hugely effective.
It will help with planning, legal assessment, coping with change and conflict resolution within my areas of responsibility.
The course altered it a lot. From a military approach, things are usually pretty straightforward. But in the civilian world you have to be able to be open and flexible to the issues at hand. This program definitely helps with that.
Yes, I definitely would.
For my work schedule, online courses are best. It is very flexible, allowing you to plan your study time around family, work and other responsibilities.