Time Management Key to Engineering Grad’s Success

February 13, 2014

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Sakeena Jones

Sakeena Jones was a bit skeptical when she enrolled in UW-Platteville’s online Master of Science in Engineering program. She knew education was important for furthering her career, but was concerned an online program wouldn’t provide the quality coursework she hoped for. However, now that she has put in the years of hard work and earned her degree, Jones says she has an education she can be proud of.

“It was a really good program. It’s hard to find a quality online engineering program, but this was just as hardcore as an on-campus course.” Jones said.

Jones earned her degree while working full-time as a program quality engineer for Northrop Grumman. In her daily work, Jones audits customer-supplier relations, and was amazed at how quickly she was able to apply lessons from her courses to the way she went about her job. She said her education was able to pull all the processes together, and even inspired her to pursue new opportunities in engineering management.

When looking back at her time in the program, Jones said the ability to work at your own pace can be a benefit and a challenge at the same time. Having a career and raising her six-year-old twin boys already made huge demands on her time, so being able to work on assignments when it was convenient to her was crucial to making the program work. On the flip side, time management can be a big responsibility and if you’re not careful, it is easy to fall behind.

“You have to know what you’re getting into and stay ahead of the game,” Jones said. “If you fall behind, things can get hard, fast. But if you’re willing to put in the time, this degree is going to work hard for you.”

Tara Krueger serves as the advisor for the online engineering program and said students often struggle with time management. With all the other things going on in their lives and careers, it can be difficult for a student to find balance. “Sakeena had these same challenges, but has been very determined and done very well in completing her degree,” Krueger said.

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