Master’s degree key to career advancement

March 24, 2014
Amy Larson


Amy Larson was happy with her job as a Senior Specification Analyst at John Deere Dubuque Works, but saw potential to grow with the company in their expansive supply management division.

She knew gaining knowledge and experience in supply chain management would allow her to pursue new opportunities with John Deere. After researching several different programs, Larson determined the Master of Science in Integrated Supply Chain Management degree would help her get on the fast track for career advancement.

The ISCM program offers a wide variety of classes focusing on areas from customer relations to purchasing and analysis. Larson credits the diverse course selection for attracting her to the program, but the flexibility is what has encouraged her continued success.

“The most enjoyable part of my experience with online classes has been the flexibility. I work full time and these online classes have given me a chance to complete courses around my schedule. Not to mention, I have been able to build relationships with other students through these online classes,” Larson said.

After two years of hard work, Larson is expected to graduate in May. Her plan is to pursue a supply management specialist position with John Deere and additional opportunities in the future. 

“It is never too late to start,” Larson said, “My experience with this program has been excellent, and I encourage anyone who wants to learn and expand on his or her current knowledge of supply chain management to enroll in this program. The professors and advisors I have encountered during my time in this program have been outstanding.”

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