Graduating a World Away
When you work in a country recovering from war, hard work and determination are crucial to meeting your goals. Joshua Wadley has never been afraid of hard work, and he applies this mindset to both his education and his work.
Wadley was a member of the U.S. Army for five years, spending part of that time stationed in Afghanistan as a transportation management coordinator. He enjoyed the challenge and intricacy of the work and decided to stay in Afghanistan as a civilian contractor.
“In my current role, I am working in Afghanistan as a Movement Control Specialist,” Wadley explained. “My job entails the planning and scheduling of personnel and equipment transiting originating and terminating in my assigned area of responsibility, in addition to controlling the efficient flow of goods, services, and information between the point of origin and its destination.”
While in the military, Wadley was able to earn his bachelor’s degree in Operations Management, but wanted to continue his education to further his career. He said he chose the UW-Platteville Integrated Supply Chain Management program because it worked with his demanding schedule.
“In my current role, I work 12 to 13 hours a day, seven days a week on roughly a 90-day on, 21-day off schedule and still manage to excel in my courses. At first, I was doubtful if I would be able to handle the course load and work schedule, but I believe if you want something you will try hard enough to obtain it and that shows as I will complete this program in a 17-month timeframe,” Wadley said.
With graduation in sight, Wadley is already looking to the future. He hopes to finish his degree and secure a position as a supply chain analyst, then continue to work his way up in the field of supply chain management. Wadley said he is also excited to continue using the SAP software he was introduced to in his purchasing management course.
“SAP is a challenging software to use initially, but it can be a very rewarding ERP to implement within an organization across numerous departments,” Wadley said. “While I feel using SAP was my biggest challenge, I also feel it was one of the bigger advantages of the program because not many universities give you access to the SAP software.”