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Using Professional Education for Lifelong Advantage

Originally Aired
February 20, 2015
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Cathy Anderson, PhD
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Are you thinking about your next job? Returning to the work force? Considering a career shift or preparing for retirement? Professional development may be the key to your success. Join Cathy Anderson (Com ’89) as she discusses what organizations are looking for in an improving economy and how you can decide what professional education options might be best for you to take advantage of your next opportunity. Cathy will include tips on how to determine when a graduate credit certificate from an accredited university might be critical, versus an industry-recognized certification like the CISSP or PMP, versus gaining skills through attending MOOCs.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • The What and Why of professional education
  • Skills: What is needed to be successful in today’s economy?
  • Education Options: Getting what you want and knowing what is right for you
  • How to Find out More: Research, Network, Academic advising, Career Engagement

About Cathy Anderson, PhD

Catherine Anderson (Com ’89) is the senior program director for business programs at UVA’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, where she oversees 17 graduate, undergraduate and noncredit certificate program and works to facilitate the creation of programs which respond to market-based regional and state-wide educational needs.

Cathy received her Bachelor’s degree from UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce and earned her PhD in Information Systems from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. She worked for 10 years as a consultant for federal and state government clients and gained extensive systems development, project and program management experience.

Cathy’s research addresses the response of organizations and individuals living in a dynamic environment in which we are increasingly reliant on technology. She seeks to enable practitioners and policy makers to develop appropriate training, craft relevant policy, and design targeted marketing messages. Her work has been published in MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research and the Journal of Medical Internet Research and has been presented at numerous conferences.

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