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Toni Lewis

MS Operations & Project Management, Class of 2015

"My advisors have been nothing but supportive and involved. I appreciate all they have done for me at SNHU."

I graduated with a B.S. in business administration, in the spring of 2007. By the fall of that year, I was offered a position with an investment bank. A few months after that, there were rumors of layoffs. Sure enough, I was let go in July 2008. I moved to another state to take that job, and then I had to pack up and move back home to nothing. I found a couple of positions that weren't exactly in my field, but those proved temporary, as well. My life was a huge question mark. I realized that my best course of action was to find a master’s program that would compliment my bachelor’s and previous work experience as well as prepare me for positions that will set me apart from the pack. Many people have MBAs — if I'm going to succeed, I can't be one of many.

I'm now in the M.S. in Operations and Project Management program, and I'll be getting a couple of certifications as well. This decision will allow me to have options, and be versatile in the eyes of potential employers. So, I guess you can say getting laid off was a horrible blessing. It put me on the path of study again and has allowed me to reinvent myself professional and personally. I'm stronger and more determined for the experience. My advisors have been nothing but supportive and involved. I appreciate all they have done for me at SNHU.