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John Thomas

MEd Business Education, Class of 2017

"SNHU cares about their students and wants to give them the guidance and tools necessary to reach their academic goals."

John Thomas, Jr. hopes to one day start his own company, invent a new product and successfully market it to customers. This spring, he took a huge step toward making his dream a reality.

Thomas graduated in May with a Master of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

Thomas said when he was looking for a school, he wanted an affordable, well-established online business program with a track record of success. He also wanted the school to operate a physical campus, and he found all that, and more, at SNHU.

He said the professionalism of his academic advisors and professors, made the biggest impression on him as he worked toward his degree.

"My advisors offered great advice and reached out to me when my work schedule was not conducive for me to reach out to them," Thomas said. "In addition, many professors made themselves available after business (hours) for actual phone conversations regarding difficult assignments."

Thomas was equally impressed with his career counselor, who provided him significant support as he works to move his career forward.

"She has been instrumental in helping me revise my resumes and cover letters in order to help me achieve my goal of finding a position in product management," Thomas said.

In the short time since graduation, Thomas said he has seen a boost in his confidence and enthusiasm at his current job. This led him to connect with a couple of the vice presidents at his company to discuss how he could advance his career there.

Before the summer is over, he plans to complete the Project Management Certificate program to help him earn a position as a product manager at his current company or with another financial services organization.

He credits SNHU with taking the anxiety out of going back to school and empowering him to take steps to achieve a greater future for himself and his family.

"SNHU cares about their students and wants to give them the guidance and tools necessary to reach their academic goals," Thomas said.