Monday, September 10, 2018
by Becky Slatin • email@example.com
BJC | Being in a leadership role is one of Shaquita Banks’ career goals. She’s working toward that goal by pursuing an advanced degree through a BJC Institute for Learning and Development (BILD) academic partnership.
“This opportunity has been a dream come true because I’ve always wanted to pursue a master’s degree, but I wanted to do so in a way that would be financially feasible without accruing a lot of debt,” Banks says. “The tuition assistance and discount on tuition have made a huge impact on me being able to accomplish that goal.”
As a BJC talent acquisition specialist for nursing-shared services, she is currently enrolled in the Webster University master of arts in management and leadership program offered in partnership with BILD.
“This is a program designed for individuals who are looking to build their skills toward attaining a management position or are currently in one,” says John Weseman, Webster University graduate admission counselor. “Many students feel more comfortable with management skills rather than data-driven quantitative skills. This program provides an opportunity for those students to excel in an advanced degree.
“It focuses more on people skills than data,” Weseman adds. “Students who are concerned about math-intensive portions of another degree, or who feel they are more suited to people-focused skills, will find this program a good fit.”
“I love working in human resources, but I wanted a program that would focus on other facets of managing an organization. In my current role, I strive to apply what I’m learning when it comes to teamwork, collaborating with other departments and everyday workflow,” Banks says. “It is my hope that this program will play a vital role in preparing me to become a great leader within BJC.”
Sean Peterson, a BJC recruitment marketing systems specialist, has been in the program since October 2016. He always wanted to pursue a graduate degree but was hesitant due to the time commitment.
In fact, since he began the program, Peterson and his wife have had a new baby.
“The way the cohorts are set up provides the perfect opportunity for me to keep working full-time, while also furthering my education,” he says. “While I can’t say it’s been easy, I’ve never felt overwhelmed in balancing my time to work, school and, most importantly, my family.”
Peterson says he’d recommend this particular cohort to others because it provides skills that are universally applicable.
“Whether you’re in a management position or not, there are skills that can be learned from courses like Organizational Behavior, Management and Strategy, and Designing, Building and Leading an Effective Team,” he says. “I hope the concepts I learn from these courses will help me, if and when I transition into a leadership position.”
Another benefit of the cohort for Peterson has been the opportunity to work with fellow employees from a number of different departments and hospitals across BJC.
“I’m gaining a better perspective on some of the numerous job responsibilities I help support in talent acquisition, and the merits of each of these positions,” he says. “There is also a lot of camaraderie within the cohort. Even though we do come from different departments and hospitals, we share the same values that come with working at BJC HealthCare.”
Banks agrees with Peterson about building relationships with colleagues. “The best part of the management and leadership program is being part of a cohort where all of my peers are BJC employees,” she says. “I’d recommend this program because I believe it’s a great way for one to expand their knowledge if they aspire to become a manager within the organization.”
The partnership’s third cohort begins in January 2019, and interested students are encouraged to begin the application process. Designed to accommodate working adults, each nine-week class will meet at the BJC Learning Institute one evening a week, and most of a full-time employee’s tuition is covered by BJC’s tuition benefit.
“This program is one of several strong academic partnerships BJC has with Webster University. It provides students with an opportunity to gain a broad general management and leadership perspective,” says Beth Camp, BILD senior learning and development consultant. “Employees enrolled in this cohort program form invaluable professional relationships with colleagues from across BJC and learn from one another.”
Students enrolling in the cohort will take one class at a time, which will meet weekly from 5:30-9:30 p.m. The program is a total of 37 hours, including 24 core hours, 12 elective hours and a one-credit-hour Career Success class.
For more information, visit www.bjclearn.org and, under Degree Programs, scroll to Graduate and select the Masters in Management and Leadership link to Webster’s program and admissions information.
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9/20/2018 7:35 AM
I am in the program and absolutely love learning with other members of the BJC community. I have learned so much, not only about leadership, but about our organization. I'm so glad I made the decision to complete my degree through a cohort!