While some are recent college graduates or approaching retirement, others among the new MScTRM students are mid-career and excited to start off in a new direction or bolster the trajectory they’ve pursued thus far.
Tim Bergel discovered the program on the University of Chicago website while researching degree programs that could help him advance in the field of Criminal Justice. Having worked for the Cook County Sheriff’s Department as the director of the 911 center for the past 13 years and as a paramedic for three years before that, he intends to use the program to expand on what he’s done so far in his career on a wider scale.
“The classes have been great so far,” he says, “challenging but also very interesting. Everything’s been very relevant to the real world. A lot of times there’s a lot of fluff and a lot of filler, but this has been very fast-paced and very applicable to what emergency management is all about.”
Allison McGarry, who found the program while researching graduate programs in the city, had reached a ceiling in her present position managing analysts at a large law firm. With an undergraduate degree in Environmental Planning, she hopes to find a practical outlet for that knowledge in a potentially more rewarding career path.
She also expressed a sentiment nearly all of the new MScTRM students with years in the workforce were happy to agree with.
“I’m excited that this is the year I’m going back to school.”