I have been with AT&T for six years as a Systems Administrator, based in Birmingham, Al. This degree will help me keep my skills current as we move to a software and fully mobile-centric business.
What surprised me the most is how difficult it was and this class didn’t have any tests; it was all project-based. We broke into teams and developed an Android task management application. My portion of the project was in developing the test strategy and risk assessment. It worked out great; it’s still loaded into my phone.
For me to get an equivalent degree from an in-classroom program, I would either have to take the classes through a local institution or to take a leave of absence to attend Georgia Tech in Atlanta. I wasn’t prepared to do that over two or three years, and don’t have the funds to do that.
By taking the courses though an all-online MOOC format, I’ve been able to do the work on my own schedule around work and family. I completed the first semester last month and am taking the summer off to prepare myself for the class starting in the fall.
And I got a ‘B’ and was happy!
This post originally appeared on the AT&T Consumer Blog.