Congresswoman Shirley Chisolm once said, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” After a tumultuous past 2 years, the workforce continues to feel the ebb and flow of employment opportunities. Luckily, there is an influx of ambitious and motivated women across the country who are stepping up to their place at the table. In May of 2022, 397,000 women joined the labor force, bringing the participation rate to 58.3%. While this statistic is promising, the need for women in the workforce persists.
Herzing University is proud to support women in the workplace by preparing them to excel in a variety of sectors, including nursing, business, information technology, and legal studies.
We want to share valuable advice from successful female Herzing alumni. They have been where you are and can guide you down the path of your professional future. Get inspired and discover how a higher education degree can support women in the workforce!
While some people mark success by promotion, a pay raise or an award, some Herzing business students see success on a much smaller scale. Success doesn’t have to be a grandiose achievement, but it can be as simple as accomplishing your best in a given situation.
Maria Torres graduated from Herzing University Brookfield with her MBA. She tells students, “For me, success is improving my knowledge and feeling confident that I will succeed in my career. Herzing gave that to me.”
Dani Dufrene, who graduated from our New Orleans campus, takes a similar approach, “A huge shout-out to the professors that helped me overcome this and reach my full potential! Looking at the bigger picture helped, and I was surprised how far I could push myself if I put my mind toward my goals. My advice for students is to ask for help and never stop thinking of the bigger picture -- you can achieve your goals if you work toward them!”
Your success can come while working independently or while working as a team. No matter if you are a business professional or still a student, you can rely on your network to provide you with support along your career journey.
There is the common phrase, “no pain, no gain.” Nursing school is a highly rewarding experience, but it has its share of challenges. It may seem easier to just give up, but these graduates reemphasize that whatever frustration you feel now is eclipsed by the great feeling you’ll have once you complete your program.
Carla Bourelly from the Atlanta campus understands that struggle. While completing her BSN, she was juggling other responsibilities, “Being a mother and working full-time while going to school full-time was extremely taxing, but Herzing give me the resources and the support I needed to push through. If nursing is truly your passion, don’t give up. Follow through on your dreams. With Herzing, you have all the resources you need to make it happen.”
As much as you should power through your struggles, you should also celebrate your accomplishments. Keeping that end goal in mind is something that Madison BSN graduate, McKindi Heiman talks about, “The fact that I am here today is incredible! Seriously, nursing school is HARD! I always knew I could do it and I just have to say this to those thinking about starting nursing school: DO IT! The tears, the late nights and the exams are all worth it. There is no greater feeling than accomplishing a new skill, making another patient smile, or crushing that test! Keep going, you will make it!”
Sometimes the first step is the hardest. Sheryl Thomas came to Herzing University Atlanta to complete her bachelor’s degree in legal studies. She had a lot of previous work experience but chose to return to school to earn her degree. “Going back to school at the age of 50 was scary and challenging, but my instructors were great!” Sheryl said, “Everyone I met was understanding, patient, sincere and passionate about their jobs.”
Once you take that first step, you have to keep your momentum going! Knowing what your goals are and how you can attain them is empowering. At Herzing, Sophia Rosado found a place where she could work towards her goals. Sophia said, “With perseverance, I studied hard and pushed through these challenges to find success with additional help from my professors. I believe all courses were very valuable in preparing me for my career. Never give up and always work toward your goals!”
There aren’t many women in technology, but that does not mean that their voices are any dimmer! Women are taking on this industry with the same determination, passion and commitment as other degrees.
“No matter how much you learn in class, you should be ready to learn more on your own. It wasn’t easy changing my degree after two years in nursing school and switching to Information Technology, but I did it!” Priscilla S. Frimpong from the Akron campus knew that Herzing would help her professionally and academically, “Herzing helped me through my career journey, and there’s no place like home. That’s why I’ll be back to earn more degrees!”
“Take on what you think you can handle in your life, whether that is one course per semester or more. Don't be in such a hurry to earn your degree that you get overwhelmed in the process,” Julie Miller offers as advice. “Herzing helped me take my courses at my own pace. I work 45+ hours a week and I have a family so that only allowed me to take one course per eight-week semester.”
Herzing University continues to advocate for the advancement and empowerment of women in the workplace. We strive to foster a supportive and motivating environment, providing women from all walks of life with the tools they need to fulfill their dreams. If you are ready to join the ranks of these successful Herzing alumni, we are here to help you begin your educational journey today.