Christopher Fried-Ochoa graduated with his master’s degree in international affairs and global enterprise from the University of Utah this spring.
Christopher initially heard about Education at Work by job searching online. When he saw the job posting, he thought he would be the perfect fit for the role.
“I applied for the real time analyst job, and I already had my 4 year degree, so I wanted to go into a job that would work well with my academics and that would allow me to graduate at the speed I wanted to, and EAW fulfilled that mission from the get go,” says Christopher.
When Christopher first applied for the real-time analyst position, he was unaware of the tuition assistance program for students but was pleasantly surprised.
“It was a great experience to try new things out especially with all the benefits,” says Christopher. “It made me appreciate the job I was going into.”
During his time at EAW, Christopher earned $8,000 in tuition assistance from Education at Work.
Christopher says he deeply valued the professional experience he gained. He learned more about Microsoft Excel and how to work well in a team. Christopher also had the unique experience of having team members from across the country, which helped him develop his virtual communication skills before he graduated with his master’s degree.
After graduation, Christopher dreams of getting a full-time job in his field, specifically a government-type job in a foreign policy section, like the Department of State or Homeland Security. “I’m just trying to jump-start my career and be committed to it, and get going,” says Christopher.