I enrolled in UD’s Certificate in Financial Planning program thinking that I’d like to help seniors navigate their retirement, and I knew it could be useful as a sideline or later in my own retirement. I discovered that much of what I learned through the Financial Planning coursework is very useful in my current position.
The Financial Planning program reignited my love of learning. I really enjoyed being back in an academic environment, and I knew I wanted to gain more expertise for my current job.
The knowledge I am gaining in UD’s M.S. in finance is far and away the most important positive to me about the program. And the relationships I’m building with both faculty and other students are important to me now as a student, but experience has taught me these relationships will prove very valuable to me in the future.
Mastering finance at a graduate level is challenging, particularly while working full time. But that challenge is also what makes it so good. I am learning new things that are applicable to my job, and I am reinforcing the knowledge I already had with the underlying theory.
Because of my professional experience, I have a different perspective than most students. Professionals who are students bring their experiences to class discussions. One professor in particular was delighted to have a person with my background in his class. He commented that he believed it was important and beneficial to have the other students hear from someone who has had direct and relevant experience.
Marilyn Talman is vice president and legal counsel for Wilmington Trust Company. She completed the University of Delaware’s Certificate in Financial Planning, and is currently pursuing a master of science in finance in UD’s Lerner College of Business and Economics.
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