Finding time to advance your education while taking care of a family can be challenging, but it is important to never lose sight of your goals. Mitch Brady and Christian Guzman are great examples of fathers, husbands, professionals and students who are thriving in their multiple roles. They shared with us their student journey and their tips for dads returning to school.
Achieving personal and professional goals at ASU.
Mitch Brady’s line of work periodically involves travel to Baghdad, which takes him away from his children, 9-year-old Ellianna and 3-year-old Mason. To help pave the way for a more predictable work schedule and more time with his family, he chose to pursue a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering (BSEE).
“My goals are to eventually step away from overseas work and be home more often with the family,” Brady said. “The reason I chose ASU Online is the fact that the ASU BSEE is ABET accredited, and to me, that is a major program incentive when looking at online degrees within the engineering fields.”
Christian Guzman is dad to 18-year-old Nathan, 9-year-old Jesse and 6-year-old Liliana. He started earning his degree in 2001, but life and serving in the Navy took him away. After a 20-year hiatus, he is ready to finish what he started and earn his Bachelor of Arts in organizational leadership with a concentration in project management.
When dads return to school, they know there will be some missed moments along the way. It’s difficult to have to say ‘no’ to spending time with your children, but there is also a teachable moment to show children how important education is and the impact it can make on a personal and professional level. “I think they see that education and learning are very important throughout every stage of our life, no matter how old we are. Our family believes lifelong learning is very important, so we make a point to ensure we instill those values in our kids,” Guzman said.
There’s also an opportunity to demonstrate the commitment it takes to achieve a goal. Brady adds that he hopes his daughter learns that you can achieve anything through hard work and dedication.
“My wife and I constantly tell our daughter she can be whatever she would like when she grows up, so long as she works hard and keeps the overall goal in sight,” Brady said.