Allie Kingery earned a master’s degree to become a better mentor
Allie Kingery saw value in a Purdue Global degree to help move her career forward. She’s sharing how earning an online master’s degree contributed to her success.
I am really proud of the job that I have. As the managing director of the Food Entrepreneurship and Manufacturing Institute in Purdue University’s College of Agriculture, I get to combine literally all of my academic and career experiences together. In this job, no two days are the same.
I’m able to connect students, faculty and staff in the department, college and university to build project teams. I’m responsible for helping support farmers, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and large, established food and beverage companies by supporting their industry needs with resources we have here at Purdue.
Without hesitation, I knew that earning a Purdue Global degree was something that I needed to do after looking at employee benefits at Purdue. My supervisor at the time suggested that I consider an MBA, which is relevant for our work in the food industry.
If you’re looking for something to accelerate your trajectory, a degree shows that you’re serious about moving forward.Allie
MBA ’21 / Purdue Global
At the time, I was an academic advisor supporting future food scientists. I was a little bit stagnant, and I was looking for a way to grow. I didn’t want to leave the Purdue community but wasn’t clear what an appropriate path forward would be. An MBA could help me earn a promotion and better leverage my experiences and knowledge.
My husband and I started in Purdue Global at the same time, and we helped each other balance school with work and family. When one person needed to focus on a paper, the other would take care of our kids. This program is the only way we could go back to school because an in-person curriculum wouldn’t have been compatible with our lives.
This is an accessible way to show that you’re serious about going above and beyond in your career path. If you’re looking for something to accelerate your trajectory, a degree shows that you’re serious about moving forward.
I was advocating for students in my job, but I was forgetting to advocate for myself. Purdue Global reminded me that I can invest in myself. There were new opportunities for me because of the time that I spent on my personal growth.
Allie is managing director of the Food Entrepreneurship and Manufacturing Institute at Purdue. She’s worked at the university since 2011.
Purdue Global reminded me that I can invest in myself.Allie MBA ’21 / Purdue Global